Shamrocks Wrap-Up

Shamrocks for Hope
Shamrocks for Hope
Shamrocks for Hope

Our Directors of Patient Advocacy wanted to create an event to raise awareness and funds for David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation families affected by a cancer diagnosis during our lowest and most difficult patient funding time of the year. Shamrocks for Hope was created and Director of Patient Advocacy, Susie Buzby took on the lead role for the event. Susie had this to say: “This event is very special to me. Breeze’s Dock Bar & Grill is where I work, and where I met David for the first time. In 2015, I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, while I was pregnant. My family and I were struggling emotionally and financially from the diagnosis. My friends and family held a benefit for me at Breeze’s. David attended that day and offered the foundation’s assistance to us. We had never met before, but he heard my story and wanted to help. It was at this moment that I knew, when I was able, I wanted to help others who were going through what I was. David was such an inspiration to me. I am honored to work with DDBCF now and help put together an event that can raise money to bring support and hope to families battling cancer.”

We must start our thank you’s with our inspirational leader, Susie Buzby. She has the power to make us smile or bring us to tears at any moment and that’s a testament to her incredible heart. We want to thank her husband Brent and daughters Kaitlyn, Amelia and Autumn as well as Susie’s extended family who donated auction items, volunteered and attended Shamrocks.

We cannot thank the Breeze’s team including owner Win Allen and his incredible staff for their selfless efforts throughout the planning process and day of event festivities. The venue, food and staff were amazing! Please visit them this spring & summer – you won’t be disappointed!

We raised net proceeds of $8,371.67 at our inaugural Shamrocks for Hope on Saturday March 11th and by Monday March 13th at 6pm ALL those funds were distributed to local families affected by a cancer diagnosis. Thank You!

Our 100% volunteer Board of Directors were well represented by: Dani Corso, Kristin Panzone, Steve Crisalli and Bill Raney. Susie Buzby, Dawn Aversa, Lizzie Martinez and Jennifer Hornik from our Directors of Patient Advocacy were all present for Shamrocks.

The fantastic duo of Melanie and Tony donated their time and talents to the event and we are grateful to them for their giving spirit.

Leah Morgan donated her face-painting skills to the event where kids and adults took advantage of her amazing talents.

Our friends Rob and Janet Conforti from Party Crashers Gaming Trailer donated their gaming trailer to the event to ensure our kids were occupied throughout the day. Thank you.

Ayme Friggle from Unique Embroidery & Designs donated her talents by creating 100 Shamrock party hats and a couple of auction items.

We want to thank our Auction Donors who generously donated crafts, experiences, gift cards and merchandise to our auction.

A special thank you to Viking Yachting Center and staff for their support for this event.

Our incredible supporters old and new who came out in force for this inaugural event. Thank you so much!

See you Saturday March 10, 2018 for our 2nd Annual Shamrocks for Hope!

2016 Major Milestones

2016 Major Milestones

2016 Major Milestones:

  1. DDBCF provided direct financial assistance to 244 families, while countless more received emotional support, services and hope.
  2. A record-breaking $215,457.97 in ​Direct ​Financial Grants​ were distributed.
  3. DDBCF established a new Directors of Patient Advocacy Board, consisting of: patients, caregivers and medical personnel.
  4. ​Two new and highly successful DDBCF fundraising events were established in 2016:
    a) The ​Inaugural Frank ​A. Cosimano Memorial ​Golf Classic presented by: Bergen Risk Managers ​and
    b) Shave the Date presented by: Swing Graphics
  5. The incredibly generous team from Informed Mortgage’s planned giving initiative set an all-time DDBCF record for Giving with an astounding $24,375.00 donated in the year 2016!
  6. DDBCF welcomed 2 returning members back to the Board of Directors; Carmen Malatino and Kelly Powers; while three new Board Members Jason Cosimano, Steve Crisalli and former Director of Patient Advocacy Bill Raney were invited to serve as well. ​Office space for the Foundation was secured at 364 North Main Street, Suite 10D in Manahawkin, NJ.
  7. ​Director of Patient Advocacy; Lauren M. Raney (7/28/1977-12/16/2016) was appointed by the Board of Directors as our Inaugural Trustee Emeritus.

