Newtown Memorial Fund Partners with Newtown Scholarship Association to Host Betty Lou Osborne Ball – An Evening in Support of Higher Education for Newtown Students

Newtown, Conn., Feb. 25, 2014 – The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. announced today it will partner with Newtown Scholarship Association to host the Betty Lou Osborne Memorial Scholarship Ball. The formal event will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. at The Waterview in Monroe. Proceeds from the Ball will benefit both organizations to advance their respective missions: providing need-based college scholarships for Newtown students and supporting families affected by the tragedy of 12/14/12.

“We are honored to be sharing in a long standing tradition of this successful event held each year by the Newtown Scholarship Association” said Brian Mauriello, Founder of Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. “Newtown Scholarship Association is a beacon within the community, especially for the recipients of scholarships that they fund or administer. Their unparalleled level of commitment to assisting local students with rising college tuition costs aligns well with a key component of our mission of providing post-secondary school scholarships for future generations of students, specifically those who were affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.”

Individual tickets to attend the Ball are $150 per person and include dinner and dancing with music provided by the local and popular band Locomotion. A Silent and Live Auction will also be held for items that include professional sports memorabilia, an African safari, a week in Maine, a weekend in Vermont, and a night out in New York City complete with theater tickets, dinner, and transportation in and out of the city with a private driver / car.

Tickets and further event details can be found at http://newtownmemorialfund.org/event/2014-gala/.  Sponsorships are available for purchase and range in price from $500-$5,000. All Sponsors will receive tickets to the event along with program advertising and special recognition on both of the organization’s websites.  If Sponsors are unable to utilize the included tickets due to timing or location, they can donate tickets in whole or in part to first responders who serve the Newtown community.

The Ball is named in memory of Betty Lou Osborne, who served on the Newtown Scholarship Association’s Board of Directors for almost 40 years. A pillar of the community, Betty Lou was steadfast in her belief that all high school graduates from Newtown deserve the chance to attend college—regardless of their financial circumstances. Since its founding in 1937, the Newtown Scholarship Association has awarded nearly $4 million in need-based scholarships and continuing aid to more than 1,500 high-school graduates from Newtown. The scholarships are funded through the generous donations of local individuals and businesses.

About Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc.

Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a sustainable fund to provide for the immediate and ongoing needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, to construct a physical memorial honoring the lives lost on December 14, 2012, and to establish need-based academic post-secondary scholarships for those affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. For additional information about the organization or to make a secure and tax-deductible donation please visit www.newtownmemorialfund.org. Follow Newtown Memorial Fund on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NewtownMemorialFund and Twitter: http://twitter.com/NewtownMemorial

 

Media Contact: Amy Bailey

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Newtown Memorial Fund Designated as Charity Partner with New York Road Runners for ING New York City Marathon

Sending Team to Race in Support of Mission

Newtown, Conn., Oct. 29 2013 –A team of people with t-shirts emblazoned with “Newtown Heals, Newtown Runs” will be running 26.2 miles on November 3, 2013. The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc., a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, is a Bronze Level Charity Partner with the New York Road Runners Club (NYRR) for the ING New York City Marathon. This honorable distinction provides a block of automatic entries in the race and enables individuals worldwide to join the Newtown Memorial Fund team to raise funds on the non-profit’s behalf.

People from all over the country, including Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, as well as many from the Newtown area, have joined the marathon team, which has raised close to $30,000 to date through its Crowdrise team page.  In addition to raising money for its own mission, Newtown Memorial Fund also made race spots available to Newtown charities started by parents of those lost on December 14, 2012. Their fundraising is captured by their individual team pages on Crowdrise.

“We are honored to be part of a most prestigious fitness event in a location so close to our community,” said Brian Mauriello, Founder, Newtown Memorial Fund Inc. “Volunteers from Newtown Memorial Fund reached out to NYRR to participate in the marathon because we understood the incredible healing power of running. The charity distinction gave Newtown runners and the town’s supporter access to this world-class, healing event.”

