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2014


New Ground


New Ground is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization assisting homeless families and Veterans on Long Island. New Ground provides long term intensive Social Work and education services to assist our children, parents and Veterans in breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for which many have been trapped for years. We work with the parents and Veterans to improve their education, employment opportunities and financial literacy. Social Workers meet our families and Veterans where they are and assist them with building greater skills in all areas of life. Assistance is also provided to the children to ensure that they are thriving academically and like their parents, on track to have a future career that will provide self sufficiency. When our families and Veterans graduate from New Ground, they are able to support themselves and live an independent and successful life.

The Angelman Syndrome
Foundation

The Angelman Syndrome Foundation's mission is to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman Syndrome through education and information, research, and support for individuals with Angelman Syndrome, their families and other concerned parties. We exist to give all of them a reason to smile, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. The Foundation sponsors AS research through grants to researchers who pursue promising avenues of discovery. Since 1996, the ASF has funded 66 research grants totaling over $4.6 million. The ASF has awarded a majority of these funds ($4.5 million) beginning in 2005. ASF is a national 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping families, care providers and medical professionals arm themselves with as much helpful information about Angelman Syndrome as possible. The ASF sponsors a biennial conference which gives you the opportunity to hear the latest research results, therapeutic techniques, educational strategies, long-term planning and financial-planning information. The conference also offers many networking opportunities to talk to families that are dealing with the same issues you might be having while caring for an individual with Angelman Syndrome. The ASF publishes a monthly newsletter, Voices of Angels, which alerts members to upcoming meetings and events, provides helpful insights from AS families and friends, and informs readers of any new research and medical developments that could better the lives of AS individuals and their families.

The Nassau County AOH Feis Committee

The Nassau County AOH Feis and Irish Festival ~ Est. 1973 Now in its forty first year, the Ancient Order of Hibernians have presented Nassau County with its annual Irish Feis and Festival. Held every year in September the Feis is a celebration of Irish culture and history. This year 2013, the Feis was held on Sept. 15th at Hofstra University. The day centered around Irish traditions; first starting with Sunday Mass and then the dance and piping competitions. One of the premier Feis in the New York Area, it attracts both dancers and pipers from all around. The Feis is a great opportunity to witness Irish culture and its rich heritage.


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2013


The Jillian E. Daly Foundation


The Jillian E. Daly Foundation was created in memory of our beloved daughter. Her zest for life, perpetual smile and ready laugh, brought a ray of “sunshine” into many people’s lives. Her career as a nurse was suited to her personality and compassion for others. It was, however, cut short with Jillian’s passing, at the age of 24, in October of 2010, barely a year into her professional life. An autoimmune condition known as warm hemolytic anemia abruptly ended Jillian’s life. Jillian also had several bouts of ITP, a platelet disorder, since her junior year in high school. ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia) is also an autoimmune disorder. How the two are related or triggered, is not completely known. Our desire is to invest our fundraising interests and energies into autoimmune disease research and to assist young students entering the health professions. There are over 23.5 million Americans affected by autoimmune disease. Lupus, Type 1 diabetes, Celiac, Crohns, Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis, MS just to name a few. We hope to one day discover why the body turns against itself and to uncover ways to correct and prevent these conditions. We have recently established a relationship with the Feinstein Institute of North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Manhasset, New York. The research team, led by Dr. Betty Diamond, is specifically involved in immune system research. They are investigating what triggers the autoimmune response and finding less toxic methods of treatment. We hope you will join us.

