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CONTACT:  First Responders Children’s Foundation: Joanna Black, 646-912-2681, joannab@uptomoregood.com

 

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.

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About First Responders Children’s Foundation

First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive.  Understanding the sacrifice first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF provides strategic support through scholarships and grants while hosting family-friendly events to help establish support networks for first responder families nationwide.  FRCF held the first Thanksgiving Breakfast in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.  Each year the event provides an opportunity for the families of fallen first responders to gather and celebrate the lives of their loved ones during a difficult time of year.  The event has become an annual tradition for line-of-duty families across the spectrum of first responder agencies to support each other during the holiday season.  More information about First Responders Children’s Foundation is available at www.1stRCF.org. Visit us on social @1strcf.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2019

CONTACT:   FRCF: Joanna Black, 646-912-2681, joannab@uptomoregood.com

                     CSX: Sheriee Bowman, 8559556397, mediateam@csx.com

 

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 First Responders Children’s Foundation
The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive. Understanding the sacrifice first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF provides strategic support through scholarships and grants while hosting family-friendly events to help establish support networks for first responder families nationwide.

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).  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



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:

FRCF

Joanna Black
+1 (646) 912-2681
joannab@uptomoregood.com

 

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About First Responder Children’s Foundation
The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive. Understanding the sacrifice first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF provides strategic support through scholarships and grants while hosting family-friendly events to help establish support networks for first responder families nationwide.

 

About A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, formerly The Greenbrier Classic, is an annual PGA TOUR event that began in 2010 on the historic Old White TPC Course on the grounds of The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. One of the most popular family events on the PGA TOUR, the tournament has drawn top-level golfers including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and many others to the famed grounds of The Greenbrier’s 11,000-acre playground. Past champions include Stuart Appleby, Scott Stallings, Ted Potter Jr., Jonas Blixt, Angel Cabrera, Danny Lee, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Na. The event is carried live on Golf Channel Thursday through Sunday.

About The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is a luxury mountain resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. With a history dating back to 1778, the 710 perfectly appointed Signature Resort Rooms, Classic and Historic Suites, Legacy Cottages and Estate Homes are situated on The Greenbrier’s breathtaking 11,000-acre playground. Play championship golf courses or experience more than 55 activities. America’s only private casino features table games, slot machines and FanDuel Sportsbook. The Greenbrier’s full- service mineral spa is widely recognized as one of the most luxurious in the world, and the Retail Collection is comprised of 36 boutiques, shops and hand-crafted works of art. The Greenbrier Restaurant Collection includes 20 restaurants, cafés and lounges. The Greenbrier Clinic has been practicing diagnostic medicine since 1948, and The Greenbrier Sporting Club is the pinnacle of luxury real estate. Follow The Greenbrier on Facebook at The Greenbrier, on Twitter at @the_greenbrier or on Instagram at the_greenbrier.

 

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). 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  UPDATED: MAY 1, 2019 11:00 EDT

​​​​​​​​​​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.

Media Contacts:

FRCF

Joanna Black
+1 (646) 912-2681  joannab@uptomoregood.com

INVNT

Brea Carter
+1 (917) 633-6171  bcarter@invnt.com

About First Responder Children’s Foundation

The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow. Understanding the sacrifice first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF provides strategic support through scholarships and grants, while hosting family-friendly events to help establish support networks for first responder families nationwide. More information on FRCF is available at www.firstresponderkids.org.

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

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 First Responder Children’s Foundation
The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow. Understanding the sacrifice first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF provides strategic support through scholarships and grants, while hosting family-friendly events to help establish support networks for first responder families nationwide. More information on FRCF is available at www.firstresponderkids.org.

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:
Joanna Black
646-912-2681
joannab@uptomoregood.com

FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NATIONWIDE SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN OF ALL FIRST RESPONDERS—THE HEROES OF TOMORROW

Expansion Includes Greater Opportunities For Supporters, New Event Programming, Board Appointments And Revamped Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 2, 2019

NEW YORK, New York — The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), an organization committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive, has today announced the launch of a broader scope of the organization’s reach and mission. This strategic expansion includes scholarship and grant opportunities being made available nationwide, new event programming including the Spring Benefit, a volunteer ambassador program to encourage regional support, and a revamped website and branding.

Since being formed in 2002, FRCF has supported families of first responders lost or injured in the line of duty by way of college scholarships, emergency grants and family-friendly events such as its signature Thanksgiving Breakfast held annually alongside the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York. In its nineteenth year, the organization will now support the children of all first responders on a national scale with an updated mission of ensuring that they receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow.

