NEWTOWN, CONN. – The transition team creating the charitable structure, into which the donations from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund will be transferred, today announced that former Senator Joe Lieberman (CT) will serve as an Adviser to the fund’s transition team, providing important guidance and critical counsel as the team decides how to administer more than $8 million in donations received to date.
“First, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy,” Lieberman said. “Hadassah and I were shocked and heartbroken when we first heard and we still are.
“I am honored to be asked to provide counsel to the team as they search for a sensible roadmap forward that ensures local input and oversight of the fund as well as responsible stewardship of the donations. I hope that all those involved are able to continue working together to support and strengthen the survivors and heal the community.”
Although Sen. Lieberman will not serve as a member of the transition team, he will play an important advisory role and will assist the team in updating the community on its work. He is serving without compensation.
“We are honored that Sen. Lieberman accepted our request to serve as an adviser to the transition team,” said Will Rodgers, Chairman of the transition team, who has been working with United Way which established the Sandy Hook School Support Fund with the Newtown Savings Bank. “He knows the community well and we hope that his contributions will reassure the community and the nation that the funds will be used thoughtfully.”
The transition team is charged with determining the management structure and disbursement priorities and terms of the charitable structure that will distribute the money collected by the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. It includes representatives of the town and residents of Newtown, school board, Newtown Savings Bank and the United Way of Western Connecticut.