Year in Review 2015

Angel’s Wish Gala Dinner – Dance

Since 2008 we were able to donate nearly $195,000 to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; the Laboratory is world-renowned for its cutting-edge biological research. CRF proudly supports the work of Dr. Chris Vakoc. His research along with collab- orator Dr. Charles Keller will be examining the genetic underpinnings of Rhabdomyosarcoma and the search for possible drug targets. We are proud to partner with Friends of T.J. Foundation, Paul Paternoster and the Clark Gillies Foundation to support this work.

Annual Prom Dress Drive for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

We would like to thank Lindenhurst community, Lindenhurst Rotary, Interact Club, the Rainbow Center including FedEx who delivered the over 200 dresses to the MSKCC hospital. Over the last five years we’ve collected thousands of dresses and accessories for a special “Prom Night” for the children and their families that are being treated at the MSKCC. We are so happy to have brightened even one day in the lives of so many.

Make-A-Wish

We are proud to have provided nearly $30,000 over the last nine years to grant wishes to children who so desperately need a little happiness in their lives. This year we will be donating a timeshare in Hawaii.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation

For the past 12 years we have had a team of volunteers that have participated in the annual event and have had our heads shaved at a local pub. As a team we have helped raise funds, but more importantly we helped raise awareness of those in our community that need our help. Joining us this March and take an active role in making a difference in a child’s life.

Christina Renna Memorial Scholarship Program

Christina’s passion for learning led us to establish this scholarship program. Congratulations to the 2015 winners; Nicho- las Drenkalo and Daniel Abbamonte, each received a $1,000 scholarship to help pursue their education. To date we have awarded $16,000 in local scholarships.

Golf Outing

Our ninth annual golf outing was chaired by Steve Borrelli and was held at Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown on June 11, 2015. This fundraising event resulted in additional resources which permitted us to financially assist other cancer support groups. The success of the day was due hard work and the support of many local merchants and friends.

Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2)

CRF is proud founding member of this coalition, which supports research, awareness, advocacy, and family resources for those affected by pediatric cancers. This national umbrella coalition brings hundreds of childhood cancer organizations together into a single focused voice. This upcoming year the CRF will be taking the lead and organizing a Research Con- ference on Pediatric Cancer. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has graciously agreed to cohost the event with CAC2 in the late fall of 2016.

Fishing Trips

August 8, 2015 was our 8th annual fishing trip on the “Eddie B”. The trip was chaired once again by Donna and Peter Triolo. Unlike the stormy weather of the previous year, it was picture perfect day. There was plenty of food, fun, and fishing. The event, as always, was a huge success!

Children’s Cancer Awareness Month

During the month of September CRF created a campaign to promote awareness and educate the public of the need for additional research funding for pediatric cancer research. Joining hundreds of others we went to the Capital Hill for a Rally for Medical Research. Local bakeries and florists did their part by placing CRF stickers on their boxes and bags. Donations boxes were placed in many local businesses. Periwinkles gave out CRF bracelets and CRF material throughout the island.

Gold Ribbons and Laces

As part of National Children’s Cancer Awareness Month CRF expanded its Gold Ribbon program across the Island, from Riverhead out to Nassau County, placing Gold Ribbons on government buildings and schools. This year we were able to get both Nassau and Suffolk County to declare September as Children’s Cancer Awareness month and both County Execs, held special programs to recognize this. CRF was honored with proclamations at both of these events. Our Gold Shoelace program also covered the Island. Thousands of pairs of shoelaces that signify our ongoing battle with Childhood cancer were given out to High School sports programs. We also began a pencil program to thousands of elementary students. Our plan for 2016 is to get all of New York State to recognize September as Children’s Cancer Awareness month.

Walk-A-Thon

This very special community event took place on September 20, 2015 at the Lindenhurst Middle School. Hosted once again by Mr. Amesti (Athletic Director) and Mr. Lombardo (Varsity Football Coach) of the Lindenhurst School District, the Walk-A-Thon drew over 400 high school athletes and community residents, who walked together for the cause. This event helps support our scholarship program and other community based programs.

Blood Drive

RJ once again chaired this event on September 2, 2015. To date we have collected nearly 350 units of blood. Each year, about 50 people perform this vital and life-saving act of donating blood. Our “Give a Pint, Get a Pint” has put a smile on the donor’s faces. If you Give a Pint of Blood you Get a Free Pint of Ice Cream or Beer. For those interested the Ice Cream won again, for the second year!

IPad Project

CRF completed its 3-year pilot program to providing funding for iPads in the Children’s Pediatric ward at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital. The program allows patients to continue their education, communicate with family and friends, allows for doctors to provide education about treatments, and can be used as a distraction for the children during long, and at times, painful treatments. CRF hopes this multi-year pilot program will expand to other hospitals and care centers. This program was extremely successful and we received many words of thanks from the hospital and the staff.

Grant Writing

CRF continues its efforts in obtaining grants for the Foundation. We did receive two small grants to support our Dress Drive program and we have hopes of obtaining additional funding for our many other programs, which will aid us in providing additional services to the cancer community that we serve.

Childhood Cancer Research

As part of our ongoing effort, the Christina Renna Foundation Inc. is dedicated to not only raising awareness but also funds to support research. These funds are raised in conjunction with a number of our events as well as an on-going spon- sorship program which seeks the support of major corporations. The Board of Directors, with the assistance of its Advisory Board, determines the best and the most suitable institution or institutions for our research dollars. The Board of Directors has chosen Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as its recipient of our research initiative. We hope to build a continuing rela- tionship with the Laboratory to assist in their world-renowned efforts in cancer research.

Direct Support to Cancer Foundations

CRF has proudly worked with and has given financial support to CureSearch, Charlie Thide Foundation, Deborah Hospital, the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, and St. Baldrick’s Foundation.