This program can only be made possible through community partnership. Many schools do not have the means to bring a program such as this to their buildings. YOU CAN HELP.
If you have the means to sponsor a student, or your business is interested in sponsoring a child or school, please consider donating to the Erik Bohne-Pace Memorial Foundation. This non-for-profit organization was created in 2001 following the sudden death of Erik Bohne-Pace. The ERIK BOHNE-PACE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit foundation so your donation of any size is tax-deductible.
. The Mission of the Foundation is:
"The mission of the Erik Bohne-Pace Memorial Foundation" is to keep the memory of an exceptional young man alive for many years to come. We will keep Erik's memory alive by awarding academic scholarships to deserving 8th graders who demonstrate the same type of humanity and compassion towards others that Erik displayed."
For the first 9 years of the foundation's existence an annual fundraiser was held. The proceeds of these fundraisers made it possible for the foundation to award over $58,000.00 in academic scholarships to deserving students. The foundation has also donated over $176,000.00 to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital for brain tumor research, since Erik died of an undiagnosed brain tumor.
In 2009, due to the failing economy and increased financial hardships of the foundation's benefactors, it was the common feeling of the entire Board of Directors to disband the fund raising efforts. In 2011, the Board of Directors voted to expand the philanthropic activities of the foundation. Based on the great need among young people in this area, and throughout the country to have an educational program that will bring the basics of respect back into the
classrooms as well as outside the classroom, it is the belief of the Board of Directors to create and administer a program that will help combat the influences on today's youth and begin to make a difference in the quality of life for all its citizens.
If you would like more information or to help bring the COREMatters project to your child's school, please contact us at (708) 389-0641.