2013 Charities

Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey
Heroes and Cool Kids
EDSAF

Meaningful Movement
The Philip Mazzo Sr. Memorial Foundation

Samantha Rose Reverand Foundation
The David Feit Memorial Foundation 
District 6 Challenger

The Max Cure Foundation, Inc.
Rockland County Challenger Little League
TOPsoccer Project of Teaneck’s Junior Soccer League
Project Ezhra Need, Inc. 
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Share USA / Rob Bonastia

 

Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey

An estimated 3.17 Million Americans suffer life long disabilities as a result of brain injuries.  A concussion is the most common type of brain injury and should be taken seriously.  While concussions are not limited to athletics, athletes are more prone to concussions and therefore should be monitored closely.  

New Jersey has recently passed a new law to protect young athletes from the dangers of sports related concussions. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the law into place on Tuesday December 10, 2010 at a press conference held at the New Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford.

The law, which was first introduced by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and later Senator Dick Codey, requires the development of an interscholastic athletic head injury safety training program. It also requires certain measures to protect student athletes with concussion and requires continuing education for athletic trainers. Click here to read the entire law

With the help of the BCCC, The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey will pay for 300 Impact Tests for students in Bergen County.  To learn more about the Impact Tests, click here, or visit the home page of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey

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Emerson Disabled Student Athlete Foundation (EDSAF)

EDSAF is dedicated to providing assistance to persons residing in the Borough of Emerson, Bergen County, New Jersey, who are attending or who attended a primary or secondary school in Emerson when such person became disabled and who now has a long term or permanent disability. The trustees of EDSAF will evaluate any request for benefits upon the submission of an application in light of the applicant’s perceived need and expected benefit of receiving the grant, taking into account EDSAF’s overall financial abilities and the expected number of applicants.

In the summer of 2003, one of Emerson’s students was spending a day at the beach in Belmar, New Jersey. The young lady dove into the surf, hitting an unexpected sandbar with enough force to shatter one vertebra in her neck and fracture three others. This accident has left her paralyzed with limited use of her arms and hands and no movement in her fingers or legs, wheelchair bound for the rest of her life! Going into her senior year, she was the catcher and clean-up hitter on the high school softball team, never to play again. Concerned coaches, players, teachers, administrators, and people of the community banded together to form a non-profit, tax free charitable organization to help and support her and any other Emerson student in a similar predicament.

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Heroes and Cool Kids

"The goal of Heroes & Cool Kids is to promote pro-social behavior in students and to create a caring and disciplined school climate"

Heroes & Cool Kids, which began operating during the 1998-99 school year, is a not-for-profit organization based in New Jersey. The program utilizes the services of current and former professional athletes whose personal life experiences enable them to train high school student leaders.

The athletes train high school students to mentor middle school students on important life skills, including sportsmanship, conflict resolution and positive lifestyle choices highlighting drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention.

The program runs each school year from November until May.

Heroes & Cool Kids is currently implemented in nine counties around New Jersey. The athletes and high school students make three site visits to the middle schools each year.

To prepare, the high school students must complete three training conferences before mentoring the middle school students. These conferences are held at the Vonation (Vonage in Holmdel, NJ) and at Bergen Community College in Paramus.

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Meaningful Movement

Meaningful Movement offers dance classes, such as wheelchair dance and musical choreography, to students with a variety of challenges, including autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and other neurological and developmental issues. Classes are provided to assist the students both physically and socially. The students gain a better self-image through these classes, performances in front of audiences, and other activities. Speech and language skills are also enhanced as a variety of tools are used to help the non-verbal students to communicate (such as sign language and photo boards). The staff believes in each student’s ability to learn and grow. 

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The Philip Mazzo Sr. Memorial Foundation

The Philip Mazzo Sr. Memorial Foundation was started in memory of Philip Mazzo Sr. to allow the spirit and dedication that Phil demonstrated to live on in the Bergen County youth who suffer from rare genetic disorders that limit their ability to participate in the sports that they love.

