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This is the official site of The Michael "Mickey" Soroka Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in memory of Campbell teacher, Mickey Soroka, for the benefit of Campbell school students. Questions or comments about events, scholarships, giving opportunities, or event sponsorship can be sent to:
mickeysorokafoundation@gmail.com
or mailed to:
The Michael "Mickey" Soroka Charitable Foundation
PO Box 6, Campbell, Ohio 44405

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NEWS


General Announcements

This is for all Campbell alumni attending YSU currently for any reason and at any age - there are now two scholarships over $1,000. Go to YSU Scholarship Search, search Soroka. The deadline is 2/1. No essay!ATTENTION
Teachers, administrators, and staff can apply for funding for educationally related projects and activities for Campbell students. Access the guidelines and project request form here:

About Us

All we're doing is following the example set by one man; one of the greatest teachers the world has ever known.

News & Events

Learn about our mission, goals, organization and history. Check out scholarship information and other plans.

Support & Donate

Whether you would like to support a scholarship or donate your time, find information about how you can help here.

About Mickey

Mickey Soroka, a lifelong resident of Campbell, passed away on April 5, 2011. As a high school math teacher at Campbell City Schools, Mickey spent endless hours teaching children throughout the community. His dedication to the students helped many Campbell graduates on the path to success. Mickey’s friends and family began a non-profit foundation in his honor. Currently, the Mickey Soroka Foundation provides scholarships to Campbell seniors and alumni and supports special projects requested by Campbell teachers and staff for the educational benefit of Campbell City School students.Michael R. “Mickey” Soroka was born January 19, 1962 to Steve “Chippy” and Rosemary Gattamelata Soroka. He was very physically active and involved in multiple sports programs throughout his life, including the Campbell Little Red Devils in his youth. He graduated from Campbell Memorial High School in 1980 and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics from Youngstown State University in 1987. During college, he worked for Electronic Data Systems at Packard Electric (now Aptiv) in Warren, Ohio.

For over 21 years, Mickey worked for Campbell City Schools. He coached football for many years and was the head football coach during the 1994 season. He taught upper level mathematics, computer science, multimedia and technology courses with great enthusiasm and a unique, animated style. He was also responsible for the local Campbell TV channel news and information. His day began early and ended whenever the last student who needed his assistance left his classroom. Many of his students attribute their success in professional careers and higher education to his unwavering dedication to their learning.Over the years, Mickey was well known and loved as a dedicated educator and a caring person. Many remember “Tie Day”, when he would bring a large number of ties from his vast tie collection and teach the class, both boys and girls, how to tie a tie, a life skill that many would not receive at home. He was generous to many who may not have realized that he was their benefactor and he preferred the anonymity.He gave so much of his time to each person as an individual that it is hard to believe he ever had any time for himself. However, he did manage a few activities. He attended the Ohio State University home football games, he was an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy books, he worked out each day, and he golfed, a lot. He even managed to fit in a spring break each year.But it was Christmas that seemed to be the time that defined Mickey the most. He was generous to all and made sure that everyone had the perfect gift. In preparing for Christmas, he would plan a whole day to buy the biggest tree possible. It was “Tree Day”. One year, when he found the perfect tree, his brother pointed out that a calculus teacher should be able to calculate that an 18 foot tall tree with a 15 foot diameter will not fit into a 10 foot space with an 8 foot ceiling. But every year, somehow, it did fit. He couldn’t wait to snap a photo and to send it out to his family and friends and to show all of his students. One year, his tree was measured at an amazing 40 feet circumference! These enormous trees with over 5,000 lights on them were just a reflection of the size and brightness of Mickey’s heart.His teasing, pinching, and bumping your elbow while you were trying to eat, will all be missed. But, missed most of all, will be his mischievous smile and infectious laughter when he pulled these pranks. A trait that was purely Mickey was to call people by a nickname. Sometimes, it was “bum”, other times, it was… something else, but you always knew that it was his way of showing affection and letting you know that he cared about you. No one was exempt from his good-natured teasing – we all looked forward to it.Many of his students called him friend and his friends called him brother. He was the most wonderful person to his immediate and extended family. In 2011, a group of Mickey’s loved ones, including, students, friends and family, established this endowment to honor his memory and continue his legacy.

