$1 MILLION FROM CISCO SYSTEMS TO SUPPORT FINANCIAL GRANTS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES

FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION  RECEIVES $1 MILLION FROM CISCO SYSTEMS TO SUPPORT FINANCIAL GRANTS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES

Cisco responds to the Foundation’s appeal to support first responders during the crisis with financial hardship grants and scholarships

NEW YORK, N.Y. – April 30, 2020 – First Responders Children’s Foundation announced today that Cisco Systems has made a donation of $1 million to the Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.  Cisco Systems answered a recent appeal to industry leaders by the Foundation to “Give More Grants” to first responders on the front lines of the pandemic. The Gift will support first responders experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic through grants to first responders and public safety agencies across the country and college scholarships for children of first responders who have passed away as a result of COVID-19. In response to the pandemic, First Responders Children’s Foundation has

  • Funded more than 11,000 hotel room nights so first responders don’t have to go home and infect their families or can self-quarantine.
  • Awarded more than $1 million in immediate grants to hundreds of first responders with financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Distributed more than 100,000 FDA certified, surgical grade masks to first responders without disrupting the supply chain of N95 masks for hospitals.
  • Paid for funerals of first responders who have died from COVID-19.
  • Continues a 19 year mission funding college scholarships benefiting worthy children with first responder parents who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.

The Foundation defines first responders as emergency medical technicians, firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and employees supporting first responders such as 911 dispatchers. Also eligible are medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients. Applicants complete a simple application on the Foundation’s website, 1stRCF.org.  

In keeping with First Responders Children’s Foundation’s mission to provide college scholarships, the Foundation will award scholarships to children of first responder parents who have died from COVID-19. For nearly 20 years, the Foundation has provided college scholarships to children of first responder parents who have been killed or permanently injured in the line of duty. The Foundation will continue to be there for the children of first responders who make the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As COVID-19 continues to infect communities across the nation, the need for grants within the first responder community continues to grow, and the Foundation has set a fundraising goal of $200 million to meet the projected needs of first responders. In response to the growing need, the Foundation asked companies in every industry including apparel, entertainment, food and beverage, insurance, licensing, pharmaceutical, technology, transportation, and others to support the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to help “Give More Grants” to first responders.

Cisco Systems, has 35 years of history supporting communities and recognizes the impact that First Responders Children’s Foundation is having on the lives of first responders during the crisis. The Foundation hopes that other industry leaders, especially those in the technology sector, will feel inspired and also donate to help the Foundation give more grants to our heroes on the front lines and their families.

“For more than two decades, Cisco Systems has provided critical support for first responders and their families,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “During this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic crisis, Chuck Robbins, Dan Stevens, and the entire Cisco family have answered the call and are true national and global heroes of the rescue effort just as they were after September 11th, 2001. There is no doubt that first responders and their families can count on Cisco. Thank you, Cisco, for all you do for First Responders Children’s Foundation and for the world.”

In recent weeks, First Responders Children’s Foundation was a charity partner of the “Fox Presents iHeart Living Room Concert for America” and the “One World: Together at Home” concerts paying tribute to first responders on the front lines of the pandemic with performances from Billie Eilish, Celine Dion, Chris Martin, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Lizzo, The Rolling Stones, and others.

The Foundation’s #FirstRespondersStrong social media campaign is celebrating the resiliency and strength of first responders, encouraging first responders to post videos from the front lines, and asking civilians to share messages of appreciation. The Foundation released two PSAs thanking first responders and raising awareness about how they protect our communities. The PSAs feature the songs “Underdog” by Alicia Keys and “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves, and the artists performed both songs during the benefit concerts. The singer-songwriters have donated permission to use their music in support of first responders. PSAs can be found at www.1stRCF.org or click here to watch “Rainbow” and here to watch “Underdog”.


Grant applications are being accepted online by visiting: 1stRCF.org.

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


[email protected]

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS, TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF COVID-19

FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS, TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF COVID-19 AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND

The Foundation is raising a minimum of $200 million to support first responders with immediate financial support as they battle the pandemic

NEW YORK, N.Y. – April 13, 2020 – First Responders Children’s Foundation announced today that the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund would award grants to first responders experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation will also fund temporary housing and need-based grants to first responders and public safety agencies across the country. College scholarships for children of first responders who have passed away as a result of COVID-19 are also available.