The ING New York City Marathon is one of the world’s most iconic races. During the 26.2-mile journey through the five boroughs of New York City, more than 48,000 runners will experience the sights and sounds of the city, cheered on by approximately two million spectators and entertained by hundreds of bands for inspiration every step of the way.

The Newtown Memorial Fund continues to receive donations daily through its Crowdrise page.  The nonprofit also had teams raising funds on its behalf at the Boston Marathon, Big Sur International Marathon, ING Hartford Marathon and Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, and will have teams at future races including the Walt Disney World Disney MarathonAlly McDonald alone raised more than $36,000 for the fund as she ran the Boston and Big Sur races.  Newtown Memorial Fund is also the beneficiary of all funds raised through the Sandy Hook Run for Families 5k race on March 29, 2014 in Newtown.

For more information about the Newtown Memorial Fund, please visit www.newtownmemorialfund.org or to make a donation in support of the Newtown Heals, Newtown Runs team, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/newtownmemorialfund/fundraiser/newtownmemorialfundi.

About Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc.

Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a sustainable fund to provide for the immediate and ongoing needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, to construct a physical memorial honoring the lives lost on December 14, 2012, and to establish academic scholarships to honor those lost in this tragedy for future generations of Newtown students. For additional information about the organization or to make a secure and tax-deductible donation please visit www.newtownmemorialfund.org. Follow Newtown Memorial Fund on Facebook and Twitter.

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Newtown Memorial Fund Accepts $44,000 Donation from The Jeff Ruby Foundation

Newtown, Conn., Oct. 14, 2013 –The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc., a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, announced today it has received a generous contribution from The Jeff Ruby Foundation & Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, Inc., a Cincinnati-based leader of high-end steakhouses.   Ruby is donating more than $44,000 raised in part from an event Mr. Ruby hosted earlier this year to support the Newtown Memorial Fund.

“The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting moved me to take immediate action with providing assistance for the community that suffered such tremendous loss,” said Jeff Ruby, Owner and President. “During February of this year the staff at Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment was busy making preparations for a private event to celebrate my 65th birthday. I decided to open the event and include not only our most loyal patrons, but those who followed us through social media in an effort to raise funds through donations  for the Newtown Memorial Fund.”

Mr. Ruby’s birthday gathering took place on April 20, 2013 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati and featured live entertainment from the nationally well-known band Kool & The Gang. More than 3,000 people were in attendance including local business leaders, professional athletes and long-time Jeff Ruby patrons. Newtown Memorial Fund Vice Chairman Jeff Belanger along with Communications Committee volunteer Amy Bailey attended the event to greet guests and assist the Jeff Ruby staff with accepting contributions at the donation kiosks.

“Jeff Ruby’s compassion and support in this difficult time means so much to our organization,” said Jeff Belanger, Vice Chair of the Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. “The fact he used his birthday celebration as an occasion to help our community is a clear demonstration of Ruby’s overwhelming compassion and generosity. Newtown still has a long road to travel as we recover from the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, but with the help of people like Jeff Ruby, our community can focus on better days ahead.”

About Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment

The Jeff Ruby Experience centers on excellence and is captured in the quality of the food, the energy and elegance of the atmosphere, the impeccability of service and the overall dining experience. Jeff Ruby owns six eateries in three states and is considered one of the nation’s preeminent restaurateurs. In 1981 The Precinct, Cincinnati’s longest continually-running fine dining restaurant opened followed by The Waterfront in 1986, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in 1999, Carlo & Johnny in 2001, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse at Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in 2004 and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Louisville in 2006. Consistency and quality are hallmarks of a Ruby restaurant. Zagat rates the steakhouses higher than any in New York City or Chicago, America’s quintessential steak cities.  For more information about Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment please visit www.jeffruby.com.

About Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc.

Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a sustainable fund to provide for the immediate and ongoing needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, to construct a physical memorial honoring the lives lost on December 14, 2012, and to establish academic scholarships to honor those lost in this tragedy for future generations of Newtown students. For additional information about the organization or to make a secure and tax-deductible donation please visit www.newtownmemorialfund.org.

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United Way of Western Connecticut and Rotary Club of Newtown Welcome Participation of Newtown Memorial Fund in the Immediate Needs Fund

Fund will focus on supporting mental health costs for those affected by the 12/14 Tragedy

NEWTOWN, Conn. (September 30, 2013) — Shortly after the tragic events of December 14, the Rotary Club of Newtown (Rotary), United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) and the Office of Victim Services (OVS) worked together to develop the Immediate Needs Fund. The purpose of this fund was two-fold. First, it helped to meet the short-term (3-6 months) financial needs of Sandy Hook families, teachers and first responders experiencing temporary loss of income due to the tragedy by helping cover basic household expenses. Second, it helped cover the cost of seeking counseling and mental health services by those impacted by the tragedy. Since then, UWWC and the Rotary have spent more than $540,000 to help cover everything from heating oil and electricity, mortgages, car payments to counseling bills for over 130 households.

Through this partnership individuals have been able to call Office of Victim Services for support and fill out one application. This not only streamlines the process, but also provides OVS the opportunity to assess if there are other services needed by the applicant. “Having a nonprofit, a civic group, and state government work together has proven to be a very successful partnership over the last 6 months, allowing for greater efficiency for all of us and ultimately an easier process for those who have needed the help,” states Kim Morgan, CEO of UWWC.

The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. now joins this effort as a new partner. The process remains the same for individuals seeking assistance, but now increases the dollars available to the community to ensure support will last longer. “The Newtown Memorial Fund is committed to assist those who are still coping with the December 14th tragedy,” said Brian Mauriello, founder of the Newtown Memorial Fund. “The cost of mental health care is substantial. If we can help alleviate some of that burden from those affected then we are serving our organization’s mission, and helping to support our community.”

“Newtown Rotary is very pleased with our partnership with UWWCT and OVS, which has helped to streamline the process for getting help to those in need in a quick and confidential manner,” said Dan Rosenthal, board member of the Newtown Rotary. “We are excited to be working with Newtown Memorial Fund in continuing support for those seeking reimbursement for mental health assistance.”

As of September 30, the fund will begin a new phase of assistance to the community. The Fund will cease providing household assistance for bills due on or after October 1, 2013. The Fund will focus remaining resources on supporting mental health efforts. Sandy Hook elementary school personnel, first responders, Sandy Hook Elementary School students and their families and others affected by the tragedy will continue to be eligible. As has been the case, this support is available regardless of income or job status. Payments will continue to be made to the provider, and are intended to cover those amounts not paid through insurance.

UWWC, Rotary and Newtown Memorial Fund are pleased that they will be able to continue providing such critical support to the Sandy Hook community. For more information, families can contact OVS at 860-990-1984.

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ABOUT UNITED WAY OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT
United Way of Western Connecticut advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way creates long lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of problems that prevent progress in these areas. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to be a part of the change. For more information about United Way of Western Connecticut, please visit: www.uwwesternct.org.

ABOUT NEWTOWN MEMORIAL FUND, INC.
Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a sustainable fund to provide for the immediate and ongoing needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, to construct a physical memorial honoring the lives lost on December 14, 2012, and to establish academic scholarships to honor those lost in this tragedy for future generations of Newtown students. For additional information about the organization, or to make a secure and tax-deductible donation via PayPal, please visit www.newtownmemorialfund.org.

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Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron Jackson Supports Newtown Memorial Fund with New Song Release

Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron Jackson Supports Newtown Memorial Fund with New Song Release

NEWTOWN, CONN., July 15, 2013 – The Newtown Memorial Fund Inc., a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, announced today Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron Jackson will release a new song titled Twenty Six New Angels.  The song honors the lives lost in the shooting and is available for purchase at the Apple iTunes music store and Amazon.com website.   A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Newtown Memorial Fund.