About The Foundation


Mission

The Michael “Mickey” Soroka Charitable Foundation is a perpetual foundation that honors the memory of a man dedicated to educating and improving the lives of children. It is the foundation’s intent to offer educational assistance and contribute to academic programs which inspire and guide Campbell’s youth in the same manner that Mick Soroka provided a “helping hand” to every child who was placed in his care.The IRS has granted The Michael “Mickey” Soroka Charitable Foundation 501(c)(3) status, which classifies the Foundation as a tax-exempt non-profit organization. The Soroka Foundation was established in 2011. Donors will be provided with a tax donation letter for their contributions.

People

Current Board of Directors

  • Roxann Sebest - Chairperson

  • Denise Mote - Treasurer

  • Carmel Gonzalez - Secretary

  • Chris Orlando

  • Connie While

Current Trustees

  • Denise Mote - Treasurer

  • Eric Gonzalez

  • Connie While


Committees

  • Fundraising Committee - Kevin Dill, Chair | Eric Gonzalez, Fedora Open Chair

  • Scholarship Committee

  • Investment Committee

  • PR Committee

  • HR Committee

  • Finance Committee

Financial Statements

  • Available upon Request

Board Meetings


Board meetings are typically held via ZOOM at 5:30 on the second Tuesday of the even-numbered months, except for December.2023 Last Meeting - October 10, 2023 - Annual Meeting

2024 Regular Meeting Schedule - Zoom

  • February 13, 2024

  • April 16, 2024

  • June 18, 2024

  • August 13, 2024

  • October 8, 2024 - Annual Meeting

Donate Online

We use Zeffy as our payment processing platform for online donations. Zeffy doesn't charge us any fees to accept payments.

Donate via Mail

The donation form can be printed, completed, then mailed to:

The Michael "Mickey" Soroka Charitable Foundation
PO Box 6
Campbell, Ohio 44405

How Your Contribution Supports Campbell City School Students

Over $80,000 donated since 2011!

Four Annual Scholarships over $5K Total!

  • Two endowed through YSU (HS senior & a Campbell alumni @ YSU)

  • Fedora Open Scholarship (HS senior)

  • Michael Soroka General Scholarship (non-YSU HS Senior)

Educational Competitions and Opportunities

  • YSU English Festival

  • Power of the Pen

  • Attendance Challenge

  • Math Challenge

  • Math 24 Competition

  • Destination Imagination

  • (and more!)

Incentives and Tools for Students’ Education

  • Flexible Seating

  • Community School Fairs Supported

  • Sponsored Educational Field Trips for various K-12 Classes

  • Funded reward incentives for improved test scores

  • Supported Campbell School’s Community Tailgate Events

Get Involved

Volunteer

There are so many ways to donate your time and expertise by volunteering to participate on a committee, getting involved with a fund-raising event, and more!

Leadership

Are you interested in becoming more involved with the Soroka Foundation? If so, consider becoming a Board member!First, read the By-laws and Trustee Guidelines. If interested, then read, print and sign the Board Expectations Form and send to:The Mickey Soroka Foundation
PO Box 6, Campbell, Ohio 44405

Please note that no one is paid as a Foundation volunteer, so the money raised fully supports the mission.

Thank You for Your Caring and Generosity!

SOROKA FOUNDATION SCHOOL SUPPLIES RESTOCK DISTRIBUTION

Currently, the Michael "Mickey" Soroka Foundation, in conjunction with The Youngstown State University Foundation is providing scholarships to graduating seniors and alumni of Campbell City Schools who are attending Youngstown State University.
The Michael Soroka Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of Campbell Memorial High School who has been accepted to YSU and plans to attend. Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Other criteria include writing a 100-300 word essay and submitting two letters of recommendation. Both of these criteria are further detailed in the application form.