Each year an average of 200 first responders perish from fatal occupational injuries, and thousands become permanently disabled, rendering them unable to provide for their families,” said FRCF Founder Alfred Kahn. “We understand the sacrifices first responder families make to ensure our safety, which is why we’re proud to expand our scholarship and grant offerings across the country through the support of our generous partners.”

A strategic plan is in place to positively impact the lives of first responder children nationwide. This plan includes expanding the reach of scholarships and grants to include all states, debuting a new website at www.firstresponderkids.org, and launching an ambassador program that enlists the aid of regional supporters to raise awareness of the organization’s mission and offerings on a local level. In the spirit of this mission, FRCF will host a Spring Benefit at the Central Park Zoo on May 18, 2019, welcoming both adults and children to participate in the day’s festivities. The organization also welcomes Jillian Crane as President of The Board (President, CraneKahn) and Commissioner (Ret.) Daniel L. Stewart as Vice President of The Board (Business Development Manager, Cisco Systems).  

Understanding the broader sacrifices first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF is working with departments, businesses, and community organizations to reach children in need of strategic funding, while building a support network of local first responder communities. To date, FRCF has awarded more than $780,000 through 320 college scholarships and emergency grants to first responder families and departments across 37 states. With support from partners including CSX, additional scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year are now available for eligible candidates nationwide through July 1.

More information on FRCF, including the Spring Benefit and scholarship application process, is available at www.firstresponderkids.org.

About the First Responder Children’s Foundation

The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow. Understanding the sacrifices first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF provides strategic support through scholarships and grants, while hosting family-friendly events to help establish support networks for first responder families nationwide. More information on FRCF is available at www.firstresponderkids.org.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FRCFDN  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frc_fdn/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/frc_fdn

Media requests and interviews can be scheduled by contacting: Joanna Black | Joannab@uptomoregood.com | 646-912-2681

FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP WITH CSX TRANSPORTATION TO PROVIDE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING TO THE FIRST RESPONDER COMMUNITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 11, 2018

NEW YORK, New York — The First Responders Children’s Foundation, a non-profit established in 2002 dedicated to supporting the families of first responders that are permanently disabled or have died in the line of duty, is proud to launch a new partnership with CSX as part of its CSX Pride in Service initiative. CSX announced the partnership at a launch event on Friday, November 9, 2018, at the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.

Co-Executive Director Melinda Donio stated, in reference to the initiative, “We are excited to be selected as a partner on this initiative to work with veterans, active duty military, and first responders, in addition to their families. The event on Friday was an amazing way for us to meet some of the employees of CSX and to engage with them directly on the issues that affect the children of first responders.” 

At the launch event, Chase Yancey, First Responder Children’s Foundation scholarship recipient and a freshman at the Tennessee Technological University, shared his personal story about his father, the former Deputy of the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. On November 28, 2003 Yancey’s father was killed in the line of duty.  Donio and Co-Executive Director, Dawne Troupe, expressed that Yancey’s testimonial was reaffirming and empowering of the efforts the foundation has accomplished to date.

CSX’s goal is to positively impact more than 100,000 heroes and their families over the next two years. The First Responders Children’s Foundation is honored to be serving alongside Blue Star Families, Operation Gratitude, Operation Homefront, and Wounded Warrior Project to achieve CSX’s goal.

The Foundation is aligning its goals with the mission of CSX Pride in Service, which aims to connect heroes and their families to their neighbors, resources, support and honor. Troupe said, “The hardships of losing a loved one causes immediate needs for a family’s finances, emotional well-being, and stability. These immediate needs bridge across both the first responder and veteran communities. The collective impact of this endeavor with CSX is a testament to highlighting our heroes and how their families are always serving a greater cause and we are indebted to them for their service.”

In working with CSX Transportation, the foundation will grow its scholarship and grant programs. Donio stated, “In activating the new CSX partnership, the foundation will add a new scholarship: the CSX College Scholarship. Also, we will establish new industry and family assistance grants with the CSX funding. In addition to bolstering scholarship and grant programs, the collaboration with CSX helps the foundation fund community safety education programs and create new community outreach programs over the next two years.”

In the 16 years since the First Responders Children’s Foundation was established, the responsibilities put upon our uniformed heroes have grown exponentially. We work with families and agencies across the country, including police and fire departments, the DEA, FBI, Homeland Security, Secret Service, Forest Service, Border Patrol, Court Officers, EMS and all other forms of first responders to support and uplift first responder families should tragedy strike. We are keenly aware that the impact of the loss or injury of a parent can last a lifetime. First responders count on us to put their families first in times of need – just as they put all of us first every time they go to work.

About the First Responder Children’s Foundation

The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow. Understanding the sacrifices first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF provides strategic support through scholarships and grants, while hosting family-friendly events to help establish support networks for first responder families nationwide. More information on FRCF is available at www.1strcf.org.