Beth (Kelleher) Garwacki lived and attended school in East Longmeadow until high school. In 1981, after marrying John Garwacki, they settled in East Longmeadow to raise their family. Being a mother to Sarah & Cory has been her proudest accomplishment. While her children were younger Beth worked in the East Longmeadow School System. After leaving her position there to care for Cory, Beth became a student at Holyoke Community College where she graduated from the Health Information Management Program as a Certified Inpatient Medical Coder and was employed by Baystate Health Systems. Beth has served on committees in both the school system and Baystate Medical Center, and is involved with charity work in her community. She enjoys music, traveling, and spending time with her family, especially her amazing grandchildren who bring such joy to her life.
John grew up in East Longmeadow and graduated from East Longmeadow High School. After getting married, he and Beth remained in East Longmeadow and raised their family. John has worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in CT for over 35 years. John served on the Zoning Board of Appeals in East Longmeadow for 15 years, has been involved in local civic organizations, and has participated in community service for many years. John is an avid Boston Red Sox fan and passed down this passion to Sarah and Cory at a very early age. John loves to fish, to be outdoors, and mostly spending time with family.
Sarah has lived in East Longmeadow her entire life. She graduated from Mount Ida college in Newton, Mass with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. She has worked in customer service management and grew up volunteering and fundraising alongside her family. Sarah married her high school sweetheart and they are blessed with three loving children. She is now a full-time wife and mother. As Corys older sister and only sibling she feels honored to be able to share this foundation and Corys positive spirit with the world.
John went to Patherfinder Vocational Technical High School for carpentry. After graduation he started working for his father's business. He trained with the Copper Development Association and published articles in “Fine Homebuilding Magazine” regarding slate and copper roofing. He is now the Vice President and Co-Owner of Mahan Slate Roofing in Springfield MA. He is also on the board of directors for the Slate Roof Contractors Association and LZ Pony Veterans Foundation. He spends much of the year traveling for business and in his free time enjoys relaxing with his wife Sarah, daughter Molly, and sons Conor and Nolan. Cory was 12 when he first met John and they shared a bond that reached far past biological brothers.
Theresa lives in South Carolina and currently works as a data analyst for a consulting firm. She also has a background in the food and beverage industry. She enjoys running marathons and traveling to new places. Theresa became a Board Member because she strongly believes in the Live to Give Motto. She was a close friend of Cory's and honors his memory by spreading his Live to Give belief. Cory's memory reminds her to be happy, to be kind, to smile always, and to Live to Give.
Sara is the newest member of the Board and handles the communications and public relations for the CJG Foundation. Sara met Cory when she was in high school and they remained great friends. She was truly inspired by Cory's relentless work ethic and inspiring Live to Give mentality. Sara graduated from Framingham State College with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Concentration in Marketing and works for a Transit Authority in Eastern Massachusetts as the Assistant Deputy Administrator. She resides in Central Massachusetts with her husband.
Rich currently anchors the weekday morning and noon editions of 22News. Rich joined WWLP in April of 1988 as sports director. Previously, he worked as the weekend sports anchor/reporter for KODE-TV in Joplin, Missouri, and as a sports editor for WFLA-TV in Florida.
Rich is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and Broadcasting.
During his career at 22News, he was voted by the readers of the Springfield Advocate and the Valley Advocate as Best Sportscaster. Rich has also garnered 13 Associated Press Awards from 1994 through 2006. Additionally, he has served as co-host of the Children's Miracle Network Telethon since 1989.
Rich resides in western Massachusetts with his wife Valerie, and his three children.
Mark grew up in Albany, New York and went to Williams College and Albany Medical College. Following medical school he did his residency in pediatrics at BaystateMedical Center where he met Cory. He is partner at Pediatric Services of Springfield in both East Longmeadow and Wilbraham MA. Mark lives in Wilbraham with his wife Rhoda and two children.
Currently the CFO of Mahan Slate Roofing Co., Inc. in Agawam MA. Rick has been with Mahan Slate Roofing in different roles since 1998. He started in the field part time and transitioned into a full-time executive position. He also worked as a full-time Firefighter from 1997 to 2017 in Chicopee MA as a firefighter and EMT. Rick proudly retired after 20 years of dedicated service to the City of Chicopee. Rick is on the board of another small non-profit organization, the Ball Park Elimination Tour, which has raised over $100,000 for local charities. This organization started as a small group of firefighters and friends who travel each year to different baseball parks. Over the years, the group began raising money through different signature events for individuals and charities, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Cory Garwacki Foundation. Rick met Cory through John Mahan when Cory was in his early teens. He was lucky to have a lot of great times with Cory, and has many cherished memories, that to this day encourage him to continue to Live to Give. Rick lives is Westfield MA with his girlfriend Courtney, and three sons.
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