The Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Greater Rochester Inc. was established officially in 1998. It is a 100 percent volunteer organization with no paid staff and no large overhead. Members donate their time and skills.
Leonard A. Benedict, who died in 2012, was the first chairman of the council, and the annual golf tournament is named in his honor. MCCC’s programs support Western New York Marines and their families, often when no other help is available.
The council provides the following services:
Scholarships for USMC reservists: Western New York Marine reservists who are enrolled or attending college, maintaining a satisfactory grade score and have a favorable performance conduct as a U.S. Marine are eligible for scholarships from the council.
Marine emergency relief fund: Any Marine reservist in the area who has a personal financial emergency can request assistance. They do this through their respective chain of command at their training center.
Annual Marine Corps family days: Each year the Marine Corps Reserve invites family and friends to their training centers for a day of fun, food and getting to know everyone in the Marine family. The MCCC provides financial assistance if needed, and supplies raffle prizes.
Marine Corps Ball: Nov. 10 is the birthday of the Marine Corps. Every year on that day Marines all over the globe celebrate this event at Tun Tavern, the traditional birthplace of the Corps, in Colonial Philadelphia. The council offers financial assistance to Marines so they can attend this celebration along with their friends, families and partners.
Toys for Tots program: The area Toys for Tots coordinator is a member of the MCCC. With the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups and other local community agencies, toys are distributed to the less fortunate children of the community. The ultimate success depends on the support of the community and the generosity of those who donate toys.
Marine of the Quarter Awards: Outstanding Marines are recognized for achievements and for espousing the tenets of the U.S. Marine Corps. Recipients are chosen by the Marine’s Command Staff and are awarded a gift card and a certificate from the MCCC.
The council is located at 459 South Ave. and the website is www.MCCC-Rochester.org.
Financial record Year ended Dec. 31, 2015
Donations $5,098 24
Golf tournament 16,320 76
Total revenue $21,418 100
Emergency fund $5,586 23
USMC birthday balls 4,428 18
Scholarships 4,000 16
Family activities 3,307 14
Memorials 2,539 10
Web site/social media 1,872 8
Bank fees/legal fees 1,532 6
Toys for Tots 1,047 4
Total expenses $24,311 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses ($2,893)
Board of directors
Michael Chaba, chairman
Frank Kozlowsky, vice chairman
Steve Grandusky, treasurer
Dorothy Egan, secretary
Pete Kelderhouse Jr.
Pete Kelderhouse Sr.
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