ALS Association
Greater New York Chapter

The ALS Association's mission is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. As one of The ALS Association's leading chapters, the Greater New York Chapter plays a major role in promoting the mission of The ALS Association by: Providing a quality services to patients and families living with ALS throughout the greater New York area, including the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, and northern & central New Jersey. Funding aggressive, cutting-edge research to find a cure that utilizes the newest techniques and fosters collaborative initiatives among government agencies, the private sector and scientists. Supporting The ALS Association's national advocacy program to expand government support of research and elicit programs to make treatments and care accessible and affordable for all ALS patients. Heightening awareness of ALS in order to stimulate volunteerism, scientific and healthcare community activism, and public support that is essential to the fight against ALS. About ALS: ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease after the New York Yankees legend, is a neurodegenerative disease where the motor neurons connecting from the brain to the spinal cord die, leading to paralysis and eventual death. Currently, over 30,000 people are living with ALS in the United States. Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone dies from ALS. Notable persons to have died from ALS include: David Niven, Michael Zaslow, Charles Mingus, Lead Belly, Lane Smith, Jon Stone, Catfish Hunter, Jacob Javits, Henry Wallace, and Lou Gehrig. There is no known cause and no cure. For more information on ALS and the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, please visit www.als-ny.org or call 212-619-1400.

Crosscare ~ Dublin-Ireland


Crosscare is the social care agency of the Dublin Archdiocese. Since 1941 Crosscare has been delivering services to those who need them most within the greater Dublin area. We offer a range of programmes based on innovative approaches to meet new and emerging needs. These services are currently run from more than 30 locations throughout the Dublin Diocese. Our services can be broken into three main categories; Those affected by homelessness, The needs of young people, The development of community driven services. Crosscare’s ethos is based on the principle that every person is created in the image and likeness of God. This places responsibility on us in Crosscare to work to the highest possible standards while treating every person who uses our services and who works for and with us, with the utmost respect, courtesy and love. Deriving from this principle we have four core values against which we will proof all of our activities and actions. Respect: Every person regardless of their lifestyle, race, nationality, gender, religion, beliefs, values or sexual orientation is unique; has intrinsic worth; and is entitled to dignity, respect, well being and self-fulfilment. Human Rights: It is our responsibility to be aware of the rights that those who avail of our services are entitled to, and that hand in hand, with the delivery of our services, we advocate on their behalf when their rights and entitlements are being denied them. Integrity: We will honour the trust that is placed in us, by conducting ourselves with integrity in all of our activities and actions. We hold ourselves accountable to be open, honest, genuine and reliable at all times; creating a culture of fairness and integrity that we can be proud of. Excellence: To live out our ethos is to strive for excellence in everything we do. The people who avail of our services, along those of us who deliver them, are equal partners in pursuing excellence in all of our relationships and endeavours.


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2012


Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS)

The Association for Children with Down Syndrome (“ACDS”) was established more than 40 years ago and serves over 700 individuals affected by Down syndrome and other severe developmental disabilities. ACDS is dedicated to providing lifetime resources of exceptional quality, innovation and inclusion for individuals with severe developmental disorders, providing them with hope and support through all of life’s stages through a cycle of mutual service and support, and has become Long Island’s leading provider to such individuals. Specifically, for the approximately 300 children per year it serves, from infancy to 5 years old, ACDS provides a continuum of year-round programs and services that include diagnostic evaluations and treatment, early intervention, day care/nursery school, preschool, special education and clinical services. In addition, for the approximately 250 children aged 5 and over ACDS serves per year, it provides evening and weekend recreation services while providing its adult population, approximately 50 adults aged 21 and over, with supervised homes.

ECAD ~~ Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, Inc. (“ECAD”) a national non-profit organization incorporated in New York and primarily serving the East Coast through its mission of enabling people with disabilities to gain greater independence and mobility through the use of specially trained dogs. ECAD has placed over 150 educated dogs with clients with a range of disabilities. From the first ECAD client who suffered from muscular dystrophy to some of the latest, wounded warriors contending with disabilities and/or post traumatic stress disorder or children with autism, ECAD recognizes that each disability calls for a different kind of assistance from the dog. These canine skills range from opening the door of a refrigerator or pulling socks on and off, grocery shopping or picking up change, acting as an anchor, providing strength or balance when needed, and, always, the companionship of a good friend who will give unconditional love. Each dog is to respond to over 80 commands when finished with their training, which lasts from when they are about 8 weeks old until they are about 2 years old.

