When Tom Fasulo isn’t volunteering his time recommending books to Haven Hospice Attic Resale Store patrons, he can usually be found pulling invasive weeds or helping out around Dudley Farm Historic State Park. Tom is the connection that helped facilitate the donation of a Victorian-era wedding dress, shoes and hat from the Haven Hospice Attic to Dudley Farm.

“Once I saw the dress at the Attic Store, I thought it would be a really great piece to feature at Dudley Farm,” said Tom, a retired entomologist who worked at the University of Florida and now spends his time volunteering with several different organizations in the Gainesville area.

“Dudley Farm Historic State Park would like to thank you for the wonderful donation of the Victorian-era wedding dress, shoes and hat,” wrote Sandra Cashes, park services specialist at Dudley Farms in a letter to Haven Hospice Attic Resale Store Manager Steve Tinney. “What a wonderful replica of a period dress that can be displayed for our visitors to see!”

Sandra said the park plans to photograph a volunteer wearing the dress around the farmstead, display those pictures on the Friends of Dudley Farm website and possibly use them on the farm’s wedding brochure.

“We also plan to put in on display in our Visitors Center with a sign thanking Haven Hospice for the donation,” said Sandra.

The Haven Hospice Attic Resale Stores provide customers with new and gently used furniture, brand-name clothing, antiques, electronics, books, housewares, jewelry, toys and more. The Attic Resale Stores also serve as a way for the community to donate their time, talent and treasure to support Haven Hospice patients and families.

Donations are currently being accepted at the Attic Resale Store located at 300 N.W. 8th Avenue in Gainesville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 352.378.7484 to arrange for Haven Hospice to pick up larger-item donations such as furniture. 

For more information on volunteering at the Attic Resale Store, please call Susie Finfrock at 352.379.6244 or go online at www.havenhospice.org/volunteer to begin the application process.