To be eligible to receive a grant or scholarship from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, the Foundation has defined first responders as emergency medical technicians, firefighters, paramedics, police officers and employees supporting first responders such as 911 dispatchers. Also eligible are medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients.

To address the immediate needs of first responders on the front lines, the Foundation awarded a grant to the FDNY Foundation to provide temporary housing for FDNY EMS personnel and firefighters. Like many first responders across the country, they are gravely concerned about spreading COVID-19 to their vulnerable family members, including elderly parents, children with special needs and immunosuppressed partners. Through a generous donation from Ryan Seacrest, the First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will provide 200 hotel rooms and corporate style apartment housing in New York City for the next six weeks. The Foundation expects to receive similar requests from first responder agencies across the country as the need grows, and the Foundation is actively working with public safety agencies across the nation to convey the availability of grants through the Fund.

“The First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will make an immediate impact in the lives of our EMTs, Paramedics, and Firefighters who are on the front lines of this pandemic by providing important funding to secure temporary housing for them through our FDNY Foundation COVID-19 Fund,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “On behalf of the FDNY and FDNY Foundation – and the brave men and women of the FDNY – we thank First Responders Children’s Foundation for their tremendous support.”

Jean O’Shea, Executive Director of the FDNY Foundation, acknowledged the support stating, “The FDNY Foundation is so grateful to the First Responders Children’s Foundation for this grant. Our FDNY members are on the front lines fighting this pandemic, and we are committed to supporting them.”

In keeping with First Responders Children’s Foundation’s mission to provide college scholarships, the Foundation will award scholarships to children of first responder parents who have died from COVID-19. For nearly 20 years, the Foundation has provided college scholarships to children of first responder parents who have been killed or permanently injured in the line of duty. The Foundation will continue to be there for the children of first responders who make the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established through the support of CSX and the company’s Pride in Service initiative, a commitment to support the nation’s military, veterans, and first responders. The “iHeart Living Room Concert for America” presented and televised by FOX raised money and awareness for the Foundation and encouraged generous donations from individuals and companies.

The Foundation recognizes and thanks industry leaders, including Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, E&J Gallo, Fox, iHeart Radio, PricewaterhouseCoopers, P&G, and The Rite Aid Foundation. Artists and talent who were pivotal in sharing the message of the Foundation to the world include Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Ben Falcone, Billie Eilish and Finneas, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Ciara and Russell Wilson, Dave Grohl, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, H.E.R., Ken Jeong, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Mariah Carey, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, Ryan Seacrest, Sam Smith and Tim McGraw.

As COVID-19 continues to infiltrate communities across the nation, the Foundation expects to see an even greater need for grants within the first responder community. The Foundation will need to raise a minimum of $200 million to support the projected needs of first responders. The Foundation is appealing to individuals across the country to donate by pledging to help a first responder during the pandemic. There are several opportunities available for companies to support the Foundation, including a one-time donation, employee matching programs, and give-back initiatives.
“First Responders Children’s Foundation would like to thank all the people and companies that have supported the Foundation and donated to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “We have experienced genuine caring and generosity from people across this country as we come together to help first responders in a time when they need us most.”
First responders can apply for grants by completing a simple, four-question application on the Foundation’s website, 1stRCF.org, and applications will be reviewed expeditiously. Grant applications are also available on the Foundation’s website for first responder agencies that require financial support for COVID-19 related emergency response.

#FirstRespondersStrong is a social media campaign celebrating the resiliency and strength of first responders, encouraging first responders to post videos from the front lines, and asking civilians to share messages of appreciation.
Grant applications are being accepted online by visiting: 1stRCF.org

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


[email protected]

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert For America

“FOX PRESENTS THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA,” TO BENEFIT FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

The One-Hour, Commercial-Free Special Will Be Hosted By Elton John With Performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Camila Cabello, Dave Grohl, H.E.R., Mariah Carey, Sam Smith, Tim McGraw With Feature Guest Appearance From Ciara, Demi Lovato, Lizzo, Russell Wilson and More

NEW YORK, N.Y. – March 27, 2020 – First Responders Children’s Foundation announced today that it has been selected as a recipient of donations made during “FOX PRESENTS THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA,” a music event presented by iHeartMedia and FOX which will pay tribute to front line first responders of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donations from viewers and listeners will be contributed to First Responders Children’s Foundation’s #FirstRespondersStrong COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which was established through the support of CSX’s Pride in Service initiative, a year-round commitment to support the nation’s military, veterans and first responders.

