Bracelets Sold in Memory of Matt Denice
By Kristina Law Staff Reporter · October 13, 2011
These bracelets are being sold to honor Milford resident Mat Denice who passed away in August. Proceeds are being donated in his name to MADD as well as the Matthew J. Denice Memorial Fund. Contributed photo
After the tragic death of 23-year-old Milford resident Matt Denice this past August, friends and family of the victim united to design and to sell bracelets in his honor. The initial idea of creating a bracelet came from close friend and fellow Milford High 2006 graduate, Jessica Dennis.
"I couldn't stop thinking about Matt and I was trying to think of a way to help remember him. I thought bracelets would be a great idea because if it's always on your wrist or even with your keys as a key chain, you'll think of him every time you look at it," says Dennis.
Dennis shared her idea with Matt's family and close friends and together they designed a pink bracelet. "The color pink was chosen because he used to wear a hot pink studded belt," says Dennis. "The saying on one side is 'live life to the fullest' because we felt like this was his unspoken life motto and there is a peace sign because he was usually making a peace sign in pictures." The opposite side of the bracelet says "Matt Denice" along with the date of his accident, August 20, 2011.
At first, Dennis ordered three hundred bracelets, which sold out in 24 hours, and raised $1000 dollars in Matt's honor. Dennis donated a portion of the money to MADD, Mothers Against Driving Drunk, as well as to the Matthew J. Denice Memorial Fund created by Matt's parents, which will be donated to a variety of charities.
After selling the first 300 bracelets, Dennis ordered 850 more. She is now in the process of selling these bracelets, at a variety of locations around Milford, including Planet Fitness, Ultimate Tanning, Salon Colour, Ciao Bella, and Rite Aid. Those who live out of state can also buy a bracelet by contacting Dennis and sending their donation along with a self addressed stamped envelope.
The cost of a bracelet $3 with 100 percent of the proceeds donated in Matt's name. "I want everyone to know that the bracelets were paid for by Matt's friends, including myself; that way 100 percent of the money collected could be donated and would not have to cover the cost of the bracelets," says Dennis.
Bracelets will also be sold at a Bike Benefit for Matt at Pinz in Milford, on Sunday October 9. "More bracelets sold means more money donated in Matt's name, so I hope to sell as many bracelets as possible," says Dennis.