“She was just a real force of cohesiveness and love and care in our lives. And I know she’s looking down on us now,” said Joan Grier, longtime friend of Elizabeth Radley Anderson, who brought the idea of dedicating a sculpture in her memory to Family Centers.
Friends and family of the late Elizabeth Radley Anderson gathered a Family Centers' Gateway School in Greenwich for a dedication of a sculpture in her memory.
Bob Arnold, President and CEO of Family Centers said, “Family Centers is a much better and richer place for having had Liz here for the years that she was here. She threw herself into it 110%”
Anderson, who passed away in 2010, served on the Family Centers’ Board of Directors and Senior Advisory Board for more than two and a half decades. Anderson was also the first recipient of the agency’s Helen Gratz Rockefeller Outstanding Volunteerism Award.
Katy Gray, daughter of Elizabeth Radley Anderson said “The dedication of the [sculpture] at Family Centers is so important. Mom spent hours and hours and hours here and she just loved everything the Family Center had to do with, from children and families all across Greenwich and into Stamford. It was really near and dear to her.”
Grier said, “She was a lifelong friend and I just wanted to memorialize her friendship. She was a very special person in all of our lives. She was neuron that kept us all together.”
The sculpture will serve as a constant reminder of Anderson's love and support of Family Centers and their work with preschoolers.
Gray added, “To come and dedicate an area where you can sit and read with the beautiful bunnies. Bunnies were her favorite things. It’s just really special to our family and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”