Because of your generosity and support, The Pat Agresti Memorial Foundation has donated over $40,000 to various families and organizations in need. We have touched many lives and continue to #payitforward. 

  • Dinner was sent to a family in our community who experienced the death of their mom. They were beyond grateful for the gesture and told us that something small like this made their day easier and brighter.

  • A donation was given to a local foundation dedicated to the research of autoimmune and blood disorder diseases. This special fund awards grants to institutions as well as individuals focused on the health and helping professionals.  

  • A donation was given to a local foundation which raises funding for pediatric cancer research. They also raise funds to help support families who have a child undergoing treatment and have helped many children and their families affected by this terrible disease. In memory of their daughter, their foundation emphasizes what it means to live like she did by spreading kindness and goodness around to others.

  • Household supplies and amenities were delivered to the home of a family trying to stay strong for a mom battling stage 4 ovarian cancer. The Foundation dropped off cases of water, paper towels, toilet paper, and other home goods and supplies.  When the mom lost her valiant fight, dinner was sent to this family as well as Stop & Shop grocery gift cards.

  • A donation was given to Good Shepherd Hospice. Good Shepherd Hospice provides patients with a variety of services and programs which are geared towards not simply maintaining, but greatly improving quality of life and independence. Good Shepherd Hospice is dedicated to supporting patients and their families in managing their conditions with dignity and ease. The center is designed to be sensitive to the sacredness of end-of life. Good Shepherd Hospice is one of the largest hospice programs on Long Island, caring for up to 400 patients every day. The Hospice Inpatient Center provides a safe haven for those that face challenging end-of-life issues.

  • A donation was given to The Lustgarten Foundation, the largest private funder for pancreatic cancer research related to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this horrific disease. 

  • The Foundation provided a donation to The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation. This foundation raises money for an AIDS cure or vaccine, as well as research to benefit those living with HIV/AIDS and to benefit those with brain cancer. The goal of this foundation is to raise America’s awareness that AIDS in an epidemic that has affected the lives of millions of people globally, especially in third world countries. Our beloved pediatrician, Dr. Richard Sartori, travels to Kenya each year to take care of those afflicted with AIDS and to help those with brain cancer. 

  • Stop & Shop grocery gift cards were sent to a co-worker of a member of Pat’s family who is battling breast cancer. She was surprised and thankful as she was unable to work and had experienced a loss of salary. She told us how she was “honored to be part of Pat’s legacy” and promised to #payitforward once she finished her treatments.

  • King Kullen grocery gift cards were given to a family of a young dad with three small children who died suddenly of a heart attack. We found out about this family through a special friend and volunteer for our Foundation and were happy to support this family through their darkest days. In addition, the Foundation was happy to pay for the meal after the funeral for the family. In a true #payitforward mindset, we catered the dinner from Parmagianni, a local restaurant that supplied all of the pizza for our softball tournament.

  • Whole Foods Market gift cards were presented to the family of one of our son’s college classmates. This Connecticut family was devastated when they received the news that their 27 year old son was battling a rare form of liver cancer. They have told us that these gift cards were “perfect as they are at Whole Foods 4x a week, maintaining a healthy diet.”

  • Gift cards to DeCicco's Grocery Store were given to a family of one of our son’s college classmates. This family lost their mom to a rare and sudden neurodegenerative disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). 

  • A co-worker told us about a family friend, a Suffolk County Police Officer, who was injured in the line of duty. Our foundation sent over Amazon Visa gift cards to assist the officer and his wife with their expenses. Happy to provide an update: this officer is fully recovered and back to work and he and his wife are expecting their first child.

  • One of our family members told us about her childhood friend who recently married the man of her dreams, the smartest, kindest most selfless person she’d ever met.  He was a new doctor working as a neurologist. In the most unimaginable twist of fate, this young doctor was himself diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Married less than a year, his wife took a leave from work and was at his side fighting this terrible disease.

    • Our foundation provided Uber and Lyft gift cards to this couple so that they could travel to his appointments and treatments. We also gave them Amazon gift cards to cover other expenses while they were both not working and focusing on his health care.

    • You can read more about this amazing couple here: https://www.udel.edu/udaily/2020/july/jon-finamore-scholarship-premed-philanthropy/  In her thank you note, she said “I hope you know that the amazing work your foundation is doing is life-changing and your gift cards are a saving grace.” She told me that “throughout our journey, we have been amazed by people like you who go through this and come out so positive and ready to help others. I hope to be able to pay forward your incredible kindness and generosity in both Pat’s and Jon’s names.”

  • As a frequent shopper at Fairway Market in Westbury, I had made friends with an associate behind the deli counter. After missing her for several weeks, I was told that she was hit by a car while walking to work and was recuperating at home, unable to work. The Foundation sent her a VISA gift card to assist with her needs while she was out of commission.

