Each community member that has become involved with Philabundance has their own connection. After an unforeseen tragedy, Philabundance volunteer Pam Davis never thought she would find herself as a single mother. Through her grief, she worked with her children and community to keep the memory of her husband alive by honoring his legacy of kindness.
When my husband, Chip, passed away unexpectedly on May 21, 2009 at the age of 43, I was devastated. Having spent 26 years together, I felt lost without him.
As I was driving to work on December 4, 2009, I was trying to come up with a way to make my children’s first Christmas without their dad a happy one. I turned on the radio and heard Jon Bon Jovi’s voice. It was the last day of Preston and Steve’s Campout for Hunger and Jon was offering 4 tickets to an upcoming show, a meet and greet with him and a guitar autographed by the band. He told Preston and Steve to see how much they could get for everything and finished by saying he would match the amount donated.
At that point my fingers started dialing. I had never called the radio station before so I was surprised I knew the number. An intern named Liz answered the phone and I blurted out that I would donate $10,000. I don’t know what came over me but I knew deep down it was Chip. What better way to make it through the holidays than by giving my children a once in a lifetime experience to look forward to in the spring. All I asked Liz was to say on the radio that the donation was being made in memory of Chip Davis. I wanted to hear his name…I wanted others to hear his name…I didn’t want him to be forgotten. Little did I know when I made the donation that it would be the beginning of a relationship with Philabundance.
A few months after making the donation my sons and I visited Philabundance. The passion and enthusiasm of everyone who worked there, coupled with seeing firsthand what the organization does to help people who are struggling with hunger, was very moving and inspiring. Making that initial donation to Philabundance proved to me that one person can make a difference and that something positive can come from a tragedy.
In 2010 we began holding yearly fundraisers in memory of Chip with all the money raised being donated to Philabundance. Honoring Chip’s memory and the kind and giving person he was is very important and I cannot think of a better way to do this than by raising money for such a wonderful organization. Philabundance is a reminder to us of how fortunate we are and to be grateful for what we have.
Losing someone so close to me taught me to appreciate and be thankful for everyone in my life. Every day, I am thankful for my amazing children, Charles and Conner, who give me the strength to keep going, for my family and friends for their unconditional love and support and for Darren for finding me.
Pam Davis, mother of two sons, Charles & Conner Davis, is an avid Philabundance supporter. She has leveraged over 30,000 meals for families in need by organizing and executing events throughout the area to honor the memory of husband, Chip Davis. Pam and her family work tirelessly to keep Chip’s memory alive and are a testament to the difference one family can make in the fight against hunger.
Pam is also a 2012 recipient of the State Farm Go To Bat award (pictured).