The Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation (ECFF) was created in the memory of Emily Fedorko, a beautiful 16-year old GHS honor student and athlete who loved the water.
Though Emily had completed courses in the state of Connecticut to receive her Safe Boating Certificate (SBC) as well as her Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO), the tragic tubing accident that took her life might have been preventable, and with that in mind her family created the foundation in her name.
While members of the community came together online in places like GHS Connections and Greenwich Compliments, and later by uniting at Arch Street for a candle light vigil in her honor, there is now a chance to help in a meaningful way.
Through the foundation’s website it is possible to make a donation or purchase a bracelet designed in Emily’s memory. The proceeds benefit the mission of the foundation — keep alive the memory of a vibrant teenager who had so much ahead of her, educate both teens and adults about safe boating practices, and advocate for additional training, specifically for tubing and other water sport activities.
The Emily bracelet comes in small medium or large, and stretches to fit. The bead colors were chosen to represent sand from Stannard Beach, where Emily enjoyed many summers, water from Long Island Sound, where Emily tragically passed, and her bright blue eyes.
The Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation has a presence on Facebook and a website with information on The Emily bracelet as well as links to boat safety information.