The event, taking place this Sunday, March 29 in lieu of the iHeartRadioMusic Awards, will provide entertainment relief and support for Americans who help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic. Performing from their own homes, artists will be filmed with their personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of all involved.

In addition to featuring unforgettable performances, the hour-long concert will recognize the front line health professionals, first responders and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm’s way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus. The benefit will encourage viewers to support First Responders Children’s Foundation and the Foundation’s #FirstRespondersStrong campaign to thank first responders and support the Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund with 100% of proceeds providing financial aid to first responders.

The concert will air Sunday, March 29 from 9-10 PM ET / 6-7 PM PT on FOX — and on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide as well as via the iHeartRadio app.

The benefit special will be broadcast commercial-free. To extend the reach of the commercial-free special’s charitable component, FOX will offer the event across all of its linear and digital platforms.

“It’s during challenging times like these that we see people from across the country step up and show our first responders that we are here to support them in the same way that they are here for us 365 days a year,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “We would like to thank iHeartMedia, FOX, the artists performing, and all those who have come together to produce this benefit in support of #FirstRespondersStrong for giving thanks and raising financial support for our first responders who put their lives on the line for us today and every day.”

First Responders Children’s Foundation encourages first responders who need financial assistance to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Response grants. Men and women working as EMTs, police officers, firefighters and public safety personnel are putting themselves at risk every day to serve and protect communities across the country.  The First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund provides emergency financial assistance to first responders facing financial hardship due to tragic circumstances and is prepared to address critical needs within the first responder community.

The First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is supported through corporate partnerships and individual donations to the Foundation’s #FirstRespondersStrong fundraising campaign.

“First Responders Children’s Foundation is an invaluable partner to CSX through our Pride in Service initiative, helping us to fulfill our year-round mission to support our nation’s first responders and their families – especially those working tirelessly on the frontlines to combat the COVID-19 crisis today,” said Bryan Tucker, vice president of Corporate Communications at CSX. “Our support for the emergency relief fund was a natural extension of our partnership, and we encourage others to join together and help further this impact.”

Contributions to the First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund can be made by visiting www.1stRCF.org, and messages of thanks can be shared on social media using hashtag #FirstRespondersStrong and tagging First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Additional details and performers to be announced soon. For more information, visit iHeart.com/LivingRoomConcert.

Executive producers for “FOX PRESENTS THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA” are John Sykes and Tom Poleman, for iHeartMedia; and Joel Gallen, For Tenth Planet Productions who produced the multi-network telethons immediately following 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti Earthquake.

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About iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 850 live broadcast stations in over 150 markets; digital radio via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; through its on-air influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio product, using data from its massive consumer base. Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

About FOX Entertainment
A division of Fox Corporation, FOX Entertainment’s 30-year legacy of innovative, hit programming includes 9-1-1, 9-1-1: LONE STAR, THE MASKED SINGER, LEGO MASTERS, PRODIGAL SON, EMPIRE, LAST MAN STANDING, “24,” “The X-Files” and “American Idol.” Delivering high-quality scripted, non-scripted and live content, FOX Entertainment’s broadcast network airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week, as well as major sports; and is the only major network to post year-over-year growth among viewers during the 2018-2019 broadcast season.

 

 

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


[email protected]

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Launched


FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ESTABLISHES COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND AND LAUNCHES “FIRST RESPONDER STRONG” FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

100% of proceeds will provide financial aid to first responders protecting our communities

NEW YORK, NY (March 20, 2020) – The First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund has been established to provide emergency grants to first responder families enduring financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As our nation navigates its response to COVID-19, we are reminded of the sacrifice that first responders make in communities every day,” said Jillian Crane, President of the First Responders Children’s Foundation. “It is during challenging times like this one that people and companies across the country can step up and show first responders that we are here to support them should they need financial assistance.”

Men and women working as EMTs, police officers, firefighters and public safety personnel are putting themselves at risk daily in these uncertain times to serve and protect communities across the country.  The First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will provide access to emergency financial assistance for unforeseen medical expenses as well as food, supplies, rent, mortgage, utility and child care assistance. The fund is designed to be flexible and to address additional areas of support as they develop within the first responder community.

First Responders Children’s Foundation is actively engaging public safety agencies to encourage first responders who need financial assistance to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Response grants.