“We are honored Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron Jackson, has selected Newtown Memorial Fund to support through utilizing the amazing talent of her voice with the recording and sale of this beautiful song,” said Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc., Founder Brian Mauriello. “Our mission continues to be addressing the ongoing financial needs of those within our community who were affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.  Creative fundraising efforts such as this allow the Newtown Memorial Fund to assist with the healing process.”

Immediately upon hearing news of the shooting local resident Mark Schreier, employed by the Robertson Marketing Group Inc. headquartered in Salem, VA and longtime volunteer as the Director of Marketing, Production and Fundraising with the Miss Virginia Scholarship Organization, utilized key business contacts to discuss creation of a song. Professional musician and Salem resident Tommy Holcomb along, with previous Miss Virginia and Miss America 2010 title holder Caressa Cameron Jackson, both agreed to begin work on the project

Caressa Cameron Jackson is a native of Fredericksburg, VA and was crowned Miss America 2010.  She appeared on numerous television programs, made corporate appearances, and spoke on behalf of the Miss America Organization’s national platform, the Children’s Miracle Network, and her personal platform, Real Talk: AIDS in America. Mrs. Jackson is a Regional Organizer with AIDS United; a Washington, DC based nonprofit organization seeking to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States, through national, regional and local policy/advocacy, strategic grant making, and organizational capacity building.

The song, Twenty Six New Angels is written by Tommy Holcomb, an accomplished musical composer, producer and Virginia resident.  Tommy Holcomb Productions is a consulting business offers music production, composition, live show music, music recording, along with arranging and charting services for musical artists. Mr. Holcomb has extensive recording experience in large cities such as Atlanta, Nashville, New York and Miami, as well as working with Grammy-winning producers and studio engineers, record label executives, publishing company executives, management companies and major studio owners.

About Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc.

Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a sustainable fund to provide for the immediate and ongoing needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, to construct a physical memorial honoring the lives lost on December 14, 2012, and to establish academic scholarships to honor those lost in this tragedy for future generations of Newtown students. For additional information about the organization or to make a secure and tax-deductible donation please visit www.newtownmemorialfund.org.

 

Media Contact: Jeff Belanger

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Baseball Heaven Long Island Dedicates Tommy Lasorda Showdown Tournament to Newtown, Conn.

Baseball Heaven Long Island Dedicates Tommy Lasorda Showdown Tournament to Newtown, Conn.

YAPHANK, N.Y. – Baseball Heaven Long Island (BBH), one of the country’s premier baseball and softball centers, is dedicating its upcoming Tommy Lasorda Showdown Tournament to Newtown, Conn.

Participating in the 38-team event, scheduled for June 28-30 at the BBH facilities here, are three squads (ages 13-and-up, 14-and-up and 15-and-up) from the Fairfield County Captains Baseball program, each of which has several Newtown residents on its respective roster. The teams are playing the 2013 season in honor of the children and adults that were affected by the tragedy that occurred this past December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

As part of the remembrance ceremony, which begins at 10:00 am on BBH’s Field 1, former major league player and manager Bobby Valentine, a Connecticut native, will officially open the tournament. He’ll be assisted by Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine

Steel Sports, Inc., parent company of Baseball Heaven, will then be presenting a check to the Fairfield County teams in the amount of $2,000, which will then be given to the Newtown Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides for the immediate needs of the families of the 26 victims of the tragedy; those who were wounded, but survived; the 12 children who were first-hand witnesses, and all others affected.

Additionally, the Lasorda tournament t-shirts will be sold throughout the weekend, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale earmarked for the Newtown Memorial Fund.

“As we enjoy our national pastime, it’s extremely important that we keep the people of Newtown in our thoughts and prayers,” said Frank Zitaglio, general manager of BBH. “This tournament, which is about all of the good things that baseball represents, enables us to do it in a positive way and be ‘Newtown Strong.’”

