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Late Amherst Joshua Savyon’s spirit lives on through donations, scholarships with the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire in Bedford

Friday, April 18, 2014

Proof that Joshua Savyon’s spirit of giving lives on was presented on March 8, when Joshua’s mother, Becky Ranes, and her husband, Ben, with ATA Martial Arts of Southern New Hampshire owners Mark and Suzy Harbinson and many ATA students, presented the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire with a check for $5,000, and many in-kind donations.

The donation was the result of a fundraiser the ATA did in memory of Joshua, a 9-year-old Amherst boy who was shot to death by his father during a supervised custody visit at a New Hampshire YWCA in 2013.

Joshua loved the Animal Rescue League, and on his last birthday, he asked for donations for the animals instead of presents. When he died, the family asked that memorial contributions go to the league. As a result of these donations, the league will plant a granite paver at the shelter to remember Joshua by.

When the community at ATA – where Joshua was involved for five years – wanted to do something in Joshua’s memory, they decided to raise funds for the ARLNH.

The Board Break-a-Thon, called Dollars for Doggies, featured board breakers attempts to break as many boards as they could in one minute.

Paula Mattis, president and CEO of the ARL-NH, was on-hand to receive the funds.

“I was awestruck at the community surrounding Becky and her family as they grapple with this great loss. The ATA students, staff and family worked hard at doing something that was worthy of Joshua’s memory,” Mattis said. “The animals at the Animal Rescue League … may not be able to remember Joshua, but we can.”

As an on-going tribute to her son, Becky Ranes expressed her desire to start a scholarship fund for young people who volunteer at the Animal Rescue League. The league’s mission is to improve animal welfare in our communities by helping pets and the people who care for them. The league’s services are open to all residents of New Hampshire, and it actively serves the towns of Amherst, Auburn, Bedford, Brookline, Candia, Dunbarton, Francestown, Goffstown, Hollis, Hooksett, Litchfield, Londonderry, Lyndeborough, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Wilton and Windham.

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