Message from the President
Dear Tri-County Friends and Supporters,

Your help has made a big difference this year. Thanks to your support, Tri-County was able to provide scholarships for 453 financially disadvantaged students in grades K-12 to attend safe, quality schools this year. How rewarding to know that our efforts and collective generosity have made such a life-changing difference for all of these New Jersey children!
We invite you to scan the newsletter below for some up-dates regarding exciting plans for 2019 and some extraordinary recent gifts and events that have occurred since our August newsletter.

None of this hope and opportunity would be possible without you. Thank you. Hoping to see you at our 2019 events.
With appreciation,
Prudence A. Pigott
President, Tri-County Scholarship Fund
Tri-County Co-Founder, Edward Hennessy, Makes Historic $1 Million Gift
Since co-founding Tri-County Scholarship Fund in 1981, Edward L. Hennessy, Jr. has dedicated his time, energy and resources to helping inner-city and other financially needy New Jersey children receive a quality education at better, safer, values based schools. Due to his vision and that of his Co-Founder, the late Most Reverend Frank Rodimer, Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, over 32,000 scholarships have been awarded and countless lives have been changed for the good.

Now Ed has added to that great legacy through an historic $1 million gift to Tri-County.

We are profoundly grateful to Ed Hennessy for his latest significant commitment to the cause and the children to whom he has dedicated so much of his remarkable life.
Long time Tri-County Trustee Bob Sameth, Ed Hennessy and Tri-County Chair Rick DeBel
Three Outstanding Individuals Honored at a record-breaking 37th Annual Awards Dinner!
Tri-County high school students with 2018 Awards Dinner honorees, Marc Adee, Steven Plate and Sam Khichi
Tri-County’s 37th Annual Awards Dinner on October 22, 2018 raised $1,057,000 for scholarships! Thanks to the Dinner committee, to the generous table sponsors, student speaker, Alba Rosario, to our three distinguished honorees, and an exciting text-to-pledge challenge from Ed Hennessy and Peter Grimm, the evening was an over-the-top success. Thank you to our 2018 Dinner Honorees:

  • Marc Adee, CEO of Crum and Forster
  • Sam Khichi, Tri-County trustee and General Counsel, Becton Dickinson
  • Steven Plate, Chief of Major Capital Projects for the Port Authority of NY and NJ

Click below to see our playlist of Dinner highlights.
Tri-County 38th Annual Awards Dinner
October 28, 2019
Please Save the Date for our biggest night of the year. Exciting Honoree Announcement to follow soon!
Student S peakers receive standing ovations
Alba Rosario, Tri-County senior from DePaul Catholic High School, and a Paterson resident, brought the crowd of 650 to their feet at the Tri-County Annual Awards Dinner on October 22.

