The Nicki Willman Foundation
During that time she became invaluable to me. She was my right hand man and the person I could count on in any situation.
Those that knew her would tell you she had a smile that would brighten any room and a personality that was equally as pleasant. She was a combination of outgoing and playful but professional and intelligent. If I had to list the biggest asset of my dental practice, it would be Nicki.
Tragically Nicki was murdered in the early morning hours of August 17, 2010. Her husband, for reasons that will be forever a secret to the outside world, shot her as she was running to her car to get away. Approximately two hours later her husband shot himself. She lay in the driveway till daybreak when her neighbor found her and called 911. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Tragically Nicki never showed up for work on Tuesday and one of my very best friends in the world was dead at the young age of 30. As a tribute to Nicki I am starting a non- profit foundation in her honor; The Nicki Willman Foundation. Nicki did many things for me as my office manager and she had many talents. One of the projects we talked about for the last several years was to have a way to fix teeth for women who were victims of domestic violence.
It seemed like an easy enough thing to do but like many things we just never got around to doing it. The events of the last couple days have led me to take action. I refuse to allow this tragedy to tarnish her memory in any way and I know that her legacy is deserving of a service that will provide others with comfort and relief and help them in a time of need.
The Nicki Willman Foundation will provide dental care for victims of domestic violence. I am using CASA, a shelter for battered women and the Pinellas County Sherriff’s Office Victims Advocates Unit for referrals and will screen the applicants on a monthly basis. Dental services will be provided on a pro bono basis and will include everything from extractions to veneers and implants. I will NOT be accepting any compensation from these patients as my services will be FREE.
The funds will be used to pay for lab expenses, expensive supplies like bone grafting material, implant components, collagen membranes etc and to pay for cost of referring patients to specialists. My goal is to help these individuals not only physically but emotionally as well so they can begin to feel good about themselves again. My talent is to make pretty smiles and I want to be able to give smiles to these people who need and deserve them. This will be in honor of a person with the prettiest smile I know, Nicki. Nicki deserved better and I can’t change the past but with your help I can help change the future. Thank you in advance for any and all support and God Bless:
Paul F. Eckstein DMD
Donations can be made to:
The Nicki Willman Foundation
6019 Seminole Blvd
Seminole, FL 33772
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As of this date October 6, 2010 The Nicki Willman Foundation is registered as a Not for Profit Corporation with the Florida Division of Corporations. We are currently in the application process with the IRS for section 501 (3) c tax exempt status. The application process is lengthy and I would like to thank all of those who have advised and assisted me in this process. To date we have seen 20 patients and we are beginning to make a difference in the lives of others.
A Special Thank You To Those Who Have Made A Donation So Far:
Margie Colucci, Sandra Carvalho, Rebecca and James Gaines , June Mellinger, Elizabeth Dahl, Julia and Harold Isenhour, Robert and Geraldine Blazey, Kenneth and Caroline Mitchell, Daniel McSherry, Marilyn Clemens, Robert and Jeanne Stanley, Tracey Sarafian, Ralph and Elizabeth Kretzer, Sunshine Powell, Maria Sarti, Jeremy Reardon, Dr. W. Paul Eckstein, Denny McCune, Rose Gallery, Suncoast Family Medical, Peter and Delia Farnum, Reese Automotive, Margaret Ball, Loren and Donna Blakeley, Deanna Panza, Suncoast Carpet, Patricia Wertepnu, James and Karla Schwadron, Michael Grant , Marnie Chall Bauer, W.A. and R.B. Rowe, Donna Dallatore, Porter and Carolynn Reed, David and Diana Saulsbury, Barbara Leonard, Michael Censullo and Kyrene Vanderpool, Mrs. Edwin Siersema, Today’s Dental, Mario Vecchi and Elaine Coffin, George Cochran, Susan Morrison, Tom Kotchman, Gruman Inv Solutions