Applications for the Michael Soroka YSU Scholarship are available from the guidance counselor at Campbell Memorial High School. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS USUALLY EARLY APRIL. BE SURE TO CHECK THE GUIDANCE OFFICE FOR SPECIFIC DEADLINES IN THE YEAR YOU ARE APPLYING.


24 GAME SPONSORSHIP

Each year since 2014, The Mickey Soroka Foundation has supported Campbell's participation in the Math 24 Tournament event by providing Math 24 Game Sets for practice prior to the event and T-shirts for Campbell participants.The Mickey Soroka Foundation is the primary sponsor of the Math 24 Tournament for Mahoning County.GO CAMPBELL!


DESTINATION IMAGINATION

Since 2016, we sponsored Campbell's Destination Imagination teams. Our teams usually perform very well by winning medals in their division, including first place, competing at state, and advancing to the Global Finals.We received this text message from one of the coaches (Dana King):

"Thanks to the Soroka Foundation. We had an amazing day yesterday at the Destination Imagination competition. All the kids did an amazing job!!! We had all the teams get medals and Mrs. Klingensmith's team won second place. Also the team that Matze and I coach won first place and is moving on to State!!! YAY. Thanks again."

Eric Gonzolez, one of the Soroka Foundation's Trustees added:

"If you could just see how excited these kids are for their accomplishment, and how proud they were to wear their Destination Imagination shirts today at school, it would make you smile. This is why we do what we do!"


Y Teach - Josiah Banks Testimonial

Josiah Banks is a student who was inspired by Mr. Soroka to become a teacher. Here's Josiah's story.

Video courtesy of
The Beeghly College of Education
Youngstown State University


Dean's Appreciation Award

On May 1, 2014, Dr. Howell, Dean of the Youngstown State University Beeghly College of Education, honored Mickey with a posthumous Dean's Appreciation Award for his positive impact on his students and the community. Josiah Banks gave a heart-felt introduction and Denise Mote, Mickey's sister, accepted the reward on behalf of Mickey's family, friends, colleagues and his students..


Casey Malone Show - Fedora Open 2018

We are not just a golf outing we have a Basket Auction too! We like to share every year from the Casey Malone Show in 2018 to see who we are and what we do!All proceeds benefit the staff and students of Campbell City Schools.

Video courtesy of
The Casey Malone Show

12th Annual Fedora Open - 2024

SAVE THE DATE! The 12th Annual Fedora Open will be on Sunday, July 28th, 2024 at the Bedford Trails Golf Course.Thank you to all of the 2023 sponsors, golfers, and volunteers who made the 11th Annual Fedora Open a great success!


Stacks for SorokaPancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Unfortunately, Stacks for Soroka is currently on hold until further notice.


News


2022 Audit, Taxes and OH Charity Registration

April, 2023
The 2022 audit and taxes and the 2023 Ohio Charity registration have been successfully completed!


Campbell Memorial High School Alumni Hall of Fame

May, 2019
Induction for Michael R. Soroka (Class of 1980)

Stacks for Soroka

No Matter How You Stack It... We Need Your Help

THE STACKS FOR SOROKA FUNDRAISERS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEWhen it's safe to resume this popular event, please come join us for Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee, Milk, Juice, Bake Sale, Basket Auction and a 50/50 Raffle

Mickey was a lifelong resident of Campbell, who passed away on April 5, 2011. As a high school math teacher at Campbell City Schools, Mickey spent endless hours teaching children throughout the community. His dedication to the students helped many Campbell graduates on the path to success. The Mickey Soroka Charitable Foundation has been established to honor and continue Mickey’s hard work and generosity to the students in the Campbell City Schools.Through fundraisers and donations, the Foundation has established two fully endowed scholarships at Youngstown State University for Campbell students and alumni. Two additional scholarships are funded for Campbell students who are pursuing post-secondary education at other schools or vocational programs. In addition, the Mickey Soroka Foundation has supported various educational activities for elementary, middle, and high school students throughout the year, such as providing support for participation in math and writing competitions, awarding students for their academic achievements, sponsoring educational field trips, and distributing basic classroom supplies to all students at all grade levels. We appreciate your support in continuing Mickey’s mission to support the education of Campbell City students!


