In honor of the late Lynn Ware and her years of service to the township, Moorestown residents Holly Myers and Laura Moretti Cooper have organized a fundraiser for the Community House of Moorestown.
All contributions will merge into a memorial gift – to be determined – for the community house at the first anniversary of Ware’s passing on Sept. 5, 2021. Myers explained how she first met Ware.
“I contacted the community house back in 1996 to find out how to have Random Acts of Kindness Week included in the 1997 calendar in going forward, because I had just learned about Random Acts of Kindness Week and had agreed to bring information to our community,” she recalled.
Ware was coordinator of Moorestown’s community calendar at the time and agreed to include Random Acts of Kindness Week.
“She spoke four words that have stayed with me ever since,” Myers said. “She said, ‘How can I help?’”
According to Myers, from that first conversation and a subsequent brainstorming session, a new community organization – Moorestown Community Link – emerged.
“Lynn became its president; she guided the formation of a 501(c)(3) social profit organization and Kindness Link became one of its components along with Volunteer Link and Teen Link and a whole bus load of community good followed,” Myers noted.
She highlighted a few of Community Link’s many accomplishments, including turning the third floor of the recreation center into a teen center and utilizing a bus for the recreation department and the community.
“ … Remembrance Park – which sits at Camden Avenue -was designated a pocket park and Lynn and folks from Volunteer Link worked with Perkins (Perkins Center for the Arts) to have mosaic tiles on benches and what not on this sweet little park that’s there,” Myers said.
Myers talked about Ware’s longstanding commitment to the community and explained how she believes Ware and her husband Ridgeley played a part in Money Magazine selecting Moorestown as the top town in the U.S. in 2005.
“ … There was an article that the Associated Press published that noted that Moorestown makes a big deal about kindness … A number of people had mentioned kindness when they were interviewed,” Myers explained.
“I just know that Lynn’s leadership was a huge reason for that.”
According to Ware’s obituary, she lived in Moorestown with her husband and had three sons, Philip, Christopher and Randall. After 40 years there, Ware moved to Medford Leas in 2009. She and Ridgeley owned a commercial real estate finance, sales and consulting business in Moorestown, affiliated with an international real estate finance firm.
Ware was an active community member for 35 years, which included serving as a zoning and planning board member, as treasurer and director of the Rotary Club of Moorestown and as chair of the Moorestown community calendar committee for 13 years. She and her husband were selected as Moorestown’s co-citizens of the year in 2001.
Myers explained how she chose to continue honoring Ware’s legacy.
“ … I thought it would be fitting if we had a lasting gift from our community that could be utilized by the community house that she (Ware) so loved and which we all share,” she said.
Said Ware’s son Randall, “She was unique and she touched a lot of lives.”
To donate to the Remembering Lynn Ware fundraiser, visit the link on the Community House of Moorestown’s official Facebook page.