The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island


The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, which opened in 1986 in New Hyde Park as the 100th of the over 300 Ronald McDonald House programs around the world. Its mission is to give shelter and comfort to the approximately 1,000 families with a seriously ill child in a local hospital it serves per year. A “home-away-from-home”, the House provides the parents and siblings of these children with a temporary haven in a secure and comfortable environment among other families sharing a similar burden. The New Hyde Park House consists of a 44,00 square foot facility which includes 42 bedrooms, each with a private bath, children’s play areas both inside and outdoors, a library, eight kitchen stations, two Kosher kitchens, a fully stocked food pantry, five laundry rooms and a Great Room where the families can socialize or watch television. For more privacy, there is a small TV room on the second floor and an additional main floor lounge that is perfect for quiet activities.


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2011


Nassau-Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America

The local charity chosen by the Parade Committee this year (2011) is the Nassau-Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America (NSASA), a parent driven organization serving over 1,400 families on Long Island in coping with autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorder is a complex neurological disorder that typically lasts a person’s lifetime and impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others. Currently, 1 in 150 children are being diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Because there is no currently definitive cause, prevention or cure, the parents of autistic individuals take one day at a time. The disease often leads those afflicted to engage in undesirable behaviors such as self injury or tantrums, causing families to remain at home in isolation. Research indicates, however, that an appropriate educational setting and access to social opportunities can result in significant improvements in the quality of life for those suffering from autism. The mission of the NSASA is to provide such settings and opportunities to families struggling with the disease. The NSASA is staffed entirely by volunteers, and all proceeds from its fund-raising efforts are used to provide free educational, recreational and social opportunities to families touched by autism. (www.nsasa.org)


Wounded Warrior Project

The national charity chosen by the Parade Committee is Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), whose mission is to honor and empower our injured service members. WWP was created when a group of veterans were watching the evening news and were moved by the difficult stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They realized then and there that something had to be done for these brave individuals beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades. The result was WWP, whose objective is to provide tangible support for the wounded and to help them on the road to recovery, both physically and mentally. This support comes numerous forms, including advocacy, benefits counseling, family support and caregivers retreats, peer mentoring, and WWP backpacks which are delivered bedside to wounded warriors.(www.woundedwarriorproject.org)

Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin Ireland

The Irish charity selected by the Parade Committee is Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin, which opened in November 1956 and has grown into Ireland’s largest pediatric teaching hospital with 248 beds and employing over 1,500 staff. The Hospital was, and is, designed specifically to care for and treat sick children and is built on a site of approximately 5 hectares (roughly 7.5 acres) provided to it by the Archbishop of Dublin. It is involved in the teaching of all disciplines of healthcare staff, as well as research, a fundamental component of all pediatric disciplines. Indeed, the Hospital has an international reputation for the quality of the research it carries out. On a yearly basis, the Hospital treats over 24,500 inpatients and day cases, 30,100 Emergency Department attendances, 76,000 Out Patient attendances and performs over 13,000 operating procedures. (www.olhsc.ie)


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2010


Families of SMA - Greater New York Chapter

The local charity chosen by the Parade Committee this year is the Greater New York Chapter of the Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (www.fsma.org), which is based in Rockville Centre. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a motor neuron disease that affects the voluntary muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing. A small group of parents started Families of SMA in 1984 to raise funds for SMA research to cure the disease and to support all affected families. Back then, very little was known about the disease, there was no family support services and thus very little hope. Today, Families of SMA have 26 chapters nationwide with over 65,000 members and supporters, and have raised and funded over $50 million for SMA research. This funding has led to successful results and progress from basic research to drug discovery programs to clinical trials that now provide real hope for families and patients. The President of the Greater New York Chapter, Debbie Cuevas, a Rockville Centre resident, coordinates many fundraising, awareness and support functions for over 500 families within the Long Island / NYC area.

Mollie's Fund

The national charity chosen by the Parade Committee is the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation, also called Mollie’s Fund (www.molliesfund.org). Mollie’s Fund was established in Mollie’s memory by her parents after her tragic death at the age of 20 from melanoma. The Fund’s mission is to increase awareness for melanoma prevention, provide information and services on skin cancer detection, and support melanoma patients through education of the latest treatments. The foundation has created and produced an educational DVD, “The Dark Side of the Sun”. Over 150,000 have been distributed at no charge to health teachers throughout the United States and Canada. Mollie’s Fund has also created “Have You Checked Your Skin Lately?” an English and Spanish wallet-sized brochure that illustrates evolving moles and demonstrates the process of a self-check.

