Picnic & Cornhole Tournament
Last Saturday 25 of our pediatric cancer warriors’ & angels’ families joined our cornhole players, supporters , and volunteers, for a day of smiles and fun at our annual Dan & Cathy Shalloo picnic attended by about 250 members of our FF family .
With close to 100 players braving the sweltering heat, the highlight of this event is always our ceremony honoring our courageous young warriors and remembering our inspiring angels.
The kids’ smiles & laughter ruled the day with the monster water slide, face painting, arts & crafts, snow cones, the refreshing water spray pad, hoops, water balloons, music, and a bountiful buffet of bbq, mac & cheese, pizza , cake, ice pops, watermelon & more
The magic of this day is reflected in the attached photos ( more photos on FF facebook and full link coming soon) , and the photo below of 2 amazing FF warriors…DAPHNE & SKYLAR.
Daphne was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma 8 years ago in 2015 at which time the FF brought smiles and assistance to Daphne and her family. Daphne is now a student at Rutgers University, a FF Jr. Trustee, and supervises our kids’ activities at our picnic. So proud of this wonderful survivor now bringing smiles to our warriors in treatment. Skylar is 8 y/o and is fighting ALL ( leukemia) through a grueling treatment schedule having been diagnosed in 12/22. This photo below, and to watch Skylar zip down the water slide , with the biggest smile each time, captures the essence of the FF mission. Our very 1st pediatric cancer warrior Sami S, dating back almost 20 years ago, was 1 of our face painters bringing joy to the kids on Saturday. So proud of Sami & Dapfne and all of our volunteers .
We couldn’t be more grateful to all who joined us on Saturday, and to all who continue to support our mission.
Stay cool, and God Bless, Bob & The FF
Grip and Rip Fore! the Kids - FF 3rd Annual Golf Outing
On Monday April 24th the FF hosted golf outings at 8 am and 1:30 pm at the beautiful Pebble Creek Golf Course. Approximately 260 golfers, volunteers, & guests enjoyed a tremendous day of fun as we raised $45,000 of which every dollar will directly benefit our pediatric cancer warriors and their families.
We are so grateful to all who contributed to the success of this amazing day, with special thanks to these sponsors :
ADT COMERCIAL - BE LIKE JAKE - B.RILEY WEALTH MANAGMENT - BRONX BD. OF BUSINESS AGENTS - CITY NATIONAL BANK - CHICK-FIL-A - COLTS NECK GENERAL STORE & DELI - D'AMBOLA FAMILY - DENNIS HALL & DRH WEALTH MANAGEMENT - DEAN MICHAEL CLARIZIO CANCER FOUNDATION - EASTERN AMERICAN TECHNOLOGIES - FIGHTING CHILDRENS' CANCER FOUNDATION - FLYNN FAMILY - FOREFRONT GROUP & JOHN DELISO - GARDEN STATE LAW ENFORCMENT OFFICERS ASSOC. - HOLMDEL KIWANIS - HOLMDEL PBA LOCAL 239 - JDJ FOUNDATION - KOCH FLORIST - LOMURRO LAW - MIA'S MISSION - MIKE KOGAN CONSULTING - MYA LIN TERRY FOUNDATION - NEW JERSEY NATURAL GAS COMPANY - PASHMAN STEIN LAW FIRM - PINNACLE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT INC. - RJ ELECTRIC - SANSONE JR'S ROUTE 66 AUTO MALL - TILE, MARBLE & TERRAZO - TRUSTPOINT - VILLANOVA LACROSSE - WIEDEMAN FAMILY - CHUCK CICCARELLY & FAMILY
If you were among our 800+ guests and volunteers ,we hope that you enjoyed our roller coaster of emotions gala. If you were unable to attend , we hope to see you at our 19th Annual Gala on October 21, 2023.
We thank all gala supporters for helping us raise $210,000 which will immensely bolster our mission of smiles for our pediatric cancer warriors and financial and emotional support for their families throughout the upcoming year.
This is link to our ad journal which features our gala sponsors as well as our attending warriors and a few of our angels.
The link below, with about 435 photos , depicts the love, joy, and excitement, shared by all attending our gala on Saturday, October 15th. Please join me in thanking and congratulating our Gala photographer Bill Zapcic, from Tom Zapcic photography ( tomzapcicphotography.smugmug.com ), for his professional services and outstanding effort in capturing these cherished moments.
The photos are grouped into 5 categories : (1) Cocktail Hour ( 78 photos); (2) Dinner Program ( 169 photos); (3) Gala Baskets ( 67 photos) ; (4) Gala Stairs ( 58 photos ); and (5) Warriors 1 Word ( 63 photos). As you scroll down it may take a minute or so for the photos to appear on your screen. My favorites are the photos of the kids dancing –see dinner photos 134 to 145.
15th Annual Daniel R. Shalloo Sr. Picnic
The Frances Foundation hosted many of our pediatric cancer families at our annual bbq picnic. It was fun day for kids and adults , with delicious food and numerous activities for all to enjoy. Because of your generous support , our warriors’ & angels’ families were recognized during a special ceremony at which time they were thrilled to receive gift cards for them to enjoy more summertime smiles.
Grip and Rip Fore! the Kids - FF 2nd Annual Golf Outing
Please join me in thanking all volunteers who made yesterday’s golf outing a successful event for our pediatric cancer warriors and their families. Our volunteers arrived at the course at 6:30 am, braved wind chill temps in the 20’s at that time , and endured brutally chilling winds all day long. The FF couldn’t be more grateful for your efforts.
