Matt's graduation pic 2007

Matt's graduation pic 2007

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A few great updates!

The 7th Annual Run for Row was a huge success! It's so incredibly uplifting to see so many people working together for a common cause - the volunteers who faithfully and tirelessly put this whole event on every year, the sponsors (big and small), the people who donate baskets and other Chinese auction items, the runners, walkers, and those who can't do either but are there to offer their moral support. I'm sure I'm forgetting to mention someone... Each and every person involved in any way of this event is so very much appreciated. Thank you, everybody!!!

Our first official board meeting in April was also a great success, and many crucial decisions were made to get the corporation's ball rolling:

            Election of the officers and directors of the corporation:
            President:               Andrea R. Row
            Vice Presidents:     Scott Boyko
                                           Kim Lewandowski
            Secretary:               Gina Ferrentino
            Treasurer:               Andrew Armitage

            Change of name:
           "Run for Row Corp" to "The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation, Inc."

            Purposes of the corporation broadened:
            "The Corporation is a charitable corporation under Section 21 of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law. The Corporation's purpose is to provide scholarships to students in Western New York who have lost a parent. The Corporation will provide scholarships to help assure that these children are able to obtain a college education and will accomplish this by hosting fundraising campaigns to fund scholarships. The Corporation may also provide grants and financial assistance to tax-exempt organizations and individuals to provide support and resources for widowed persons rebuilding their lives after the death of a spouse or partner."

This, in addition to getting all the little legal forms and policies in place to make everything legit and official.

On our way!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Run for Row 5K!!

Please join us for the 7th Annual Run for Row at Como Lake Park in Lancaster, NY on August 16, 2015!! Proceeds help fund scholarships for students who've lost a parent/guardian, and also help send their remaining parent to Camp Widow! Run, walk, or just come to offer support and party with us at the best 5K after-party in town which includes Chinese auction, 50/50's, DJ, tons of food, and beer! 
REGISTER TODAY, and please help spread the word!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

First Official Board Meeting

...scheduled for this Friday, April 24, 2015!! So exciting!! A new chapter begins...

Monday, March 9, 2015


On November 15, 2008, Matthew Row was killed in an industrial accident at the age of 39. He left behind a wife, Andrea, and their two young children. At the time of the accident, their son Jacob was four years old, and their daughter Sydney was 18 months.

Shortly afterward, Matt's co-workers organized an annual 5K in his honor called the Run For Row to fund a trust that was originally set up to raise money for the children's college education. This 5K has been an annual event since 2009 and takes place on the third Sunday of every August at Como Park in Lancaster, New York.

In 2014, Run For Row became a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, thus becoming "The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation." A decision was made that the money raised going forward will fund college scholarships for students who have also lost a parent.

Education was very important to Matt who worked diligently for his degree while raising a family and working full-time. After eight years of going to college part-time (and taking a year off to get married and build a house), he graduated with his Bachelors Degree about a week before his daughter's birth, and had just begun the pursuit of his Masters Degree. Part of his motivation was to provide a positive example to his children. He was an amazing husband, father, son, friend, co-worker, and was loved and respected by everyone that knew him.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to supplement the funds from Run For Row 5K so that the Foundation can offer a more substantial scholarship to the students awarded. At this time, we are planning to award a scholarship to two students per year in the amount of $2,500 each, as well as a campership to Camp Widow through Soaring Spirits International for their remaining parent. We are in the early stages of this process and are still working out all the details. Matt would be extremely proud of this endeavor!

Anyone who is interested in participating in the Run for Row 5K can register for the event through the website. This 5K is known for having one of the best after-parties in the area, including raffles and 50/50 splits, DJ spinning great tunes, beer, and of course, wonderful people.  We hope you consider joining us!

Thank you all for your love and support, and keeping Matt's legacy alive!