The PMSM Foundation works to help families with children who have rare genetic disorders by providing monetary and voluntary assitance to improve areas of the children’s lifes that otherwise the family would not be able to afford.  The areas include, but are not limited to, transportation for medical purposes, purchasing new equipment / medical items and helping kids get access to top doctors in their respective disease states.

 

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Samantha Rose Reverand Foundation

Samantha Rose Reverand passed away August 21, 2002 at the age of 9.  Samantha was an excellent athlete, a hard working student & a loving daughter.  In her memory, her family established The Samantha Rose Reverand Foundation. This foundation is set up to be a Sports/Arts/Academic/Need based college scholarship award. The first awards have been given to the graduating class of 2011. This scholarship will be awarded annually. All moneys donated to the fund will be awarded as college scholarships. The Samantha Rose Reverand Foundation would like to thank all involved for making this a successful program.
To make donations directly to the foundation, please mail them to:
The Samantha Rose Reverand Foundation
145 Woodland Rd.
Demarest, NJ 07627

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The David Feit Memorial Foundation

On July 22, 2002 our community suffered a tragic loss with the passing of Dr. David Feit.A devoted family man, David always maintained a special place in his heart for youth activities. He gave generously not only financially but by investing his time to promote both scholastic 
and athletic programs in our community.

The DFM Foundation was established in his honor.  A Board of Directors has been appointed. Our mission is to raise and distribute funds with the same spirit and vision with which David lived his life. Our prime focus is to donate monies to charities and organizations that place a particular emphasis on youth activities or helping children in need.

 

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D6 Challenger

The Little League Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. 

Seven years ago, District 6 Administrator, Tom Marguccio determined that District 6 should establish a Challenger Division, to serve the children with special needs in our area of Bergen County. After a year-long effort to establish the Challenger Division by well-meaning volunteers failed, Tom was introduced to Ita Saldana, a member of the Edgewater Little League, herself, the mother of a child with Autism. Ita volunteered to help organize and set-up the Challenger Division.

Literally weeks after Ita’s involvement, the District 6 Challenger Division was established, children were registered and our weekly schedule of games began, using the Edgewater Little League field as our "Home" site.  Ita, became, and has remained, the District 6 Challenger Director.

This year, our Challenger Division was faced with a challenge of its own. The Edgewater Little League field — where all the District 6 Challenger games are played — was closed due to possible soil contamination, leaving us without a field to play on. The County field is available for us, but the fees would have made using the field prohibitive if not impossible, as we do not charge any fees for participation in our Challenger program, and rely on donations from a small list of sponsors, and the generosity of the Little Leagues within our District.

The BCCC heard about our problem through Dave Rueger of the Teaneck Southern Little League, and voted to give us a $5,000 donation to pay for the County field fees. The generosity of the BCCC literally saved our Challenger season.

The success of the District 6 Challenger Division is immeasurable. Not only do these amazing children get to learn and play baseball and share the joys of this wonderful sport, but many others benefit as well. Our "Buddies"— the kids who help the Challenger player bat, run the bases, and play defense — have learned a tremendous life-lesson and enjoy memories that will last a lifetime. The parents of our Challenger kids get to see their children play and interact with others, and share in the joy these games create. And the coaches and folks who man the refreshment stand — and all the other volunteers — realize they participate in a very special program, that provides them with a feeling of accomplishment and joy that is simply impossible to articulate.

From all of us at The District 6 Challenger Division, we wish to convey our our heartfelt thanks and endless appreciation to the BCCC for its generosity. Your organization has always been respected for its charitable efforts on behalf of student athletes and Bergen County youth sports. You now have a whole new legion of fans at The District 6 Challenger Division, and you have our undying and eternal gratitude.

D6 Challenger League
PO Box 366

Edgewater, NJ 07020

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The Max Cure Foundation, Inc.

