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LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Letter from Our President August 2012

 

President's Remarks Read at Board of Directors Meeting August 20, 2012
 
THE OLYMPICS HAVE JUST ENDED WITH GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE MEDALS GIVEN TO MANY OUTSTANDING  ATHLETES. I AM SURE THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND WINS A GOLD MEDAL FOR WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED SINCE ITS INCEPTION. IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT THIS JUST LOOK AT WHAT SOME OF OUR PAST RECIPIENTS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED.
 
IN FACT OUR ALUMNI ARE NOW GIVING BACK TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN APPRECIATION FOR OUR HELP IN MAKING THEIR DREAMS COME TRUE AND IN AN EFFORT TO ALLOW OTHERS THE SAME OPPORTUNITY.
 
I THANK ALL FOR THE HARD WORK AND TIME PUT INTO MAKING THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND A SUCCESS AND URGE ALL TO CONTINUE THESE EFFORTS EVEN IN HARD TIMES. THANKS AGAIN. SEE YOU ALL SOON.
 
President's Letter August 24, 2012
 
THERE I WAS SULKING BECAUSE I COULD NOT ATTEND THE CONVENTION, OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING,  OR SEE ALL OF YOU. THEN I RECEIVED A CALL FROM SHARON ON WEDNESDAY WHICH LIFTED MY SPIRITS BY COMMUNICATING SOME WONDERFUL AND SIGNIFICANT NEWS.  PAOLO LONGO, JR. AND HIS FIRM, BICHLER, KELLEY, OLIVER & LONGO, PLEDGED $5,000 PER YEAR FOR FIVE YEARS TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO HELP THE KIDS.
 
YES, YOUR MATH IS CORRECT. THE TOTAL AMOUNT EQUALS $25,000.
 
MANY OF YOU MAY NOT KNOW PAOLO.  HE HAS BEEN A DEDICATED SUPPORTER OF THE FUND WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE INDIVIDUALS WHO RECEIVE THE SCHOLARSHIP. HE HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN THE SCHOLARSHIP PROCESS FOR MANY
 
HE AND HIS FIRM HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF MANY AND HAVE CONTRIBUTED IN MANY WAYS TO MAKING THEIR EDUCATIONAL GOALS BECOME A REALITY.
 
MY HEART AND THANKS GO OUT TO PAOLO AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FIRM.
 
MY THANKS GO OUT TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND THROUGH A COMMITMENT OF YOUR TIME AND/OR YOUR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS.
 
ONCE AGAIN, PAOLO, THANK YOU FOR MYSELF, THE STATE AND LOCAL BOARDS, AND THE KIDS.  HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON, AND, IF SO, BE READY FOR A HHHUUUGGGEEE  HUG!
 
RICHARD
 
Letter from Our President June 2012

 

While the Miami HEAT was in the midst of their playoff run, the Scholarship Fund on June 2nd awarded $67,650 to 43 students. The students receiving these awards are truly outstanding individuals.
 
The Jennifer A. Sadow Hands of Friendship Award is given to a student who is dedicated to teaching or helping students with special needs. This year it was again awarded to Jacob Power. Jacob is a senior at University of Florida majoring in history with a minor in teaching. He will graduate in June and plans to teach at the high school level.
 
The Michael J. Reid Award, which is usually given to a student who wants to pursue a career in journalism, was given to Kristina Bogos. Kristina is a sophomore at New York University who wants to pursue a career in journalism and Hellenic studies.
 
The Philip J. Feldman Award, given to a student who displays exceptional character, was given again to Carolina Echeverri. Carolina is a sophomore at Florida State University where she plans to major in international affairs and German.
 
Two additional students I feel deserve special notice are Daniel Medina and Milena Zambrana.
 
Daniel suffers from a rare medical condition which almost took his life as an infant and has required him to have continuing medical care. Regardless of this he attained a 3.35 GPA and has enrolled at the University of Miami planning to major in marine biology and environmental sciences.
 
Milena's father sustained a severe traumatic brain injury while on the job and, rather than being defeated by said injury and experience, she centered her energy on helping others in similar situations by establishing a web site for people coping with a family member with a traumatic brain injury. She will be attending University of Central Florida where she plans to major in psychology.
 
What is extremely rewarding is to learn what some of the students we have helped to fulfill their educational dreams and goals have actually accomplished. Through the efforts of Sharon McMorris we have located more alumni and short descriptions of what they have accomplished are on the website. To view them, click  Scholarship Recipients — Where Are They Now June 2012.
 
