Previous Charities Supported by BCCC

 EDSAF (Emerson Disabled Student Athlete Foundation)

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.
 

The Chip Ryen Fund

Richard “Chip” Ryen served with the Oradell Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years. Serving as both Fire Chief and as Department President. As a volunteer firefighter, Chip has dedicated countless hours to the protection of our community.

For much of 2006 and 2007, Chip fought cancer and was even able to return to firefighting duties for a brief period. However, he returned to the hospital early Christmas morning and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.

After 2 years of treatment, Richard “Chip” Ryen, succumbed to cancer at the age of 45. Chip has served with the Oradell Volunteer Fire Department for nearly two decades.

The Chip Ryen Fund was founded by the Reformed Church of Oradell and the Oradell Volunteer Fire Department to help the Ryen family overcome the tremendous obstacle of debt that was incurred during Chip’s illness and to help provide for the future of Chip’s family.

To give to this fund directly, please make all checks or money orders payable to The Reformed Church of Oradell and be sure to write Benevolent Fund Richard Ryen - Memorial Benefit on the memo line of your check.

Please send check or money order to:
The Ryen Fund
c/o The Reformed Church of Oradell
641 Church Street
Oradell, NJ 07649

CJ Personette Fund

On Labor Day weekend 2007, 14-year-old CJ Personette of Woodcliff Lake was involved in an accident with a car while riding his bicycle. He suffered head trauma and multiple broken bones.

CJ’s healing is miraculous since he wasn’t breathing and his jaws were smashed in from a 40 mph impact and in coma for many months.   His right arm and leg were paralyzed and the neurologist removed a softball sized piece of skull to relieve the pressure.   When CJ left Hackensack in late October 07 to go to Children’s hospital, PICU doctors didn’t expect much progress but Mom told the staff that one day CJ would return and would walk thru the PICU.
 
That day came on 12.31.08.  And the day before CJ had major head surgery to replace the piece of skull that saved his life. Regression occurs and there are setbacks lasting weeks or more.  When CJ awoke after surgery he smiled and said "Hi Mom, Hi Dad".   CJ’s face and eyes was totally clear and he had a big smile.   And his head was round again which CJ loved.  The next day Mom got CJ’s cane and walked him past the PICU nurses station. 
 
CJ has been going to Pascack Hills since late September 08 where he takes English, biology and art.  He received two A’s and B+.  After the break, CJ will be attending full time.

To make a donation directly to the fund, send checks payable to: CJ Personette Fund, to 51 Lincoln Blvd., Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677.

The Friends of Philip Apreda 

The Friends of Philip Apreda Foundation is a charity put together for Phil’s family. Most importantly, our goal is to help his His children with their future education.  The foundation is a group of Phil’s childhood friends and teammates from Teaneck High School.  With Phil’s help, we formed a brotherhood, and that bond is stronger than life or death.  Our goal is to raise enough money to ensure that Phil’s children, our extended family, are able to continue their education as Phil would have wanted. 
In life, Phil touched many poeple.  With his passing, it is our time to continue the work that he started.
--The Friends of Philip Apreda

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the world’s largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research, investing more than $150 million per year into the search to find a cure.

The JDRF Northern New Jersey Chapter is located in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and is led by a group of determined volunteers with a single mission... to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Funds donated to this group are used to help those in our community, Bergen County and Rockland County, living with diabetes. They would help support our outreach efforts that include our Bag of Hope program, our Halloween party (in Bergen County), our annual picnic, our diabetes expo (in Bergen County), mentor programs and education events

JDRF-funded researchers have driven the advancement of day-to-day disease management tools and accelerated the pace of research through a focus on five clearly defined cure therapeutic pathways that offer the best hope for a cure.

Since our founding by parents with diabetes, JDRF has helped thousands of children and adults living with diabetes. In Bergen County, JDRF has partnered with Hackensack University Medical Center to provide support groups for families and children. We also have been able to distribute over 100 Bags of Hope to those families newly diagnosed with diabetes. We are dedicated to providing the support needed to help families cope with diabetes until we find a cure.

Philip Mazzo Sr. Memorial Foundation

The Philip Mazzo Sr. Memorial Foundation is a charity started in memory of Phil Mazzo Sr. An Emerson resident for more than 30 years, Phil was an active participant in Bergen County sports as a father, grandfather, spectator and volunteer. Right up to his sudden passing in 2007, Phil could be seen at area sporting events cheering for his kids, grandkids and local athletes as they competed in their respective events. Phil was a competitor and perfectionist in every thing he did, and this charity was created to allow the spirit and dedication that Phil demonstrated to live on in Bergen County youth who suffer from rare genetic disorders that limit their ability to participate in the sports that they love.

