Rose Brucia 5th Annual Walk/Run in Newsday

St. Joseph’s College Walkathon supports scholarships, child safety

2:04 PM By Alessandra Malito

Matthew Colson, director of alumni relations at St.

Photo credit: Alessandra Malito

Runners stretched their legs in the St. Joseph’s College gymnasium on Sunday as they waited to stand behind the ribbon that kicked off the fifth annual Walkathon.

The Walkathon/5K run was held to raise awareness of the Rose Brucia Educational Foundation, which looks to promote stranger safety across the nation, and the Thomas J. Wendt ’88 Alumni Scholarship, which gives scholarships to incoming St. Joseph’s College students.

“Nowadays, the number of child abductions has gone up,” said Sister Elizabeth Hill, president of St. Joseph’s College. “This will help people become aware and help children themselves. Anything for kids is good.”


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The sun came out for the participants, who ran and walked more than two miles to the finish line on the Patchogue campus. Meanwhile, family members and friends waited on the sidelines to root them on.

Matthew Colson, of Medford, director of alumni relations and a Brucia board member, ran the course as he pushed his 6-year-old daughter, Ava Rose, in a stroller. Colson, who graduated in 2002, said the race fit into the mission of the foundations.

“It satisfies the core values,” Colson said, adding that one example of the mission of St. Joseph’s College is civic engagement.

In the past five years, the Walkathon has raised about $130,000, including this year.

The Thomas J. Wendt ’88 Alumni Scholarship is in honor of a former student leader and staff member at the college who died unexpectedly in 2004. That was the same year 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, cousin of Matthew J. Barbis, of Medford, the founder of the Rose Brucia Educational Foundation, was abducted and murdered in Florida. The foundation now offers a free stranger safety awareness program that has been downloaded by elementary schools throughout the country and internationally.

“It makes the school aware,” said Ben Tieniber of Medford, president of the alumni association and a 2005 graduate.

The race has grown steadily since its inception five years ago, going from 250 participants the first year to about 400 this year. There were 60 volunteers, as well as organizations like MetLife, which provided a fingerprinting program for children.

“It’s impossible to do without all these people,” Barbis said.

Photo: Matthew Colson, director of alumni relations at St. Joseph’s College and a Rose Brucia Educational Foundation board member, runs in the fifth annual Walkathon/5K Run as he pushes his daughter in a stroller. (April 29, 2012)

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About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation
Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Henri Barguirdjian & Marianne Lafiteau Host Rose Brucia Event in NYC

Sue Herera, Matthew Barbis, Marianne Lafiteau, Henri Barguirdjian at Rose Brucia NYC Event

written by Chris Vaccaro 2/29/2012

Stranger safety benefit draws A-list crowd, helps raise more awareness.

Graff Diamonds President and CEO Henri Barguirdjian and his wife Marianne Lafiteau hosted The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation for a benefit on the upper east side of Manhattan Wednesday evening to further raise awareness about their cause of stranger safety.

A custom Rose Brucia pin was assembled by Graff with rubies and emeralds and auctioned off during the event, which was also attended by billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, and Peter Lyden, the Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Museum of Natural History, among others.

“Marianne and Henri have become champions for our cause,” said Matthew J. Barbis, the founder and chairman of Rose Brucia. “They have embraced our mission and are wholeheartedly striving to bring more awareness to our program to all parents and elementary schools.

“It means the world to me that Marianne and Henri would think enough of our program and our mission that they would open up their home to us and their friends in order to further the reach of the foundation.”

Sue Herera, the national spokeswoman for Rose Brucia and a host at CNBC, spoke during the gathering about her involvement with the foundation.

“When I found out about the Rose Brucia foundation I immediately wanted to become involved,” she said. “It’s a grassroots effort.”

The overwhelming strides the foundation has taken in the last year, and its core mission of stranger safety had Barguirdjian anxious to help as soon as he attended a previous Rose Brucia function in the Hamptons last summer.

Custom Henri Barguirdjian designed one-of-a-kind Rose Brucia ruby & emerald pin

“It became dear to our hearts very fast,” he said, “and we said we have to continue the momentum.”

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation
Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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Rose Brucia Friends & Families Day at The NY Islanders

Please join us for our second time this year as we celebrate friends & families day at Nassau Coliseum with The NY Islanders.  Tickets are discounted to show our appreciation and a portion of every ticket goes to support The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation.  Please reserve your tickets by emailing jeff@rosebrucia.org . See the flyer to the left to determine from which level you would like to view the game.  We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation
Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Dion Arroyo Dinner To Benefit Dion Arroyo Scholarship Fund & The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Alpha Phi Delta / Delta Psi Omega Presents The Dion Arroyo Scholarship Dinner

When: Friday, February 17, 2012

Where: Knights of Columbus Hall 41 Horseblock Road Centereach, NY

Why: To support the Dion Arroyo Scholarship Fund & The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

How: Please contact Ben Tieniber at 631-942-3993 to purchase tickets

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