Scholarships and Camperships

Sr. Carol Beairsto Postgraduate Assistance Fund

This fund is meant to assist former graduates of Collier High School and Collier Group Home who have reached age 21, have not qualified for other assistance, and may have had to postpone their plans for postgraduate studies due to personal difficulties such as health concerns or financial hardship. The intention of the fund is to augment one’s ability to enter a training program or school which will further one’s education or job readiness or advancement. $500 Scholarship.

PFC Grad to Grad Scholarship

This scholarship was created by a former student to honor Collier High School graduating seniors who have displayed perseverance and resilienc’~ and to assist them in pursuing their education beyond high school. The scholarship is awarded to a student, with financial need, who will attend a technical, vocational or two-year college. $300 awarded one-time only.

Sr. Eileen Groogan Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to promote post high school collegiate opportunity for seniors who are students at Collier High School or seniors in residence at Collier Group Home. This renewable scholarship is awardec on the basis of academic merit and financial need. $500 renewable up to four years.

Howard M. Schoor Humanitarian Fund

The Fund, established in honor of Mr. Schoor’s outstanding contribution to Collier Services as the first President of the Collier Services Foundation Board, is used to assist children and families, in any of the Collier programs, who have a compelling need not addressed by other resources.


The Campership program provides the means for at-risk, economically-disadvantaged children, who live in Monmouth County, to attend Collier’s Kateri Day Camp. $310 per two-week session.

Project Eco Scholarship

The scholarship provides special education students, who have financial need that is not addressed by other resources, with the opportunity to attend a special education, counseling and camp program at Kateri Environmental Center. $3,150 for six weeks.

Eugene F. Croddick Memorial Fund

The Fund, established to honor Mr. Croddick’s dedication to the mission of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and Collier Services, is used to assist graduates of Collier High School or Collier Group Home in achieving their educational goals. $500 Scholarship.

JET Scholarship

The scholarship pays for an at-risk teenager to participate in a Job Experience and Training program, under the supervision of a professional social worker, at Kateri Day Camp. $3,150 for eight weeks.

For more information, contact the Development Office.

Fund-raiser recalls era of the Holocaust



MANALAPAN – This week marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the 1938 attack by Nazis upon the Jews that is widely considered the presage to the Holocàust.

Last night, many of New Jersey’s political, business, religious and civic leaders recalled the era of the Holocaust at a testimonial dinner and tribute to Howard M. Schoor by the Center for Holocaust Studies at Brookdale Community College.

The evening was also a fundraiser for the Holocaust center’s various programs.

Center officials said they expected to raise about $100,000.

The event, held at the Excelsior banquet hail, honored Schoor’s commitment and contributions to the Holocaust center.

“Howard Schoor. is one of the extraordinary, quiet leaders in our Jewish community who has never sought recognition and is a man who lives by his actions,” said David Nussb~um, executive threetor of the Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth County.

Schoor, a Colts Neck resident, is the founder of the engineering and design firm Schoor DePalma and is founder and principal of SGS Communities, a residential construction company.

He is also the chairman of Community Bank of New Jersey.

“I went to Vad Yashern (the Israeli memorial to the Ho]ocaust) in 1978, to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., shortly after it opened and, recently, to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York,” Schoor said.

“And I came away with the overriding thoughts of ‘How could the Holocaust have happened and where was America while it was taking place?’”

Schoor said he believes these questions should never have to be asked again.

“It doesn’t matter if it is the persecution of blacks or whites or any race or Jews, Christians or Muslims. No ethnic cleansing anywhere! We need to stand up against such things, whether they are in Kosovo or East Timor,” he said.

“It’s essential that we remember the tragedy of the Holocaust, but what is distinctive about the Holocaust center at Brookdale is that it applies the lessons learned from it to America’s past and present,” said state Sen. Joseph M. Kyrifios Jr., R-Monmouth, one of the evening’s featured speakers.

Money raised at last night’s event wifi be used to help send four American teachers each year to Vad Yashem, where they wifi learn to teach about the Holocaust tostudents in the United States.

Funds also will be used to underwrite the Howard Schoor Film Series.

Four films, most likely including “Farewell: The Last Jews of Corfu,” about the decimation of 90 percent of Greece’s Jewish popula-. tion by Nazi Germany, will be presented at the center at Brookdale next year.

It Just Needed Doing

So many times the thousands of owners, who invest money, time and love in our sport year after year, are practically faceless, often too far behind the scenes to be properly recognized.

But as the last Thanksgiving of the 20th century approaches, I want to express my thanks and appreciation to all Standardbred owners by singling out one of them. There are so many unsung heroes in our sport, let this man’s action serve as an example for all of them, realizing that many, many names and stories could be chronicled here.

