Keeping Hope alive
by Andrew Pavia
Nov 14, 2012 | 2103 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After Hope Reichbach died suddenly in April of 2011 at the age of 22, her family kept her spirit alive by creating a foundation that encapsulated her spirit and drive.

On Sunday, November 18, the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music and the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra will be holding a concert to benefit the Hope Reichbach Memorial Fund.

Wanda Fleck, executive director of the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, said the group want to help honor Hope’s memory, who she said was very active in the community.

Fleck is a neighbor of the Reichbach family, and knew Hope since birth.

Fleck said the block of neighbors stuck together and tried to help the Reichbach family in any way they could after Hope died.

“We all knew Hope,” she said. “We saw her grow up and her death was a tremendous blow to all of us.”

“It is an amazing gift from my block,” said Hope’s mother, Ellen Reichbach. “I’m so thankful that everyone is giving their time.

Hope was an active member of the Brooklyn community and played a large role as a young leader in Brooklyn politics. She ran for district leader, worked on Stephen Levin’s City Council campaign, and, after he was elected, served as his communications director.

Originally, Hope’s father, Judge Gustin L. Reichbach, was going to narrate a part of the performance. However, his long bout with pancreatic cancer came to an end on Sunday, July 15. Actor Harris Yulin, who was a friend of the late judge, will instead read the part.

Reichbach said that the money raised through the memorial fund goes paying for an internship program so a young person just starting out can build their resume without worrying how they will make ends meet.

She said that Hope was an individual who believed in giving everyone a fair chance to succeed. “Our goal is to level the playing field,” Reichbach said.

The first batch of five interns completed the program over the summer. Reichbach said finding companies to participate in the program has been easier than first expected because of the reach and influence of her daughter and husband.

The event will take place at the Church of St. Ann & The Holy Trinity on Sunday. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $20/$10 for students.
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