Some of these are:
 
Staff Sergeant Xavier Perez was awarded scholarships for two years beginning in 1999. He is a musician with the U.S. Army stationed at West Point. He performs and teaches music. He received the scholarship during a difficult time in his family life, and the award made it easier for him as he transitioned from Community College to University of Miami. He and his wife are expecting a baby this year. To listen to his beautiful saxophone playing, go to www.xavierperez.com.
 
Dr. T. Elijah Benioni was awarded scholarships for four years beginning in 1999. He is now the Medical Director of Sarasota County and the Chief of Education for Sarasota Emergency Associates. He serves on the Faculty at the Florida State University College of Medicine as the Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director. His undergraduate degree is in music from University of Miami.
 
Dr. Ryan S. Huss was awarded scholarships for three years beginning in 2002. He went to Florida State University and transferred to complete his bachelor's degree at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He attained a degree in Human Biology, pursued a pre-medical course curriculum and conducted research in the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery studying cancer stem cells. He obtained his medical degree at Stanford. He is now working as a Senior Medical Fellow at a company creating a medical device to help diagnose medical conditions (like the Tricorder on Star Trek).
 
Dr. Carisa Karin Pearce was awarded scholarships for five years beginning in 1996. She graduated from University of Florida and Temple Medical School, then Cornell and Columbia in New York for four years of residency. She specializes in patients with chronic pain due to cancer.
 
I would like to congratulate the HEAT for winning their second crown. This was accomplished not only due to James, Wade and Bosh, but also to all those in a supporting role . . . teamwork and the entire squad.
 
This year three individuals who have devoted so much to the success of the Scholarship Fund were nominated for the Richard Sadow Achievement Award. They are Judge Wil Condry, Charlie D'Agata and Mal Steinberg. I am proud to announce that Mal Steinberg won the award. My thanks go out to everyone for their efforts. Regardless of how hard we as individuals work for the Scholarship Fund, the Fund cannot be a success without the efforts of all.
 
The number of scholarships awarded and the number of kids we can help is directly related to fundraising. The Scholarship Fund is always looking for new ideas to maximize same. If anyone has an idea please forward it to me, Sharon or to Mark Touby who is our Vice President of Fundraising.
 
Some of the recent fundraising events were:
 
Treasure Coast Division's Greater Palm Beach Offshore 440 Fishing Tournament
Tampa Bay Division's Golf Classic
Orlando Division's Cards for a Cause
 
South Florida Division's Miami Marlins Event: Day with the Fish
 
Special thanks go out to the event and division chairpersons:
 
Treasure Coast Fishing: Marcos Gonzalez, Mike Bodik and Jim Walker
Tampa Bay Golf: Bill Mathews and Nancy Cavey
Orlando Cards for a Cause: AnnaMarie Kim and Kim Woods
South Florida Miami Marlins Day: Cliff Moskowitz and Eric Sandler
 
Also, thank you to all who supported these events with sponsorships, time or attendance.
 
I suppose that this is not only a president's message, but also a thank you note. I would like to thank Jim Walker, Cory Schnepper, Eric Sandler, and again Sharon McMorris. Sharon's efforts as executive director have been priceless to me.
 
Last I would like to thank those who answered the plea for additional funds to be used solely toward this year's scholarship awards. They are:
 
Cory Schnepper, Levine, Bush & Schnepper, P.A.
Tom Conroy
Clint Lyons, Moran Kidd
Morgan & Morgan
Joan Valdes, Law Office of Joan I. Valdes, P.L.
Bill Mathews
C. Wade McGuffey, Jr., Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson, LLP
Dr. Albert Ray
Vincent Carbone, Value Pawn & Jewelry (EZCORP)
Jane-Robin Wender, Jane-Robin Wender, P.A.
 
On a personal note I cannot overstate the appreciation I have for those who showed so much concern for my health issues. They lifted my spirits and hastened my recovery. Thanks again, and let's keep on helping the kids.
 
Richard A. Sadow
President
Letter from Our President

 

2/1/2012
 
It's 2012 already. Each year there are unknowns and knowns. We do not know who is going to win the Republican nomination or who will win the general election. Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals and those nasty independents and moderates. What makes the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund unique is a known in which those of all backgrounds and classifications get together as one to help the kids. Helping the educational dreams of many to become a reality is very rewarding.
 
