3.15.17 ‒ 4.4.17 ‒ vol. 13

What began twenty-four years ago as a grassroots effort to support Pelham neighbors whose young son had been stricken with a rare form of leukemia has evolved into a full-scale non-profit organization that has helped dozens of area families as they struggle to deal with the impact of their child’s catastrophic illness.


Through it all, the Pelham community has been instrumental in making sure The Danny Fund can open its arms to those in need of their unique brand of support. This past February, two special events highlighted the generosity of so many.


A month-long “Heart Card” campaign sponsored by DeCicco & Sons’ Pelham store raised over six hundred dollars. Nearly three hundred customers contributed a dollar or more at checkout and saw their personalized “heart card” displayed on the supermarket’s front window as part of a big, heartfelt Valentine.


On Saturday, February 11th, more than 200 guests attended The Danny Fund’s annual Valentine Ball, the organization’s most important fundraiser. As in years past, attendees enthusiastically and generously participated in both silent and live auctions while enjoying both the ambiance and fine cuisine of the New York Athletic Club at Travers Island. A new addition to the event was a special video presentation which underscored the important work being done by The Danny Fund and obviously touched the hearts of those in attendance as they, along with sponsors like Wager Contracting, McClellan Sotheby’s International Realty, Component Assembly Systems, Stiefvater Real Estate, Capital One Bank, Meridian Risk Management, and Joan Solimine Real Estate, made the event an overwhelming success.


If you know a family in need assistance, or if you would like to support The Danny Fund either as a volunteer or by making a donation, visit their website at TheDannyFund.org.



Pelham Community Comes Together for Homegrown


Everyone is all smiles over the success of the DeCicco “heart card” campaign. From left: Luisa De Cicco (Director of Human Resources), Danny Fund President John Hynes, and Anthony Angelini (Front End Manager)

“Danny Kid” Sophia is held by her father, Paul Pinto, and shown with her mother, Christine Pinto, big sister Isabella, and Danny Fund President John Hynes on far left. Sophia is a granddaughter of Joe Durnin, one of the founders of The Danny Fund.


Melissa Cerda, Danny Potocki, holding his daughter Melanie, Pete and Kathy Potocki (Danny’s parents) and their daughter Liz. Danny is the child for whom The Danny Fund is named.


“Danny Fund Kid” Valeria with her mother and sister and Danny Fund President John Hynes at left.

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