The Long Island Gaelic Athletic Club

The Irish charity selected by the Parade Committee is the Long Island Gaelic Athletic Club, Inc. (www.thelongislandgaels.com). The purpose of the Long Island Gaelic Athletic Club also known as the Gaels, is to Promote Gaelic Football and Culture on Long Island from underage boys and girls through senior as part of the New York Gaelic Athletic Minor and Senior Boards. Gaelic football, which is one of the oldest sports in the world, resembles a combination of soccer and American football and is a fast-paced and entertaining game to watch. It is played on a field slightly larger than an American football field with fifteen players on each team. The Gaels presently have five underage programs: under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14, and under 16. They draw players from all over Long Island with 15 players being from Rockville Centre, and compete against 12 other clubs from around the tri-state area. Underage training and home games are presently being played at Molloy College, Rockville Centre in conjunction with their Irish Studies Program. They also have a Senior Gaelic Football team and a soccer team.


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2009


The De La Salle School

The local charity chosen by the Parade Committee this year is The De La Salle School of Freeport, which was established in 2002 with eleven 5th grade students and now currently enrolls more than 60 students in grades 5 through 8. More than 77% of De La Salle’s students qualify for free or reduced price federal lunch, and the school provides a “Breakfast Club” that serves milk and cereal for all students every morning and offers its students “Extended Day’ study time and social activities three (3) afternoons a week. The school’s teachings are rooted in more than 325 years of De La Salle Christian Brothers tradition, and it maintains a curriculum which meets and surpasses the guidelines established by the Board of Regents of the State of New York.

Maureen's Hope Foundation

The national charity chosen by the Parade Committee is Maureen’s Hope Foundation, Inc., which was founded five (5) years ago by Susan Bertrand after watching her younger sister, Maureen, endure a courageous and difficult two (2) year battle with cancer. Ms. Bertrand learned that there are many needs that a patient has when faced with a life altering disease that cannot be met by the medical community, and the mission of Maureen’s Hope is to try to fill that gap and fulfill some of those needs. In its five (5) year history, Maureen’s Hope has provided practical support and assistance to over 400 people facing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis or other life altering disease, including providing patients with a cleaning service for their home; meals for the family; wigs if they have lost their hair; help with travel expenses and fundraisers; and personalized gift baskets of hope filled with items that offer comfort and inspiration.

Molloy College Irish Studies Institute

The Irish charity selected by the Parade Committee is the newly-established Irish Studies Institute at Molloy College, a long-time supporter of the Parade. Molloy plans to use the funds received from the Parade for one of two distinct projects. The first proposed project is the establishment of the oral history archives which will become part of the permanent collection of the Irish Studies Institute. This oral history project will preserve the story of Irish Americans in this region. The second proposed project will be the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund for Irish Studies that will exist in perpetuity and be named “The RVC St. Patrick’s Parade Scholarship Fund at Molloy College”. The proceeds the Parade committee donates will benefit those students interested in pursuing a certificate in Irish Studies, would be put in a restricted account and scholarships would be awarded on the interest collected on that endowment. Both of these projects provide for a lasting legacy to the generosity of the Parade.


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2008

Long Island Sled Hockey, Inc.
for the handicapped athlete

The 2008 local charity is the Long Island Sled Hockey, Inc. ~ for the handicapped athlete, based in Lynbrook. Sled hockey is played mainly by people with various lower extremity disabilities, such as amputations, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, post polio and the like. The Lynbrook charity is the only program of its kind in the United States as it joins both physically and mentally challenged athletes on the ice. The club is in its 12th year, and all monies raised during the year go directly to their athletes, as there are no administrative fees or coaches salaries paid. This amazing group of young boys and girls has captured the hearts of everyone with whom they have come in contact, and we are delighted to support them.
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation



The 2008 national charity chosen by the Parade Committee is The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, which was founded in 1998 by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti following Kathy’s diagnosis with the disease. Multiple Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cell that is an incurable but treatable disease. At present there are more than 50,000 people in the United States living with the disease. The Multiple Myeloma Research foundation is the world’s number one private funder of research into the disease, having raised more than $85 million to fund 70 laboratories worldwide. This effort has been producing results, as there are several promising new therapies that are helping patients live longer, healthier lives.
Ards Friary Retreat and Conference Centre
Donegal Ireland



The 2008 Irish charity selected by the Parade Committee is the Ards Friary and Retreat Centre, a historic 1708 building located on the beautifully scenic Ards peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. It is estimated that 80% of all Irish Capuchins, at home and abroad, studied at Ards. Today, having been taken over from the Capuchins by the Roman Catholic diocese of Raphoe, the Ards Friary is used for a whole host of worthy causes, from ecumenical exchanges and youth retreats to marriage preparation and adult education. In recent years Ards Friary has also erected many practical exhibits on promoting a cleaner environment


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2007

Camp Anchor Parents Foundation

Camp ANCHOR is a 6 week summer day camp that provides meaningful social and recreational activities for approximately 600 physically challenged citizens ages 5 and above who are residents of the Town of Hempstead The camp is a comprehensive recreational program that includes music, dance, arts and crafts, ceramics, swimming, bowling, physical education, competitive sports, court and board games, home economics, fitness, camper and professional shows, a field day, a swim festival, and a spectacular carnival. It is staffed by knowledgeable professionals and numerous volunteers, who work with participants to help them develop skills, improve self concepts and integrate into community life. Camp Anchor is part of the Town of Hempstead's year-round ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation) program, which offers a range of after-school activities and an all-day Saturday recreation program dedicated to meeting the special needs of mentally and developmentally disabled and physically challenged children and adults residing in the Town of Hempstead. Founded by the Hempstead Town Board in 1968 at the request of a group of parents of physically challenged children, ANCHOR has grown from an after-school program serving 50 children to a year-round program with over one thousand children and adult participants.



St. Baldrick's


St Baldrick's aptly describes itself as "a whimsical twist on St. Patrick's Day," in which volunteers agree to shave their heads bald in order to raise funds to help combat childhood cancer. It was begun in 1999 by a group of New York City business executives of Irish descent who decided to transform their traditional St. Patrick's Day celebration into an effort to assist young children diagnosed with cancer. Because cancer treatment for these children often causes their hair to fall out, the group recruited volunteers to have their heads shaved in public in return for pledges of support What began as a single New York City event with a goal of raising "$17,000 on the 17th" has grown in five years to hundreds of events around the globe that have raised nearly $7 million,. The chief beneficiary of St. Baldrick's is CureSeareh National Childhood Cancer Foundation, which supports CureSearch Children's Oncology Group, the world's foremost childhood cancer research organization.











Playing for Peace


"Children who play together can learn to live together." That is the philosophy behind PeacePlayers International, a program founded in 2001 as Playing for Peace that uses basketball and life skills training to bring together young people of diverse religious, racial and cultural backgrounds in some of the world's most divided regions. Over the past five years, Playing for Peace has touched more than 45,000 young people in these regions, bringing together Catholic and Protestant children in Northern Ireland; Israeli and Palestinian teen-agers in the Middle East; children of varied racial backgrounds in South Africa; Turkish and Greek youth in Cyprus; and helping them develop leadership skills and learn to live together as friends and neighbors. PeacePlayers International has four main objectives: to bridge social divides, develop future leaders, educate children to lead healthy, constructive lives, and build community involvement The program targets children ages 10 - 14, when they are old enough to pick up the basics of the sport of basketball, but young enough where prejudices have not yet been cemented. The youngsters interact through basketball teams, clinics and tournaments, and the program also reaches out to older teens and adults, training them to be coaches and youth mentors. In addition to its efforts to promote dialogue and friendship and combat prejudice, PeacePlayers International is also working to combat the AIDS epidemic which is ravaging Africa, incorporating AIDS / HIV education into its programs in South Africa and Uganda.