BBH, is a portfolio company of Steel Sports Inc., a subsidiary of Steel Excel Inc. (SXCL: OTC).

 

About Fairfield County Captains:

The Fairfield County Captains, LLC Baseball Organization is dedicated to providing young athletes the opportunity to develop their skills and potential in a competitive environment while learning the physical and mental aspects of the game at an affordable level. Website: www.fairfieldcountycaptains.com.

 

About Baseball Heaven Long Island:

Baseball Heaven Long Island (BBH) is a 27-acre modern baseball and softball facility with four full-sized and three youth league-sized fields built for children and adults to experience playing on professional quality fields against top competition from the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.

BBH’s sport complex is equipped with all the amenities of a professional ballpark, including below grade dugouts, connecting bullpens, warning tracks, public-address system, a year-round indoor facility, state-of-the-art artificial turf and electronic scoreboards. Baseball Heaven also accommodates its spectators with ballpark seating, concessions and a picnic area. Baseball Heaven hosts tournaments, leagues, camps, clinics and other events from mid-March until early November. Website: www.baseballheavenli.com.

 

About Steel Sports:

Founded in 2011, Steel Sports Inc., a subsidiary of Steel Excel Inc. (SXCL: OTC), is dedicated to acquiring, building, and strengthening a network of branded participatory and experience-based businesses engaged in sports, training, education, entertainment and consumer lifestyle.

The firm seeks to invest in long-term strategic partnerships in the sports, education and entertainment sectors. Through our partnerships we look to provide capital resources, as well as infrastructure and financial support, while working with management teams to enhance best practices and identify and explore growth opportunities. Website: www.steel-sports.com.

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Running Marathons to Benefit the Newtown Memorial Fund

Are you a runner?  Want to be a part of the process to help Newtown heal?

Newtown Memorial Fund is putting together teams to run in major marathons this year, including New York and Hartford. Please visit the official ING New York Marathon or ING Hartford Marathon pages for more information on the marathons.

Visit our Crowdrise marathon fundraiser site to start the process today:

New York Marathon  November 23rd, 2013

ING Hartford Marathon October 12th, 2013

Sign up to join our team and then send us an email at to get your registration code.  It is first come, first serve to run the marathon through our team, so sign up fast.  If you are already running the marathon through qualifying or the lottery, you are also welcome to join our team (please note that when you contact us).

Crowdrise allows you to set up your own web page to easily manage and track your fundraising progress.  Simply go to the Newtown Memorial Fund Crowdrise link for your marathon (New York Marathon  or ING Hartford Marathon) and click the big CREATE YOUR FUNDRAISER button and you’ll instantly have your own fundraising page as a part of our Team.

Not running, but want to help out with the marathon fundraising process?  Volunteers are needed!  Contact .

Newtown Memorial Fund thanks you for your support.  Please let us know if you have any questions.  .

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“Twenty-Six New Angels” by Caressa Cameron Jackson Benefits the Newtown Memorial Fund

Newtown Memorial Fund volunteer Amy Bailey with former Miss America winner Caressa Cameron Jackson

Newtown Memorial Fund volunteer Amy Bailey with former Miss America winner Caressa Cameron Jackson

Newtown Memorial Fund Volunteer Amy Bailey attended the Miss Virginia Pageant in Roanoke, Virginia last Friday, June 28th on behalf of the fund. Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron debuted a new song titled Twenty Six New Angels to honor those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The song was written by local songwriter and professional composer Tommy Holcomb. Twenty Six New Angels can be purchased for 99 cents at the Apple iTunes store and Amazon.com.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the song will benefit the Newtown Memorial Fund. A special thank you to Mark Scheier, Miss Virginia Production Director for his idea to record a song to help the Newtown community continue to heal. We would also like to thank Caressa Cameron for her exquisite vocal abilities.

