At The Dolan Fund, we focus on a four-pronged approach to helping families: education and advocacy, respite care, holiday programming, and financial assistance. In celebration of our quadripartite programming, this issue of the Community Buzz brings you four stories that show the impact of your generosity.
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Caleb is a 4-year-old diagnosed with Autism. Because of his many therapies and appointments, his mother can only work limited hours. We helped Caleb’s family with utility bill pay. Caleb also received holiday gifts through The Dolan Fund Hope for the Holidays Program. His mother wrote us a note asking us to thank the donors who made this holiday joy possible.
To ensure that we can continue our work serving families like Caleb, please donate here.
Rafeef is a 3-year-old diagnosed with a progressive genetic disorder, CM1 Gangliosidosis. She is in a vegetative state, on a ventilator and is fed through feeding tubes and sadly was recently referred to hospice. The Dolan Fund paid the family’s gas/oil bill to help offset their financial burden.
To ensure that we can continue our work serving families like Rafeef, please donate here.
KOLBE HOPEFUL NIGHTS
Anthony is a 5-year-old boy diagnosed with Chronic Lung and Kidney Disease, Epilepsy and is ventilator dependent. After a near fatal medical overdose, he was transferred to a skilled nursing facility 3 hours from his home and his mother did not have the means to visit him. The Dolan Fund covered the hotel costs through Kolbe Hopeful Nights
To make a donation to help other families like Anthony’s with their transportation and lodging expenses, please donate here.
Josean is a 5-year-old battling Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (ALL). She requires extensive medical care, hospitalizations, IV infusions and chemotherapy. The Dolan Fund helped with her family’s mortgage payment.
To ensure that we can continue our work serving families like Josean, please donate here.
Generosity Across Generations: The Pucci Family
At the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund, we are lucky to know many generous individuals who prioritize service to their neighbors and who recognize that for families with children living with critical illnesses, it takes a village—and we must be that village. We are even more fortunate to have supporters who demonstrate this commitment to charity across many generations. The Pucci Family is one such supporter.
Kristy Pucci serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of KADMF. Her work as an occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has given Kristy a front row seat to the financial hardships facing families with children living with disabilities. Kristy’s expertise and professional experience provides the Board with insight contributing to the strategic decisions made in the advancement of our mission. In addition to her professional prowess, Kristy is our resident raffle basket maker. She often volunteers to take the donated items for our events and transform them into beautifully displayed prizes.
Kristy’s concern for the community was passed down from her father, Nick. Since Kristy became involved and shared the mission of the Fund with her family, Nick has made several unrestricted major gifts — meaning that the Fund is permitted to utilize the gifts on any financial assistance application that requires funding—no limitations for diagnosis, geography, or age. When asked about what he hopes for the future of the fund, Nick is clear that he would like the Dolan Fund to raise the maximum gift allowed to each family per year to deepen the impact for the families served. As the Fund enters a new strategic plan, we will carefully consider Nick’s thoughts.
At the holidays, Nick and Kristy work with other members of the Pucci Family to pool their resources to adopt a family. The Pucci’s participation in our Hope for the Holidays program always guarantees that one of our larger families will be adopted. The Pucci’s holiday donation comes each year with their heartwarming and inspirational message that the gift is from the entire Pucci family memo. Kristy and Nick, the Fund is grateful for your service, for your generosity, and for your love of community.
TASTE AUCTION ITEMS PREVIEW:
We’re looking forward to celebrating with you at Taste 2024: Wedding Crashers. We have 10 amazing auction items, but we wanted to share 3 of our favorite items in advance to get our guests excited! To purchase your tickets, click here.
Grand Prize: 2 Tickets to the US Open in Pinehurst, North Carolina for June 2024, lodging for 3 nights for 2 couples. It’s a Beautiful Day in Pinehurst!! 2 Gallery Tickets to US Open: Play Saturday June 15, 2024 & Sunday June 16, 2024, plus lodging. Lodging includes 3 Nights June 13,14 & 15 at the Forest Creek Pinehurst home of your hosts Connie & Mike Genuardi. Enjoy 18 Holes of golf on Friday, June 14 at Forest Creek Golf Club – a private, Tom Fazio designed course in beautiful Pinehurst. Breakfast served every morning to start your day, a welcome dinner with wine pairings featuring Far Niente wines, and a farewell dinner featuring a Vertical of Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon wines. While there are only 2 tickets per day, four people can enjoy this package.
Minimum bid: $2,000
Private Chef Dinner in Your Home for 8 people
Throw the best dinner party without any of the hard work! A Eurest Catering chef will work with you to design a delicious evening for you and 7 friends. This is the easiest way to be the host with the most!
Minimum bid: $400
5 Nights at a 4 Star All-Inclusive Resort in Jamaica
Surrounded by pristine beaches and calm waters, Montego Bay offers the Caribbean holiday paradise that dreams are made of. When you’re not on the beach, enjoy a vibrant nightlife and excellent shopping. The underwater crevices of Widowmaker’s Cave offer an intricate diving experience. Float serenely down the Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft and let your troubles melt away under the sun. INCLUDES – 5 nights in your choice of resorts in Jamaica. Choose from 4-star resorts (Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, Riu Negril, Riu Palace Tropical Bay, Riu Ochos Rios). All meals and beverages included in the resort’s all-inclusive plan (some premium items may require additional charge). – Room will accommodate 2 adults and may contain a large bed or two smaller package. Minimum bid: $2,300. Value: $7,000