An unknown each year has been the amount and the number of scholarships. The known is that everyone will do their best to make 2012 a success. Some updates are that Jim Walker and his committee are reviewing the bylaws again. Judge Condry and his committee are finalizing the waiver process.
 
A special thank you to Mark Touby who pledged $25,000 over five years to the Scholarship Fund. Also thanks to all donors who contributed time and funds during our 20th anniversary year in 2011.
 
Our fiscal year ends March 31st and, therefore, there is still time to donate towards scholarships to be awarded this year. Applications are due February 28th.
 
Sharon McMorris has located more alumni, and they are featured at the end of this letter.
 
Our next board meeting is set for February 11th.  Hope to see you all there.
 
Keep up the great work!
 
Richard A. Sadow
President
 
Where Are They Now?
 
Alex Cohen, Scholarship Recipient
Alexander Cohen was awarded a scholarship in 2004. He attended Tufts University where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in biomedical engineering. He is currently in his final year at Tufts University School of Medicine where he is in the top 25% of his class.  He is in the process of applying to numerous general surgery residencies across the country including four Ivy League programs.  He has taken part in many wonderful research opportunities ranging from drug development to computational fluid dynamics of complex intracerebral aneurysms. Alexander said, "The Friends of 440 scholarship helped to get my academic career off the ground and allow me to pursue my dream education. That path has in turn allowed me to become a successful medical student and ultimately will allow me to be a skilled and compassionate physician."
 
Jessica F. Warrington Cruz is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil and Financial Litigation Divisions in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. She was awarded scholarships for four years beginning in 1998.
President's Letter November 2011

 

A lot has happened since my last president's message. First, our 20th Anniversary Celebration was a success. We all had a chance to socialize not only with supporters and board members, but also with current and past scholarship recipients. Dr. Javier Lopez, co-chair of our Scholarship Alumni Program and a former scholarship recipient, spoke about what the scholarship meant to him. The Richard A. Sadow Award was presented to Judge Donna S. Remsnyder. I would like to thank both Dr. Lopez and Judge Remsnyder for the wonderful presentations they both made during the evening. I also would like to thank AnnaMarie Kim for assisting in the planning of this special evening and for all she does in arranging our meetings in Orlando.
 
The celebration continued Monday morning during our board meeting and presentation during the opening session of the workers' compensation convention. My thanks to all.
 
Since the convention many fund-raising events took place with all having fun and helping the kids. These events included the Treasure Coast Division's Casino Night chaired by Melanie Jacobson and South Florida's annual David H. Levine Memorial Golf & Tennis Classic chaired by Darcy Williams.
 
Don't forget that our scholarship application deadline is February 28, 2012.
 
Please note that our next board meeting is set for December 9 in Orlando, and everyone is encouraged to come.  I am keeping this short so to be able to add many photographs. Remember a picture can replace many words.
 
Richard Sadow & Mike Crumpler.
 
Front row, left to right: R. Cory Schnepper, Eric Sandler, Cesar Armstrong, Dr. Barry Burak. Back row, left to right: Donna S. Remsnyder, Erin Melinda Koski, Dr. Javier Lopez, Michael Lee, Jessica Johnson, Alan M. Kuker, Brittany Lyp, Bernard Probst, Danielle Garcia, Shannon Sullivan, Jacob Power, Martha Rodriguez, Bill Mathews, Richard Sadow.
 
Front row (left to right): Sharon McMorris, Allison Hartnett, Leslie Delman, Donna S. Remsnyder. Back row (left to right): Stuart Suskin, AnnaMarie Kim, Dr. Barry Burak, Joan Valdes, Dr. Albert Ray, James Walker, Eric Sandler, R. Cory Schneper, Bernard Probst, Cliff Moskowitz, Tom Conroy, Mal Steinberg, Rafael Gonzalez.
 
Donna S. Remsnyder, 2011 Recipient of The Richard A. Sadow Award.
8/1/2011

 

WHAT? What did you say? Did I hear you correctly? It's the Scholarship Fund's 20th Anniversary, and we have awarded kids MORE THAN ONE MILLION, TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS to allow them to pursue their educational dreams.
 
Do you think you are Jerry Lewis?
 
No, I am not Jerry Lewis. I may be funny and want to help the kids, but I do not have my own telethon.  What I have is news about the 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION to raise funds for the kids.  It's being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown, 60 South Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32804 on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
 
I hope you can attend, and feel free to spread the word to all. IT WILL BE APPRECIATED!  We welcome participation and will never refuse a donation including sponsorships.
 
