Rosie Billquist Memorial Fund Makes First Grants

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Mitch Stone, Southern Tier Kidney Association; Tory Irgang, Community Foundation executive director; Kellie Roberts, Chautauqua County Humane Society; Jamie Billquist; and Bobbie Thompson with Harris, Pet Therapy Program; celebrate the first awards from the Rosemary “Rosie” Billquist Memorial Fund.
Mitch Stone, Southern Tier Kidney Association; Tory Irgang, Community Foundation executive director; Kellie Roberts, Chautauqua County Humane Society; Jamie Billquist; and Bobbie Thompson with Harris, Pet Therapy Program; celebrate the first awards from the Rosemary “Rosie” Billquist Memorial Fund.

In the two years since his wife’s death, Jamie Billquist has dressed as a turkey and delivered meals to those in need at Thanksgiving, used social media to share the importance of being kind to others and supported countless community organizations, all in Rosie’s memory.

To add to his list, proceeds from Rosie’s Run, an event organized by Billquist with his friends and family in their hometown of Sherman, have been donated to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to benefit a fund created to honor Rosie.

The Rosemary “Rosie” Billquist Memorial Fund was created shortly after Rosie’s death in November 2017 to support local organizations that were closest to her heart.

“This will be a way for people to remember her,” Billquist said at the time. “(This fund) is a good way to give to others like she would have wanted.”

Recently, Rosie’s Fund awarded its first grants to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care Pet Therapy Program, and Southern Tier Kidney Association.

In addition to her full-time job in the medical records department at UPMC Chautauqua, Rosie volunteered with Hospice’s Pet Therapy Program.

According to Shauna Anderson, Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care president, Rosie always went out of her way to help those in need. A sentiment echoed by many who knew her and benefitted from her good deeds.

A task that now Billquist is determined to continue in her memory.