Date: TBA
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location TBDTicket Cost:
ADULTS - $6.00
CHILDREN 10 and Under - $3.00

Tickets will also be sold at the door when we resume.For pre-sale tickets contact:
Kevin Dill: 330-502-1441
Eric Gonzolas: 330-518-5680
Email contact: mickeysorokafoundation@gmail.com

Scholarships

All scholarships are between $1,000 and $1,500.

THE FEDORA OPEN SCHOLARSHIP

The Fedora Open Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of Campbell Memorial High School. The point-based application favors high levels of involvement in extra-curricular activities, volunteer service, work, and/or sports.Applications for the Fedora Open Scholarship are available from the guidance counselor at Campbell Memorial High School.THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS USUALLY EARLY APRIL. BE SURE TO CHECK THE GUIDANCE OFFICE FOR THE SPECIFIC DATE IN THE YEAR YOU ARE APPLYING.


MICHAEL SOROKA GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Michael Soroka General Scholarship is a scholarship intended for Campbell Memorial High School seniors who will be attending colleges other than YSU (see YSU scholarships below) or other post-secondary education programs.The Michael Soroka General Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of Campbell Memorial High School who has been accepted to a post-secondary education program and plans to attend. Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA.Applications for the Michael Soroka General Scholarship are available from the guidance counselor at Campbell Memorial High School.THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS USUALLY EARLY APRIL. BE SURE TO CHECK THE GUIDANCE OFFICE FOR THE SPECIFIC DATE IN THE YEAR YOU ARE APPLYING.


Youngstown State University Endowed Scholarships

Currently, the Michael "Mickey" Soroka Foundation, in conjunction with The Youngstown State University Foundation, is providing scholarships to graduating seniors and alumni of Campbell City Schools who will be or are attending Youngstown State University.


MICHAEL SOROKA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Michael Soroka Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of Campbell Memorial High School who has been accepted to YSU and plans to attend. Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA.Applications for the Michael Soroka YSU Scholarship are available from the guidance counselor at Campbell Memorial High School.THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS USUALLY EARLY APRIL. BE SURE TO CHECK THE GUIDANCE OFFICE FOR THE SPECIFIC DATE IN THE YEAR YOU ARE APPLYING.


MICHAEL SOROKA YSU SCHOLARSHIP

The Michael Soroka YSU Scholarship is the second scholarship established in conjunction with Youngstown State University. It is intended for currently enrolled full-time YSU students, either undergraduates or post-graduates, who have graduated from Campbell Memorial High School.Applicants must maintain a 2.5 GPA. Preference is given to past recipients of the Michael Soroka Memorial Scholarship and to certain majors in the following order: Secondary education (mathematics first, then other concentrations), multi-media, and all other majors. In the absence of preferred candidates, any applicant who meets the criteria will be considered.Applications are available on the YSU Scholarship website. You can access the application form and deadline by typing “Soroka” into the Keyword Search bar in the middle of the screen from this site: http://cfweb.cc.ysu.edu/finaid/scholar/est_scholar.cfmTHE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FEBRUARY 1.


THE SOROKA-MOTE SCHOLARSHIP

The Soroka-Mote Scholarship is another scholarship established in conjunction with Youngstown State University. It is intended for YSU students, either undergraduates or post-graduates, full-time or part-time, who have graduated from Campbell Memorial High School. Applicants must maintain a 2.5 GPA. Applications are available on the YSU Scholarship website.You can access the application form and deadline by typing “Soroka” into the Keyword Search bar in the middle of the screen from this site: http://cfweb.cc.ysu.edu/finaid/scholar/est_scholar.cfm and selecting the Soroka-Mote Scholarship.THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FEBRUARY 1

Contact Us

Questions or comments about events, scholarships, giving opportunities, or event sponsorship can be sent to:
mickeysorokafoundation@gmail.com
or mailed to:
The Michael "Mickey" Soroka Charitable Foundation
PO Box 6
Campbell, Ohio 44405
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