LET'S ALL JOIN HANDS AND HELP THE KIDS.
 
If you can attend the celebration or not, everyone is invited to attend our Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Monday, August 22 at 7:30 a.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott in the New York and New Orleans Meeting Rooms. Please attend this and/or the presentation to be made in front of the entire convention body at 9:15 a.m. in the Palms Ballroom – Canary Convention Level.
 
Thank you in advance,
 
Richard Sadow
Letter From Our President

 

1/1/2011
 
Happy New Year! As the New Year approached many of us watched the ball descend on various TV networks broadcasting from Times Square.  We all have different thoughts and expectations for the New Year. Some wish the previous year never ended; others cannot wait for a new start and new resolutions. I am very excited about 2011. It represents the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund’s 20th anniversary. We have certainly come a long way with the help and efforts of so many.
 
We are planning a celebration party to honor some of the past recipients of the scholarship and some of the people who have devoted so much time and effort in helping the kids. Sharon McMorris has contacted some of the individuals who received an award to see where they are now and what they are doing. I am happy to say we have many success stories. I will not repeat them here but Sharon will send them to you soon. We all share credit for this accomplishment. A job well done! My thanks to all.
 
Additional information concerning the anniversary celebration which will be held on the Saturday night before the Workers’ Compensation Convention (August 20, 2011), will be forthcoming.
 
I hope your resolutions for 2011 come to be!
 
Richard Sadow, President
Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Letter From Our President

 

6/1/2010
 
Milestones were reached on May 15th when $104,100 was awarded to 47 students to help them attend college and have their dreams and goals become a reality. They are an impressive group with varying goals and backgrounds. This year’s recipients include the following students.
 
Jessica R. Johnson of Englewood was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. Jessica is a sophomore at University of South Florida in Tampa where she is pursuing a major in nursing. Her goals include obtaining a master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner. Her family has been struggling for the past four years since her father was diagnosed with a serious cardiac disorder and has endured several procedures. Her mother is employed in Florida’s Workers’ Compensation system. While attending college, Jessica works part time at Publix Pharmacy as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. She is a member of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship.
 
Christopher C. Clarke of Fort Myers was awarded the Michael Reed Scholarship award for $4,000. Christopher, an Eagle Scout and senior at Bishop Verot High School, will be attending Flagler College where he plans to enter the Pre-Law Program. Christopher’s father died in 2007 at age 59 after being injured in an auto accident while at work 10 years earlier. Family life changed in an instant for the entire family. With the support of his mother, friends and school community, Christopher has succeeded in high school where he has been an active volunteer in such areas as hurricane relief in New Orleans, Mississippi and Florida; Yearbook Sports Editor; videographer for the varsity football team (lettering in football); member of the Academic Competitive Team; Freshman Retreat Leader; Edison Festival, and Calusa Nature Center.
 
Victor S. DeRosa of Jacksonville was awarded the Philip Feldman Scholarship Award for $4,000. Victor is a student at Paxon School for Advanced Studies. He plans to attend University of Central Florida. His high school activities included National Honors Society Treasurer; Spanish Club, Science National Honors Society and Junior Varsity Football. Since his mother’s death from cancer in 2007, Victor has lived with his sister who works in Florida’s Workers’ Compensation system. They moved from Broward County to Jacksonville before he began 11th grade. His volunteer activities include serving at an elementary school summer camp for at-risk youth, camp counselor, a marine biology program to clean and research South Florida Beaches and the Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.
 
A challenge now presents itself for FRIENDS in order to raise sufficient sums to allow those selected to be able to finish their education and also to provide aid to new applicants. This is not an easy task in our present economy, but I truly believe that if we all continue our work on behalf of the kids that we can achieve this goal. Many fund-raising events are now being set. The next board meeting is set for August 16th, which coincides with the Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute Annual Conference in Orlando. More details will be posted next month, but I’d like all board members to please mark your calendars for Monday morning starting at 8 a.m. I also request that you bring a new person to this meeting. It will be greatly appreciated.
 
We’ve relocated our headquarters to 9100 South Dadeland Blvd., Suite 1010, Miami, FL 33156. We appreciate the donated space that was provided by Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson and is now provided by Levine, Busch & Schnepper.
 
