HARRISON, N.Y. - Laura McCorry approached the podium in the Harrison town hall building Wednesday night with good news. She and other members of the Acocella family appeared before the Harrison town board to introduce the Joseph Acocella, Jr. Memorial Fund in honor of the late town clerk .
"This is something Joseph would have wanted us to do," McCorry said about her brother.
The new memorial fund will make contributions to organizations and charities that Acocella worked with, or cared for including Donate Life and non-kill animal shelters. There are no minimum contributions and all are tax deductible.
The foundation was created with help from Councilman Joseph Cannella with the idea to "carry out Joseph's missions and to give back," McCorry said.
"Getting this foundation started and making it successful is important to our family," she said. "We are grateful to have such a support system in this community and with everyone's help this foundation can be extremely successful and continue on for generations."
McCorry was joined by sister Michele Perez, and father Joseph Acocella, Sr. They also received support and praise from Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli (R, C - Goldens Bridge), who paid a visit to the Wednesday meeting.
The foundation is already off to a good start as it has received over $30,000 raised last year to help fund Joe Acocella's liver transplant, Cannella said. Contributions were also made by the recreation department, town employees and the Harrison PBA.
"Joe was certainly sent off loved and as a hero," McCorry said. "Words cannot express our gratitude for everything that was done."
Residents can mail contributions to:
The Westchester Community Foundation, Acocella Fund
200 North Central Park Ave., Suite 310
Hartsdale, N.Y. 10530
Email town reporter Phil Corso at PCorso@TheDailyHarrison.com .
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