Charity Purpose:
The Philip Mazzo Sr. Memorial Foundation provides assistance to Bergen County Residents and Athletes who suffer from rare genetic disorders that limit their participation in the sports and activities that they love. Phil was a strong supporter of groups that helped young people get better diagnosis, visibility and treatment for these rare diseases. Because the population of people that are affected by these diseases is so small, the medical community is not able to justify the burden of cost on the much needed research that could help diagnose, treat and eventually cure many of the genetic disorders faced today. To help in this area, this charity provides funding to get these patients the treatment that they need and deserve. By donating to families in need and to unique organizations that are a voice to the world for these patients, the Philip Mazzo Sr. Memorial Foundation is providing hope for Bergen County residents for a disease free future.


The Philip Mazzo Sr. Memorial Foundation
30 Hartland - Emerson, NJ 07630
 

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 was set up to be a Sports/Arts/Academic based college scholarship award. The first awards will be given to the graduating class of 2011. 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 
 

22K Foundation

22K Foundation is a charity started by a 12 year old boy, Alec Silverman. After he suffered a serious brain injury due to a collision with another player on the baseball field he wanted to reach out and help others. Alec now sends Curious George dolls to children in hospitals who have been injured badly while playing a sport or just being a kid. Also, he is reaching out to teach other athletes, along with their parents and coaches, the severity of a concussion and brain injury.

Why 22K and Curious George?
Alec chose to name his foundation 22K because 22 has always been his number while playing sports (except for the game he was injured). K is for strikeouts. Curious George is Alec’s favorite stuffed animal who spent all 5 long night with him in the hospital. (as well as many other nights!)

Your generous donations will enable Alec to purchase more Curious George stuffed animals and put a smile on many childrens faces.

Thank you!!

22K c/o Alec Silverman
7 Cricket Lane- Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

Heroes and Cool Kids

Mission Statement

"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.

Paramus Friendly Neighbors Funds

Paramus Friendly Neighbors Funds was founded to support needy residents of Paramus who are struggling with basic necessities such as food, heat, and water.  A donor may request funds to be used towards a particular individual or purpose.  There are no administrative costs involved.  100% of donations go to needy Paramus families. For a child to join Little League, the funds would be used for all related costs, such as sports equipment.

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. 

 

2014 CHARITIES

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.

 

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.

 

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

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

 

Rockland County Challenger Little League

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

 

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Charities

In 2011 we donated over $100,000.00 to these charities and $25,000.00 to scholarships

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey
Heroes and Cool Kids
EDSAF

Meaningful Movement
Samantha Rose Reverand Foundation
The Philip Mazzo Sr. Memorial Foundation
The David Feit Memorial Foundation
District 6 Challenger
Rich Van Cleft Memorial Fund
Carolyn Sullivan Memorial Fund
Purritano Scholarship Fund

 

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

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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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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. Preparations for the 2012 awards have begun. 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 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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The David Feit Memorial Foundation

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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.

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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Rich Van Cleft Memorial Fund

An Article below from The Record

Rich Van Cleft was an integral part of sports in Cresskill.  He was a great coach, father and husband, and he was taken away from his family and the family of Cresskill too early.  At the age of 46, Rich suffered an aneurysm in his brain while working on a construction job at a synagogue.  Nobody could have been prepared for that day.  The Rich Van Cleft Memorial Fund was established to help provide further education for Rich’s kids.  

 

The Van Cleft Family Charitable Fund
P.O. Box 595
TenaflyNJ07670
 

Carolyn Sullivan Memorial Fund

It is the mission of the Foundation to improve the quality of life for children battling illness, and let them know that they are not alone. The Foundation provides for anything that the family of a sick child may need to assist them in keeping their child comfortable and happy. Children need normalcy, comfort and support to achieve the goal of recovery and survival. The Carolyn Sullivan Memorial Foundation is aimed to help these children achieve their goal.

To learn more, visit the Funds site at www.carolynsullivanmf.com
 

Purritano Scholarship Fund

Michael Purritano lost his life at the age of 49. Mike was just recently diagnosed with a rare blood disorder that left his heart in a weakened condition. He was a great coach and one of the first to participate in BCCC. He was also a great husband to Jill; aswell as a great father to Nicholas, Austin and Victoria. Mike will be sorely missed by the Village of Ridgewood, where he coached youth sports. The Purritano Scholarship Fund was established to help provide further education for Mike’s kids.

Memorial donations may be made to the Purritano Scholarship Fund,


c/o 22 Linda Terrace, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677.