Matching Grant Initiative by Robert I. Schattner Foundation and Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Bresler Sparks Momentum for Ocean City Midtown Fire Station Fundraising
Ocean City, MD (September 18, 2023) — In a remarkable display of community support, the Robert I. Schattner Foundation (RIS), a Maryland based non-profit and Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Bresler, along with their family, have pledged a $75,000 matching grant towards the construction of the Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) Midtown Fire Station at a 1:1 ratio. The RIS and the Bresler family have generously pledged to match every dollar donated to the Ocean City Midtown Fire Station, effectively doubling the value of each contribution – regardless of the amount – $10, $15, $50, $100 or more! The impact of this grant is significant and facilitates the mission of building a state-of-the art fire station to serve the entire Ocean City community.
A matching grant is a form of philanthropic giving where a charitable foundation or individual pledges to contribute an amount equal to what other donors contribute. Please consider contributing. As an individual or business there are a variety of ways to donate, including purchasing a brick or granite tile that will be prominently displayed in the main entryway or foyer of the fire station, naming opportunities for rooms within the fire station, or simply giving a monetary donation.
To create your legacy brick, simply visit our website at www.ocfirehouse3.com, where you can customize your brick with your family name, in honor of or in memory of a loved one. When you purchase a brick, this contribution will be matched through RIS and Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Bresler’s initiative.
By participating, not only are you making a financial contribution, but you are leaving your family name in perpetuity, prominently displayed in our new fire station—a symbol of your dedication to the safety and well-being of our community.
OCFD Firefighter & Medic Ryan Whittington, the capital campaign chairman for the Fire Station 3 building fund, expressed heartfelt gratitude for this remarkable initiative. He stated, “We are immensely thankful for the generosity of the Schattner Foundation and the Bresler family. Their commitment to match donations, including those for legacy bricks, brings us one step closer to achieving our goal and underscores the vital role community support plays in this endeavor. Together, we are excited to move this project forward.”
The overarching mission of the Robert I. Schattner Foundation is succinct and clear: “to make grants where they will do the most good and where their gifts make a real difference.” The partnership between RIS and Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Bresler in this matching grant initiative demonstrates their dedication to positively impacting the Ocean City community.
Mr. Sidney Bresler, President and Chairman of the Schattner Foundation, added, “We are proud to stand alongside the Ocean City Midtown Fire Station and the broader community in this endeavor. The commitment of the Ocean City Fire Department is essential to the safety and welfare of all who live, visit, and own a business here, and we are honored to support their efforts.”
For businesses and community members who wish to have their donations matched or to purchase a legacy brick, contributions can be made online at www.ocfirehouse3.com or by mailing a check to:
Fire Station 3 Building Fund
PO BOX 3217
Ocean City, MD 21843
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About the Robert I. Schattner Foundation
The Robert I. Schattner Foundation (RIS) is a philanthropic organization committed to making meaningful grants that positively impact communities. With a focus on supporting initiatives that make a real difference, the foundation aims to contribute to the greater good.
About the Ocean City Midtown Fire Station
The Ocean City Midtown Fire Station serves as a crucial component of public safety in Ocean City, Maryland. The construction of a new fire station is essential to enhance emergency response capabilities and provide improved services to the community. Donations to the Fire Station 3 Building Fund are instrumental in making this project a reality.
About Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Bresler
Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Bresler, along with their family, are dedicated supporters of community initiatives and philanthropic causes. Their commitment to matching donations for the Ocean City Midtown Fire Station underscores their passion for giving back to the community they cherish.