A Registered 501(c)3 Public Charity

Ethan J Hatke Memorial Fund

Ethan J. Hatke
Memorial Fund

The Ethan J. Hatke Memorial fund is in remembrance and honor of our son.

Ethan led a rich and happy life until the age of 19, when he collapsed and died from the effects of Arythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD).  This disease causes disruptions in the structure and conductive pathways of the heart leading to cardiac arrhythmias, which are often fatal upon initial onset.

This disease is particularly aggravated by prolonged cardiovascular athletics and is very difficult to diagnose. Quite often the first symptom of the disease is sudden cardiac death.

The purpose of this fund is to provide resources to the medical community for additional research into the cause and progression of the disease as well as the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder.

In addition, an annual scholarship will be awarded as detailed below.

Scholar and Sportsmanship Award

Ethan exemplified the true meaning of a team leader, not by necessarily being the fastest, strongest or best athlete, but by striving to support, inspire and motivate all of his fellow athletes to reach their highest potential. He truly understood the ideal that a team cannot simply be lead from the front, but must be uplifted and encouraged from within.

Ethan developed these virtues in the academic field by tutoring his fellow classmates and mentoring younger children. He brought a combination of knowledge and enthusiasm to all of his academic endeavors in an effort to foster and inspire similar excitement from his peers. Again, Ethan understood that simply trying to be the smartest person in the room was less of an achievement than infusing and fortifying the entire academic environment.

Ethan also understood the power and value of enduring friendship. Although he was outwardly shy, he was a true and honest friend to all those who knew him and accepted him for the individual he was:  A kind, thoughtful, caring young man who would always have a shoulder or ear for a friend who needed him.

These are the ideals that Ethan tried his best to achieve. His measure of individual success combined personal improvement and achievement with mutual inspiration, comradery, and a sense of compassion.

This award shall be presented to a graduating senior of Hopewell Valley Central High School, Hopewell NJ, who will be attending college the following academic year.

Applicants shall provide information detailing, at a minimum, the following:

  • A grade point average which achieves Honor Roll status for both the junior and senior year.
  • Participation, with a leadership role, in any Varsity level sports program.
  • Participation in philanthropic or mentoring activities.
  • A letter from a member of the faculty or coaching staff indicating how the applicant embodied the ideals described above.
  • The deadline for applicants shall be April 23. All documentation shall be e-mailed to the following address: [email protected]



Fund Administrators

  • Eric Hatke


CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
Ethan J. Hatke Memorial Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161

Use credit card by clicking the link below.

The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.

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