$11k raised for Taunton hero’s scholarship fund

By Alana Cerrone



Countless Batman emblems adorned the table full of raffle prizes and auction items that benefited the George Heath Superhero Scholarship.

The symbol represents Heath’s love for the superhero…and the scholarship – his love for his students.

"The whole senior class is able to be nominated by a teacher if you’ve gone above and beyond."

Heath’s wife Rosemary collected raffle tickets and greeted people who stopped by the scholarship fundraiser outside the Bertucci’s where, six months ago, he was killed while protecting a pregnant waitress during a deadly stabbing rampage.

"I started the fundraiser because I started getting upset. And I realized that my 50th birthday ran on the 6 month anniversary of the death. I got very upset and I said ‘how do you make yourself feel better?’ You do something for someone else."

The restaurant where it happened – now the scene of new beginnings in Heath’s memory. His students from Greater New Bedford Regional Voc-Tech were there to support him.

"He definitely would’ve wanted this I think – knowing that when he’s gone he’s still helping students like he’s always wanted to."

"College is a big step and the more help you get is awesome."

Heath’s students even donated their art to the fundraiser to show just how much of an impact he had on their lives.

"He got me into photography…he gave me my camera that I still use today. He helped my parents for Christmas and got it for my Christmas present."

Saturday’s fundraiser brought in $11,000. Donations are still taken in through this site. 

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