A father's love results in a bequest

Gary M. Matoren of East Brunswick, N.J., recently discovered what he calls “a local cultural gem”—the Mason Gross School of the Arts.  In the last three years, Matoren has become a regular at Mason Gross performances and exhibitions. He often says that our performances are “outstanding” and that he is “just smitten” with the school and our students. 

At the heart of his appreciation for the arts is, undoubtedly, the unconditional love of a father. Matoren’s daughter, Debbie Lynn (at left), was born with a heart condition that ultimately ended her life at the young age of 9. Debbie Lynn collapsed while dancing to Footloose at her elementary school in Middletown, N.Y., and died an hour later at a local hospital. 

According to Matoren, Debbie Lynn loved to dance and sing.

“She loved all the arts,” he says.

In an effort to memorialize his beloved daughter in perpetuity, Matoren is establishing the Debbie Lynn Matoren Endowed Memorial Scholarship at the Mason Gross School of the Arts through a bequest to the school. Debbie’s scholarship will support full-time students pursuing a degree at Mason Gross, helping those who are passionate about the arts, as Debbie Lynn was, realize their dream and earn a degree in their craft.

If you are interested in learning more about how to include the Mason Gross School of the Arts in your estate plans, or finding ways to memorialize and honor a loved one, please call 848-932-5197.

Posted Spring 2013