Presidents Update

Memorial Plaque Dedication Letter

Memorial Plaque Dedication Letter

January 20, 2015




Dear Friend of Joe “Goople” McCloskey,

The Officers and members of the Joseph C. McCloskey Charitable Fund hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.

We start 2015 with the Fund now standing with $26,362.75 in the bank.

The Fund is proud to announce that we have assisted the youth of Tacony by awarding two (2), $2,000.00 college scholarships in 2014. The Elizabeth McCloskey Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Heather Wood who is attending Chestnut Hill College and the John L Sullivan Memorial Scholarship was awarded to George Abbott who is attending Holy Family University. The awards were based on the applicant’s academic achievement and community involvement. Information and pictures can be found on the Fund’s website:

On November 8, 2014 the Fund awarded our first, TACONY YOUTH GRANT. The St. John Neumann Youth Group of Northeast Philadelphia, Our Lady of Consolation Parish, was given a donation of $1,000.00. The award was based on the Fund’s application process. The Grant was presented to the founder and director, Michael Hogan Jr. (See website for pictures.)

We conclude 2014 by congratulating all those who made life better for the youth of Tacony. Your generosity helps keep the legacy of Officer McCloskey alive. We now feel the Fund more closely represents the work of Officer McCloskey when we concentrate our efforts assisting the young adults of Tacony.

As part of our Three Year Plan the officers of the Fund have decided to move forward and commission a plaque in honor of Officer McCloskey. We have begun the process of the design with a goal to dedicate the memorial in late spring of this year. The dedication would coincide with the awarding of our college scholarships. Information and updates will be on the website as the process moves forward.



McCloskey Update 2015
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Recognize the past ~ Providing Opportunities for the future



Applications, eligibility requirements and additional information for the 2015 scholarships will be available on the Funds Website: after February 1, 2015. If you have any questions you can contact us at the Fund’s e-mail address;
The officers are currently debating increasing the amount to be awarded to $4,000.00 per scholarship. The decision will be posted on the website.



The Fund will notify all those who have participated in promoting the legacy of Officer McCloskey prior to the dedication of the Memorial Plaque. Invitations will include the date, time and place of the event. The website will be updated as the information becomes available.




As we meet our goals and expand our work, we can always use additional participation. If you have the time and would like to join us help the youth of Tacony, please reach out to one of the contact persons listed below.

The greatest tribute we can give Officer Joseph C. McCloskey is to carry on his legacy. Remembering what he gave to us, we can help Tacony’s next generation by giving them a chance to succeed. He made a difference, so can you! To make a Tax Deductible contribution go to Fund’s website;   No contribution is too small.

If you need Scholarship information or have any questions, please contact one of the Executive Board members below;

Jerry Emberger – (215) 338-8086
Georgiana Kennedy – (215) 215-333-5665
Kenny Linneman – (215) 632-5084
Dennis McClafferty – (267) 671-7597
Tony Nahill – (267) 752-2214
Arlene Roakes – (267) 266-2138
Michael Sullivan – (856) 461-7720

The Fund will hold a yearly General Membership meeting at the AOH Div. #39 Hall located at 7229 Tulip Street in Tacony on Tuesday March 24, 2015. Nominations and Election of Officers will take place at this meeting. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. We hope to see you there.



Michael H. Sullivan