Dis­tri­bu­tion of funds to be dis­cussed

In­put sought for shoot­ing do­na­tions

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - MONEY - By Ron Hurt­ibise Staff writer

A third town hall meet­ing is sched­uled for 7:30 p.m. to so­licit pub­lic in­put on the Broward Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion’s draft plan to dis­trib­ute do­na­tions from its Stone­man Dou­glas Vic­tims cur­rently at $7.1 mil­lion.

The 90-minute meet­ing tonight will be at the Coral Springs Cen­ter for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive.

A steer­ing com­mit­tee ap­pointed to help raise and dis­trib­ute do­na­tions since the Feb. 14 shoot­ing de­cided to sched­ule the third meet­ing closer to Park­land af­ter only about 150 par­tic­i­pants at­tended two meet­ings last Tues­day Fund, at Nova South­east­ern in Davie.

Some Stone­man Dou­glas High School par­ents present said other mem­bers of the Park­land school’s com­mu­nity were un­aware that the meet­ings were sched­uled, or found it dif­fi­cult to travel 24 miles away to Davie.

The com­plete draft pro­to­col for dis­tribut­ing the funds is at stone­man­dou­glasvic­tims­fund.org. Pub­lic com­ments on the plan will Univer­sity be ac­cepted un­til April 20 and can be emailed to MSD­fund@ncvc.org.

The draft pro­to­col calls for dis­tribut­ing shares of the fund to the next-of-kin of the 17 peo­ple killed and to vic­tims who suf­fered phys­i­cal in­juries and trauma. The Na­tional Com­pas­sion Fund, which will ad­min­is­ter the dis­tri­bu­tion, is urg­ing any­one who ex­pects to file a claim to get on its email con­tact list by go­ing to na­tion­al­com­pas­sion­fund.org and click­ing “Vic­tim and Sur­vivor Con­tact Form.”

The steer­ing com­mit­tee plans to ac­cept ap­pli­ca­tions in May for el­i­gi­bil­ity to re­ceive shares of the fund. Re­views of those ap­pli­ca­tions would fol­low, and pay­ments would be is­sued be­gin­ning July 16, ac­cord­ing to the draft plan.

rhurt­ibise@sunsen­tinel.com or 954-356-4071

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