The same can be said for our supporting golfers ,,,,playing golf in the weather conditions we endured for 18 holes yesterday isn’t ideal but your commitment to our mission is outstanding.
At our post golf bbq luncheon, together, we brought joy, happiness , smiles and support to our attending pediatric cancer warriors Hayden, McKenzy, & Alyna, and their parents, and that was the most rewarding and most special part of a great day, made possible because of you. Thank you.
14th Annual Daniel R. Shalloo Picnic & Softball Tournament
Last Saturday was a fun & exciting day as our angels blessed us with perfect weather for the Frances Foundation’s 14th Annual Daniel R. Shalloo Sr. Memorial Softball Tournament & BBQ, .We hosted about 600 guests, including pediatric cancer warriors and their families, Angels ‘families, softball players and their families, guests and 40 volunteers. If you were unable to attend we missed you !
Our midday ceremony was highlighted by gifts to 35 pediatric cancer families. The tournament was filled with great plays and many nail biters. 2 powerhouse teams returned to the championship game. The Angel Blayke team, sponsored by International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc.(IFF), battled its way thru the loser’s bracket to reach the championship game against the undefeated Monmouth County Corrections ( Sheriff’s Department ) team. This classic championship game came down to the last pitch and a running catch to clinch a 3-2 hard fought victory for Angel Blayke.
The best part of the day were the countless joyous smiles on the faces of our warriors and all of the children, and our angels’ families fondly recalling beautiful memories.
FF Hockey Tournament 2021
We would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to our Trustees Steve & Greg Bernhardt, photographer Stu Bernhardt, the Bernhardt family, all volunteers, and trustees Lauren Pericone and Elaine Schmidt for everything they did to put together the Annual Roller Hockey Tournament!
A brief summary from Saturday’s event along with photos below .
“It was a huge success. We had over 70 players. It went from 12 to 8, A little later than we wanted but we powered through the long day and sun. I was there for almost 12 hours with family and friends running it and playing in it at the same time. It ran pretty smoothly. We raised $2,700 from player entries, donations, and selling a few shirts which I will drive up to you when I can. Attached are a few pictures my dad took from the day. Also attached is a few second video shot from a drone that was taken by a player. We introduced a bunch of players, spectators and fans to the Frances Foundation and people are already begging me to do one again in the future, which is going to happen. On to Cornhole ! “
Grip & Rip FORE the Kids!
The Frances Foundation Open
WOW !! INAUGURAL FRANCES FOUNDATION OPEN was spectacular in every way. We are immensely grateful to our generous golfers, sponsors, guests, and hardworking volunteers . Everyone contributed to a fun-filled awesome outing.
From the beautiful Pebble Creek course, to the delicious bbq, to the invigorating wind , to the amazing golf shots, to the tasty jello shots, this day “smiled” from start to finish. Highlights were many ; but clearly most special was honoring our treating warriors Brady Waltz from Middletown, Bobby DelGatto from Old Bridge, and McKenzy Hupke from Lacey, our 35 surgeries hero who has been treating since 2016, these 3 courageous warriors representing all of our pediatric cancer warriors. The inspirational “moment of the day “ was the emotional rousing standing ovation from our 200 lunch guests for McKenzy and all of our warriors.
A few days ago our warrior Flynn Sullivan earned his angel’s wings, and our solemn minute of silence was dedicated to Flynn and all of our pediatric cancer angels.
Heartfelt thanks to our PREMIER SPONSORS : Chick-Fil –A stores of the Jersey Shore, The Mya Lin Terry Foundation, City National Bank, Holmdel PBA Local 239, Bernie & Ann Flynn, and the Dean Michael Clarizio Cancer Foundation ; as well as to our PURPLE SPONSORS : Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, Athlete’s Alley, The Ciccarelli Family, The Todisco Family, Tom & Maria Spinner, Steve Tobia & Family, Swing Loose at Bell Works, The Cracked Olive, Builder’s Architectural Millwork, Dennis Hall, Bob& Kathy Gluck, The Ansell Law Firm-Andrea White Esq., M.Kogan Consulting, Building & Construction Trades council Bronx Board of Business Agents, Van Cleef Engineering, AND ALL OF OUR TEE & GREEN SIGN SPONSORS.
This event was a financial success as it will bring approximately $40,000.00 of precious smiles and needed assistance to our kids and their families.
Attached are photos of our early bird event volunteers and our angel Stephanie’s dad Ed Bader, and his golfing partners including Bill Fisher from our generous supporter Dynatec Systems, Inc. Below are a 6 more event photos ( scroll down). Many more photos will be posted on our facebook page and website once received from our photographer “Butchie “ from our sister charity the Holmdel Kiwanis.
All are welcome to join us at our annual softball tournament and picnic on Saturday, July 10th at Cross Farm Park in Holmdel. Details to follow.
God Bless all who made yesterday a very special day for our warriors and angels.
Grip & Rip Co-Chairs: Chris Heugle, Patti Tucker, Mark Zelina, & Bob Heugle
WINNING FOURSOME WITH 12 UNDER….FF TRUSTEE BRYCE, SON CONNOR, BILLY LAKO & MIKE ZERA
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
Santa , Elfs, Reindeer, Snowmen, & even Elmo
Family portraits by Bill Zapcic at our welcoming Snowman background;
More than 350 toys, games, gifts, gift cards provided to the children;
Family gift cards provided to all families;
Hot chocolate & cookies galore & candy canes;
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.
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
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!