The First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is supported through corporate partnerships and individual donations to the foundation’s First Responders Strong fundraising campaign launched today. CSX, a premier transportation company, is the first corporate partner to commit to the fund through the company’s Pride in Service initiative. 

Individuals who would like to provide support are encouraged to join First Responders Children’s Foundation’s First Responders Strong campaign by donating just $1 to help raise $2.8 million in tribute to each of our nation’s estimated 2.8 million first responders. Individuals can thank first responders for their service, make a donation and encourage friends to do the same through social media using the hashtag #FirstRespondersStrong.

Contributions to the First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund can be made by visiting: www.1stRCF.org or by contacting Scott Perrin at [email protected]

 

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


[email protected]

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

Chicago Police Memorial Award

CHICAGO POLICE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION ‘OPERATION SANTA’ AWARDED A FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION CSX ‘PRIDE IN SERVICE’ GRANT 

The Foundation will fund the purchase of gifts for children of  Chicago police officers that have died or have been injured in the line of duty

 

NEW YORK, NY (December 12, 2019) – First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is pleased to announce that the Foundation has awarded a CSX ‘Pride in Service’ Grant in support of ‘Operation Santa,’ an annual holiday event hosted by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation (CPMF).

Operation Santa provides holiday cheer to families of Chicago police officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. A press conference will be held on the morning of Saturday, December 14, at Macy’s department store on State Street to kick off the festivities. Santa will be delivering gifts throughout Chicago neighborhoods on December 14th and 15th. Santa will be joined by his elves; Chicago Police Officers; Bob Stanberry, Director of Strategic Partnerships for First Responders Children’s Foundation; and supporters of the event. The motorcade of well wishers will deliver gifts to over 50 children of Chicago Police officers who have died protecting the citizens of Chicago, officers injured in the line of duty and officers who are serving in the military overseas. All children will receive gifts hand-picked for them by CPMF.

“The holiday season can be extremely difficult for families who have suffered the loss of a loved one or dealing with life-changing circumstances as a result of line-of-duty injury. FRCF is honored to be supporting an event that directly impacts the families of our first responders, and we thank CSX ‘Pride in Service’ for partnering with our Foundation to help fund this grant,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation.

FRCF’s partnership with CSX, a premier transportation company, provides: scholarships to children of first responders, emergency grants bestowed to first responder children with a parent who lost his or her life or became disabled in the line of duty, as well as industry grants for public safety education and child safety needs.

Ms. Crane added: “FRCF looks forward to working closely with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation to support first responders and their families in the Chicago area with FRCF and CSX Pride in Service Scholarships and Grants.”

The event will mark the 14th year of CPMF spreading joy to first responder families.

“The First Responders Children’s Foundation CSX ‘Pride in Service’ Grant has provided CPMF the gift of putting a smile on the faces of children of Chicago police officers. Operation Santa is a way for us to remind these families that we will never forget, and to also remind their children and families that they will always be part of our family. A partnership with First Responders Children’s Foundation means so much to us – the mission of both our foundations’ are perfectly aligned and we look forward to working together for years to come.” Said Bridget Hannon Schuda, Development & Communications Officer for CPMF.

FRCF accepts applications for grants and scholarships on a rolling basis. More information and applications can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow FRCF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @1strcf.

 

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 230 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

About Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Established in 2004, The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago police officers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. More information about CPMF is available at www.cpdmemorial.org.

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


[email protected]

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF
 9/11 FIRST RESPONDER LUIS ALVAREZ AT THE
 19TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE BREAKFAST

FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
TO ANNOUNCE SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF
 9/11 FIRST RESPONDER LUIS ALVAREZ AT THE
19TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE BREAKFAST

A presentation will be made to the family of NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez
The First Responders Children’s Foundation Public Service Hero Award will be presented to
FDNY Lieutenant Sarinya Srisakul, the first Asian female firefighter in the FDNY

(New York, NY – November 22, 2019) – First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) will announce a scholarship in honor of and named for NYPD Detective Luis G. Alvarez at the Foundation’s 19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast on Thanksgiving morning at the Bryant Park Grill.  The Foundation will welcome NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill; FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro; Port Authority of NY & NJ Superintendent of Police Edward Cetnar; Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

The Foundation will recognize NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill for his support of FRCF throughout his years in public service.  The First Responders Children’s Foundation Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast is expected to mark one of O’Neill’s last official public appearances as NYPD Commissioner prior to his stepping down on November 30, 2019.

