One June 10th, students at Refuse to Lose Martial Arts School in Batavia, NY had full permission to break something. In this case, it was boards during a "Summer Kick Off Party" where all proceeds benefited the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation. Students at the school range in age from 3-60 years old and together they broke 350 boards and raised $3000 for the foundation.
The OHMS Band celebrated their 25th anniversary of music on August 13, 2016 at the Polish Falcons in Batavia, NY. Playing under a tent on a beautiful summer night, the band raised $2500 for the Foundation. It was truly "music to our ears". Many thanks to the band - their celebration helps the Foundation Lend A Hand for Hope to others. Besides the OHMS band, we would also like to thank all those who attended and supported the fundraiser.
On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, O’Lacy’s Irish Pub, Batavia, held a fundraiser at their establishment on School St. and raised $1200 for the Foundation. A representative from Guinness’s engraved names onto every Guinness glass. We would like to thank owner, Kent Ewell, seen here with board member Mark Napoleone, the entire staff of O’Lacy’s, and those who came out to support the fundraiser and the foundation.
Board members of the Foundation served up some soups and chili at the Ronald McDonald House on Westmoreland Dr. Rochester, NY on Sunday, January 31, 2016. From left, Laurie Napoleone, Ellen DellaPenna and Joanne McInerny. The Ronald McDonald House in Rochester and around the world, act as a place to stay for families with hospitalized children who are receiving treatment. It is essentially a "home-way-from-home" for children with cancer and their families. Support your local Ronald McDonald House, the families depend on it.
On December 15, 2015, the Foundation presented a $1000 check to Carli's Club at Roswell Park, Buffalo, for the purchase of items on their holiday wish list for pediatric cancer patients and siblings. Presenting the check, on behalf of the Foundation, is board member Ellen DellaPenna, and her husband Matt and son Griffin.
The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation recently made a contribution to the Emma Harris Fundraiser on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Batavia High School. Emma is a local four-year-old fighting leukemia. Friends, family and supporters gathered at Batavia High School to aid the family in its fight against cancer. Pictured here is Laurie Napoleone, center, and Ann Marie Suttell, Pres. of the Foundation, presenting a $1000 check to Emma's aunt, Wanda Hatcher.
The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation received a donation from the Kelly for Kids Foundation on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Acceptingthe $5000 donation from former Buffalo Bill great Jim Kelly, is board member Seana Logdson. The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation was recognized during a luncheon at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant in Blasdell, NY. The money will be used to off-set costs for the upcoming Michael Napoleone Memorial Baseball Tournament on May 22, 23 & 24. A special thank you to Jim Kelly, Kelly for Kids and Danielle Rotundo of Terry Hills Restaurant in Batavia, NY.
On December 22, 2014, Board Members delivered over $5000 worth of gifts provided by the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation to the Child Life Department at Golisano's Children's Hospital in Rochester, NY. The foundation provided blankets, cameras, radio flyer wagons, video games and a rocking chair.
They also presented their second payment of $10,000 towards their pledge of $50,000 towards the construction of the Child Life office which will be located in the new Golisano's Children's Hospital.
The Niagara-Orleans Football Association held their cheerleading competition on Saturday, November 8. 2014 at Attica High School. Laurie Napoleone spoke to the huge crowd about the Foundation prior to the check presentation by coordinator Lori Warwick. The Foundation was presented with a donation of $660. A big thank you to NOFA, the participants and Lori Warwick. All the monies donated will go directly to fulfilling the Foundation's missions. Thanks to all who attended.
Rick Suttell presents Foundation Board Member, Mark Napoleone, with a check for over $1100 from monies raised during the Annual "Sootie" Golf tournament held at Batavia Country Club in Batavia, NY this past summer. Many thanks to all the golfers and sponsors who participated in making it another successful tournament. A special thanks to Rick Suttell and all those volunteers that worked so hard in making this golf tournament a huge success. Look for next years tournament on Saturday, July 25th at Chestnut Hill Country Club, Darien, NY.Mark your calendars now!
Board members of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation recently visited (Friday, Jan. 10, 2014) Golisano Childrens's Hospital in Rochester, NY to view construction on the new Golisano Children's Hospital and to deliver their first payment of a $50,000 donation towards the construction of the new Child Life office which will provide services to pediatric cancer patients. Presenting the $10,000 payment are; front row from left; Board Member Theresa Sisson, Board President Ann Marie Suttell, Co-Founder Laurie Napoleone, back row; Board Member Darrell Bell, Strong Hospital nurse Andrea Suttell, Board Treasurer Joni Yaskulski and Board Vice-President Jeff Klips.
The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation held its annual Awareness Dayduring the Batavia Bulldawgs final regular season games on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Laurie and Mark Napoleone, left, present a check for $500 to the Bulldawgs' Ellen and Matthew Dellapenna and John Reigle. The money was donated to help with the Bulldawgs' purchase of a new sound system to be used during their football games.
This past spring (2013) the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation donated $5000 to the Kiwanis Park Inclusive Playground on Route 5, in the Town of Batavia, to purchase this swing to be used by children, adults and families that have a developmental or physical disability. The playground, a collaborated effort by the Town of Batavia and Genesee ARC, will include both adaptive and traditional playground equipment making it the first fully accessible public playground for all Upstate New York families.
On September 10, 2012, the University of Rochester made history as it broke ground on its largest capital project ever, the new Golisano Children's Hospital. A committee of Board Members from the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation met with various officials from the University of Rochester to discuss the giving options available to the Foundation. The Board of Directors voted to donate $50,000 towards
a new Child Life Office for pediatric cancer children. The new $145 million building, located on Crittenden Blvd. and attached to the Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital, will have eight floors, and approximately 245,000 sq. feet of space dedicated to children and their families. It will feature 52 private rooms, an expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and various spaces designed to meet the needs of children and their families.
The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, a project lead by Board Member Theresa Sisson, donated 50 care packages to the Pediatric Transport Program at Golisano's Children's Hospital in Rochester, NY. on Friday, August 17, 2012. The bags include supplies for patients and family members who find themselves being transported in a moments notice for medical attention. On hand to deliver and accept the bags were from left; Dr. Van Der Jagt, Board Member Theresa Sisson, Pediatric Transport Coordinator Robert Dorman, and Foundation co-founder, Laurie Napoleone.