‘Angels’ helping Staten Island families will be awarded-SI Advance Article


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Families Helping Families (FHF) will hold the second annual Angel Awards Dinner on Friday, March 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Staaten, 697 Forest Avenue, West Brighton. Tickets are $85 and includes: a comedy show, dancing to the music of Sound Explosion DJs, dinner, beer, wine, soda, coffee/tea and dessert. Reservations must be made by Oct. 26. For more information or to purchase tickets, send checks payable to Families Helping Families, 112 (B) Petrus Ave., Staten Island, 10312; call 718-227-2171 or email fhf@fhfnyc.org. Tickets may also be purchased at www.fhfnyc.org/awards.

Awards will be presented to community businesses and individuals who have made significant contributions to the special needs community and to FHF.

Honorees are:

John Tuminaro, principal of Tottenville High School, for his outstanding contributions to meeting the needs of the special education students in his school and for his continued support in assisting FHF by providing an ample supply of student volunteers for all of its events.

The Home Depot for their generous and continued contributions of personnel and resources by providing craft activities for the children at the annual FHF School’s Out for Summer Parties each year in June. Darlene Andreala, associate coordinator, will accept the award on behalf of Home Depot.

Gabrielle and Eric Brown of Manahttan have generously sponsored FHF over the past two years. Their financial donations have allowed FHF to organize various family fun events for the special needs children and their families.

Chairing the event are FHF officers Andrea Anna Lella, CEO and program director, Bernadette Olk, chief administration officer, and Jennifer Parsons, chief operating officer.

FHF is a not for profit organization dedicated to providing other families with the full level of support and education needed to cope with and overcome the challenges associated with disabilities.

FHF receives no city, state or federal funding. 



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