One of the largest and most well-publicized funds for Sandy Hook Elementary School has gained a high-profile new partner.
Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman announced Thursday he will serve as an adviser to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund transition team, providing "critical council," according to the fund, in the decision on how to spend more than $8 million raised since Dec. 14.
"I am honored to be asked to provide counsel to the team as they search for a sensible roadmap forward that ensures local input and oversight of the fund as well as responsible stewardship of the donations," said Lieberman in a statement. "I hope that all those involved are able to continue working together to support and strengthen the survivors and heal the community."
The Sandy Hook School Support Fund was established by the United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank days after the elementary school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults on December 14. The transition team will have a say in how money is allocated, including management structure and priorities for disbursement, according to the release. Newtown residents, school board representatives and representatives of the bank and United Way serve on the team.
Transition team chairman and Newtown Selectman Will Rodgers said he was "honored" Lieberman accepted the request to serve as adviser.
"He knows the community well, and we hope that his contributions will reassure the community and the nation that the funds will be used thoughtfully," said Rodgers.
Representatives said donations for the fund has exceed $8 million. As reported on Newtown Patch, the fund raised nearly $3 million in the first week following the tragedy.