Since that initial fundraising event, we have raised more than $60,000 dollars and awarded more than 35 recipients.
From the beginning of our organization, our tradition was to randomly select individuals or organizations and present cash donations. We tried to help individuals who were in need and support organizations that reached out to help others.
However, in 2002 a family member was suffering with cancer and her prognosis was extremely poor. In response to this family tragedy, we arranged a trip to Disney World for both her and her family.
This fulfilled a life long dream and provided something positive to look forward to during the most difficult of times. This trip brought great joy to the family and we believe that it played an important role in extending the life of this young lady.
Following this incident, our committee began to discuss ways in which we could make a difference in the lives of others. We believed that if we could help fulfill someone’s dream that it would make a difference in his or her life.
This was the beginning of the Palermo Heart-to-Heart Foundation.
In our first year of fundraising efforts we were met with an overwhelming amount of support. This support allowed a sick little nine-year old boy and his family to go on a trip to Disney World. It is witnessing the absolute joy that this gift brought to this young boy that drives the efforts of our committee members and volunteers.
We believe that there is no greater reward than working hard to make a difference in the life of another individual.
Today a Board of Directors consisting of close family members oversees the foundation and its fundraising initiatives along with the selection of individuals who are ill and in most cases young children suffering from cancer. The members are joined by additional volunteers who contribute time, efforts and donations, both large and small, in hope that victims will become survivors, and that the disease that claims so many of our loved ones, will devastate no more.
Board Of Directors:
David Palermo, President
Robert Palermo, Vice President
George Joseph, Secretary/Treasurer
Jerry Palermo, Board Member
Jimmy Joseph, Board Member
Robbie Palermo, Board Member
Timmy Joseph, Board Member