Second Annual Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser to be Held in October
August 30, 2016
On October 12, 2016, The Shauger Group, West Orange PBA Local 25, West Orange Firefighters Association FMBA Local 28, West Orange SOA Local 228, and West Orange Scholarship Fund (WOSF) will host the second annual Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser. The event will raise funds for the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship, which was established in 2014 by Donald and Lisa Shauger with the WOSF.
The cocktail reception event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Loft at 350 at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Tickets will cost $100 apiece, with 100 percent of the proceeds directly benefiting the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship.
Founded in memory of former West Orange police officer Timothy Groves, the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship annually provides need-based scholarships to West Orange seniors. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of their written applications, financial necessity, academic record, and extracurricular involvement; special consideration is given to community-minded students who embody many of late Officer Groves’ traits—leadership, selflessness, industriousness, and commitment to service, included.
Since its inception, the scholarship has provided financial scholarships to five remarkable students: Thomas Sayers, Rebekah Pedo, Christine Bell, Brendin Espeleta-Silveria, and Jada Parker.
“After Timothy Groves passed away in 2013, Lisa [Shauger] and I wanted to honor his memory in a meaningful way,” said Donald Shauger, executive vice president of The Shauger Group. “The scholarship is a fitting tribute to him and the mark he left on the West Orange community. As someone who devoted his life to mentoring West Orange youth, he would have been proud to know that his name lives on in a scholarship that benefits local students who share his passions and interests.”
“The West Orange Scholarship Fund, as a community-wide organization since 1923, takes great pride in our relationship with The Shauger Group in honoring the memory of one of West Orange’s finest citizens, while also awarding deserving WOHS graduates each year with the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship,” said Richard Rizzolo, WOSF president.
Thanks especially to the steadfast commitment of the fundraiser’s cosponsors and the support of their similarly civic-minded friends, a total of over $21,000 has been raised for the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship over the past year alone. The majority of that sum was donated at the first annual Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser, which took place in October 2015 and attracted approximately 140 attendees.
The cosponsors of this year’s event hope to surpass last year’s numbers, both in terms of event attendance and fundraising/donation total.
This year’s fundraiser event will feature numerous door prizes, including New York Giants tickets; New Jersey Devils tickets; Andrea Bocelli concert tickets at the Prudential Center; restaurant gift certificates to Newark’s Fornos of Spain, Orange’s Libretti’s Restaurant, and Whippany’s Il Capriccio Restaurant; and one month of free athletic training at Cedar Knolls fitness center, Next Level Training.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this year’s scholarship fundraiser,” said Frank Noborine, vice president of the West Orange FMBA Local 28. “Officer Timothy Groves embodied what it meant to serve one’s community. His commitment to West Orange residents, especially its youth, is well-known. He could often be seen on his bike riding around the streets of West Orange, never hesitating to stop and interact with the township’s youth. Officer Groves would be proud to see the young men and women who serve the township of West Orange, many of whom can share stories of their interactions with him when they were young. It is in his image that many of us strive to serve our community.”
To reserve tickets for the second annual Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser, or to donate to the event, complete the required information on the downloadable event invitation and return the completed form, along with payment, to The Shauger Group, c/o Lisa Elam, 429 Dodd Street, East Orange, NJ 07017. Please contact The Shauger Group at (973) 676-2100 with any questions on the scholarship or on this year’s fundraiser.
To learn more about the history of the scholarship, click here to read an article about the scholarship, Officer Groves, and the most recent scholarship recipients.
About Officer Timothy Groves
An individual who left a tremendous mark on the local community, Officer Groves was an outstanding leader in the West Orange community during his lifetime. Officer Groves mentored local children, volunteered with Special Olympics, served as West Orange Police Department youth program coordinator, and earned countless awards for valor. In 2013, at the age of 48, Officer Groves passed away from cancer, but left behind a tremendous legacy. In memory of Officer Groves, who was the 2009 West Orange Police Officer of the Year, the Watchung Heights police substation was officially renamed the Police Officer Timothy Groves Community Center and Police Substation in 2014.