I don’t know Howard Schoor personally. To the best of my memory, we have only met once. But I have been fascinated by and admired his unselfish action from a distance for a long time. His story may not be new to you since it has been told before, and although it seems so unique, it is most likely “no big deal” to Mr. Schoor; but I think that it is a big deal.

Howard Schoor has been in Harness Racing more than 30 years, watching and hoping as his horses took to the track, year after year. He may have had the thrill of his racing life in 1998 when his Day In A Life captured the Meadowlands Pace. He also owned standout trotter Rule The Wind and watched as that trotter became a sire in New Jersey.

New Jersey was further impacted by Schoor’s vision when the real estate builder/developer created Showplace Farm and clearly affected the way people would race horses and look at farm training for years to come.

In my view, Schoor’s greatest impact, though, comes not on the racetrack. The owner of Colts Gait Farm has been friend and benefactor to Sisters of the Good Shepherd for the last 12 years, and it is through his efforts that the Sisters’ good work continues to touch lives.

As I indicated, the story of Howard’s relationship with the Sisters and their Collier Services has been told before, that he went to their facility to check out a leaking hot water heater and ended up helping them with a fund-raising event for their charities.

The fund-raising event, which by now has multiplied several times over, has brought in tens of thousands of dollars for such causes as Collier High School, Kateri Environmental Center, Sheppard Day Care Center and a group home.

Then there was the story of Colts Gait Kateri, a fairly uneventful trotting filly out of a mare once owned by a priest,
who scented to race beyond her bloodlines and brought thousands of dollars to the Sisters through Schoor’s 10-percent tithing pledge.

Did it matter that Howard Schoor is Jewish. when he and wife Frances impacted so many lives with their generosity and gifts? I hardly think so!

Did he do it because he thought it would bring hint good racing luck? I don’t know, but I doubt it.

I think that he did it simply because he thought it needed doing. It was the decent thing to do; no real lengthy thought process involved here.

I am certain that there are many “Howard Schoors” and similar stories among people in our sport. It is unfortunate that the general media and public doesn’t know about that part of Harness Racing. I guess it isn’t sensational enough to pass muster with the powers that be in TV/radio and the written media.

There is no substitute for helping your fellow man, be it in racing or in life.

Howard Schoor clearly remembers life beyond racing, and he has continued to incorporate a quiet decency into his life. He probably wouldn’t like to hear this. but he is a person to be admired, appreciated and emulated.

As we prepare to sit down with our families this Thanksgiving, or to care for our horses. or to prepare for another day of racing. I’m hoping we may think of people like Howard Schoor and think of ways that we, too, may make our world a better place.

And remember, the greatest gift we have to offer is to offer ourselves.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

‘Til the next time,

Fred J. Noe

USTA Today

Nuns Have a Stake in a Trotter’s Success

Published: Sunday, August 22, 1993

SISTER ELLEN KELLY of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd here carries a datebook filled with constant reminders. There are circles around special meetings, highlight marks over important phone numbers and asterisks beside coming horse races.

Harness races, to be specific.

“It’s a big part of our business,” Sister Ellen said. “It helps us pay the bills.”

The nuns have a stake in a 3-year-old filly named Colts Gait Kateri. Every time Colts Gait Kateri wins a race, Collier Services — which provides a broad range of social services for children and is run by the sisters — gets 10 percent of her earnings.

“We root for her all the time,” Sister Ellen said. “It’s exciting for all of us, and it’s also our way of saying ‘thanks’ to her.”

In the last two racing seasons, Colts Gait Kateri has earned $114,322 in purses, contributing $11,432 to Collier.

“I believe that God really wants these children to be helped,” Sister Ellen said. “And one of the ways He’s helping them is through this horse.”

Colts Gait Kateri is part of a stable owned by Howard Schoor in Colts Neck Township. He says the financial arrangement is appropriate since it was providence that brought both the filly and the sisters into his life.

Mr. Schoor, who heads an engineering company with offices throughout the state, first met the sisters 10 years ago, when he was called to the Collier retreat here in Marlboro Township to fix a leak in the water tower. When the time came to pay the bill, he found that the charity had a skimpy $9,000 in endowments and a heap of other bills.

“At that point we didn’t have an active fund-raising board,” said Sister Ellen, whose datebook then was filled with more problems than promise. “We didn’t have any funds to fall back on at all.”

While Mr. Schoor was getting acquainted with the sisters, a priest working with the nuns, the Rev. Thomas O’Connor, who owned several standardbreds, learned that he was being transferred to run his own parish at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Freehold Township. But the horses had to find a new home. So just before his departure, Father O’Connor gave Mr. Schoor one of them, a little-known mare named Julia C, who had earned just $4,127 in her career.

