Courtesy Cary Epstein
MACHO is an acronym for My Actions Can Help Others. Family members established the charity in honor of a Oceanside resident, educator and wrestling promoter Scott Epstein, who died last December.
It was early in the morning on Dec. 27 last year when Scott Epstein, NYC educator, wrestling promoter and Oceanside resident on his way to assist in a family emergency, was killed in a car accident in East Rockaway.
Six months later, Epstein’s family has started a charity in his name. The MACHO Foundation—My Actions Can Help Others—gives back to local children.
“He was very involved with kids, and had great ideas,” said Epstein’s friend of 40 years, Susan Kind, a Woodmere resident who works as a guidance counselor in New York City’s public schools. “It’s great to give to children, especially the underprivileged.”
The MACHO Foundation was granted non-profit status in April, and can legally collect donations to achieve the foundation’s goals. Cary Epstein, along with his brother Ian, sister Ilissa and mother Shelly, created the foundation to honor Scott’s life.
“We endeavor to raise money and awareness for causes around the world that are close to our hearts and to create public awareness campaigns that encourage others to take action,” Cary said. “We believe that small gestures of good will have the potential to make the world infinitely better and we hope to encourage others to be ‘MACHO.’”
The organization, Cary said, has begun giving out MACHO Awards to children at summer camps and schools, and it has already signed on board with numerous sleep-away camps and day camps along the east coast who will be participating in their awards program for the summer.
“On Long Island, Coleman Country Day Camp and Malibu Beach Camp have made MACHO the theme of their camps,” he said. “Currently, we are raising funds for various projects our dad felt passionate about such as: sending kids to summer camp, providing assistance to families impacted by substance abuse and protecting animal welfare.”