Matt's graduation pic 2007

Matt's graduation pic 2007

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This Sunday!!!

Online registration for the Run For Row has closed, but don't worry! If you didn't get a chance to register online, you can do it in person on the morning of the race!

This Sunday, August 14th at Como Park in Lancaster- race starts promptly at 10am, so give yourself enough time to register and join us for all the fun! ☀️
If you're not able to make it this Sunday and would still like to make a donation, you can send a check payable to The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation to P.O. Box 931, Buffalo, NY 14225.

This year, The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation has awarded a college scholarship to two local high school seniors in the amount of $2,500 each. In addition, we offered their remaining parent/guardian a paid registration to one of the Camp Widow® programs offered by Soaring Spirits International.

This is the first time we're able to award scholarships, so we are very eager to reach as many people as possible so we can continue doing so!

Please help spread the word by liking and sharing this post- just that simple act can make a difference. Thank you!

Thursday, April 14, 2016



Join us for the 8th annual Run for Row 5K on Sunday,

August 14, 2016

LOCATION:      Como Lake Park, 2220 Como Park Blvd., Lancaster, NY 14086

REGISTRATION:    $25 pre-registration until August 1; $30 after deadline. Register through or come early and register the day of at the race. First 300 registered receive a high tech moisture wicking running shirt and other goodies in the swag bag.

START TIMES:     Registration and check in begin at 9 AM on race day. Race begins at 10 AM sharp.

POST RACE:     Known for having one of the best post race parties in town featuring Awards Ceremony, DJ Music, Door Prizes, Silent Auction, Chinese Auction, kids’ activities, great food, beer/ refreshments…

Not a runner? That’s OK! Come out and enjoy the day; $5 gets you all you can eat and drink! 

Proceeds fund The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation. 
This year’s scholarship recipients will be announced at the party! 

Run, walk, or just join in for the fun and support a great cause! 

Check us out on:
Facebook,, (search “Run for Row”)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

2016 Run for Row 5K

This year's Run for Row 5K date is either going to be on Sunday, August 14 or Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Como Park in Lancaster, NY.  As soon as we have final confirmation of the date, we will post an update. Please stay tuned!! =) 

Monday, April 4, 2016

8th Annual Run for Row 5K

The Run for Row is presently our only source of funds for The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation, so we also rely heavily on donations. Please consider making a donation either through our Go Fund Me page, or you can send a check to P.O. Box 931, Cheektowaga, NY 14225 payable to The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation. Every dollar goes to the scholarship awards.

The 2016 application period is now closed, and we are looking forward to reviewing all of the application packages we have received. We are excited to award two deserving students with a $2,500 scholarship each- it will be so difficult to choose only two!

Please stay tuned for updates!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Scholarship Application and Brochure to view and print!

We are happy to be able to make these documents easily accessible to the public! 


For more details about The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation, please download our BROCHURE.

If anyone is interested in making a donation, here is our CONTRIBUTION FORM.

We are happy you found us and we look forward to reviewing your applications. Hope to see you all at the Run for Row 5K on the third Sunday in August!

Andrea =)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Off and Running!

As the president of The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation and on behalf of the rest of our esteemed board members, we are so grateful for the opportunity to be involved in such a positive endeavor. I've been personally making lots of phone calls to the high school guidance departments in the WNY area and spreading the word about our new foundation! The timing is perfect, too - most seniors have completed their college applications and are now focused on scholarship applications.

We are so happy to be able to tell them that we are giving all high school seniors in WNY who have lost a parent or guardian the opportunity to apply for a $2,500 scholarship toward their college tuition, in which two will be awarded. We are equally as pleased to offer a paid registration to one of the Camp Widow events offered by Soaring Spirits International.

As a widow, I became involved with Soaring Spirits very early on in my journey seven years ago as a young widow and only parent to two very young children. This organization has helped me almost from day one with my loss in so many ways. I learned how valuable it is to connect with other people who have lost the person they were supposed to spend the rest of their life with. Being around other people who "get it" has been such an integral part of keeping me in a forward momentum. I also learned that giving back is just as healing as receiving the support I found. I had the opportunity to volunteer with them for a year, lead a workshop during one of the Camp events several years ago, and have made lifelong friends through it all. I've been inspired by the founder, Michele Neff Hernandez, and her amazing example of leadership, perseverance, grace and love in which she runs her organization. Many others who I have met through Soaring Spirits have also founded non-profit organizations designed to help adults as well as children who have been affected by loss. I've learned a lot from them (and continue to learn) about running an organization of this nature.  I am proud to be able to offer them as additional resources, as every bit helps when navigating a life so altered by a devastating loss.

As a mom, I'm able to show our impressionable children that it's possible to take something awful and turn it into something beautiful, and show my love for their daddy by helping so many others in his honor.

Although we're only able to offer scholarships to two students in WNY (as of right now until we are able to obtain more funding), anyone who learns about our foundation can find other means of support through the links to the right to either help themselves or pass along the information to someone else who might need it.

Andrea =)