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Gloria Romano Endowment Fund

The Gloria J. Romano Endowment Fund was established in August 2003, according to the terms of her late husband's estate. This fund will honor her memory, advocacy and her passion to raise funds for people with developmental disabilities in Sussex County, New Jersey.

The principle of this endowment will never be invaded, however the interest generated from the Gloria J. Romano Fund will be utilized for the programs and services provided by SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc.

SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. provides guardianship services to people living in Sussex County and the surrounding counties. When a child turns 18 years of age, he is automatically considered a competent adult in the eyes of the law. Guardianship is a legal proceeding that designates a parent, relative, friend or organization to act on behalf of an individual who has developmental disabilities who is unable to manage his or her personal and/or financial affairs without assistance. SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. has a unique program in which parents learn to file the legal papers on their own, thus reducing the costs.

A Son with Special Needs

Gloria J. Romano, wife of the late Pasquale T. Romano, Sr., passed away on December 29, 1979. Gloria and her husband had five children together: Thomas, Rene, Lisa, Maria and Pat,Jr. It was after Tommy's 3rd Birthday that they noticed he was not developing as a toddler normally would at his age. After visiting various doctors they received the diagnosis that their first born son had Down Syndrome.

In the 1950's, many parents would have placed their child in an institution or kept them out of the public's eye. However, Pat and Gloria chose to include him in every aspect of their family's lives because they wanted him to experience a normal childhood filled with family, laughter, play and fun.

Gloria's Dream Became Reality

Gloria had served on the SCARC, Inc. Executive Board of Trustees as President and was serving as Immediate Past President at the time of her death. She was a staunch supporter of people with developmental disabilities and advocated for them on a daily basis.

Gloria originated the Twilight Ball in 1978 to support group homes in Sussex County. She served as the chairwoman for two years. Due to Gloria's initial diligent planning and the support of the Romano Family, the SCARC Foundation continues to celebrate the success of this event year after year.

Gloria was also instrumental in forming a committee to establish Residental Services in Sussex County to house adults with developmental disabilities. The first group home for SCARC, Inc. opened in 1980. Upon the completion of the Newton Group Home, it was Gloria's dream that their son Tommy be among the first residents. Gloria may not have been present for the grand opening of the Newton Group Home, but it stands today as a constant reminder of the years that she worked so tirelessly to advocate for housing for people with developmental disabilities in our community.

Sadly, on April 8, 2005 at the age of 55, their son Thomas R. Romano passed away. Tommy had resided at SCARC's Newton Group Home since 1980 and worked at the Clark Employment Center.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you would like to make a contribution of cash, securities, life insurance, life income gifts, or real estate to this fund "In Memory of Gloria J. Romano" or "In Honor of" or "In Memory of" a family member, loved one or friend, please contact Chris Hemmer, Chief Development Officer of the SCARC Foundation, at 973-383-7442 x260 or foundation@scarc.org.

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