“Bring Marines and their Community closer together”
The concept for a coordinating council evolved in 1997
What The MCCC does:
Support annual family days (Buffalo & Syracuse & Erie PA).
Support the planning and execution of the annual Marine Corps Balls
in Syracuse, Rochester (luncheon) and Buffalo.
Host Annual Formal Marine Corps Ball Rochester New York
Provide volunteers to support the annual Toys for Tots program.
Provide Scholarship opportunities for USMC and Naval reservists
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (Save document to your computer BEFORE filling out the form.
After saving, close window and reopen from your own computer
to complete the application)
"Marine of the Quarter" awarded every 3 months to deserving Buffalo and Syracuse Reservists
Provide financial assistance for Reservists where no other help is available.
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If you know and love a Marine...help us help them.
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There are annual requirements which need coordination and support: planning & conducting family days, executing the Toys for Tots program and the Marine Corps Balls.
The biggest long term benefit of having a council is to keep the community connected to our Marines.
It was General Charles Krulak, then 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), that initiated a dialog asking for veteran's groups to begin forming organizations such as Coordinating Councils in local communities across the country.
We began our journey by initially contacting a retired General in Houston, TX to find out more information about coordinating councils. He had created a very successful council in the Greater Houston Area.
Our eventual fact finding efforts lead to us establishing the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Greater Rochester, Inc. in 1998. We drafted our Bylaws and mission statement during these initial stages -- with the end result of fully incorporating as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with tax exemption status.
Some of our original members, Leonard A. Benedict (passed away 2012), Josh Porte, and Frank Kozlowsky are still active today. There were other “plank owners” not listed who made significant contributions along the way. Leonard A. Benedict was the first elected Chairman of the Council and had an established office in the Reserve center where he worked tirelessly in support of our Marines.
We encourage the community's involvement in our endeavors, and we appreciate the support of individuals, organizations and businesses who help The MCCC help Marines.