August 2010

Almost $6,000 Given in Christi's Memory to Others in 2010!

2010 Donations Included:

  • Upper Sandusky’s Winter Fantasy of Lights” $200.00 (December 2009)

  • $1,000 to Tiffin University’s Community Outreach Programs - Christi Thomas Memorial Egg Hunt (April 2010)

  • $1,000 Scholarship to Katie Seese and four $100 “Book Scholarships” to Sarah, Krystie, Jenna and Jessi- all Heidelberg University Junior Education Major Students.

  • $1,000 to Seneca East High School Senior Courtney Meyers and $100 “Book Scholarships” to Tori Watson, Brianna Jordan, Elizabeth Heiberthausen, Lauren Phillips & Dani Coppus. (May 2010)

  • $100.00 scholarship to the Ritz Theatre Summer Camp – a Scholarship for a needy child. (June 2010)

  • $1,000 scholarship to Brooklyn Boehler a Senior Dancer from Dance Unlimited (Christi’s dance school) (June 2010)

  • $1,000 scholarship to Taylor Darr a Senior from Fremont St. Joe Catholic High School (July 2010)

  • $400 Donation to Seneca East Public Library – Christi Thomas Family Fun Night (August 2010)

The 2011 Scholarships will include:

  • Dance Unlimited, Seneca East and Heidelberg University (Applications will be due on Christi’s birthday)

January 15, 2010

Nearly $8,000 Given in Christi's Memory to Assist Others in 2009!

Although bittersweet, we believe Christi would want to help others; therefore, in her memory we have continued. Thanks to all who have donated to the Christi Thomas Memorial Fund. Christi would have been very appreciative. Thanks for helping to keep her legacy alive! We miss her so much!

2009 Donations Include:

$100.00 scholarship to Ritz summer theater camp.


2004 Christi's First Year of Ritz Camp, The Jungle Book

March 2009: $1,000 to Tiffin University’s Community Outreach Programs - “Christi Thomas Memorial Egg Hunt”.

April 2009: $1,000 Scholarship to Jim Smalley and four $100 “Book Scholarships” to Anna, Brittany, Matt and Morgan - all Heidelberg University Junior Education Major Students.

May 2009: $2,500 in scholarships to Seneca East High School Seniors: $1,000 Scholarship to Katie Bowerman, $300 to Claire, Kerri, Kristin, Josh, Leah & Chelsea.

June 2009: $1,000 Scholarship to Cassie Smith and $200 to Jayde, Meghan, Courtney, Jaci, Jacquelyn, Marta and Hope all Seniors from Dance Unlimited.

August 2009: $400 Donated to Seneca East Public Library - Christi Thomas Family Fun Night.


Again in 2009, the Christi Thomas Memorial Fund sponsored the magician for the closing event of the summer reading program. This was to celebrate Christi's' love of libraries and books.

September 2009: $500 Heidelberg College Education Department.


January 28, 2009

Nearly $8,000 Given in Christi's Memory to Assist Students with their Higher Education in 2008!

We're very excited about the fact that the Christi Thomas Memorial Fund was able to give away so much money to help kids further their education in 2008. Christi would have been so proud!

The 2008 Scholarship Winners Include:

$2,600 Christi Thomas Scholarship to Seneca East graduating Seniors:

  • $1,000 Lauren
  • $200 Book Scholarships to: Brittany P., Brittany E., Ashley, Andrea, Amber, Brianne, Haley and Danielle

$1,000 Christi Thomas Scholarship Money for a Heidelberg College Junior:

  • Tiffany

$2,200 in Christi Thomas Scholarship Monies for Fremont St. Joe Graduates or Graduating Seniors, or Graduating Seniors or Alumni:

  • $1,000 Eric
  • $1,000 Ashley
  • $100 book scholarships to Kaitlyn and Libby

$2,000 in Christi Thomas Scholarship Monies for Dance Unlimited Seniors:

  • $1,000 Hannah
  • $250 book scholarships Alexa, Lindsey, Megan and Allison


September 2008

$500 Donated to Heidelberg's Education Department

This year's funds were used in Christi's honor to purchase books for the Early Childhood Department at Heidelberg.