Mr. Schoor eventually bred Julia C to his top stallion, Rule the Wind, and the result was Colts Gait Kateri. The filly’s name is a composite of Mr. Schoor’s Colts Gait Farm and the Kateri Environmental Center, the summer camp run by Collier Services.

Since Colts Gait Kateri did not come from strong racing bloodlines, it was originally thought she would fare no better than her dam, Julia C. To everyone’s surprise, she rose to stardom, winning the first five races of her career last season. Her biggest payday came when she captured the $60,000 New Jersey Stakes final for 2-year-olds at Garden State Park in Cherry Hill.

Sister Ellen and the other nuns and children at Collier often visit Colts Gait Kateri in her stable or even venture to various tracks to see the filly compete.

On June 15, two vans crammed with nuns and lay people from Collier traveled to the Meadowlands in East Rutherford to cheer her on in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 3-year-olds.

In that race, Colts Gait Kateri led until the top of the stretch, keeping her fan club on the tips of their toes, until she broke stride and finished seventh.

“We felt so bad for her,” Sister Ellen said. “But we know she’ll bounce back.”

Despite the loss in the final, Colts Gait Kateri did win two of the three Sire Stakes preliminary legs worth $33,000 each, bringing Collier $6,600. And after a bout with a nervous condition, the filly came back on Aug. 5 to win a race at the New Jersey Sire Stakes Fair in Cowtown. At the New Jersey Futurity on Aug. 17 at Freehold, she finished fifth.

“So far it has worked out very well,” Mr. Schoor said. “The horse has won some money for the nuns, and the nuns have become good friends of the horse. I think some of them are even reading racing entries in some of the newspapers.”

There are plans to continue the benefaction, even after the trotter is retired. Colts Gait Sadie, a full sister to Colts Gait Kateri, will continue to race for Collier.

“Howard has been so wonderful to us,” Sister Ellen said. “His creativity has done more than just raise money for these kids — it has brought attention to their needs.”

Through annual benefits held on Mr. Schoor’s 45-acre farm in Colts Neck, he and his wife, Frances, have raised nearly $800,000 in the last 10 years for Collier.

Mr. Schoor, who is Jewish, said he just got “hooked” on helping the Roman Catholic charity.

“I’ve been pretty successful in my life,” he said. “I raised three good kids with no problems. When I see kids who don’t have a family or any other means of support, I just feel the need to give something back.” Support for Camp and School

His support is helping Collier send about 400 children, ages 7 to 12, to the Kateri summer camp for two weeks. About 140 others, between the ages of 13 and 19, are enrolled in high school classes at Collier.

“These kids would be dropouts without school,” Mr. Schoor said. “They just couldn’t get along in their local school systems.”

“There are so many reasons why I’ve pledged an awful lot of time and money to this organization,” Mr. Schoor added. “The sisters are the main reason, though, because they’re really beautiful people who are performing a truly beautiful service to their community.”

Sister Ellen said that human or horse, “not a day goes by when we don’t pray for one of our benefactors.” She added, “Believe me, they’ve helped change a lot of things around here.”

These days, when she reaches for her datebook, Sister Ellen searches for the first asterisk next to Colts Gait Kateri.

Photo: From left, Nicole Francis, former Kateri camper; Paul Wojtowicz, former trainer; Colts Gait Kateri, a 3-year-old filly; Sister Ellen Kelly and Joan Keeler, Kateri Camp director. (Equi-Photo)

Horse to run for nuns again

Howard Schoor’s harness racing horse, toUs Gait Kateri, runs for the nuns again tonight at The t,leadowlands. The 3year-old filly already has contributed more than $11,000 to Collier Services, a charity founded in 1927 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Wickatunk, N.J.

Schoor, a civil engineer who has owned and bred trotters for 20 years, met the sisters when he fixed
their leaky water tower. Seeing their need for help with programs for disadvantaged kids, Schoor — who is Jewish — became a major fund-raiser, bringing in nearly $1 million for the Catholic charity.

Lately, a key contributor has been Colts Gait Kateri, named after Schoor’s Colts Gait Farm in Colts Neck, N.J., and Kateri Environmental Center — the nuns’ summer camp for kids.

“It’s like you’re sharing some of the excitement with people who normally wouldn’t he involved in racing,” says Schoor.

He credits “divine guidance” for the filly’s strong showing, winning $114,322 in 15 outings. The sisters get their cut, 10%, off the top.

“The nuns,” says Schoor, “don’t know from net.”

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