2011 – 2016: 763 Families battling a cancer diagnosis have received $621,813.06 in Financial Grants! 

All of us at David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation want to thank our patients and their families for inspiring us each and every day. It was an extremely difficult end to 2016 with the passing of so many loved ones and friends of DDBCF including: Mallory, Anthony, Virginia, Melissa, Michael, Phyllis, Layard, Alice, Patricia and Lauren. Our thoughts, prayers and love remain with all of these families. In the midst of her own battle with cancer, Lauren Raney proudly served as an original member of our Directors of Patient Advocacy Board in hopes that she could offer support to other patients battling this deadly disease. What Lauren may not have realized before her passing on December 16th is that she not only offered our current patients support and hope but lifted the spirits of any and every person that was blessed to have crossed paths with her.. On December 20th 2016, the DDBCF Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Lauren M. Raney as our first ever Trustee Emeritus. Lauren will be forever honored for her service as a Director of Patient Advocacy while all of us trust that she will eternally watch over and guide us on this journey.

Thank you to our Executive Partners at Informed Mortgage. Informed Mortgage’s planned giving initiative has set a high standard for charitable giving thanks to the efforts of Stephen, Christopher, Michael, Informed Mortgage Staff and all their customers.

Thank you to our community partners, sponsors, auction donors and volunteers!

Thank you to the parents and kids from our youth group, Generation Dream. This motivated, talented and compassionate group of kids are determined to make a positive impact in the lives of our patients and their families.

Thank you to students from our Southern Regional High School group led by teachers Ms. Rebecca Posch and Mrs Jody McLennan.

Thank you to our community partners, Dawn and Pete from Swing Graphics and Ryan Johnson from Ryan Johnson Photography for their help with photo, images and multiple revisions to content.

A special thank you to our Board of Directors (Steve Crisalli, Dani Corso, Kristin Panzone, Bill Raney, Kelly Powers, Jason Cosimano, Tim Hall) who serve the mission of the Foundation on a 100% volunteer basis!

Please take a minute to look back on 2016 with us in the attached summary of accomplishments. Please know that if you attended one of our events, donated an auction item, sponsored an event, volunteered or made an individual donation – YOU are responsible for providing HOPE to a family diagnosed with cancer that desperately needs our help. THANK YOU! Our Mantra for 2017 is: #WeWill

David Caldarella, Stage IV cancer Survivor

2016 Major Milestones

Charity Coffee Tasting | How You Brewin?, Surf City NJ

Charity Coffee Tasting
Charity Coffee Tasting

We want to thank our friends Dan & Lori Malay at How You Brewin? in Surf City, NJ for turning National Coffee Day on Thursday September 29th into a fundraising opportunity for the families of David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation battling a cancer diagnosis. It’s creative partnerships with business owners like Dan and Lori that affords us the opportunity to offer financial assistance, services and hope to over 650 families in 5.5 years. We also want to thank Director of Patient Advocacy Susie Buzby for her help and support on this event. Board of Directors Danielle Corso and Steve Crisalli will also be in attendance.

Please stop by How You Brewin? in Surf City, NJ on Thursday September 29th between 8am-5pm. Sample a line of new coffees by making a donation of any amount to David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation and help How You Brewin? choose their 2017 coffee lineup.

David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation will be present throughout the day with giveaways, DDBCF t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale and our Mega 50/50 raffle tickets. Our Mega 50/50 drawing will take place on Thanksgiving Day with 1st Prize receiving up to $15,000.00 and 2nd Prize receiving up to $10,000.00 with only 1,000 tickets being sold at $50.00 per ticket.