August 2008

$400 Donated to Seneca East Public Library - Christi Thomas Family Fun Night

The Christi Thomas Memorial Fund sponsored the magician for the closing event of the summer reading program. This was to celebrate Christi's' love of libraries and books.


February 25, 2008

Christi at theater camp.Theatre Camp Scholarship to the Ritz Theatre’s Children’s Summer Camp

The Christi Thomas Memorial Fund has donated a $110 scholarship to the Ritz Theatre for a needy area child to attend Christi’s treasured “Ritz Camp” this summer. The Missoula Children's Theatre travels all over the world in the summer - teaching thousands of children! Christi always had a fabulous week, learned so much and made many friends! It is a wonderful self-confidence builder and we hope another child will greatly benefit from this scholarship this summer! We think Christi must be happy about giving another kid the opportunity to attend. During her three wonderful years at theatre camp, she was in all her glory!


February 20, 2008

Christi helping animals.Thank you so much for giving to the "Christi Thomas Memorial Fund!

A $1,000 donation in honor of the volunteers who make the Pet’s Vet program at the Ronald McDonald House possible was awarded to the University of Penn’s Vet School on February 20th. As many know, very special memories of Christi were created for us through the Vets’ Pet Program as well as at the Vet Hospital where they would allow Christi to have special tours and to “assist” with the animals’ care. It therefore has a very special place in our hearts and we are grateful that it has been renamed the "Christi Thomas Vets' Pets Program!"

The volunteers who bring their pets to the Philly Ronald McDonald House are remarkable. Christi (and Shayla) loved the program which has been renamed the “Christi Thomas Vets’ Pets Program”. It always raised their spirits to see a pet at the house. (Christi often missed her two cats while she had to be away from home). A photo memory of each visit remains a prized keepsake for our family.


February 20, 2008

Christi Thomas Easter Egg Hunt.$1,000 to Tiffin University for the Christi Thomas Memorial Easter Egg Hunt

Due to Christi’s love of participating in the annual Easter egg hunts held on the campus of Tiffin University, another $1,000 gift was given to Tiffin University for their community outreach programs. We thank them for naming their annual egg hunt the “Christi Thomas Memorial Easter Egg Hunt” and hope everyone can attend this year’s event on their beautiful campus in downtown Tiffin, Ohio!


January 21, 2008

Over $9,000 Given in Christi’s Memory to
Assist Students with Higher Education

The 2007 Scholarship Winners Include:

$2,000 in Christi Thomas Scholarships for Seneca East graduating Seniors:

  • $1,000 Alison
  • $250 “Book Scholarships” to: Chris, Marlana, Amanda, and Lyndsey

$2,400 in Christi Thomas Scholarship Money for Heidelberg College Juniors:

  • $1,000 Nikki
  • $1,000 Kyra
  • $100 “Book Scholarships” to: Christine, Chad, Erica and Tracy

$1750 in Christi Thomas Scholarship Monies for Fremont St. Joe Graduates or Graduating Seniors:

  • $1,000 Jennifer
  • $250 “Book Scholarships” to: Brian, John and Megan

$2,250 in Christi Thomas Scholarship Monies for Dance Unlimited Graduating Seniors:

  • $1,000 Megan
  • $1,000 Lyndsay
  • $250 “Book Scholarship”: Julia

January 21, 2008

Christi reading at Barnes & Noble$250 Donation to the Children’s Room at the Tiffin Seneca Public Library

Christi was never able to read all of the books she wanted to read before her own story came to an end. Christi had a stack of books lined up, waiting to be read, when she died. With a $250.00 donation from the Christi Thomas Memorial Fund, the library purchased ten audio books Christi would have really enjoyed reading. The girls would often listen to stories as we would drive from place to place. We think this is a great tribute to a little girl who loved going to the library. The inscription in the audio books read, “In Memory and Celebration of Christi Thomas, an avid young reader.” I hope her friends and all of the children in the country check these books out and enjoy them.


September 4, 2007

$500 Donation to the Early Childhood Classroom at Heidelberg College

Funds were utilized to purchase items needed for the Early Childhood Classroom on the campus of Heidelberg College.