Over 1,500 guests are expected to attend the 19th annual Breakfast that began in the wake of 9/11 to provide a welcoming holiday community for first responder families who endured tragedy.  Today, First Responders Children’s Foundation continues to host the Breakfast for families of first responders who have been lost or injured in the line of duty.  Guests are invited to view the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from a designated area along the Parade route following breakfast and presentations.

“The 19th Annual First Responders Children’s Foundation Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast provides a live Parade experience for 1,500 children and family members of fallen first responders” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation.  “It’s a wonderful and personal way to show gratitude to our uniformed heroes and their families on this national holiday of thanks.  Attendance at the annual breakfast has grown every year since 9/11 which demonstrates not only the relevance of our mission today more than ever, but also serves as a stark reminder of the number of first responders who put their lives on the line for us daily.  Thanksgiving Day is a time to thank first responders for their service and let them know we are committed to meeting the needs of their families.  Sponsors and donors allow all first responder families to attend the Breakfast at no cost, and proceeds from donations to the Foundation also support scholarships and grants for first responder families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Contributions to the Foundation have a direct and immediate impact on the children whose families have sacrificed so much already.”

A scholarship named after and honoring NYPD Detective Luis G. Alvarez will be announced.  Alvarez, who passed away from 9/11-related illnesses, is known for his advocacy on behalf of 9/11 first responders and his lobbying efforts including pleading before the United States Congress to replenish the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.  At the Breakfast, Alvarez’s family members will be present including his widow, Alaine Parker Alvarez, sons Tyler, Ben, and David, sister, Aida, brother, Finn, nephew, Michael, and all of their families.  In addition, several 9/11 first responders who joined Alvarez in Washington, D.C. will also be present including John Feal, Matt McCauley, and Tom Wilson who lobbied Congress alongside Alvarez to secure permanent funding of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund which was signed into law in July 2019, one month after Alvarez passed away and six weeks after his testimony before Congress.

Ms. Crane said, “Our Foundation began by helping families of first responders who were injured or killed on 9/11, but there’s actually a greater need today than ever before to continue supporting families of first responders who have fallen or been injured or who are still suffering from 9/11-related illnesses.  So, in an effort to meet the ongoing, significant needs of first responder families, the Foundation is announcing the Luis G. Alvarez Memorial Scholarship in honor of NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez who stood up for first responders and the sacrifices they make for all of us.”

The Foundation will present its Public Service Hero Award to FDNY Lieutenant Sarinya Srisakul, the first Asian female firefighter in the FDNY and the first woman officer to be assigned to the FDNY’s 14th Division. Lieutenant Srisakul has served as President of United Women Firefighters and is an activist for social justice and gender equality.

FRCF has invited CSX Pride in Service scholarship recipients and their families from across the country to enjoy the festivities.  The CSX Pride in Service scholarships are designated to answer a specific need for first responder families due to tragic circumstances or financial hardship.  28 scholarships have been awarded to students attending colleges and universities across the nation.  Many of the students are pursuing careers that will allow them to give back to the community including nursing, psychology, biology, cyber security, forensic science, and criminal justice.  Bryan Tucker, Vice President of Communications for CSX, will acknowledge the students from the podium for their academic accomplishments and community service.  The Foundation will also welcome the Pastor of the oldest African American church on Long Island, Pastor Keith Hayward of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Copiague, NY, to say the closing blessing.

In the spirit of the event, the NYPD Police Explorers Honor Guard and The Brooklyn United Marching Band Drum Corps will participate in the festivities.  Tyler Carach, “The Donut Boy,” will be spreading his mission of “I DONUT Need a Reason to THANK a cop” at the event by handing out donuts to both guests and first responders along the parade route.

Breakfast and the awards ceremony will be hosted at the Bryant Park Grill in Bryant Park, where guests will also enjoy an exclusive front-row view of the parade as it passes along Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets.

The 19th Annual FRCF Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast is funded in part by the generous support of sponsors including Diamond Sponsors Bryant Park Corporation and CSX, Platinum Sponsors INVNT, Louis Vuitton, and Kay Family Foundation, Gold Sponsors Robert Cagnazzi, Carol Cheng, Michael N. Emmerman & Patricia A. Stockhausen, Marilyn & James Simons Charitable Fund, and The Rosinsky Family, Silver Sponsors Global Foundation for First Responders, Logicalis, Electronix Systems, GreenbergTraurig, MSA Security, and Dan, Lisa & Taylor Stevens, and Bronze Sponsors Century Direct, Thomas & Annmarie Flood, and Winter Village at Bryant Park.