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2006

The Michael Manzella Foundation


Michael Manzella was an accomplished musician and composer who, while at Yale, devoted himself to music and volunteered much of his time to the community by working with ill and underprivileged children. In 1993 he succumbed to a two-year struggle with cancer. The Michael Manzella Foundation honors Michael's legacy through its support of cancer/medical research, children's causes and the arts. One of the foundation's programs is holiday parties at local children's hospitals, and this year the foundation will be at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola.
Bethany House



Bethany House operates shelters for mothers and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Currently there are sixty women and children who are being accommodated in four shelters on Long Island. In addition to room and board, the program also provides medications and transportation for these Families in need. Bethany House provides educational programs for mothers so that they can be independent.
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Limerick

St. Vincent's Centre, Lisnargy, Limerick, opened in 1952 to provide services to children with intellectual disabilities. Since then the Sisters have expanded and developed the Centre to serve adults as well as children. The Centre uses a multi-disciplinary approach and the wide range of facilities and activities, many of which are now provided off-campus throughout the region.


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2005

The Injured Marine Semper FI Fund in Honor of Marine Lieutenant Ronald Winchester

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund was formed to provide supplemental assistance to injured Marines and Sailors and their families, as they face the road to recovery. The fund, named for the U.S. Marines’ motto, which means “always faithful,” is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization based in Oceanside, California. With more than 174,000 active duty Marines and 37,000 Marine reservists serving our country in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, there is no more worthy national charity for our St. Patrick’s Parade to support than the Semper Fi Fund.

Marine Lieutenant Ronald Winchester, a resident of Rockville Centre, was killed in action during his second combat tour in Iraq. The donation to the Semper Fi Fund will be made in his honor.
The 69th Regiment Restoration Fund






The “Fighting 69th” New York Regiment is one of the most famous units in American military history. From the Civil War, when it was made up of mostly Irish immigrants, through World War I, with its Chaplain, the immortal “Fighting Father Duffy” through World War II in the Pacific, up to the present day fighting in Iraq. The Regiment has been legendary in its courageous service to our country. The restoration fund supports the creation of exhibits of regimental memorabilia at the 69th Regiment Armory.
The Galway Hospice Foundation






Our 2005 Irish charity, The Galway Hospice Foundation, provides palliative care in their homes to over 100 terminally ill patients in Galway city and county seven days a week. Since it’s founding in 1990, the association has provided home care and day care programs for more than 3,000 patients. The foundation is a registered charity receiving no public funding, and relies on the generosity of the people of Galway and many parts of the world to continue its vital services to those in need.


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2004

The Boomer Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Boomer Esiason Foundation was founded in 1993 by the famed former New York Jets quarterback after his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. The foundation is strongly committed to supporting critical research to help find a cure for this genetic respiratory disorder. Recently, BEF donated more than $2 million to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to combat this fatal disease, and in the past ten years has raised more than $17 million to fund Cystic Fibrosis research.
Project Children



Project children is an American-Northern Ireland partnership dedicated to showing Protestant and Catholic kids that they have nothing to fear from each other and much to gain. The program started in 1975 with six children from Belfast, three from one community and three from the other. The kids spent that summer in America, getting to know each other in a small New York town. Now Project Children places more than 600 children from Northern Ireland with host families across America each summer. And several years ago Project Children expanded to include university students by offering summer internships on Capitol Hill. A few months later, a new venture with Habitat for Humanity and local trade unions pulled on vocational students and gave them on-the-job experience building homes in America. Project Children also sponsors programs in Northern Ireland that bring together Protestant and Catholic children and their families. Although Project Children has expanded, our vision remains the same: to help build peace in Northern Ireland through its children and young people.
Friends of RVC 911 Memorial Foundation


The horrific events of September 11 devastated Rockville Centre and its extended community. The men and women of Rockville Centre who died on that tragic date all had one thing in common, their commitment to their families. The Friends of Rockville Centre 911 Memorial Fund honors the lives that were lost by ensuring the financing of their children’s future education, and by providing for unforeseen needs that may arise for the families of the victims.


