Monday, July 1, 2013

July Charity Donation Helps Establish the Ashley Julia SandauScholarship Fund

The July Girlfriends Films charity donation goes to help a well-respected member of the adult entertainment industry’s family – Shelly Sandau, Director of Purchasing for Lion’s Den’s chain of 43 retail stores. Girlfriends Films’ principals Dan O’Connell and Moose are honored to donate $1000 to help Sandau establish an annual scholarship in the name of his beloved daughter, Ashley Julia Sandau, who is remembered by friends and family as a loving, adventurous, and daring young woman. The Ashley Julia Sandau Scholarship Fund will be awarded each year to a student majoring in Journalism / Mass Communications at St. Bonaventure University, Ashley’s alma mater.

Ashley Julia Sandau graduated second in her field from St. Bonaventure University in 2010 with a bachelors in Journalism / Mass Communications. In 2011, she earned a masters degree in Integrated Marketing and began working for Solomon Levy at System JO in Valencia, CA. “Many people in our industry had a chance to meet Ashley while she was working for System JO,” states Ashley’s father, Shelly. “She attended 2 ILS shows and the winter ANME show in 2012. Ashley is actually the person who came up with the idea to have a soft serve ice cream machine at the spring ILS to promote System JO flavored lubes – they had some ice cream flavors.”

While sorting through old school papers, Ashley’s mother, Liz, found an epithet Ashley wrote for her high school AP English class when she was 16. In it, Ashley discussed how she wanted to be remembered: “I just want to be remembered by those I love as good and kind, but not too good... just the right amount of daring, fearlessness, flirtation, and mischief. I want peple to look back on me, the times we had and the memories they made with me, and smile.” “Ashley was the closest person to being perfect I have ever known,” says Shelly. “She always had a kind word about everyone she ever knew. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside – extremely intelligent, a true joy to be around. She is truly missed by everyone who knew her.”

By creating the scholarship in her name, Ashley’s parents are ensuring the young woman will continue to impact the lives of others even after her death. For the fund to be activated, it must reach $7,500.00. To contribute, visit and click on “Donate Now.” Then type in “Ashley Julia Sandau.” Donors may also call (716)-488-0387 to help.

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