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Pat Romano Endowment Fund

For the past forty-five years Pat Romano dedicated his time to educating parents and the community about people with developmental disabilities.  Pat assisted many parents with their child's disabilities and loved each of their children as if they were his own.  He always thanked the public for supporting "the kids" as he called them, many of whom are now in their 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's.  He had seen many of these children grow up, become educated by the local school districts, become employed by local businesses and move into apartments in Sussex County.  He was always proud of each and every one of them and he loved to share stories as to how he knew them when they first joined the SCARC programs.

In June 2002, the Pasquale T. Romano Sr. Endowment Fund was established.  Susan Romano, along with Pat's six children, requested that the SCARC Foundation, Inc. become the sole beneficiary of all donations received in Pat's memory.

The principle of this endowment will never be invaded, however the interest generated from the Pasquale T. Romano, Sr. Endowment 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.  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.

Many people in our community will miss Pat, but most of all he will be missed by over 500 children and adults with developmental disabilities now served by SCARC, Inc. and SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc.  Pat Romano was one in a million and our memory of him will live on forever!

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 Pat Romano, Sr." 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 973-383-7442x260 or foundation@scarc.org.

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