 

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


[email protected]

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

CSX Award Scholarships

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FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION AND CSX AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN OF FIRST RESPONDERS

28 deserving children of first responders in need receive grants 
to help them follow their dreams of a post-secondary education

NEW YORK, NY (November 14, 2019) – First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), a non-profit organization that supports the families of first responders who are permanently disabled, have died in the line of duty or are facing other financial hardships, has announced recipients of the first round of scholarships sponsored by CSX, a premier transportation company. On a mission to expand the organization’s reach and resources for children of first responders, FRCF partnered with CSX through the company’s Pride in Service initiative, which connects military, veterans, first responders and their families to the resources and support they need – when and where they need it.

The CSX Pride in Service Scholarships are designated to answer a specific need for first responder families due to tragic circumstances or financial hardships. A total of 28 scholarships have been awarded to students attending colleges and universities across the nation. Many of the students are pursuing careers that will allow them to give back to the community including nursing, psychology, biology, cyber security, forensic science and criminal justice.

“When tragedy strikes in service to our communities, the families of first responders are often left with significant financial burdens in addition to the emotional toll,” said Jillian Crane, president of FRCF. “In partnership with CSX, we are honored to provide critical support to help our heroes of tomorrow pursue their dreams of post-secondary education.”

“My dad was a first responder in the New York Police Department and despite injuries sustained through his heroic actions on September 11th, he still supports me and my three siblings who are all attending college at the same time. I cannot thank First Responders Children’s Foundation enough for the scholarships they awarded our family this year,” said Jack Kilgen, one of the four Kilgen family scholarship recipients from Blue Point, New York, pursuing their degrees. “Achieving my bachelor’s degree this spring will be a dream come true.”

FRCF’s partnership with CSX also includes emergency grants for first responder families in need, as well as industry grants for police stations, fire departments and other organizations for public safety education and child safety needs.

“We are proud to present these students with these well-deserved scholarships through our partnership with the First Responders Children’s Foundation,” said Bryan Tucker, vice president of corporate communications at CSX. “Through the CSX Pride in Service program, we are committed to supporting the families of the brave men and women who risk their lives in service of our communities.”

FRCF is accepting scholarship applications on a rolling basis. Children of first responders who are attending or plan to attend a post-secondary institution can learn more and apply at www.1strcf.org.  Follow FRCF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @1strcf.

 

 

About CSX


CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products.  For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides.  It also links more than 230 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike.  More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX). 
Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


[email protected]

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

A MILITARY TRIBUTE AT THE GREENBRIER

FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION SELECTED AS A CHARITY PARTNER OF A MILITARY TRIBUTE AT THE GREENBRIER

Official PGA TOUR Taking Place September 9-15, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (September 9, 2019) – First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), a non-profit established in 2002 dedicated to supporting the families of first responders is proud to partner with A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier from September 9-15, 2019.

The Greenbrier event will take place on one of the most significant days in American history—the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier has made a pledge to support FCRF and other relief organizations with a significant financial contribution.  FRCF will be present throughout the tournament dates and will be showcasing the Foundation’s mission in a number of different ways.

The Foundation will be joined by a representative from the FDNY and an officer from the NYPD Ceremonial Unit who will sing The National Anthem at a “Salute to Service” dinner and “God Bless America” at a 9/11 remembrance ceremony.  Representatives from CSX will also be present at The Greenbrier.  CSX Pride In Service is a partner of FRCF and with the company’s support, the Foundation has expanded its reach to provide scholarships to even more children of first responders in the 23 states in which CSX operates.  A special event will be held on 9/11 at the ceremonial locomotive, CSX 911 “Spirit of our First Responders,” a state-of-the-art, working locomotive honoring first responders.  At the event FRCF will thank CSX and the Greenbrier for their significant financial support and acknowledge first responders for their contribution to the local community and beyond.  A local first responder family will be awarded tickets to attend the FRCF Thanksgiving Breakfast at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Commenting on the partnership with A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, Jillian Crane, President of FRCF:

“First responders are the men and women that we call on in times of trouble and they show up and put their lives on the line for us. Our goal at FRCF is to be there for first responders and their families because they are here for us.  They risk their lives for us and we are committed to serving them and their children.