 

  • A gift card to Parmagianni, our friend and pizza sponsor for the softball tournament, was given to a family who suddenly and tragically lost their dad.

  • Whole Food gift cards were sent across state lines to the family of a co-worker whose brother, a young healthy man, was hospitalized with an aortic aneurism. Happy to report that after several surgeries, he is doing great and back to work and exercising. In his thank you card, he stated: “as I reflect on what I am thankful for, your generous gift of the gift cards stands out as one of the kindest things anyone has done for me. I found it inspiring, knowing that you and your family have been through your own hardships. It gives me courage to see that not only can you get through life’s difficulties, but you can emerge with strength and grace and the ability to help others in Pat’s honor.”

  • Because we love their food as much as their generosity, the Foundation gave a gift card to Parmagianni to a neighbor afflicted with a chronic, debilitating illness.  She had surgery and was out of work while she was recuperating at home.  She wrote us a lovely note saying how she was so sick that she was unable to cook and how her husband was carrying the extra load for months. She added: “ Knowing Pat and his commitment to his family and his community, I hope to continue to emulate those same characteristics.”

  • Amazon gift cards were sent to the family of a co-worker’s friend who lost their dad to esophagus cancer. After a very short battle, the dad and sole provider, passed away. The family was extremely grateful for this assistance.

  • Our Foundation would not exist without the love and support of friends, family and sponsors. One of our long-time family friends lost their dear brother to colon cancer. The Foundation paid for the meal after his burial. The family was able to come together and remember their loved one and was very moved that we were able to assist with the cost of the dinner.

 

  • The Foundation made a donation to Adopt-a-Family, providing Christmas gifts to those in need. 

  • To support the church and community he loved so much, our Foundation gave King Kullen gift cards to the St. Agnes Parish Outreach. Sister Kathleen wrote “this gift will enable so many deserving families to purchase the food they need so badly in the coming weeks.”

  • A co-worker of our son lost everything in a house fire.  Our Foundation sent over food as well as a gift card to Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace. We also gave this family a gift card to Home Goods. The dad was so touched. He told us he was able replace some of the necessary items which were destroyed. 

  • Uber, MasterCard and VISA gift cards were given to a friend of a family member. Our niece told us about her friend whose cousin was diagnosed with brain cancer. His mom, the sole caretaker, could not manage the financial burden of her son’s illness. Our gift cards helped her take care of her son, pay her expenses and get him to his doctor appointments. 

  • Target gift cards were sent to the sons of a co-worker who passed away suddenly. She was a single parent. People at work rallied with food and cash for the boys. We were told that the sons would greatly benefit from these Target gift cards. 

  • The aunt of a co-worker was diagnosed with colon cancer. She is single and did not have medical insurance. The Foundation sent her a check to assist with her medical costs. She wrote a note simply stating: “Your donation came at the perfect time. I cannot thank you enough!”

  • The Foundation, with the help of Pat's nephew, was able to secure and donate masks and gloves to Mercy Hospital at the peak of COVID-19. Our family friend who is a nurse at Mercy conveyed the hospital staff's appreciation. 

  • A co-workers niece was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer. The Foundation made a donation to help this family in their time of need. ​

  • The younger brother of a family friend was involved in a serious ski accident. The Foundation donated to the fund started by the family to help cover some of the medical expenses. 

  • A donation was made to Rockville Centre Little League, to support the organization so dear to Pat's heart.

  • A donation was made to the Rockville Centre Little League Challenger Division. The Challenger Division is an adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges. 

  • A scholarship has been set up in Pat's name at St. Agnes Cathedral School, where his three sons attended. The scholarship will be awarded to a young man attending Chaminade or Kellenberg who exhibits Pat's charitable and caring characteristics. 

  • When a young man from our community passed too soon, the Foundation made a donation in his name to the Tommy Brull Foundation, an organization to assist those with special needs.

  • A lifelong friend of Pat's niece lost her brother to leukemia. The Foundation sent gift cards to help out the family in their time of need.

  • The Foundation donated gift cards to a friend of the family who lost their husband to pancreatic cancer. 

  • Through National Grid, Mary attended Earth Day at Centennial Gardens in Floral Park. Supplies were purchased from the Foundation to enhance the gardens which honor the lives of the Hance sisters, who died in a wrong way crash.

 

  • A monetary donation was sent to a former RVC resident who was a victim of abuse by a parish priest while he was an alter server more than 35 years ago. A foundation was set up to help him heal and assist him and his family financially.

  • A donation was made to the Rockville Centre Community Fund which provides assistance to local individuals and families in need of temporary assistance.

 

  • The Foundation supported Bethany House, a not-for-profit that supports women and children by proving shelter and meeting the basic needs of their guests in a safe, home setting.

 

  • A long time National Grid friend and co-worker told us about her good friend who is battling breast cancer for a second time. She is in need of financial assistance to help with her living expenses while she is out of work.

