The 10TV Health and Fitness Expo is the first place to utilize the newly purchased simulator distracted driving machines.
The Foundation has purchased the machines to help raise awareness among drivers as to the dangers and challenges of distracted driving.
The Foundation has an agreement in place with WBNS Channel 10 TV that when the team is holding a Maria's Message event, the simulators will be available for participants to use so more people can get a first hand understanding of the dangers of distracted driving.
In addition, the Foundation has donated an additional three simulators to the Ohio Department of Transportation for use in their outreach program to bring awareness to safe driving. With the addition of these three simulators, the State of Ohio now has seven simulators available for their programs throughout the state.
In September, recently named Distracted Driving Awareness month by the Ohio Legislature and signed into law by Governor Kasich, the Foundation will provide additional simulators to the State of Ohio for use in their outreach program.
Maria was a senior at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and was a Graphics Design Major. During High School she worked on The Perspective, the school magazine, at Dublin Coffman High School. The Foundation intends to provide scholarship dollars to a student following in Maria's footsteps ... a fellow Perspective collaborator who intends to continue higher education in the Media and Graphics Arts fields.
The Foundation has launched a campaign to bring Defensive Driving to the forefront. Maria had only three short years of driving experience and the Foundation would like to encourage better defensive driver training. Our first initiative will be to attempt to encourage better Defensive Driver's Education.
St. Brigid of Kildare Church has established a scholarship in Maria's honor. The Foundation will continue to support the Maria Tiberi Scholarship so that students may be able to attend the elementary school with financial assistance.
The Maria Tiberi Foundation (Tax ID# 46-3814834) is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions to the Foundation are deductible under IRS Code Section 170. The Foundation is also entitled to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts under IRS Code Sections 2055, 2106, and 2522. The IRS letter making this determination is available to donors and foundations upon request.