TRIANGLE SCHOLARS PROGRAM TOPS $400,000 / LEMLICH HONOREES RECEIVE AWARDS

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial [TSFFM] completed its 13th annual fundraising campaign Tuesday evening, March 25th, at a caberet dinner at the NYC Fire Museum.  The same evening, the organization honored three New Yorkers and a New York bar association to its Clara Lemlich Class of 2014.

Brian Mittman, Esq., TSFFM’s President and head of the White Plains firm of Markhoff & Mittman, reported, “Our Scholarship fundraising has exceeded $400,000 for tuition grants to children of injured workers and continues a tradition of commemorating the 1911 factory fire with another distinguished group of Lemlich honorees.”

“When the Triangle scholars Class of 2014-15 is selected this Fall, TSFFM will have awarded more than 200 individual tuition grants of $2,000 each to more than 85 students, attending 34 institutions of higher education in New York,” noted Richard M. Goldman, Esq., an attorney with the Albany firm of Buckley, Mendelson, Crscione & Quinn.  “And,” Goldman added, “these students represent 27 of New York’s counties and, often, are siblings.”

The Clara Lemlich Class of 2014 includes:

---David Walsh, CEO of the Amalgamated Family of Companies
---Julia Jorge, former Commissioner of the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board
---Noel Beasley, President of Workers United
---The Injured Workers Bar Association

Historians credit Lemlich’s impassioned speech at New York’s Cooper Union on November 22, 1909 as the spark which ignited an industry-wide strike by garment workers for better wages and working conditions.  The action resulted in an agreement in early 1910.  Ironically and tragically, the Triangle factory owners refused to join in the agreement.

“This Class of 2014,” said Ed Vargas, who is associated with Workers United and Chair of the Lemlich committee of TSFFM, “joins a distinguished honor roll of citizens whose dedication to improving workplace safety and benefits for working people echoes that of Clara Lemlich and signifies that there remains areas for improvement and a need for individuals willing to engage the task.”

“The historic lesson of the Triangle fire,” noted Mittman, “resonates abroad today where similarly tragic workplace events in third world countries take lives and destroy families while consumers enjoy lower cost goods.  The Triangle fire was no different and instructs us to continue our efforts.”

TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST MEMORIAL GROUP ANNOUNCES TRIANGLE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2012-2013

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial (TSFFM) has named nineteen Triangle Scholars for the Academic Year 2012-13. Each grant is in the amount of $2,000 bringing TSFFM’s total awards to $344,000 since inception of the program in 2003. Scholarship funds are raised through the organization’s annual Memorial Journal and a dinner held each year. This year’s dinner will be held on Thursday, March 23rd at the Fire Museum on Spring Street in lower Manhattan.

Stephen Segar, a Rochester attorney and Chair of the Scholarship Committee, noted that 13 of this year’s recipients have been previous recipients and 6 are in their fourth year of study. “We are proud of the students and believe that those completing their degree studies represent the aspirations of their families who are dependent upon workers’ compensation to survive in this dreadful economy,” Segar said. “The arithmetic is simple: these students range in age from 17 -21 which means their families may be receiving compensation benefits as little as $200-300 per week,” he continued referring to the benefit limits in effect in previous years.

Six members of the Class of 2012-2013 are siblings from three families and five are in their fourth year of study. TSFFM’s scholarship program has benefitted 83 individual students with 155 annual grants at 33 different institutions since 2003.

This year’s class of scholars pursues studies in institutions of higher education from Buffalo, to Rochester, to Potsdam, to St. John’s on Staten Island, to SUNY at Stony Brook and is in attendance at six private colleges and eight public institutions. The 2012-2013 Triangle Scholars include 13 who received Named Scholarships. Since 2003, the Triangle program has benefitted 85 individuals attending 31 institutions of higher education.

TSFFM was founded by attorneys from the NYS Injured Workers Bar Association (IWBA) which counts members throughout NYS. Brian Mittman, an attorney and Chair of TSFFM’s 2013 event observed, “I believe TSFFM and its Scholarship Program speak directly of our bar’s commitment and recognition that career-ending injuries affect more than the income of hard working citizens. Although the Triangle fire and the legislation that it spawned pre-date Social Security by two decades as a means to create a floor, a social safety net, to aid those who need the assistance of their fellow citizens, it isn’t always the complete picture.”

“We are so excited,” observed Mittman, “and had no idea when we started this project that we would be able to sustain our ability each year to raise funds for such a worthy cause. I am awed and, when the scholarship checks are sent out, simply and absolutely gratified.”

The NYC fundraising event treats attendees to cocktails, a four-star dinner, and entertainment with themes relating to the 1900’s, the Triangle era and performed by an amateur theatre group lead by Mauro Contrastano, an IWBA member. The pre-dinner entertainment includes klezmer music and a processional by the NY Fire Department’s Pipes and Drums.

“In this way,” offered Alex Rosado, a NYC attorney and IWBA member, “we fulfill TSFFM’s mission to commemorate the Triangle fire and remind the public of the origin of laws that operate on a daily basis in the workplace. A Workers’ Compensation statute was one of the results of the Triangle tragedy and we must not forget how such innocent sacrifice so profoundly affects our lives today.”

TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST MEMORIAL GROUP ANNOUNCES TRIANGLE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2011-2012

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial (TSFFM) has named twenty-five Triangle Scholars for the Academic Year 2011-12. Each grant is in the amount of $2,000 bringing TSFFM’s total awards to r $310,000 since inception of the program in 2003. Scholarship funds are raised through the organization’s annual memorial journal and dinner held each year on March 25th in New York City at the Fire Museum on Spring Street in lower Manhattan to commemorate the tragic Triangle factory fire on March 25, 1911.

John Sciortino, a Rochester attorney and Chair of the Scholarship Committee, noted that 11 of this year’s recipients have been previous recipients and 6 are in their fourth year of study. “We are proud of the students and believe that those completing their degree studies represent the aspirations of their families who are dependent upon workers’ compensation to survive in this dreadful economy,” Sciortino said. “The arithmetic is simple: these students range in age from 17 -21 which means their families may be receiving compensation benefits as little as $200-300 per week,” he continued referring to the benefit limits in effect in previous years.

This year’s class of scholars pursues studies in institutions of higher education from Buffalo, to Rochester, to Potsdam, to St. John’s on Staten Island, to SUNY at Stony Brook and is in attendance at six private colleges and eight public institutions.

The 2011-2012 Triangle Scholars include 15 who received Named Scholarships, including 5 funded by friends and family of Clara Lemlich in whose name TSFFM annually confers public service awards. Other Named Scholarships were funded by the Workplace Injury Litigation Group [WILG], Society of NYS Workers’ Compensation Bar Association, the Ann and Arthur Grey Foundation, and several law firms and individuals.

Ten members of the Class of 2011-2012 are siblings from five families and five are in their fourth year of study. TSFFM’s scholarship program has benefitted 83 individual students with 155 annual grants at 33 different institutions since 2003.

TSFFM was founded by attorneys from the NYS Injured Workers Bar Association (IWBA) which counts members throughout NYS. Barbara Levine, an attorney and Vice President of TSFFM observed, “I believe TSFFM and its Scholarship Program speak directly of our bar’s commitment and recognition that career-ending injuries affect more than the income of hard working citizens. Although the Triangle fire and the legislation that it spawned pre-date Social Security by two decades as a means to create a floor, a social safety net, to aid those who need the assistance of their fellow citizens, it isn’t always the complete picture.”

“We are so excited,” observed Levine, “and had no idea when we started this project that we would be able to sustain our ability each year to raise funds for such a worthy cause. I am awed and, when the scholarship checks are sent out, simply and absolutely gratified.”

The NYC fundraising event treats attendees to cocktails, a four-star dinner, and entertainment with themes relating to the 1900’s, the Triangle era and performed by an amateur theatre group lead by Mauro Contrastano, an IWBA member. The pre-dinner entertainment includes klezmer music and a processional by the NY Fire Department’s Pipes and Drums.

“In this way,” offered Alex Rosado, a NYC attorney and IWBA member, “we fulfill TSFFM’s mission to commemorate the Triangle fire and remind the public of the origin of laws that operate on a daily basis in the workplace. A Workers’ Compensation statute was one of the results of the Triangle tragedy and we must not forget how such innocent sacrifice so profoundly affects our lives today.”

SAVE THE DATE MARCH 22, 2012

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MARCH 22, 2012!!!!!!

PLAN FOR AN ENTERTAINING AND ENJOYABLE EVENING IN NYC
WITH FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES

NYC FIRE MUSEUM
278 Spring Street

6:00 PM

March 25th 2012 marks 101 years since the Trangle Factory fire and  our eleventh year of commemorating the tragedy.

Your particiption and generosity last year enabled TSFFM to provide 25 scholarships to the Triangle Scholars Class of 2012 and brought the total of awards to over $300,000 since 2002.

More details will be provided over the coming weeks including announceent of the 2012 Class of Clara Lemlich honorees.

We look forward to seeing you on March 22nd and working with you to continue the Triangle Scholarship program.

TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST MEMORIAL GROUP NAMES 2011 CLARA LEMLICH RECIPIENTS

Five individuals have been selected as recipients of the Clara Lemlich Public Service Award by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial [TSFFM] in an announcement by Lee Clarke, Chair of the organization’s committee.

Those named to the Lemlich Class of 2011 are:

  • Denis Hughes, President of the NYS AFL-CIO
  • William Henning, Chair of the NY Committee on Occupational Safety and Health [NYCOSH]
  • Joel Shufro, NYCOSH’s Executive Director
  • Diane Savino, NYS Senator from Brooklyn
  • David Michaels, US Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.


“This Class of 2011,” Clarke said, “joins a distinguished honor roll of citizens whose professional dedication to improving workplace safety and benefits for working people echoes that of Clara Lemlich.”

Historians credit Lemlich’s impassioned speech at New York’s Cooper Union on November 22, 1909 as the spark which ignited an industry-wide strike by garment workers for better wages and working conditions. The action resulted in an agreement in early 1910. Ironically and tragically, the Triangle factory owners refused to join in the agreement.

“The historic lesson of the Triangle fire,” noted Barbara B. Levine, TSFFM’s Vice President, “now resonates abroad with last month’s tragically similar event in Bangladesh while we consumers enjoy lower cost goods at the expense of workers’ lives. The Triangle fire was no different.”

The awards will be presented at TSFFM’s Tenth Annual Memorial dinner on March 25, 2011 at the NYC Fire Museum. Proceeds from the event support the Triangle Scholarship program which has given $264,000 in college aid to children of injured workers since 2003.

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