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Donate to the Jim Jackowski Memorial Fund


Dear Friend,

As you may have heard, we lost our dear friend Jim Jackowski on May 12, 2020. Jim loved Holyoke and Holyoke loved Jim. Whether you knew him as Kow or Coach it is highly likely he helped you out, or made you laugh, or perhaps, both.

We were fortunate to have Jim serve as President of the Board of Directors for the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round for 26 years. A position he loved, for a non-profit he adored. I would be remiss to say it has been strange not having him in meetings with us just in the last few months. He was always smiling, always willing to lend a hand and happiest if you let him sing you a tune.

We want to honor Jim in the best way we know how. A memorial plaque with his name will hang in his honor in our beloved Merry-Go-Round and with your help it will be a larger than life plaque, just like Jim’s personality. We are looking for donations to include your name on the memorial. Your contribution to Jim’s memory will help the Merry-Go-Round in whatever capacity deemed necessary, just as Jim did. It is no secret that times are tough, but with your help we can honor Jim for the many years to come.

We found it fitting to name our donors in categories after Jim’s favorite nicknames:

  • A $100 donation will get you herded with the Kows...
  • A $250 donation will get you in the Coaches Circle...
  • A $500 donation will make you a Business Liaison...
  • and should we need to come up with another nickname for a greater monetary contribution, we could do so.

We hope you will join us in creating a lasting memory of Jim at the Merry-Go-Round. He is terribly missed and nothing will replace him but with your generous donation we can keep his legacy going around and around.

For further questions or information, please contact Laura Wilson at KowsFund@gmail.com.



We want to open up the donations to individuals or groups. If you would like to donate with someone or multiple people, please do! The more the Merry(ier). We could include your group to say, “Class of 1975” or we would even allow “Yankees Fans” but only because it’s for Jim.


Checks can be made to the:


Holyoke Merry-Go-Round

221 Appleton Street

Holyoke, MA 01040


or through PayPal:



Please indicate that your donation is in honor of Jim.


Name/Group as you would like it to appear on the plaque

OR please indicate if you wish to remain anonymous.


We thank you in advance for your contribution to our friend.