Michael T. McCormick, Jr. Memorial Foundation
It is very hard to believe, but on August 2, 2019 it will be 10 years since we lost Michael. After considerable contemplation, we made the decision to change the scope of our foundation. We will no longer be having big fundraisers, and we will focus our financial support on three different, but equally important, charitable organizations:
In 2018 we set up a perpetual scholarship in Michael’s honor at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. It seems so fitting, as Michael aspired to be become a dentist. The scholarship was given to its first recipient in November. It was a warm and inviting evening and we are sure that this is what Michael would have wanted. We will update the website with information about this scholarship every year.
As Michael was also a proud member of every PAL team he could be a part of, in 2018 we purchased and donated a new scoreboard to the WO PAL baseball field on Prospect Place in West Orange, NJ in honor of Michael. It was a wonderful and heartwarming dedication. We want to again thank all of the volunteers who helped out with the logistics of installing a new scoreboard as well as the Board of the WOPAL for being so cooperative during the process.
Please check the website as we will be sure to keep you informed about the good works of the PAL and Seton Hall Prep.
Beginning in 2019, we will be directing all donations to each of the 3 charities mentioned above. We are asking you as loyal foundation supporters – when you are thinking about Michael at any time of the year – please DONATE! We greatly appreciate all of your support and donations!
12 Robertson Road
West Orange, NJ 07052
We are a 501©3 charitable organization – all donations are 100% tax deductible
Tax ID Number 27-1173025
Michael T. McCormick, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Cassidy Verrier RSDM Class of 2020
Michael’s RSDM endowed scholarship will be awarded every year to a third-year dental student who ranks in the upper 25% of his or her class – demonstrating academic and extracurricular excellence, as well as financial need .
2019 Chancellor's Scholarship Challenge
Chancellor Brian Strom has dedicated up to $1,000,000 to inspire others to give by launching the second annual RBHS Scholarship Challenge match. Gifts made toward scholarships at the Rutgers School of Nursing (RSON) could receive a $500,000 match, and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) could also receive $500,000 in matching funds for any new or existing RSDM scholarship
Doubled: Any RSDM scholarship donation from a current Rutgers donor (For example: $1,000 gift or pledge becomes $2,000)
Tripled: Any RSDM scholarship donation from a new Rutgers donor
(For example: $1,000 gift or pledge becomes $3,000)
This all means that every penny the Michael T. McCormick, Jr. Memorial Foundation donates to Rutgers School of Dental Medicine this year – 2019 – will be DOUBLED!!
Anyone interested in donating to RSDM, please put it in the comments of the Donation section when you are donating. Thank you again for your continued loyalty and support.
Michael T. McCormick, Jr. Memorial Foundation Donates New Scoreboard to the West Orange PAL Baseball Field
On Sunday, April 15, the West Orange PAL baseball teams began their opening ceremonies of the spring season with a heartfelt dedication of new scoreboard, donated by the Michael T. McCormick, Jr. Memorial Foundation. the foundation was created to honor the life of Michael, a lifelong West Orange resident, who tragically died in a car accident on the day after his 19th birthday, Aug. 2, 2009.
Michael proudly played for both the W.O. P.A.L. baseball and football teams. Joe DePasquale, the director of the W.O. P.A.L. (and Michael’s former P.A.L. coach for baseball and football), introduced the McCormick family, thanked the foundation for the scoreboard, and spoke of Michael as truly exemplifying what the PAL stands for – sportsmanship, honor, integrity and being a true team player.
Michael’s mother, Karen, father, Mike and sister, Meaghan were among those on hand to say a few words, speaking of the fond memories of Michael’s time in the P.A.L. Program. They all thanked the team that helped make this project happen – especially the Directors and the Trustees of the West Orange PAL and their volunteers, Tony Casalino, Lou DePasquale, Cheryl Merklinger, Rob Kost, and Mark Bove, as well as Jimmy McDonald, Peter Pannucci and Bobby Lambert for their tireless volunteer work. They also thanked all of the volunteer coaches who work so hard to support the children of West Orange. Michael’s Dad, Mike McCormick, talked about how the West Orange P.A.L. coaches were a big part of his life growing up — shaping Michael into the fine young man he became. Michael’s father, Mike, threw out the first pitch to open the 2018 Spring Travel Baseball season to Dominic DePasquale, Trustee of the W.O. P.A.L., who was one of Michael’s teammates during his PAL tenure.
Also in attendance were Mayor Robert Parisi, and Town Council members Michelle Casalino and Victor Cirilo.
Michael’s foundation has also served numerous West Orange residents by giving scholarships to students at Seton Hall Prep and West Orange High School and by supporting the W.O. P.A.L. and other community organizations. If you are interested in donating to the foundation, please click the donate button below.