In 2013, the Nicole Marie Garrish Memorial Foundation was created in honor of our beloved Nicole. During its first year, the foundation has successfully funded 3 local scholarships in the Boca Raton and Atlanta areas. The NMG Foundation has also supported many organizations including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The American Heart Association, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Florida State University Alumni Association and Delta Delta Delta Foundation. Funds raised have also been used to dedicate a memorial bench to the Boca Raton Community Garden and a memorial bird bath and butterfly garden to the TriDelta House at Florida State University.
Today, Nicole’s memory is carried out by numerous events held throughout Florida and New York City. “Noles for Nicole” was started by her sorority sisters and close friends living in NYC to honor Nicole’s love of football and FSU. In South Florida, friends created “Cowboys and Angels” to bring friends and family together in honor of Nicole’s love of country music. Each of these events were formed to help support mourning friends and to celebrate Nicole’s 22 years of life. Proceeds from all of the events help support Nicole’s Memorial Fund.
The foundation continues to spread love in honor of Nicole whenever they can. This past February during Heart Awareness Month, the NMG foundation donated teddy bears to heart patients at Boca Raton Community Hospital. These teddy bears earned the name “Wish-Bear Wings” because of the hand made heart shaped wings attached to backs of them. Each bear contained a special “get well” wish on its wings. Students from New York and Florida also contributed hand made get well cards that accompanied the bears