ABOUT SCOTT BEIGEL

Scott Beigel was a teacher. A cross-country coach. A counselor. A son. A brother. An uncle.  A grandchild. A nephew. A cousin. A friend.

He died a hero for his actions at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where he taught geography and coached cross-country.

For 28 summers camp was Scott’s home away from home.  He first went to camp at the age of seven.  His mother Linda gave him pre-addressed and stamped “fill-in-the-bubble” stationary to send home so he would not have to write letters at rest time.  Scott returned year after year, becoming a beloved counselor and staff member. The summer of 2018 would have been Scott’s 29th consecutive summer at camp.  In 2017, Scott joined the staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland FL. where he accepted the positions of ninth-grade geography teacher and cross-country coach.  Teaching, mentoring, guiding and helping children of all ages flourish became Scott’s mission in life.

“He was a hero before he saved these lives. Just as many people who will be talking about Scott would be calling him a hero even if this didn’t occur. Obviously, a tragedy,” Beigel’s sister Melissa Zech said Saturday.

“Scott Beigel wasn’t a hero because he opened the door to his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that day. He was a hero because he opened doors every day.”

- ESPN MAGAZINE
Truly kind and thoughtful words by President Barack Obama. Thank you for your support!
Letter from Barack Obama

Dear Michael and Linda-

Your son seemed like an extraordinary young man, and Michelle and I grieve alongside you.

We can only imagine the hardship you are going through; hopefully all the wonderful memories can help ease the pain.

We’ll get the details about your fund in his honor. In the meantime, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

-Barack Obama

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4 weeks ago

Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund

May 5th, 2020 is “Giving Tuesday Now”… a day to give so we can help others.

Right now we are all living through some of the most difficult times in our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone. Many of us have lost loved ones, friends and co-workers. We all know someone who is sick or out of work. Children have lost the structure, routine and comfort of being in school. In most states, the next time any of these children will be going back to school will be in the Fall.

None of us know what our “new normal” will look like, we can only hope and guess.

We are keeping our fingers and toes crossed that sleep-away camps will open this summer. The Scott J Beigel Memorial Fund is dedicated to sending disadvantaged children touched by gun violence back to camp.

Now, more than ever, we have to help these children to see that they have a safe and nurturing place spend their summer.

PLEASE help us send as many children as we can to camp this summer.

Please go to www.scottjbeigelmemorialfund.com and donate. It cost $2,100.00 per campership. By donating to the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund you can rest assured you will be helping send a child to camp this summer.
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1 month ago

Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund
This New York Times article captures the essence of why The Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund sent 32 children to Camp Junior last summer, the summer of 2019.

Please donate to The Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund so if camps are allowed to open this summer, we can continue our mission of sending disadvantaged children to camp.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/23/opinion/coronavirus-fresh-air-fund.html

This New York Times article captures the essence of why The Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund sent 32 children to Camp Junior last summer, the summer of 2019.

Please donate to The Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund so if camps are allowed to open this summer, we can continue our mission of sending disadvantaged children to camp.

www.nytimes.com/2020/04/23/opinion/coronavirus-fresh-air-fund.html
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1 month ago

Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund
In these more than stressful times, it was a ray of sunshine to receive a check from Scott’s MSD cross-country team in the amount of $19,149.65. This past February, The Run 4 Beigel-Parkland FL raised in excess of $21,000 for the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund.

With these uncertain times we are anxiously awaiting to find our if and when camps will be opening this summer. It goes without saying, we are keeping our fingers and toes crossed!!! We know how much the children we sent to camp last year want/need to go back again this summer---- we will keep you posted.

In the meantime, please do all you can to stay safe and healthy💕💕💕

In these more than stressful times, it was a ray of sunshine to receive a check from Scott’s MSD cross-country team in the amount of $19,149.65. This past February, The Run 4 Beigel-Parkland FL raised in excess of $21,000 for the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund.

