Surrounded by family and friends in uniform who worked with her cousin, the late Josh Shaver, SarahRae Bartello had one thing to say about how she raised well over $1,000.
“I sold a lot of lemonade,” she said.
Nine-year-old SarahRae of Gates is second cousin of Correction Officer Shaver, an Ontario County deputy who died May 28, 2017. This July, SarahRae put on a fundraiser, “Project SarahRae’s Lemonade Stand,” at Honeoye Commons. From sales of lemonade and beaded bracelets she had made, SarahRae raised enough to buy 342 Tim Hortons gift cards, each in the amount of $5, for all the members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. She actually was able to buy 360, said her mom Carla Bartello, who said she plans to give them to the Gates Police Department and other local law enforcement officers.
The number 342 is significant. That was the Sheriff’s Office radio identification number for Deputy Shaver.
Along with the gift cards, SarahRae gave dog treats for the four canines assigned to the Sheriff’s Road Patrol.
A note SarahRae attached to each gift card read in part, “Joshua had an energetic and vibrant personality just like SarahRae! He was always helping others in some way! His life goal at a young age was to work in law enforcement to help people! SarahRae would like you to enjoy a treat in memory of her cousin, Ontario County Sheriff Deputy 342, Joshua Shaver.”
The presentation on Tuesday afternoon in the lobby of the Ontario County Jail held words of appreciation for law enforcement as well as for SarahRae, for her thoughtful and creative project in memory of a beloved officer and family man.