Lieberman to advise Sandy Hook charity as tally reaches $8 million

Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman is advising the transition of an ad hoc Sandy Hook fund to a formal charity that will decide how to dispense $8 million donated since the shooting deaths of 26 students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary a month ago.

“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,” Lieberman said. “I hope that all those involved are able to continue working together to support and strengthen the survivors and heal the community.”

A Sandy Hook School Support Fund has been collecting money in cooperation with the United Way, but a transition team is trying to establish a formal structure. Lieberman is to meet privately with the team Friday in Newtown, followed by a press conference.