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.
Rick Suttell, left, presents Mark Napoleone of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, a check for over $1900 from his annual "Sootie Golf Tournament" held at Batavia Country Club on Sunday, July 22, 2012. The annual tournament hit another hole-in-one by raising money for the Foundation and the Julie Grazioplene Scholarship Fund. The Board of Directors would like to thank Rick and his wonderful volunteers for all their hard work and dedication in raising money for two great causes. Also, we would like to thank all the golfers who participated and the sponsors who made this another successful tournament. Stay tuned for more information about next years tournament. Details will be forthcoming.
The second annual "Beers for a Cure" was held Saturday, July 14, 2012 at MOMs (Maxwells on Main St.) in Doylestown, Pa. Guests sampled beer from 15 of the top American Craft Breweries as well as MOM's own craft foods. Foundation representatives were on hand to answer questions about the Foundation's missions as well as to make a donation to a local family going through the difficulties in caring for a sick child. M.O.M.s organized raffles and baskets for patrons to take chances on. Foundation apparel was available also. A special thank you to Andrea, Nate and Brian Hugill who organized the event and opened their doors in the hope of finding a cure. Also, thank you to all those vendors who participated and those who came out to support such a great event. We hope to see you all next year. With everyone contributing in some capacity, M.O.M.s was able to raise over $5000 for the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation. A big thank you from Mark and Laurie Napoleone, as well as the Michael Napoleone Board of Directors. Look for next years event in mid July. Visitwww.momsmaxwellsonmain.com for more information.
On March 15, 2012, Mark Napoleone, left, presents a $2000 donation on behalf of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation to Batavia Youth Fitness Fund director Carmen DelPlato. Each year, the Youth Fitness Fund serves between 100 to 125 students, paying the way for their participation in such things as baseball, soccer, swimming and dance. The fund was created to provide an extension of academic intervention through participation in youth activities related to physical education for low-income students.
On Saturday, September 10, 2011, from 1 to 5 pm, Moms on Maxwell, (M.O.M.'S) in downtown Doylestown, Pa. hosted the first fundraiser for the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation outside of New York State. Patrons were able to sample CRAFT beers from top breweries which were paired with M.O.M.'S CRAFT hors d'oeuvres. Representatives from the Foundation were on hand to talk and answer questions about the missions of the foundation as well as sell raffle tickets, merchandise and 50/50 tickets. A big thank you goes out to our gracious hosts and owners of M.O.M.'S, Nate, Andrea and Brian Hugill as well as the guest breweries and all those who attended and supported the Foundation. If you are ever in the Doylestown area, stop in and have a bite to eat and say hello and thanks to the Hugills.
The 2011 "Sootie" Golf Tournament, held on the last Saturday in July at the Batavia Country Club, raised $2115 for the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation. Tournament founder and director, Richard "Sootie" Suttell (r) recently presented the check to board member Mark Napoleone. The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation's Board of Directors would like to thank "Sootie', all the volunteers, the vendors, the sponsors and especially the participants for making last years event a great success. Don't forget to mark your calendar for this years tournament which will be held again at Batavia Country Club, Batavia, NY. on the third Saturday of the month, July 21, 2012.
The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation donated $3500 worth of toys and equipment to the Pediatric Treatment Center at Golisano Childrens Hospital on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011. At left, Board Members receive a plaque from the hospital as they display all the items donated to the clinic. Among some of the items donated were playmobil stations, Canon digital camera and an ipad with accessories. A big thank-you to Board Member Kathy Baltz (left) who ordered all the items and coordinated the visit to the hospital.
Some Board Members took time out to visit the Pediatric Biomedical Research Department at Strong Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011. Here, Dr. Kathleen McGrath (l) talks to Board Members about the work being done with the piece of equipment that was purchased with money donated by the Foundation as Dr. James Palis looks on.
Pictured below is the the new NEON system purchased with funds provided by the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation. See article below.
On Thursday, Dec 23, 2010, Co-Founder andBoard Member of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, Mark Napoleone (l) and Foundation President Ann Marie Suttell (r) presented a $6500 donation to Dr. James Palis, Professor of Pediatrics, Oncology, and Biomedical Genetics Director, Center for Pediatric Biomedical Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
With this donation Dr. Palis and his research team will be able to take their research to a new level by purchasing a state-of-the-art cell electroporation system called The NEON system (Life Technologies). One of the goals of their research is to test the function of specific genes in the production of blood cells. These studies are tricky because they require the team to introduce parts of genes into cells using a very powerful electrical pulse. This piece of equipment will allow them to do this.
Winners of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation video
contest are listed below:
1st Place: Zachary Surprenant and
Christine Mulvihill. You can watch the winning video by clicking on the link
2nd Place: Dan Crofts. His video can be viewed by clicking on the link
The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, Inc, held its annual Foundation Awareness Day on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Lions Park, Batavia, during the Batavia Youth Football games. The Foundation continued to fulfill its mission; here, Mark Napoleone (r) of the Foundation, presents a $1000 check to Carmen DelPlato who oversees the Batavia Physical Education Scholarship Fund. This fund helps underprivileged kids to participate in various youth activities in the community. The Foundation also gave $1000 to a family in Albion whose 16 year- old daughter suffered a relapse from a very rare form of cancer. Lastly, Batavia Youth Football received a check for$1000 to help offset the costs of purchasing new football helmets for all the teams so that they can comply with new safety regulations. The Foundation would like to thank all those who came out in support of the Foundation during the month of September, which is National Pediatric Cancer Awareness month.
Members of the Batavia Youth Football Vikings pose with some of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation Board Members during a break in the Foundation's Awareness Day on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 at Lions Park, Batavia. (see above). Batavia youth football has renamed the Vikings "The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation Vikings." Michael played for the Vikings and after his passing, then league president, the late Dick Lexer, retired Michaels #55 jersey and presented it to the family in the fall of 2007.
Richard "Sootie" Suttell, (l) director of the Sootie Golf Tournament, recently presented a check for $1559 to Foundation board member Mark Napoleone. The money was raised during the annual golf tournament on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at the Batavia Country Club. The sold out tournament was, once again, a great success because of "Sootie", the volunteers and all the participants. The Foundation's Board of Directors would like to thank all those involved. The money raised will go to help the Foundation carry out its mission of helping families cope with childhood cancer; assist in pediatric cancer research; and to support local youth organizations. This tournament also assisted the scholarships in the names of Julie Grazioplene and Jason Gioia. Mark your calendar now for the last Saturday in July 2011 for next years tournament.