$40,000 Raised for Super-storm Sandy Victims on Staten Island: More Than a Year Later, There is Still Work to Be Done

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The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund Along with The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation Host "Rise Above" a Fundraiser at Above Rooftop to Continue to Raise Money for Staten Islanders in Need

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Assemblyman Joseph Borelli Kicks off the Opening Ceremony

Through its partnership with Catholic Charities of New York, The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund has given out more than $1.4 million worth of goods, services, and grants to the Staten Island Community.

On Thursday, November 14th The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund (CVBMF) along with The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation hosted "Rise Above" a fundraiser event at Above Rooftop where more than 300 people gathered and over $40,000 was raised for Staten Islander's still affected by Super-storm Sandy.

The evening commenced with a brief ceremony led by Staten Island Assemblyman Joseph Borelli.

"Many of us in the room were not familiar with The Bini Fund before Hurricane Sandy," said Assemblyman Borelli. "Since the storm hit, however, the foundation has gained notoriety because of its efforts, with the most noteworthy being through its partnership with Catholic Charities of New York they have given out more than $1.4 million in goods, services and grants to the Staten Island Community."

Assemblyman Borelli then went on to thank The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation, as well as all of the evening's sponsors.

"Even though the storm hit over a year ago, people are still walking into Carl's House everyday in need of assistance," said Massimo DiDonna, President of The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund. "We made a vow that we would continue to help as long as we could, and through the generosity of The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation and everyone present tonight, we are able to keep that vow."

Carl's House is an office, which was opened by CVBMF after the storm, where hurricane victims can go and be assigned a caseworker through Catholic Charities of New York to help them gain access to the assistance they need.

Mr. DiDonna then called Lois and Richard Nictora as well as Hilton Garden Inn General Manager, Frank Sanchez, to the stage and presented them with a "Lifetime Supporter Award" and announced that 100% of the money raised would benefit Staten Island because The Nicotra Foundation donated the space, food, and staff for the event.

“It was an honor to work with the Bini Fund,” said Frank Sanchez, General Manager of The Hilton Garden Inn & Hampton Inn & Suites. “We hope it was memorable for everyone and look forward to seeing more events like this, where you can network, and still do great things for your neighbors."

About The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund:
The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund was founded in honor of Firefighter Carl V. Bini, a member of the FDNY tragically taken during 9/11. The fund’s mission is to memorialize the heroism of its fallen hero by supporting the community through scholarships, emergency grants and special needs assistance. The Fund is uniquely positioned to adapt to the changing needs of communities, especially in times of crisis.

About The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation:
The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation provides support for non-for-profit organizations primarily located in the Borough of Staten Island and aids in the support of higher education for the children and grandchildren of the employees of the Nicotra Group,the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island and the Hampton Inn & Suites.

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