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2003

Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association

The Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA) is a non-profit organization with over 2,000 members in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Since its founding in 1946, the EPVA has enabled its members, as wall as, other persons with disabilities, to lead full and productive lives, the EPVA's overall mission is dedicated to enhancing the lives of veterans with a spinal cord injury or disease by assuring quality health care, promoting research, and advocating for civil rights and independence. In addition, the EPVA regularly takes the knowledge gained in its recreation and advocacy programs for members and brings it to the broader public with physical disabilities. The EPVA's School Visits Program, for example, allows members to educate the younger generation on what it means to live with a disability.
Literacy Volunteers of America

The Literacy Volunteers of America - Nassau County is a not-for-profit agency that has been serving the needs of functionally illiterate people in our area for more than thirty years. Students may include parents struggling to read to their children at bedtime, grandparents who left school years ago, or new immigrants who need help learning English. With over 1,000 volunteers, the Nassau County affiliate is one of the nation's largest. Its programs include Basic Literacy Courses, English for Speakers of Other Languages, the Nassau County Jail Program, Welfare to Work, Family Literacy, Juvenile Offenders and Computer Training. With Over 40% in some of the county's communities who can't read, this is a hidden problem which the LVA-NC is working hard to alleviate.
St. Patrick's Parade Scholarship Fund

Four Substantial scholarships will be awarded to candidates who successfully meet the eligibility criteria. H.S. seniors attending Rockville Centre's Public Schools, or Rockville Centre Residents attending private schools may apply. The competition is open to all students regardless of race or ethnic background. One criteria requires the student to submit a written work that depicts some aspect of Irish history, culture, etc. The specifics and the other eligibility will be announced following the parade.


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2002

The New York Police and Fire Widows and Children Benefit Fund

Established in 1985 by Rusty Staub, the fund is a nonprofit organization that assists the families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Thus far, over $7.3 million has been given to help these families defray education, housing and medical expenses. The September 11 World Trade Center disaster, with the loss of hundreds of firefighters and police officers, has created an urgent need for increased donations to benefit the families of fallen firefighter and officers.
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum / Irish Apartment Project

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s mission is “to promote tolerance and historical prospective through the presentation and interpretation of a variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a “Gateway to America.” The misaim recreates immigrant family residences on the Lower East Side.
We Care




The Rockville Centre Community Fund has established the “We Care” campaign to distribute assistance funds exclusively to Rockville Centre Village and School District families impacted by the September 11 World Trade Center disaster. This effort provides a vehicle for RVC residents to provide immediate assistance to their neighbors devastated by this tragedy.


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2001

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children spearheads national efforts to locate and recover missing children and to raise public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation and sexual exploitation. The NCMEC is a private, non-profit organization which works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Through its tool free national hot-line 1-800 THE LOST, it has processed over 1.3 million calls resulting in the recovery of over 47,000 children.
Bridges to Peace



Bridges To Peace is a non-for-profit organization founded on the conviction that peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland can be secured by working at the grass roots level, in the local communities to promote peacemaking initiatives that recognize the rights of all citizens. The organization's main project areas are: Reconciliation, Cross-Community Dialogue, Human Rights and Justice and the Involvement of Women in the Democratic Process.
St. Agnes Parish Outreach Program


For over 26 years, St. Agnes Parish Service Center has been helping people from all parts of the Rockville Centre community. Based on love of neighbors and the love of God, the Center provides resources to those in need throughout the year. Though Rockville Centre is widely regarded as an affluent community, more than eight hundred residents live below the poverty level, and more than 200 families qualify for Federal rent subsidies. Working cooperatively with other community outreach programs, The St. Agnes Outreach Program provides food, clothing and other assistance to those in need, without regard for race, creed or color.


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2000

The Leukemia Society of America
The "Save-a-Life Project Rockville Centre
The Jeannie Johnston Project


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1999

Mercy Medical Centre

Rural Resettlement Ireland
VA Medical Center



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1998

The American Paralysis Association
AOH Division 14

Rockville Centre Children's Fund


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1997

Project Children
Mayor's Comm. Fund
Multiple Sclerosis


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