Santa Day

Santa Day was enjoyed by more than 50  families, more than 100 children, more than 200 guests , all staggered arrivals, all masked, all maintaining social distancing, including

  1. Santa , Elfs, Reindeer, Snowmen, & even Elmo

  2. Family portraits by Bill Zapcic at our welcoming Snowman background;

  3. More than 350 toys, games, gifts, gift cards provided to the children;

  4. Family gift cards provided to all families;

  5. Hot chocolate & cookies galore & candy canes;

  6. Holiday music all day by DJ Jay   …….  many of our volunteers worked outdoors from 9 am to 5 pm


In the true spirit of this blessed holiday season, It was a special day of giving  joy, excitement , thrills, smiles, and happiness to hurting children and their families.


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GALA 2020

For all who missed our virtual gala, and for all that would like to take another roller coaster ride of emotions, here is a link to watch our gala in its entirety.

This event was a smashing success. Co-hosts Cookie West and Syd Rubman, and the talented singer , our warrior McKenzy , were spectacular !! as are all of the kids in the videos.

Please join me in thanking all who made our virtual gala an extraordinary event; especially trustee Keia Rubman and her family. Most importantly, although remotely, we were still together, connected as a family, honoring our pediatric cancer warriors and angels.

The videos shown during the gala highlight the smiles, happiness, and comfort  you helped us bring to our pediatric cancer families throughout the year.


As a fundraiser, the virtual gala was a smashing success because of your generosity . The event raised an incredible total of $207,300.00 ; broken down as follows:

Super 50/50 Cash Raffle : $67,500

Donations During the Gala : $16, 765

Silent Auction : $11,955

Sponsorships & Misc. Donations : $ 111,080


In the couple of weeks since our gala, your donations have enabled the FF to a host a memorable and special family gathering for our 3 y/o warrior Xander who was discharged last week from CHOP to hospice, pay mortgage & rent bills, contributed to the purchase of a vehicle for a family to visit their child in the hospital, and more. Thank you !!



iPlay Breakfast & Funfest 2020

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On March 1st, 2020 we held our annual buffet breakfast, rides, and games at iPlay America!  From the bacon, eggs and french toast to the bumper cars, laster tag, whirly bird, skee ball, video games to munchkins and cupcakes, the kids had a blast!! More than 30 pediatric cancer families and about 240 guests enjoyed our funfest!!  Thank you to the Chafart Family, trustees Ed and Lorena and Jr. trustees Jackie, Vienna and Katerina for their outstanding efforts in organizing and hosting this event!

Holiday Party 2019

About 400 guests and volunteers attended our annual children's holiday party!  In addition to plenty of delicious food, desserts, and beverages, the children enjoyed the following:

  • Santa and his helpers

  • A fireplace with 450 toys & gifts

  • A care bear decorating station

  • A slime station

  • 3 awesome face painters

  • 3 arts & crafts stations

  • A fun photo booth

  • DJ Jay, music, & dancing

  • Family portraits & gift cards

  • The Moment of Magic characters 

  • Olaf, Snowman, Reindeer and MORE!


Thanksgiving Smiles 2019

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The FF thanks all of it's wonderful volunteers who brought countless beautiful  smiles to the pediatric patients and their families at St. Peter's Hospital and Jersey Shore Hospital on Thanksgiving Day!  Led by our very 1st pediatric cancer Warrior Sami Stanley and her sisters Alyssa and Rebecca at SPH, and Joel Bernstein and his family at JSH.  Turkeys, hams, fixings, desserts galore, care bears, and gifts galore were donated and compassionately given by our FF troops to the kids and families.  Countless smiles were enjoyed by everyone!

Bow Ties and Pearls Gala 2019

The Frances Foundation extends its heartfelt gratitude to its gala co-chairs Tracy Armstrong, Suzie Healy, Angela Marra, and Keia Rubman along with their families and all gala volunteers on their outstanding efforts for our beautiful 15th gala!  THANK YOU!!



THANK YOU to Jr. Trustee Maggi, her entire family and friends, all volunteers, Mr. V and Vonage as host and huge contributors; for this awesome festival in honor and memory of FF Angel Caiti Brown.  It brings so many smiles to so many kids.  Numerous kids and adults enjoyed the water slide, the Mr. Softee ice cream, the pie eating contest, and so much more!!

Softball Tournmanet and Picnic 2019

The highlight of the day was the presentation of our gifts to our attending angels’ & pediatric cancer warriors families. Hats off to all of our teams, including Vonage, The Rainbow Foundation,  Cookies Crumblers, Team Jackson Sharkey, Maggipalooza, Access Integration Systems , the Angels, Union Beach Fire Department, Team Jake-Madi-Gwennie, the Mon. Cty. Sheriff’s Department, Mya/IFF….. Lots of 1 run games decided late including a thriller championship game won by the Champions Team Mya against the Sheriff’s Department 2-1. 

Softball and Summer Picnic 2019