 

  • We provided a monetary donation to our family friend’s cleaning woman who is battling breast cancer and will be out of work while recovering

 

  • The Foundation sponsored a village banner to help beautify the RVC business districts.

 

  • Pat’s forever friend told us about her cousin’s son who is battling Stage 4 lung cancer. He is a barber and we sent him Stop n Shop gift cards to help while he is out of work.

  • Pat’s favorite place on earth was the Ocean Club where we made wonderful memories and friends over the years. We heard about a special family whose young granddaughter is battling cancer. We provided Stop n Shop gift cards and Uber Eats gift cards to assist while they are in the hospital. The family was so grateful that they insisted on giving back to our Foundation and so he volunteered to be an umpire at our softball tournament this past September.

 

  • Friends who become family … we are so lucky to have special, caring people in our lives. One of these gems sleeps out in the cold one night a year to support Covenant House which provides housing and supportive services to homeless youths. So proud to call you family!

 

  • Our Ocean Club family friend told us about a young mom from Malverne with four young children. They lost their dad a tugboat captain in NYC in a work accident. We purchased gift cards from Cross Island Fruit a local grocer. When we were buying the gift cards, the manager said she was so touched by this story that the store donated their own gift card for this family.

 

  • My National Grid work family told us about her brother’s father in law. He was a NYC police officer who worked with the bomb unit with a bomb sniffing dog. They worked on the Ground Zero pile for many months and unfortunately he developed colon cancer. The Foundation sent Visa gift cards to help the family while their dad is battling cancer.

 

  • Our foundation would not exist without our caring and dedicated volunteers, especially those on the board.  One of our hardest working board members notified us about her doctor’s wife who was diagnosed with lymphoma. We sent gift cards to this family and they were so touched and grateful.

 

  • A National Grid friend, an engineer, told me about his co-worker from Staten Island who passed from Covid. He was ready to retire and had just started to battle cancer and succumbed to Covid leaving his wife and four children. We sent gift cards to help the family in their time of need.

 

  • Our sons’ pediatrician asked us to once again assist with his travel to Kenya with the Richard Brodsky Foundation, which helps third world countries battle AIDS and cancer. Dr. Sartori advised that our donation would be used to purchase medicine.

 

  • A $500 check was sent to the family friend of a NG coworker who is battling breast cancer for a second time. She is alone and went through her emergency fund due to a home flood. She was extremely grateful and wrote us a beautiful and heartfelt thank you card

 

  • A check for $250 was sent to the Hance Family Foundation, the Floral Park Family who lost their daughters in the horrific crash. Their program, Beautiful Me, promotes self esteem and empowerment for young women

  • Our foundation purchased a wonderful amount of Christmas gifts through Adopt a Family. One boy, in particular, literally had nothing and asked only for a pair of sweatpants. We got him that and so much more. We were able to purchase gifts for several families which brings us so much joy and makes us appreciate how lucky our families are

 

  • A NG coworker lost his home and all his belongings in a fire. We sent him a check for $500 to assist with rebuilding his home for his daughter and grandmother

 

  • One of our favorite supporters, Shari, told us about her son’s girlfriend who is a social worker. There is a young boy who was in need of $300 for eyeglasses so we sent a check for that plus a little more to give the boy some extra gifts for the holiday season

 

  • Mary and Leeann, our champion of all things volunteer plus the hardest worker I’ve ever seen, went on a toy shopping spree to purchase toys to send to Kentucky ravaged by the tornado.  Matty’s Toy Shop in RVC was so touched by what we were doing, that they even donated some toys

 

  • A check for $500 was sent to Experience Camp, a national program for grieving children. There is a one week overnight summer camp as well as other programs. On the day that we donated, there was a match day, so the donation was doubled to $1000, which pays for four campers

 

  • Our dear friend suddenly lost a family member to a sudden aortic dissection. This man has three small children under the age of 7. We provided the family with $1000 in Stop n Shop gift cards

 

  • The Gallucci’s grandson is an avid sailor, travelling all over the world. We have been asked to donate to the Ukranian Opti sailing team. The Foundation sent $500 to help the kids continue sailing for the rest of the season, since they cannot go home to the Ukraine. The support is used for food, gas and housing.

 

  • A team member at S&P of our son Christopher lost his father suddenly. The co-worker is the oldest of five children. We sent gift cards for $250 to this family

 

  • Another S&P colleague lost his father in law and our foundation donated $250 to the family

  • The Foundation made a donation of $1250 to the Rockville Centre Breast Cancer Coalition. This amount is given to each woman nd covers special things such as wigs, special clothing and reconstructive surgery.

 

  • We always remember and love to support The Mary Ruchalski Foundation. We donated $500 for Mary’s Minions Cycle for Survival which raises money for rare cancer research.

 

  • The foundation donated $250 to the RVC St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This organization chooses three charities each year to support.