***SAVE THE DATE: April 29, 2017***



Contact: plmfrommaren@gmail.com; Principal Fran Thompson: 203-783-3574

MILFORD—Colony Grill of Milford presents the third annual Peace, Love and Music From Maren (PLM) festival on April 29, 2017 at Jonathan Law High School. This citywide event celebrates the life of Maren Sanchez, a Law student who was killed the morning of her Junior Prom in 2014.

“Colony Grill is proud to again be the presenting sponsor for this very special Milford event,” said Ken Martin, co-owner of Colony Grill Development, LLC, which operates four Colony Grill locations in Connecticut. “It is so important to continue to celebrate Maren’s beautiful attributes, and to use this festival as an ongoing beacon of hopefulness.”

Historically, the festival has been a partnership through The Maren Sanchez Memorial Scholarship Fund to raise funds for Milford high school graduating seniors, public and private. Year after year, it has been able to donate thousands to scholarships.

As the festival continues to grow, PLM expands its community partnerships with the mission of also donating to important, like-minded causes. Last year it gave to The Maren Sanchez Home Foundation and this year is proud to announce a joint partnership with The Ana Grace Project and The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement—two important organizations named for children who were tragically killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

“Maren touched so many of us and her message of peace and love continues through PLM,” said Fran Thompson, Jonathan Law High School principal. “The joy and honor of working with this remarkable committee and dedicated community partners is greater than ever. This year, by recognizing The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement and The Anna Grace Project at PLM, Maren's love of life and celebration of everything good will continue to set an example for all of us.”

The common thread of these three organizations is to do positive good for the community by celebrating the individual personalities of Maren, Ana, and Jesse. Once again, the PLM festival will include live music, art, food trucks, inflatables, and much more—all the things Maren loved.

The day will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with statements from local dignitaries like Mayor Ben Blake and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Elizabeth Feser. Immediately following is a brand new 5K Run at 9 a.m.— Colony Grill/PLM All You Need Is Love 5K. The new route will take registered participants down on the scenic Silver Sands Park boardwalk. Serious runners will be timed; all ages are welcome! The official time for the festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Music headliners are the Rumrunners for the third year in a row.

Once again, families can look forward to over 20 hi-end inflatables, an all-day kickball tournament, raffles, a variety of food truck vendors, and activities for kids of all ages. The field will be filled with representatives from Milford schools, organizations, businesses, and craft vendors. Applications will be available on the PLM Facebook page.

Since the festival began in 2015, it has drawn over 3,000 people and, now that PLM is partnering with The Ana Grace Project and Jessie Lewis Choose Love Movement, the committee hopes to broaden its reach into neighboring towns. “Just as Maren included everyone as her friends, we want everyone to know they are welcome at PLM,” said Thompson.

"I continue to be amazed at Milford's leadership in courageously promoting the heartfelt gathering of compassionate individuals to recognize and celebrate Maren’s beautiful life that touched the community and beyond,” said Scarlett Lewis, “and whose presence continues to reverberate kindness and love."

“We are honored to have been chosen to partner with all of those who love Maren in order to remember her life and be a blessing to the community,” said Nelba Marquez-Greene. “There are no words for the tragic loss of a child. There can only be peace, love, and music.”


Help Needed

The PLM Committee is looking for business and corporate sponsors to sponsor themed raffle baskets, food truck and craft vendors, and volunteers to help out during the event. Just visit the official Facebook page www.facebook.com/plmfrommaren.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee at peaceloveandmusicfrommaren@gmail.com.

Partnerships (present and past):

For more information on The Ana Grace Project, please go to www.anagraceproject.org.

For more information on The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, please go to www.jesselewischooselove.org.

For more information on The Maren Sanchez Home Foundation, please go to www.marensanchezhomefoundation.org.

PLM Community Donations: PLM recently gave $1,000 to the Danni Kemp Foundation

Committee members:

Fran Thompson, Kelsey Burns, Elena Garet, Jessie Hudd, Michael Hudd, Karen Pasacreta