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Newtown Memorial Fund Establishes 1st Annual Golf Outing August 13th

NEWTOWN, CONN. (May 29, 2013) – The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc., a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, announced today the First Annual Golf Outing will be on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Whitney Farms Golf Club, located at 175 Shelton Road in Monroe. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch and golf with a scramble format. The cost to play is $150 per player and includes golf / greens fees, lunch, golf cart, cocktail hour, silent auction, buffet dinner and awards presentation. No golf handicaps are required for entrance. Non-players may attend the event and purchase dinner tickets for $50.

Founding Sponsors of the tournament are ZAG International, L.L.C. and Brooks Brothers Group, Inc. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner up teams, the closest to the pin, and longest drive. The “Hole in One” prizes include a $10,000 gift to the ace maker and a $10,000 contribution to The Newtown Memorial Fund both sponsored by Premier KIA and Subaru of Branford. A new car will be awarded by Ingersoll Auto of Danbury. Silent auction items include multiple golf foursomes at prestigious clubs around the country and several exclusive pieces of sports memorabilia provided by Steiner Sports. All proceeds generated from the event will benefit the Newtown Memorial Fund.

“Whitney Farms Golf Club is conveniently located in the neighboring town of Monroe, where Sandy Hook Elementary School students are currently attending Chalk Hill Elementary,” said Brian Mauriello, Founder of Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. “We are so thankful for the people of Monroe supporting us and we feel at home hosting the first golf outing here. At the moment we continue to seek corporate tee sponsorships, along with items for the silent auction and player’s raffle. We are happy to accept gift registrations in honor of Father’s Day, graduations or individuals wishing to sponsor a first responder foursome. The outcome of this event will significantly help continue our mission for those affected by December 14th, and establish a great annual tradition for our organization and its beneficiaries.”

Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. is the first locally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. The board of directors consists of local law enforcement officials, educators, business leaders, and professionals from the mental health, development and communications industries. Board members include current and former residents of Newtown.

Tee sponsorships are available for purchase and range in price from $250- $750. Each sponsor will receive an advertising sign located at a golf tee, placement in the golf outing brochure, a poster for use in their place of business and recognition at the awards dinner. For tee sponsorship information please contact Vince Mauriello at , or to register online, visit http://newtownmemorialfund.org/golf2013/. Payment via check can be sent to Newtown Memorial Fund, c/o Golf Outing, PO Box 596, Botsford, C.T. 06404. Space is limited; therefore players are encouraged to register early.

About Founding Sponsor – Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.
Brooks Brothers, an institution that has shaped the American style of dress through fashion innovation, fine quality, personal service, and exceptional value in our products–is proud to support a diverse range of organizations whose values and activities align with the spirit of their brand heritage and our commitment to Social Purpose. For more information, visit www.brooksbrothers.com/social-corporate-giving/social-corporate-giving,default,pg.html.

About Founding Sponsor – ZAG International, LLC.
ZAG specializes in products and services for the construction and process industries, and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia with a dedicated team of industry specialists who have a shared dynamic vision and a common business philosophy of building long term value based partnerships with customers and suppliers. For more information, visit www.zaginternational.com.

About Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc.
Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a sustainable fund to provide for the immediate and ongoing needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, to construct a physical memorial honoring the lives lost on December 14, 2012, and to establish academic scholarships to honor those lost in this tragedy for future generations of Newtown students. For additional information about the organization, or to make a secure and tax-deductible donation via PayPal, please visit www.newtownmemorialfund.org.

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Newtown Memorial Fund Establishes Long-term Partnership with Pura Vida Bracelets

Newtown, Conn., March 13, 2013 –The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc., a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, announced today a long term fundraising partnership with Pura Vida Bracelets, a La Jolla based company and designer of stylish Costa Rican handmade string bracelets. The exclusive Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial bracelet, created in response to the December 14th tragedy, will continue to be sold with all proceeds benefiting the Newtown Memorial Fund.

“We were so moved by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and wanted to reach out to help through the creation of a bracelet in memory of the students and teachers as well as spread hope throughout the country,” said Griffin Thall, Founder of Pura Vida Bracelets. Read More »

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