  • large easel pad
  • CD player
  • unruled and ruled charts
  • pocket chart
  • calendar pocket chart
  • felt set
  • 3 big books
  • teaching easel
  • magnetic numbers
  • 100 chart
  • pocket chart
  • calendar set
  • borders set
  • post-it word strips
  • sentence strips

Christi read “Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand” to the students in this classroom and answered their many questions. We think the little teacher would be happy to help get needed materials for these sweet college students.


May 12, 2007

Christi's Tea Party

In honor of what would have been Christi’s Tenth Birthday, a celebration took place in the form of a Tea Party on Saturday, May 12th at noon. “Christi’s Tea” was a fundraiser for the Christi Thomas Memorial Fund. Shayla, Christi’s sister, and Alice in Wonderland served as the hostesses. It was a sold out event! This event, held on Mother’s Day weekend at the Mohawk Country Club in rural Tiffin, allowed the young and old to spend precious time together.

Additionally, entertainment was provided by the Megan and Hannah of Dance Unlimited and the Seneca East Show Choir. Alice in Wonderland and various characters (played by Christi’s COSI friends) were on hand. Guests took home a souvenir and other “goodies” One lucky little girl won an American Girl doll! Many other auction items were also raffled for fundraising. The Birthday Party Committee would like to thank “Wal-Mart” for their help and generous sponsorship.

The Thomas team would like to express their deepest thanks and appreciation to all of the amazing volunteers involved in coordinating the event and to everyone who attended or sent a donation!!


April 4, 2007

$1,000 to Tiffin University for the Christi Thomas Memorial Easter Egg Hunt

Due to Christi’s love of participating in the annual Easter egg hunts held on the campus of Tiffin University, a $1,000 gift was given to Tiffin University for their community outreach programs. We thank them for naming their annual egg hunt the “Christi Thomas Memorial Easter Egg Hunt.

Christi Thomas Easter Egg Hunt.


February 9, 2007

$1,000 Donation to the
Christi Thomas Student Library

Christi reading...When Seneca East cancelled its gifted education program due to budget cuts, Christi started receiving her gifted services at Bridges. She loved going to Bridges on Fridays where she worked with talented staff members and made the sweetest of friends.

An elderly gentleman carved a beautiful sign and they officially named their student library the "Christi Thomas Student Library" in honor of Christi and her love of reading. (The Chatty Cathy Club also met there after lunch from what we are told.) 

This $1,000 donation will be used to purchase books for “Christi’s Corner” where they’d like to arrange some of Christi’s favorite titles and for other needed areas of the library. 


October 5, 2006

In Memory of Christi Thomas

by Diane Armstrong, Ph.D.
Tree Dedication Ceremony

In memory of Christi Thomas.Christi Thomas was a remarkable young girl.  In the nine short years she graced our earthly lives with her presence; she touched and changed the lives of literally thousands of people.  A brilliant, talented, kind, compassionate, and loving child, she lived each day to the fullest.  Whether she was drawing, painting, dancing, playing the piano, visiting COSI and art museums, or just curling up with a good book, she taught all of those who knew and loved her what it means to make every day count.

When she brought Alex & Christi’s Lemonade Stand to Heidelberg and charmed our Education Majors with her reading of “Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand,” Christi Thomas became a part of who we are - a community of learners seeking ways to make the world a better place.

In Isaiah 11:6 it states: "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall life down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them” And lead us she did.  Through her lemonade stands which raised over $12,000 for pediatric cancer research, to her blood drives, and through her ability to serve as an example of what matters in life - the love of family and friends - her legacy lives on.

Today we dedicate this tree in Christi’s honor and memory.  The plaque that will soon be placed her permanently, will read:  “Our Little Lemonade Girl” In memory of Christi Thomas, May 12 1997 - September 19, 2006 - Heidelberg Education Department.

It is with love, humility and thanks to the entire Thomas team for sharing your wonderful daughter with us that I present this replica of this plaque to Angela and Shayne Thomas, also forever honorary members of the Education Department.


The Christi Thomas Memorial Fund (CTMF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation and part of the Gillmor Trust. Your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. ID #34-1688002.
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