The Scholarship Fund, in order to reach our goals and continue to grow, has hired Sharon McMorris as its first Executive Director. It has been easy and great to work with her she has already contributed in a meaningful way. Sharon is a long time advocate for education, health and human service needs within South Florida’s nonprofit sector. Throughout her career she has been involved with such organizations as Nonprofit Management and Fund Development (her consulting firm), Nova Southeastern University’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Planned Parenthood, Senior Volunteer Services and South Florida Museum of Natural History. You will be able to meet Sharon at one of the upcoming local chapter meetings and/or the Orlando Conference.
 
Thanks for your continued support.
Richard Sadow, President
Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund, Inc.
 
Christopher Clarke with his mother Jane Clarke
 
Victor DeRosa and his sister Vanessa DeRosa Lipsky
 
Jessica Johnson with her parents Kathy and Donald Johnson
 
Judge E. Douglas Spangler, Jr. and Jessica Johnson
 
 
Letter From Our President

 

4/22/2010
 
MILESTONE ATTAINED:
 
The Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund will be awarding in excess of $102,000.00  this year to aid children to meet their educational goals and dreams.  This is a record.  Congratulations everyone.
 
Please note that the selection committee meeting will be held on May 15, 2010 in Orlando at the downtown Marriott Hotel. Anyone who has an interest in seeing and interviewing the applicants is welcome to attend.  Its impact is grand and very touching.  You will always remember it.
 
Thanks for your continued support.
 
Richard Sadow, President
Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Letter From Our President

 

10/15/2009
 
Its football time again. Yeah. Many of us watch college football on a regular basis and realize that most of the student athletes are on scholarship. Well the start of college football also means that it is time to get out the message of the Friends of 440 Scholarship helping kids receive an education so that their goals may come true. That means GETTING OUT THE INFORMATION REGARDING THE APPLICATION. This can be done in many ways.
 
First, each division should make certain that their local school boards, including private schools, know about the Fund and have a copy of the applications available. Second, claimant attorneys can notify their clients about potential eligibility and have said applications and notification of same in their offices while defense attorneys can notify their carriers about both areas of eligibility i.e., dependents of injured workers and dependents of those whom are primarily involved in the administration of the workers compensation law. This includes dependents of adjusters, legal secretaries whom only do workers compensation and risk managers.
 
This year for the first time a doctor gave one of his patients an application which was completed, submitted and awarded funds. Get them off to rehab providers, court reporters, doctors, and anyone involved in the field. Our goal is to help the KIDS. SO THE CHALLENGE IS TO DISTRIBUTE THE APPLICATIONS AND I MIGHT SUGGEST CONTACTING JIM WALKER SINCE HE HAS A PROVEN METHOD OF DOING SO. On another note the state wide meeting was well attended and I would like to thank all those whom attended including the members of the First D.C.A. To follow up on matters discussed, the search for an Executive Director is continuing and a committee is being formed to suggest revisions to the state wide by- laws.
 
I am attaching a few pictures of the students who attended the meeting. Note the tall and short of the matter. lol!. Till next month, enjoy the pigskin action.
 
Brian
 
Eric Sandler Receiving the RAS Award
 
Sophia
 
Darcy Williams
 
 
WOW! !, Coining a phrase seen in CVS stores, WOW. Last Saturday in Orlando, we either interviewed or reviewed 39 scholarship applicants. Scholarships totaling in excess of $73,000 were distributed amongst the applicants. Every year I am amazed of the quality of student we are able to help to allow their educational goals and dreams come true. All this would not be possible without the support shown by so many through out the State. My sincere thanks go out to all including those who took part in the selection process. This is such a rewarding experience that words can not fully express. Everyone is welcome to take part in the selection all you have to do is call me, Darcy, Blanca or any board member.
 
Megan Vunk was selected to receive the Jennifer Sadow award which is given to a student majoring in education with emphasis on special Ed. Melissa Berwick received the Michael Reid award which is give en in the area of journalism while Bryan Burnett got the Phillip Feldman award which is given to an individual who displays high character and drive without any specific major.
 
Attached are some photos of certain individuals whom received awards. They come form all different areas in the state and have different stories and dreams.
 
I envision a financial challenge in the face of hard times for us to raise sufficient funds to allow all repeats and new applicants to fulfill their dreams. I am sure that the chant sweeping the nation cane also propels the scholarship to new bounds, YES WE CAN. I KNOW WE CAN IF WE ALL PITCH IN. SO LET’S DO IT.
 
Eric Sandler has won the Richard Sadow Award, and the award will be presented to him at the Workers Comp. Convention in Orlando Marriot Convention Center, on Monday August 17, 2009 at 8:00 AM.
 
Very truly yours,
 
Richard Sadow
President

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