On May 4 about 100 people came together at the Shenendehowa High School East’s Little Theater to celebrate the volunteers, families and staff from The Melodies Center. Dr. Vik Kanwar, Rob Saba and Angie Silipigno spoke about the strength of the foundation and how many patients and families have been helped. The Family Hope Bags continue to be a positive reminder to newly diagnosed families that they are not alone. Many families from The Melodies Center attended the event and it was wonderful for the volunteers to be able to connect with them.
Stephen Cammarata, President of Nick’s Round Table, presented Katie Collins, co-VP of Nick’s Round Table with the Teen Volunteer of the Year award. Katie does an amazing job organizing events and getting volunteers for events, running the group’s Relay for Life team, attending most events and fundraisers and really connecting with the children. Katie has a generous spirit and is a huge inspiration to this group.
Ann Frantti presented Diane Lange with the Volunteer of the Year award for her dedication to Nick’s Round Table and helping to run a children’s craft program last year. Diane is always volunteering for events and is very giving. Annette Romano awarded Laura DaCunha with the Volunteer of the Year award for her diligence and great work with continuing Nick’s Comfort Bags. It’s a large job to organize the bags and get volunteers to shop for teens in the hospital. It’s one of our favorite programs and Laura takes it to heart.
Two new board members have recently been added to the board of directors for Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation. Jason Weekly will be handling an annual Golf Tournament—this year scheduled on September 26 and Jessica Munson will help with fundraisers and grants. Welcome!
We have so much to be proud of and so much work still left to be done. We continue to grant most of the money raised with only 4% in operating expenses. The benefits to our families are amazingly clear. The board of directors wish to thank everyone for their hard work and continued dedication helping our children fight cancer.