With these uncertain times we are anxiously awaiting to find our if and when camps will be opening this summer. It goes without saying, we are keeping our fingers and toes crossed!!! We know how much the children we sent to camp last year want/need to go back again this summer---- we will keep you posted.

In the meantime, please do all you can to stay safe and healthy💕💕💕
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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund
Please join us on June 9th 2020 at the Village Club of Lake Success for the 2nd Annual Remembering Scott, Lets Talk About Scott as we Honor Jay Jacobs, the founder of SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education)... Jay was also the Past President of both the New York State Camp Directors Association and the New York Section of the American Camp Association.  

It will certainly be an memorable evening as friends, students and fellow teachers Talk About Scott  Registration is open...SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!!  Help us send disadvantage children touched by gun violence to sleep-away summer camp so that can learn that there is an alternative to guns and gangs.

Please join us on June 9th 2020 at the Village Club of Lake Success for the 2nd Annual "Remembering Scott, Let's Talk About Scott" as we Honor Jay Jacobs, the founder of SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education)... Jay was also the Past President of both the New York State Camp Directors Association and the New York Section of the American Camp Association.

It will certainly be an memorable evening as friends, students and fellow teachers "Talk About Scott" Registration is open...SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!! Help us send disadvantage children touched by gun violence to sleep-away summer camp so that can learn that there is an alternative to guns and gangs.
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May His Memory Forever Be a Blessing

4 months ago

Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund
First, I want to say I am sorry for this long post.  It was difficult getting my thoughts together.
     Today we mark (I will never use the word anniversary or commemorate since those words should be saved for happy occasions) two years since that horrific day when 17 innocent people were taken from us and 17 others injured.  Let us remember the 17 who are no longer here because of senseless and preventable gun violence.  We miss them terribly.  Not a day goes by that I do not think of Scott.  The feeling of loss and sadness will never go away.  
     My life, Linda’s life and the lives of every member of our immediate and extended family have been forever altered.  The vivid memory of sitting in the Marriot Hotel in the early morning hours of February 15 and being told by law enforcement that “Your son was a hero, but he did not make it,” has been seared into my memory and consciousness forever.   What do you mean “he did not make it”?  You must be mistaken. This has to be a bad dream. No, it was not. This has become my living daily nightmare.  Even with that, we do not mourn Scott’s death, but choose to celebrate his life each and every day.   
 We must always remember the reason why our 17 families will forever be joined together.  That being said, we must not forget the other students, teachers, staff and first responders who had to witness and be part of the carnage that occurred on February 14, 2018.  They are also traumatized.
 Everyone who truly wants to end this national nightmare must work together.  We must do whatever we can do so that this national nightmare finally ends.  We must work together TO END SENSELESS AND PREVENTABLE GUN VIOLENCE. 
     There is no need for finger pointing or recrimination or divisiveness.   There is enough of the already going around in this country.   Supporting your specific cause does not require you to forsake or negate all others.  We all have a common goal to end gun violence and protect our families and friends.  
Whether your cause is the microstamping of ammunition or the installment of panic buttons in schools; whether it is trying to change Federal or State Laws or sending underprivileged children to summer camp; whether is travelling the country to put on a one man show about gun violence or whether it is speaking out at every opportunity against gun violence, we must all stand together and support each other. 
     If we truly want to make a change, we must remember to work together because “a house divided against itself cannot stand”.
     Be thoughtful and considerate to your friends and neighbors.  Their pain may not be on the surface, but there are deep and real scars.  Other than those who have been victims of gun violence (there are no survivors, only those who are lucky enough to still be alive) no one can understand what you have been through for the last two years and will continue to go through for the rest of your lives.
     We belong to a club that we never asked or wanted to join. A club that we will be part of for life. A club we cannot quit.  As Linda has said so often, “I want to hang a sign on my club door, ‘We are not accepting any new members’, membership closed”
     Nothing we do can bring back Scott or the other 16 who were murdered two years ago today.  We must work together to end this horror so no other parent, brother, sister, friend or spouse have to hear those words, “I am sorry, but he/she did not make it”
     SCOTT, I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU EVERYDAY
                  Remembering the other 16
Alyssa Alhadeff---------- Martin Duque Anguiano
Nicholas Dworet--------  Aaron Feis
Jamie Guttenberg------ Chris Hixon
Luke Hoyer--------------- Cara Loughran
Gina Montalto----------- Joaquin (Guac) Oliver
Alaina Petty-------------- Meadow Pollack
Helena Ramsey--------- Alex Schacter
Carmen Schentrup----- Peter Wong

