NICHOLAS ROSSOMANDO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND CORP via Crowdrise
February 27, 2011
EVENT DATE: Nov 07, 2010
Nick was a fireman with the elite rescue company located on Staten Island, Rescue 5. Nick along with his fellow firefighters from that company answered the call to the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. He had just finished a tour and was getting ready to go home when the call came in. Nevertheless, he jumped on the truck with the rest of the men and rushed to the towers. Nick and the rest of those valiant young men never returned home that evening. Nick gave his life while saving others. He was 35.
The events of 9/11 were staggering and left our family reeling with grief and disbelief. Our son and brother was gone. Nick's brother Pete, during the weeks just following 9/11 contacted Port Richmond High School, Nick's Alma Mater and started the ball rolling to establish a fund in Nick's name, in an endeavor to make sure that Nick would never be forgotten.
When Pete conferred with the Athletic Department at Port Richmond HS, they came up with the criteria to be used to choose the recipient of Nick's scholarship award each year. They decided:
Two students would receive the award each year, a male and a female athlete.
They would have had to face great adversity in their young lives, overcoming it and going on to achieve.
They would have had to apply and been accepted to an accredited college.
Each student would receive $ 1,000.00 which would be paid directly to the college's Bursars Ofﬁce in the student's name.
Our Goal: To raise enough money so in the future we would be able to give larger awards to more deserving students.
OUR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ING NYC MARATHON
Upon the fund’s inception it's just amazing to think about our meager beginnings in 2001 when we depended mostly on word of mouth donations, from receiving big time help from The New York Stock Exchange to Nick's brother Chris pulling together our first, but informal fundraising project. Chris and a few friends ran the NYC Marathon in 2005 honoring Nick's memory. Between the three of them they raised $7,000.00. Chris mentioned that there were charities involved with the Marathon. On a whim we called the offices of the ING NYC Marathon asking if we could also be involved. It just so happened that they were establishing the Charity Partners Program, a program that would be implemented in the 2006 race. They took our fund information and two weeks later we received a letter in the mail that we were accepted. We had ten (10) runners. That was the beginning of a wonderful involvement.