Brookfield Foundation helps those in need

ECHO fundraiser

BROOKFIELD– Since forming in 2009, the Every Class Helping Others (ECHO) Foundation has helped more than 30 families in need in the community.

ECHO held its annual fundraiser event with music, food, Chinese auction and basket raffle recently at Yankee Lake Ballroom which raises funds for the foundation which helps Brookfield alumni who are battling serious health issues and other problems.

ECHO is a non-profit charitable foundation started by Brookfield High School Class of 1971 to inspire people of the community to make a difference in the lives of Brookfield alumni through financial donations

Vice President Lisa Haun said 650 to 700 people attended the event.

“Ten years ago a lot of members from the Class of 1971 got together because we had two classmates who had illnesses. We decided to hold a benefit to help them. We were very successful that first year and helped two families,” Haun said.

She said the event has been held each February since with alumni being very helpful. The money raised goes directly to the ECHO Foundation which was established through the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.

“If someone has a need, an alumni or family member can fill out an application with the foundation. We try to help with medical expenses and other needs with money not paid to the individual but to where they may need help,” Haun said.

Denny Eli, president of ECHO, said a committee of 20 people planned the community fundraiser with more than 30 families helped in the past 10 years.

“The foundation has tried to help as many families as we can. We have had many alumni contribute in so many ways,” Eli said.

This year’s 10-year event included country music artist Chris Higbee.

“Brookfield is a caring community… It started out helping classmates, and we figured, ‘Hey, if we’re going to do this, we can’t do it alone,'”he said.