The Washingtonville 5 WTC Firefighters Memorial Fund, established in 2001 following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 in which five FDNY firefighters from Washingtonville, NY lost their lives, has received a $1,109.71 donation on behalf of the Monroe Free Library. The Washingtonville 5 Firefighters Memorial Fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.
The Washingtonville 5 WTC Firefighters Memorial Fund was originally established to fund the expenses necessary to design, construct, erect and dedicate a monument as a memorial to the five (5) New York City firemen residents of the Washingtonville area who gave their lives in the line of duty at the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001 in New York City: Glenn Perry, Gerry Nevins, Robert Hamilton, Dennis Devlin and Mark Whitford. The Monument was erected one month prior to the first anniversary of September 11th.
The Fund now maintains the Monument and awards five (5) $500 scholarships annually to five graduating Washingtonville High School students to honor the memory of the five lost firefighters. To date, $27,500 has been awarded to graduating Washingtonville High School seniors. 2013 recipients were Lauren Cooney, Kaleigh Creeden, Briana Gualtieri, Samantha Jeroloman, and Steven Morrissey.
On each September 11th since 2001, there is a 9/11 Memorial Service to honor all those killed on that day and the five (5) New York City firemen residents of the Washingtonville area who gave their lives.
To make a contribution to The Washingtonville 5 Firefighters Memorial Fund checks can be made out to CFOS-Washingtonville 5 Firefighters Memorial Fund, and mailed to Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY12549 or donations can be made through the Foundation’s website at www.cfoc-ny.org.
The Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan helps individuals, businesses, and organizations establish permanent Charitable Funds that award grants and scholarships forever. Over 80 charitable funds have been created since 2001 that have awarded more than $1 million in grants in the areas of land preservation, education, health/human services, youth development, the arts and culture. Simple and cost effective, it costs nothing to establish a fund and the Foundation charges a modest fee annually to administer the fund. For more information on how to contribute to this Fund or to establish your own charitable fund in the name of your family, business, organization, or loved one, contact Karen VanHouten Minogue at the Community Foundation at 769-9393 or www.cfoc-ny.org.