Michael Pivarnik via Crowdrise
April 26, 2014
I would like to raise $22,000 in memory of Marla Pivarnik. This can only be done with your help and your contributions. You have been given a great opportunity to preserve Marla's name as well as your environment.
Marla, my younger sister passed away August of 2013. At 22 years old, she had just graduated college with honors in May. She died unexpectedly, shattering the lives of all her loved ones.
Marla was known for her confidence to speak passionately about concerns and issues to which she felt strongly. She was fiercely passionate about many environmental issues and worked proactively to get the message out. Marla was a supporter of EarthJustice (a national environmental protection group) and had signed many of their petitions. She had personally written to Congress about environmental issues specifically related to drilling/fracking a couple days before she passed. A responce from our state representative was received on the day she died. In respect to that, I have decided to raise funds with your help to benefit the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in memory of Marla.
Marla’s spirit continues to live on within me; every minute of every day, anything that I do in helping others or preserving our environment, is Marla helping as well. Thank you all for your support and your contributions it is greatly appreciated. For every $1,000 raised I will post a new picture from the next year of her life. Help celebrate 22 years of Marla's life and make the next 90 days memorable by seeing her grow up 1 picture at a time.
Here is a piece of her obituary for those of you interested in learning more about Marla. Marla matriculated to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and entered their honors program in psychology. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology this past year and was preparing to study for her Master’s degree. While at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania she was selected for membership by the Executive Leadership Council of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a National Leadership & Honors Organization. Marla loved reading, listening to her favorite music, spending time with her friends, and she was a lover of all animals, especially cats. A loving daughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend to many, she will be deeply missed by all who loved her.
The Conservancy’s slogan is Water, Land, Life – reminding us of the inseparable nature of these elements., through watershed protection, land conservation, scientific research, green space work and the continued preservation of Fallingwater, they implement their mission and conserve and enhance the most special places in this remarkable region. More than 13,000 volunteers helped plant 135 community gardens in 20 Pennsylvania counties and more than 4,000 street trees, demonstrating Western Pennsylvanians’ commitment to greening our communities.