RUN 4 BEIGEL 5K IS MORE THAN JUST A FUN RUN – MORE THAN 600 PARTICIPANTS HELP TO KEEP KIDS AWAY FROM GUN VIOLENCE
Bi-Annual 5K Run Fundraiser Benefiting the Scott J Beigel Memorial Fund, a nonprofit which sends at-risk underserved kids touched by gun violence to summer sleep-away camp and honors the life and legacy of beloved Parkland Teacher & Coach
Technology for Families In Need (TechFIN) donates 30 computers to Fund-sponsored Summer Camps
Long Island, NY – Honoring the memory of slain Parkland teacher Scott J. Beigel was a family affair on Long Island. The Scott J Beigel Memorial Fund hosted their a bi-annual event, the second event of year, this past Saturday, October 22nd at Heckscher State Park with more than 600 participants. This year’s event marked what would have been Scott’s 40th Birthday.
The Fall 2022 RUN 4 BEIGEL 5k walk/run and 1k fun-walk/run are held to celebrate the life and legacy of Scott J. Beigel, beloved teacher, cross country coach, and summer camp counselor who was murdered on February 14, 2018 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. The event raises funds for the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund, whose mission and purpose are to help send at-risk underserved kids touched by gun violence to summer sleep-away camp. Linda Beigel Schulman, Scott’s mother who started the Memorial Fund with her husband Michael Schulman, commemorated the event and celebrated Scott’s 40th birthday.
Elected officials joined the opening ceremonies included NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, State senator Anna Kaplan, State Senator Kevin Thomas, State Senator John Brooks, Assemblyman Steve Stern, Assemblyman Chuck Lavine, Suffolk County Legislator and Minority Leader Jason Richburg, Nassau County Legislator Arnie Drucker, Huntington Town Councilwoman Joan Cergol, Plainview Water Commissioner Amanda Field.
The event included fun for all ages including face painting, caricature artist, balloon animals, sticker art, a BBQ and Mr. Softee for dessert. This year, the RUN 4 BEIGEL was sponsored by Northwell Health, The Eaton Family, Long Island Teachers, RXR, Orange Theory Fitness, Slam Marketing Media, New York Wealth Management Raymond James, Tech F.I.N., Scott’s Grandma Shirley, NYSUT, The Knowledge Project, Strong Island Running Club, Redefine Meal Prep, The New York Mets, Liberty Coke-Cola Beverages, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Law Offices of Avrum J. Rosen, The Haggard Law Firm, Jason Glick and John Greene, The Long Island Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, Cohen Family, Mercury, Pacific Link, Feel Alive Therapy, Big Belly BBQ, EmbroidMe, Mt. Sinai Congressional Church, SignalBase, McBride Consulting, Signarama, Vincent Lopez, Mister Softee, The Inn at New Hyde Park and Building and Construction Trade Council of Nassau and Suffolk.
Linda Beigel Schulman was joined by Nigel Frankson, CEO of Technology For Families In Need (Tech F.I.N.) who announced a donation of 30 computers to fill new computer rooms at four sponsored camps: Camp Hi Rock (Massachusetts), Camp Junior (Bronx), Camp Herlich (Putnam County), and Camp Fiver (Poolville, NY). Linda Beigel Schulman said: “These events are always such a joy to attend and run or walk with attendees. Scott loved running, coaching young runners, and equally spent every summer at summer sleep-away camps. We combine all that he loved and come together to honor his legacy while raising money to send more at-risk underserved kids touched by gun violence to summer sleep-away camps to keep them out of gangs and away from gun violence.”
About: The Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund keeps Scott’s legacy of giving back to kids alive and growing. Through fundraising efforts, event participants, sponsors and private donors, The Fund sends at-risk children to summer sleep-away camp year after year, increasing the number of supported children annually. In 2022, the Memorial Fund gifted $283,600 in grants to six sleep-away camps, funding camperships for 212 youth.