NNJCF’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund Announces Scholarship Award

NNJCF’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund Announces Scholarship Award

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) Darren Drake Memorial Fund announces New Milford High School graduate Christian Pavone is the fund’s first recipient of a $2,000 scholarship award. This NNJCF charitable, donor advised fund memorializes New Milford High School graduate Darren Drake, who died in a terrorist attack in New York City on October 31, 2017.

The scholarship award recognizes qualified students seeking to pursue a trade or technical career. Pavone’s record includes good grades in high school and community involvement as a firefighter with the New Milford Fire Department.   Also, he works part-time at DeMauro Towing. He plans to attend Lincoln Tech and pursue a career as an air conditioning technician.

The Northern NJ Community Foundation's Darren Drake Memorial Scholarship Fund was presented to Christian Pavone.

Christian Pavone receives the Northern NJ Community Foundation’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund’s first scholarship award.

The legacy of terrorist victim Darren Drake continues with the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund. Drake, who served on the New Milford Board of Education, identified the need to meet a shortage of skilled labor in the trade and technical professions by preparing high school students interested in pursuing vocational careers. Career opportunities are available in the trade and technical professions.

Continue Legacy of Darren Drake

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund awards a scholarship annually.  A graduating senior of New Milford High School receives the award to pursue training in the trade or technical professions. The public can continue Darren Drake’s commitment to education and his legacy with a donation in his memory. In remembrance of Drake, and as a lasting tribute to his lifelong love of and commitment to education, Moody’s Foundation provided the principal gift to establish the fund, which will be administered by his parents.

Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law, and may be made online. Send contributions by check made out to ‘The Northern N.J. Community Foundation’ with ‘Darren Drake Memorial Fund’ entered in the memo line. 
Mail checks to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.

For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, contact nnjcf@nnjcf.org or call 201-568-5608.

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