First, I want to say I am sorry for this long post. It was difficult getting my thoughts together.
Today we mark (I will never use the word anniversary or commemorate since those words should be saved for happy occasions) two years since that horrific day when 17 innocent people were taken from us and 17 others injured. Let us remember the 17 who are no longer here because of senseless and preventable gun violence. We miss them terribly. Not a day goes by that I do not think of Scott. The feeling of loss and sadness will never go away.
My life, Linda’s life and the lives of every member of our immediate and extended family have been forever altered. The vivid memory of sitting in the Marriot Hotel in the early morning hours of February 15 and being told by law enforcement that “Your son was a hero, but he did not make it,” has been seared into my memory and consciousness forever. What do you mean “he did not make it”? You must be mistaken. This has to be a bad dream. No, it was not. This has become my living daily nightmare. Even with that, we do not mourn Scott’s death, but choose to celebrate his life each and every day.
We must always remember the reason why our 17 families will forever be joined together. That being said, we must not forget the other students, teachers, staff and first responders who had to witness and be part of the carnage that occurred on February 14, 2018. They are also traumatized.
Everyone who truly wants to end this national nightmare must work together. We must do whatever we can do so that this national nightmare finally ends. We must work together TO END SENSELESS AND PREVENTABLE GUN VIOLENCE.
There is no need for finger pointing or recrimination or divisiveness. There is enough of the already going around in this country. Supporting your specific cause does not require you to forsake or negate all others. We all have a common goal to end gun violence and protect our families and friends.
Whether your cause is the microstamping of ammunition or the installment of panic buttons in schools; whether it is trying to change Federal or State Laws or sending underprivileged children to summer camp; whether is travelling the country to put on a one man show about gun violence or whether it is speaking out at every opportunity against gun violence, we must all stand together and support each other.
If we truly want to make a change, we must remember to work together because “a house divided against itself cannot stand”.
Be thoughtful and considerate to your friends and neighbors. Their pain may not be on the surface, but there are deep and real scars. Other than those who have been victims of gun violence (there are no survivors, only those who are lucky enough to still be alive) no one can understand what you have been through for the last two years and will continue to go through for the rest of your lives.
We belong to a club that we never asked or wanted to join. A club that we will be part of for life. A club we cannot quit. As Linda has said so often, “I want to hang a sign on my club door, ‘We are not accepting any new members’, membership closed”
Nothing we do can bring back Scott or the other 16 who were murdered two years ago today. We must work together to end this horror so no other parent, brother, sister, friend or spouse have to hear those words, “I am sorry, but he/she did not make it”
SCOTT, I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU EVERYDAY
Remembering the other 16
Alyssa Alhadeff---------- Martin Duque Anguiano
Nicholas Dworet-------- Aaron Feis
Jamie Guttenberg------ Chris Hixon
Luke Hoyer--------------- Cara Loughran
Gina Montalto----------- Joaquin (Guac) Oliver
Alaina Petty-------------- Meadow Pollack
Helena Ramsey--------- Alex Schacter
Carmen Schentrup----- Peter Wong
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Perfectly stated. Thinking of and supporting you and all the families today and every day. With gratitude and appreciation for your tireless efforts to make our world a safer place. ❤️💔

May their memories be for a blessing.

May his memory be a blessing to all that loved him

We love and miss Scott every day

Thinking of you and all the feelings I have regarding the issue of gun violence in our county. It sickens me that we can’t move on this issue.

May Their Memory Forever Be A Blessing

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