Ruth Eckerd Hall and The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts have announced the creation of the Tommy Mara Scholarship, which was created in honor of Mr. Mara who passed away in January 2021.  The announcement was made immediately following a tribute to Tommy, during the sold-out Doo Wop Reunion – 20th Anniversary Concert held at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, March 4.

“The Ruth Eckerd Hall Family was so fortunate to have Tommy Mara grace our stage on many occasions,” said Dr. Sharon Reid-Kane, VP & Chief Education and Community Engagement Officer of The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. “The joy he brought both staff and patrons will long remain in our memories, while his legacy will continue through this generous gesture in support of our students’ dreams.”

After moving from Queens to Florida, Tommy became good friend with Johnny Maestro, the original lead singer of The Crests and eventually joined the group.  After Maestro’s death in 2010 and with his blessing, Mara became lead sing for The Crests. 

This new scholarship will enable young vocalists to continue their studies at The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Mara Family for offering their encouragement of the next generation of singers while celebrating one of America’s great entertainers,” concluded Reid-Kane.

“My father’s philanthropy knew no boundaries and I am sure that he is beaming with pride right now.  He looked forward to his time on stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall and loved entertaining his fans,” commented Jennifer Mara. “We are thankful for the years that he was allowed to live his dream. On behalf of the Marasciullo family, I would like to thank The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts and Ruth Eckerd Hall for this amazing legacy to an incredible man.”