The Max Cure Foundation is inspired by one child’s brave fight against a potentially lethal disease. In 2007, Max Plotkin, now nine years old, was diagnosed the day before his fourth birthday with an extremely rare form of B-Cell Lymphoma. Max’s cancer was so rare that doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), one of the premier cancer treatment facilities in the world, had never seen it before. The doctors were blunt, without receiving immediate treatment, Max and his family would suffer devastating consequences. Through sheer determination, the Plotkin family reprioritized their lives focusing their attention and energy on getting Max healthy again. Without delay, Max started a two-year protocol of intense chemotherapy at MSKCC. Thankfully, Max is in remission today, considered a survivor, and the Plotkin family has dedicated their lives to funding pediatric cancer causes, including assisting low-income families battling the disease in their children.

To learn more, visit www.maxcure.org 

 

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Rockland County Challenger Little League

The Challenger program provides children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball in a fund and safe environment. 

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TOPsoccer Program of Teneck Junior Soccer League (TJSL) 

 

TJSL was founded in December,1987, as a recreation-level youth sports organization with the goal to allow our children of Teaneck to enjoy the sport of soccer in a fun and safe environment. We have grown to where this past season we had 801 children playing recreation-level soccer while 150 played indoor soccer. TJSL is the biggest youth sports organization in Teaneck which brings all the various ethnic groups of our community together. But, even though our general youth recreation program was and is thriving, we recognized that we, as an organization, were missing one group in our town--those children with "special needs." Therefore, in 2011, we investigated how to get this population of children involved in our program. Through the Internet, we discovered the TOPSoccer program that in New Jersey is administered through the NJ Youth Soccer state office.We also discovered that we would be the only program in Bergen County with the next closest program in Mendham. We, therefore, joined up which including hosting a national certification course for coaches and buddies to learn how to deal with these players and their caregivers, be they parents, grandparents or others, and their siblings. In our first year we had nine (9) participants with twenty (buddies) and three (3) coaches.The program was a great success as will be described in part 3. With your Foundation’s help, we were able to increase our number of players to eleven (11), had thirty (30) buddies and three (3) coaches. The players in this year program had much more difficult to deal with disabilities than the children from last year’s program, although we, happily, had three repeaters (and two players from last year’s program was able to be "mainstreamed" into our recreation program). At the completion of this year’s program we were asked by the parents and players to expand to a semi-annual program which we plan on doing: the fall season outdoors and the winter season indoors. More information about our plans are in part 3.

To learn more, visit www.teanecksoccer.com

 

Project Ezra Needs Inc.  

 

Project Ezrah’s original goal was to provide health care, basic living expenses and employment search assistance to Bergen county residents. As the organization grew, the scope and purpose expanded. Project Ezrah’s services now include placement and career strategies, effective resumes and interview preparation, job-readiness skills, workshops and training sessions, budget management and budgeting skills, case worker support and an interactive Job Board. An individualized plan is tailored for each family; therefore, the organization’s multifaceted approach encompasses the needs of the family as a unit, the parents and the children.

To learn more about Project Ezrah, visit them at www.ezrah.org

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 Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation   

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. 

The Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) promotes the health and well-being of people living with a spinal cord injury, mobility impairment, and paralysis by providing comprehensive information, resources and referral services.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions made to it are fully tax-deductible.

This year, the BCCC has worked closely with the Reeve Foundation to target a Bergen County family who has suffered from Paralysis.

To learn more about the Reeve Foundation, visit them at 
http://www.christopherreeve.org

 

Share USA / Rob Bonastia

Rob Bonastia is a former Paramus High School Catcher and BCCC participant who has been diagnosed with cancer in October of 2012.  Rob’s diagnosis is a rare cancer that requires very expensive medications and procedures.  He is being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and he plans to help others who are going through what he is enduring once he is cancer free.  To learn more, please read the article here.

To donate, please make a tax-deductible donation to:

Share USA Inc. (Tax ID#223737488)
234 Kinderkamack Road
Oradell NJ  07649-2128

WRITE: “For Robert Bonastia” in the memo line.