…We would like to thank the Greenbrier for inviting us to be a charity partner of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.  We also thank CSX for their partnership with FRCF. Partnerships such as these are essential to provide the resources needed to children of first responders by way of emergency grants and scholarships”.

FRCF will be participating in numerous ways over the duration of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier including representation at all programed events throughout the tournament.  Events and activities that feature the work of FRCF include:

See 9/11 Memorabilia
The FRCF tent located on The Greenbrier grounds will have on display 9/11 memorabilia and photographs.
Walk the FRCF 9/11 First Responders Commemorative Walk
Take 1,980 steps – the number of stairs that first responders set out to climb to reach the top of the World Trade Center on 9/11 – with signs along the way telling the stories of first responders who were there.
Win VIP Tickets to the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City
Each day, the Tournament raffle will award a family pack of four front row tickets to the FRCF Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast in NYC.
Visit the CSX First Responder Commemorative Locomotive
Located at the font gates of the Greenbrier, CSX 911, “Spirit of Our First Responders” is a state-of-the-art, working locomotive honoring first responders. Guests of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier and community members are invited to: visit the locomotive on 9/11 from 4 pm to 5 pm; meet the FRCF team, PGA players, Executive Tournament Director, Robert Harris, and CSX representatives; and watch the “Salute to Freedom” parade with marching bands. A local first responder family will be recognized and presented with tickets to The FRCF Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Nominate a First Responder for a Named CSX Pride in Service Scholarship
Each day, the Tournament raffle will pick an “Everyday Hero” from the nominations received for “The Greenbrier Wall of Honor” to have a FRCF / CSX Pride in Service college scholarship named after them and awarded to a worthy child of a first responder.
Snap a Selfie at “Hats Off to First Responders”

Guests can show their support for first responders by posting a selfie while wearing first responder gear including fire, police, and EMT hats, Kevlar vests, and more.  Stand in front of the “Hats off to First Responders” backdrop beside the FRCF tent.

More information on FRCF is available at www.1stRCF.org.  Follow FRCF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @1strcf.

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


[email protected]

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

CSX Partner to Provide Scholarships to Children of First Responders

First Responders Children’s Foundation and CSX Partner to Provide Scholarships to Children of First Responders

 

Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted through July 1, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 12, 2019
NEW YORK, April 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With partnership funding from CSX, the First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive, is proud to announce that additional scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year are now available for eligible candidates nationwide.
“We know all too well the sacrifice first responder families make to ensure our safety and that of our communities,” said FRCF Co-Executive Director Dawne Troupe. “With CSX, we have a shared mission to give back to our heroes of tomorrow, by offering critical support to help them pursue their education and their dreams.”

Scholarships are awarded to children of first responders pursuing an undergraduate education who have demonstrated not only academic merit but community leadership and extracurricular achievement as well. Since 2006, FRCF has awarded more than $780,000 through 320 college scholarships and emergency grants to first responder families and departments across 37 states.
To expand the reach and resources for students, FRCF recently partnered with CSX, a leading supplier of freight transportation, as part of its new CSX Pride in Service initiative, which aims to connect first responders, service members and their families to the resources and support they need – when and where they need it. FRCF is working closely with CSX to achieve their goal of impacting more than 100,000 heroes and their families within the next two years.

“We are proud to partner with the First Responders Children’s Foundation to recognize the next generation of our community’s heroes. As an employer of 3,700 first responders, veterans and active duty military, we see the impact service men and women have in our communities every day. With the sacrifices – including injuries and tragedies – many of these families endure, we are just so thankful to be able to support these children who are so deserving of a hand up,” said Bryan Tucker, Vice President, Corporate Communications, CSX.
FRCF’s partnership with CSX also includes emergency grants bestowed to first responder children whose parent lost their life or became disabled in the line of duty, as well as industry grants for public safety education and child safety needs. FRCF is proud to be working alongside Blue Star Families, Operation Gratitude, Operation Homefront, and Wounded Warrior Project to help achieve CSX’s goal.
Qualified candidates can learn more and apply at www.firstresponderkids.org/scholarships. Scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and the annual deadline to apply is July 1.

About CSX

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com.