Natalia Guzman, Tri-County graduate and a pre-med Nutrition major at Rutgers University with the goal of attending medical school, was the featured speaker at the October 22 Mixed Stix Golf Outing and dinner at Fiddler’s Elbow. Thank you to the Donovan Family Foundation for dedicating the event proceeds to scholarships for Tri-County students. Tommy Donovan, event organizer pictured above with Natalia.
Trustees and friends of Tri-County meet and mentor students at DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, NJ
Tri-County Trustees, friends and 2018 Tri-County Annual Award Dinner Honorees, Marc Adee and Steve Plate enjoyed the opportunity to talk with students about their goals and offer career advice at DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey where 50 students are recipients of Tri-County scholarships.
Marc Adee, CEO of Crum and Forster, answering student questions
Tri-County Trustees Ted Knauss and Nancy Lottinville
Steve Plate enjoying a student-led tour of the school.
Visiting Eastern Christian High School
Tri-County Chair Rick DeBel and President, Prudence Pigott, met scholarship students at Eastern Christian and enjoyed a tour of their campus in North Haledon, New Jersey.
Inspiring words posted on the gym wall at Eastern Christian High School
Prudential Financial chooses Tri-County as beneficiary of annual Golf Invitational at Farmstead Country Club
Celebrating the outstanding Prudential donation are Mike Mund, Tri-County Scholarship Manager, Bill Carapezzi of Prudential, Tri-County President, Prudence Pigott, and trustee Trustee Trevor Jones, DePaul High School scholarship recipient, Bryan Balarezo , Tri-County Chair, Rick DeBel, Trustee, Bill Gascoigne, and Events Coordinator, Minnie Simon.
Special thanks to Prudential’s Bill Carapezzi, a long-time Tri-County volunteer who nominated our cause for this wonderful recognition resulting in a check for $180,000 presented at the event by Prudential Financial Vice Chair, Rob Falzon.
Tri-County high school students visit Rutgers
Sixty Tri-County high school scholarship students from Paramus Catholic, Mary Help of Christians and DePaul Catholic were hosted by Rutgers University for a special college visit day in November. Thanks to Tri-County Trustee Fran Howard, and Tri-County friend, Reema Puri, the students enjoyed a college tour and presentations from University Admissions, the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Career Planning, and the Douglass College for Women which awards the “Ed L. Hennessy and Ruth S. Hennessy Scholarship” for a Tri-County graduate in each entering class of freshmen.
Tri-County trustee Fran Howard with Rutgers Career Planning Director, Larry Jacobs (in cowboy hat), Rutgers faculty, and students from DePaul Catholic High School.
Beautiful Hudson Farm Club hostsTri-County's First Annual Sporting Clays Classic
Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Sporting Clays Classic on September 12, 2019
Outdoor and sporting enthusiasts gathered in support of Tri-County Scholarship this fall for a fun day of clay shooting at the remarkable course at Hudson Farms.
The day began with a canon shot and ended with a barbecue dinner in the historic lodge.
Event Co-Chair, Trevor Jones, presents the winner’s trophy to the shooting foursome of Trustee, Jim Franson, James Bradshaw, Chapin Durling and Eric Kinzer.
Congratulations to our inspiring student speaker, Genai Veal, senior from Mary Help of Christians Academy pictured here with her grandmother and Tri-County trustees, Fran Howard and Paul Onderdonk, with their spouses, John Howard and Maria Onderdonk.
Special thanks to enthusiastic event organizer, sponsor and Trustee, Paul Onderdonk, driving the jeep here with passengers, Ed Hennessy, Maria Onderdonk, Beth Hennessy and Tim Moran.
Trustees enjoy a Christmas Concert at St. Gerard Majella School in Paterson, NJ
Getting into the Christmas spirit, Tri-County Trustees and friends were treated to a special Christmas concert dress rehearsal at St. Gerard’s K-8th grade School in Paterson where 67 students are recipients of Tri-County scholarships.
Tri-County’s first “Chili Bowl Cook-off” raises scholarship funds and creates some delicious memories
Tri-County trustees, Quentin Murray, Trevor Jones, Rick Diana, John Carini and Pat McGovern, with student speaker Richael Lamendola and Prudence Pigott
Over 160 Chili lovers and friends of Tri-County enjoyed a fun-filled winter evening on Friday, February 1, at the Chatham Fish and Game Club, thanks to some competitive Chili chefs, and to event organizer, trustee, John Carini. Hats off to the Chili winners, and to our Tri-County student speaker, Richael Lamendola .
Little Evelyn Grace Jones enjoying the Chili Bowl Cook-off with her mother, and Chili chef, Mary Jean Jones
Join us in 2019
April 11

7th Annual
Women of Achievement Luncheon
  Canoe Brook Country Club
May 14

6th Annual
Lawyers for Tri-County Dinner
Park Avenue Club
June 3

 27th Annual
Tri-County Golf Invitational
 Morris County Golf Club

September 12 Thursday

 2nd Annual
Sporting Clays Classic
 Hudson Farm Club

Paying tribute to Tri-County’s dear friends
In December Tri-County lost two good friends who were profoundly dedicated to our scholarship children.
The Most Reverend Frank Rodimer, Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson  passed away on December 6. He co-founded Tri-County Scholarship Fund in 1981, along with business leader, Ed Hennessy, CEO of Allied Signal. Over the next three decades the two became good friends and together inspired thousands of other people to join them in their vision of bringing opportunity and hope to needy New Jersey children through the gift of a quality education. As he was honored at Tri-County’s 35th Annual Awards Dinner Bishop Rodimer said, “One of the happiest things I think I've ever heard is when somebody graduates from high school, goes onto college and says 'I couldn't have done this without Tri-County.'”   

Karl H. Meister, Tri-County Emeritus Trustee (1935-2018)
Karl served Tri-County as a trustee from 1987 to 2015 when he was honored for his significant contributions by being named an Emeritus Trustee. Karl arrived in the US in 1958 as a young immigrant from Germany with just, as he said, "a suitcase, $50 and a scholarship to Georgetown university." Throughout his life Karl expressed gratitude for the opportunities he received in this country to receive a great education, to build a successful career in industry, and to raise a family along with his devoted wife, Linda. Karl’s gratitude coupled with his pragmatic problem solving approach, inspired him to contribute scholarships for needy children over many years. We are grateful for his dedication and generosity.

Dear friends of Tri-County,
We are grateful for your support of our scholarship students. You are making a big difference in their lives.
Please join us at our upcoming events and school visits in 2019. The students always enjoy meeting the special people who have made their dreams come true.
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