Marianna "Hollywood" Ronca Foundation
News, Information and Events

2nd Annual Golf Tournament
September 5, 2008

Where: Port Jervis Country Club
             Neversink Drive
             Port Jervis NY 12771

When:  Friday, September 5, 2008
             Time - 8:30 am Shotgun start
             Scramble Format

Cost:  $100.00 donation per player

All Players will recieve:

    • 18 holes of golf on a Championship Course with cart
    • Continental Breakfast during registration
    • BBQ Lunch served in the Clubhouse during award presentation
    • Golf shirt with Foundation logo on chest
    • Golf hat with Foundation logo embroidered
    • Chance to win a 2008 Chrysler Auto, hole in one prize
    • Several other holes prizes sponsored by Port Jervis Auto Mall
    • and many other give aways

For more information contact Pete at (845) 649-3729

Pick up your sign up forms at The Port Jervis Auto Mall, 131 Kingston Ave, Port Jervis or Al's Music Shop, 41 Fowler Street, Port Jervis or by calling Pete at (845) 649-3729.

Pre-registration is appreciated but registrants will be taken up to 1/2 hour prior to tee-off.

All proceeds donated to the Marianna Ronca Scholarship Fund

Click here for photos from the 1st Annual Foundation Roast Beef Dinner

August 29, 2005 - Times Herald Record

18-year-old Port grad dies in crash
   By Dave Richardson
   Times Herald-Record
   Friends and family are mourning the death of 18-year-old Marianna Ronca, killed yesterday in an accident in the Town of Deerpark.    Police said Ronca, who graduated from Port Jervis High School this year and lived with her family in Cuddebackville, lost control of her car about 9:15 a.m. on Route 211 near the intersection of Route 61.  Ronca was heading east when she failed to negotiate a curve and ended up in the westbound lane, where her car was struck by an oncoming pickup truck, police said.   Ronca was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
   Ronca's death sent shock waves through the community.    Ronca was a member of Port Jervis High School's varsity volleyball team and had friends throughout the school, Principal Tony DiMarco said yesterday.   "She was one of the most popular girls in school," DiMarco said. "She was one of those kids who always had a smile, was always energetic. She was the all-American girl."   DiMarco said crisis counselors would be available at the school.    Ronca was scheduled to begin attending SUNY Orange today, DiMarco said.    "I know our school, our community and her family are just devastated by this," he added.
   The driver of the pickup truck, John Knapp, 38, of Suffern, was not injured, but two passengers in the truck were taken to Bon Secours Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released, police said.    State police investigating the accident said wet and slippery conditions on the road contributed to the accident. Other police sources said Ronca was wearing a seat belt.  No citations were issued.

August 30, 2005 - Times Herald Record

MARIANNA A. "HOLLYWOOD" RONCA - Cuddebackville, N.Y.

Marianna A. "Hollywood" Ronca, of Cuddebackville and a student at Orange County Community College, died Sunday, August 28, 2005 in the Town of Deerpark. She was 18. She was born August 8, 1987 in Denver, CO, the daughter of Peter J. and Eva M. Mrozek Ronca. Marianna was a 2005 High Honor Roll Graduate of Port Jervis High School where she played on the Varsity Volleyball Team. She also worked at Filene's in Middletown and The Cornucopia Restaurant in Huguenot. A family statement read: "She will be dearly missed by her family and friends." Surviving are her parents at home; Brother: Andre Taszak of Kerhonkson, NY; Paternal Grandparents: Ramona Ronca Frano & her husband Martin of Port St. Lucie, FL; Maternal Grandmother: Maria Mrozek of Ellenville, NY; Uncle and Aunt: Joseph Ronca & his wife Kathleen of Peekskill, NY; Aunt: Annette Zembrzuski of Ellenville, NY; Cousins: Michael, Tony, Christopher & Brianna; also many close friends and extended family. Predeceased by Paternal Grandfather: Pasquale Ronca and Maternal Grandfather: Kazimierz Mrozek. Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis on Tuesday, August 30 from 1 - 4 and 6 - 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 31 with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's R.C. Church, 46 Ball St., Port Jervis, NY with Father Peter Susaimanickam officiating. Burial will be at Bloomingburg Cemetery, Bloomingburg, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Cuddebackville First Responders, Rte 211, Cuddebackville, NY 12729. For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit Arrangements by Gray-Parker Funeral Home. 845.856.5191

October 6, 2005 - Times Herald Record

Port Jervis, NY - A tricky tray will be held Saturday, October 8, 2005 at the Port Jervis High School gym. Doors open at noon, and calling starts at 2 p.m. The event will be co-hosted by the Port Jervis Rotary and the high school's girls' volleyball team. In addition to the many prizes that will be offered, there will be a 50-50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit the school's Marianna "Hollywood" Ronca Scholarship Fund. For information, call Patricia Niosi, project chairwoman, at 856-3330.

October 17, 2005 - Times Herald Record

Port talks tough to young drivers Community hopes to prevent more car crashes
By Jessica Gardner Times Herald-Record

Port Jervis Marianna Ronca was 18 when she died. Danny Soules and Michael Madden, both 17, are comatose. They were all Port Jervis High School students. In a little more than a year, they were all brought low by car crashes. Now a community struggles to shake off the frustration and anger that comes from knowing three of their own have suffered. "I know it can happen anywhere," said Rachel Cenchini, a 17-year-old senior. "But when it happens in your own school, it really makes you think." Marianna, who graduated in June, was supposed to start college the day after her crash in August. Michael was injured a year ago on his way home from football practice, when the car he was riding in crashed in Deerpark. Then there was Danny's crash. He was on his way to school in his 14-year-old Honda Accord last month on Route 42 when he drove off the pavement and into a utility pole. Police said a witness saw him lean to the right just before the crash. His eyes might have left the road for only a few seconds. It was too long. School Principal Tony DiMarco thought that one death and two injuries might be enough to wake students up. Then he spotted kids driving recklessly on school grounds just days after Danny was hurt. "You have one of your classmates in critical condition, and it didn't seem to matter much," DiMarco said. So he took his frustration to the senior class. For 20 minutes in the cafeteria he yelled at them, cried with them and asked for more accountability. "It was a heavy-duty message I was sending," DiMarco said. "These kids will remember the message for a couple of weeks, but in a month, they'll forget." And so the fight begins to educate more, to caution more, to restrict more. Anything that will keep the student body alive. The high school's Students Against Destructive Decisions group is coming up with ideas to shed light on the problem. First up: a contract students and their parents will have to sign in order to park on school grounds. Another SADD suggestion is to hold a student responsible if he or she is caught in the vehicle of another student who is driving irresponsibly on school grounds. Marianna and Danny weren't speeding or driving drunk. They were just being teens. That means slower reaction times, fewer defensive driving skills and shorter attention spans. Experts say teens are more likely to speed, run red lights and make illegal turns. "They think they're indestructible," DiMarco said. "That's why insurance companies charge them a higher rate." Deerpark cops have a new tough-love approach in the form of a zero-tolerance policy for aggressive drivers between the ages of 16 and 21. Gone are the days of asking the court to drop a speeding ticket down to a seat belt infraction. These days, teens driving a car in an unsafe manner will face the full weight of the charge in Deerpark Town Court. "Nothing is getting the attention of these kids," said Deerpark police Sgt. Liz Sullivan. "Maybe we can wake them up."