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


[email protected]

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

A Day at the Zoo 2019

‘A Day at the Zoo’ Fundraising Event for the First Responders Children’s Foundation Will Honor Two Remarkable Individuals

NEW YORK, May 1, 2019 (Newswire.com) –  The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) announced today that they will be honoring two remarkable individuals at the charity’s spring fundraising event, A Day at The Zoo. FRCF Board member and INVNT CEO Scott Cullather of New York and Officer Tommy Norman of Arkansas will be honored at the event, to be hosted at the Central Park Zoo on May 18.

Cullather will be named the charity’s 2019 Corporate Hero in recognition of his ongoing support of the FRCF. Officer Norman will be named the charity’s 2019 Public Service Hero for the work he does through his nonprofit, Mission Give.

Attendees of the event will help raise funds to support the FRCF’s year-round programs, including college scholarships for the children of first responders, emergency grants for the families of first responders and industry grants for first responder departments. The funds raised will be used to sponsor educational programs for all children to raise awareness around public safety in communities throughout America.

The event will feature a scavenger hunt, fire truck, mounted police and zoo animals. The event will also hold a silent auction, and an online auction has been launched to support the charity.

Commenting on the event, Jillian Crane, President of the First Responders Children’s Foundation said, “A Day at the Zoo is a family-friendly benefit that brings our youth into the conversation of how they and their families can support first responders and their children. It is essential that, from an early age, children learn the importance of giving back to their communities. The FRCF mission includes raising children’s awareness around the significant contribution first responders make to keep them and their families safe.
 
We hope that by expanding our mission to include all first responders children we will have a greater impact helping first responder families throughout the United States. Now more than ever, children of first responders are in need of the support provided by socially-minded companies and business leaders. We will be honoring two remarkable individuals who give back to their communities and beyond: Scott Cullather and Officer Tommy Norman.”
Cullather added: “Living in New York City, my family and I are completely indebted to the first responders who protect, defend and watch over us, those around the country and the world. While the rest of us go about our daily lives, first responders risk theirs daily. We should all be more appreciative of their often thankless commitment to protecting us every day. I am a big believer in the charity’s mission and purpose, and the fact that it raises awareness of the critical importance of first responders and the necessary funds to help those families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. INVNT is proud to support the First Responders Children’s Foundation on their upcoming A Day at The Zoo event, and I am thrilled to be recognized as this year’s Corporate Hero. I thank those who have already contributed to this incredible organization and encourage others to do the same – any amount, no matter how big or small – can help make a difference.”

Officer Norman responded by saying: “I’m extremely honored, although not worthy, to receive the Public Service Hero Award. I accept this award on behalf of all members of public service across the world, as we work together to make a difference. Making a true difference is building bridges with members of the community and breaking barriers. Building trust and respect that can’t be broken. Being a public servant is the highest form of privilege one can have.”

To purchase tickets to A Day at The Zoo, visit: https://1strcf.org/zoo.
To donate to the First Responders Children’s Foundation, visit: www.1strcf.org/donate/.
To bid on auction items visit: http://frcf.givesmart.com.

About INVNT
Founded in 2008 by Scott Cullather and Kristina McCoobery, INVNT is the global live brand storytelling agency™. The company’s “challenge everything” positioning statement helps clients, including General Motors, Grant Thornton, Merck, PepsiCo, Samsung and Subway share their stories – live – with every audience that matters. “The tribe” is INVNT’s diverse, talented and creative team behind the stories and brand experiences that people just can’t stop talking about. INVNT’s offices are strategically located in New York, London, Sydney, Detroit, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Stockholm and Singapore. For more information visit www.invnt.com

About Mission Give
Throughout his 20 years serving as a police officer in Arkansas, Tommy Norman possesses a passion for building relationships within his community. Officer Norman spends his shifts meeting children at the bus stop, visiting with senior citizens at the local center and laying the foundation for respectful and loving relationships with the people he was called to serve. Over the years, Officer Norman became known for his love and commitment to the people in his community. As a hometown hero, it was common to see Tommy passing out snacks to children, working the high school games and participating in the annual “Shop with a Cop” program during the holidays. With the growing popularity of social media, Tommy decided to showcase his daily commitment and interactions to his social media friends. Tommy had no idea that simply posting videos of his daily interactions with his community would gain global attention and ignite a movement. Within two years, Officer Norman’s social media following grew to over 1.2 million! Followers fell in love with his method of community policing and his call to action that “every badge should have a heartbeat.” For more information visit www.mymissiongive.org

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


[email protected]

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.