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MISSION STATEMENT: On July 6, 2002, Russell Ferber tragically died in a car accident at the age of 21, just as he was about to graduate with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. A year later, The Russell Ferber Foundation was founded to provide a living legacy – funding programs that assist young people who lack the financial resources to successfully follow a path that parallels aspects of Russell’s too short life. To date, the Foundation has focused on three beneficiaries:
- C-CAP, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP): The Foundation has established The Russell Ferber Memorial Scholarship through C-CAP, a non-profit organization which has created professional culinary education programs in inner-city high schools.
- Culinary Institute of America (CIA): The Foundation provides an annual contribution to a Russell Ferber Endowed Scholarship directly at the CIA. A portion of this fund is accumulating to become a permanent endowed scholarship, while another portion provides annual stipends to students who complete their externship obligations with the highest rating for professionalism, a quality very much respected by Russell, and the hallmark of his approach to culinary activities.
- Village Community School (VCS): Village Community School, Russell’s wondrous K-8 school, was unable to provide the support needed for students like Russell with distinct learning disabilities. VCS' Russell Ferber Memorial Fund has been an important resource in helping students with learning differences in their struggle to succeed, funding educational and psychological evaluations, language therapy, outside tutoring, additional part-time teacher work and support in confronting the language and writing skills needed to transition to high school. A number of students have been helped immeasurably by the Fund.
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