The Foundation was named for Marcie Mazzola, who died tragically in an automobile accident on July 6, 2002. Although she was only 21 at the time of her death, Marcie had experienced many things and touched many lives. She was a beautiful young woman whose inner beauty surpassed even her physical beauty because of her compassionate nature and treatment of others.
The Marcie Mazzola Foundation was established in 2003 by Marcie’s family. At the time of her death Marcie was involved in a civil law suit against a school bus driver who sexually abused her when she was 11 years old.
Prior to her death, it had been expected that the case would be won but since Marcie could no longer testify, it was going to be next to impossible to win. Marcie’s attorney met with her family to determine if the suit should be continued. He advised the family that Marcie had confided in him her intention to donate her entire award to help sexually and physically abused children if she won the case.
Once this was known her family had no doubt that the suit had to continue. Against all odds, and with the attorney’s strong commitment to Marcie, the case was won. By filing this suit, Marcie was instrumental in keeping this predator away from other children. Found guilty and classified as a sex offender he could no longer work for companies or in positions where children would frequent.
Marcie’s estate was awarded a small monetary settlement. With her attorney’s guidance and continued support, her family established the foundation as a tribute to Marcie’s life and to continue her legacy to help children.