September 13 FIND CommUnity Walk:
"We Will Always Remember" 9/11 Victims
by Judy Silberstein
RAIN OR SHINE:
Where: Memorial Park on Myrtle
Boulevard (next to Carl’s Restaurant) in the
Town of Mamaroneck
When: September 13, 2003 at 1:00
What: 2 Mile Walk through Larchmont
Pre-Walk Activities: include
a tree planting in the park, live and DJ music, Flag
pins and food.
Why: To support the families and
remember the victims of 9/11/2001
Donors: Include Larchmont
Nurseries (who is providing the cherry
tree to be planted; Nicky’s and Villa
Maria Pizza; Trader Joe’s, Mama’s
Italian Ices, Village Bagels, Local
Heroes and many others.
More info: FIND
(September 5, 2003) On Saturday, September 13, at 1:00 AM,
people will gather at Memorial Park in the Town of Mamaroneck
for the Third Annual CommUNITY Walk.
It’s been almost two years since the World Trade Center
disaster of September 11, 2001 when thousands of people were
killed or injured, including seven residents of Larchmont
and Mamaroneck who left 17 children behind. At the time,
many impromptu support efforts or organizations cropped up
throughout the country to meet the immediate needs of the
victims and their families. Most of these have since disappeared,
but Larchmont-based Friends in Deed (FIND) continues to support
the local families through a variety of activities.
“The whole idea is - as long as these families are
in our community, we will be supporting them,” said
Bob Meglio, one of the founders of FIND. “We’re
a small ‘family’ here and we’ll take care
of our family,” he explained.
FIND has focused on organizing activities that serve two
purposes: bringing the community together to remember the
victims, and raising funds for the families. This year there
has been a celebrity chef cooking demonstration sponsored
by the local Rotary in February and a hockey playoff featuring
the “Moms” versus the “Dads” in April.
The events tend to be active and sports oriented, perhaps
because the idea for FIND was hatched by Bob Meglio and his
two running partners, Noel Dennis and Rich Seid. All funds
raised each year go straight to the families. The first year
contributions were disbursed through direct grants to meet
immediate needs. Since then, FIND has set up special “529” education
funds for each child that allow money to be put away tax
free to pay for college or other training. Last year, the
group put away $3,000 for each child they are assisting.
Two of the children have already graduated college, but
could use the funds for graduate school or other post-college
education. The youngest child is only two and a half, but
Meglio hopes the account will put even the youngest through
college. He has long-term plans.
“As we get further away from the actual event, we’ve
been adapting our programs,” said Meglio. “The
fund raising is still important, but FIND now is more about
raising the consciousness of the community than about raising
FIND is about letting everyone know that “We still
remember the friends that we lost two years ago, and we always
will,” he said.
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