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Butterflies

Butterflies From Jodie  / Butterflies

our Charity Contributions

Butterflies had a major significance to Jodie. They represented life, love and eternity, so we have decided to call our contributions to the various charities “Butterflies From Jodie”. We try to incorporate all aspects of her life as we determine where the gifts will provide the greatest service.

From 2000 - 2017, The Jodie Torigian Charitable Fund has donated over 200 “Butterflies” (gifts), totaling almost $480,000 to the following organizations or people in need:

 

  • Abbott House, New Rochelle, NY
  • Alex Taresky, NJ – Assistance with expense of a Cardio-Respiratory Lung Therapy Machine for 17-year-old friend with Cystic Fibrosis
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation, National
  • Amanda Archer Fund, New Rochelle, NY
  • American Liver Foundation – In honor of Mackenzie Manno, a child with liver disease
  • American Lung Asociation, National
  • Amy Sturgis, a single mom who needed help with expenses as she fights a terminal disease, New Rochelle, NY
  • Angela Caracuel, support with medical expenses as she battles ALS, Port Chester, NY
  • Arc of Westchester – In support of their many programs serving children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Westchester County, NY
  • Archer/Torigian Softball Scholarship, New Rochelle High School
  • Birthday Wishes (birthdaywishes.org), National
  • Boomer Esiason’s Foundation
  • Cystic Fibrosis, National
  • Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Brayden Carr Foundation – Charity established to raise athletic, social, rehabilitative, and academic opportunities to children with seizure conditions, South Plainfield, NJ
  • Bronx VA Hospital SCI Clinic, Tri-state
  • Cancer Support Team – Support of Team Shanofolo (the Garofolo and Shannon Families) Swim-a-thon to raise money and awareness of cancer, Tri-state
  • Cardio-Respiratory Lung Therapy Machine – Assisted with the purchase for 17-year-old friend with Cystic Fibrosis
  • CCFA Team Challenge – Marathon for colitis
  • Children’s Village Athletic Department – Foster Care Facility, Westchester, NY
  • Christian Zaccagnino – Experimental surgery for paraplegic, New Rochelle, NY
  • College of New Rochelle, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, NY
  • Communilife – Toys for kids Christmas gifts
  • Cucino Family – to assist with medical expenses for a cancer patient, Virginia
  • Cycle for Survival – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Nurses bike-a-thon, NYC
  • Cycle for Survival: Team Jeanne – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center nurses cycle for leukemia research – NYC
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • A.R.E. Program, New Rochelle, NY
  • Danny Fund, Pelham, NY
  • Deborah Trenholm – Assist with the purchase of a motorized wheelchair after leg amputation, New Rochelle, NY
  • Dina Stern – Assistance to purchase a wheelchair for cancer patient, Yonkers, NY
  • Eileen Johnson – Fire Victim Assistance, PA
  • Emil Paolucci Summer Concert Series, New Rochelle, NY
  • Faith Lunde – 7 year old brain cancer patient, New Rochelle, NY
  • Family of Christopher O’Connor – Tragic unexpected death, Yonkers, NY
  • Family of Louie Cantalupi – Help family who lost husband and father to cancer
  • Family of Thomas Casale – Scholarship fund for Thomas Casale’s children after his untimely death, Stratford, CT
  • Friends of Big Lou – Assist with medical expenses for a friend with cancer, New Rochelle, NY
  • Friends of Steve Augustine, Larchmont, NY

  • Gemeni Philips, to assist with money for college, after her mother passed away. New Rochelle, NY
  • George Sweeney – Assist with medical expenses for a friend with cancer, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Global Medical Relief Fund, New York, NY
  • Holy Family Parish – In honor of the Centennial Celebration, New Rochelle, NY
  • HOPE Community Camp, New Rochelle, NY
  • HOPE Community Services, New Rochelle, NY
  • Hope for Dina, to help the Sarracino family will medical and other expenses for a woman battling cancer, New Rochelle, NY
  • Iona College Fire Victims, New Rochelle, NY – Assist College students after fire
  • It Takes a Village to Educate a Child, Inc., for programs and services for autistic children, New Rochelle, NY
  • Jackie O’Connor – Assistance with expense of a Laptop for a 16-year-old teenage who has cancer to continue her studies at home, Westchester, NY
  • Jeff Madelone – Assistance with expense of handicapped accessible van for ALS patient
  • Jimmy Fegan Fund – A friend who has to have an amputation, New Rochelle, NY
  • Joan Pierce Fund, Larchmont, NY
  • Joseph Swanson – to assist with extraordinary medical expenses after undergoing a bone marrow transplant to beat Leukemia, Duchess County, NY
  • Katrina Relief Fund-Make-A-Wish of Louisiana
  • Kevin Martin, Racing4Research, Westchester, NY
  • Laura Barajas – to help with extraordinary medical expenses for a young girl battling cancer at the Maria Ferreira Hospital, Westchester, NY
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – In honor of our Co-Founder Jeanne Torigian Neville, National
  • Little Trooper AJ (Aiden Lopez) – Special needs child, New Rochelle, NY
  • Lucia Mele-Hansen – Extraordinary expenses due to cancer treatment in Texas, New Rochelle, NY
  • Make-A-Wish, National
  • Maria De Francesca, Washingtonville, NY – Extraordinary medical expenses
  • MariaFareri Children’s Hospital Foundation– Child Life Department and Family Advisory Council, Westchester, NY
  • Melissa Petrucci – Mother of 1 year old twins, cancer patient, Long Island, NY
  • Melissa Siegel Scholarship Fund, East Meadow, NY
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Research, New York, NY
  • Miracle League of Westchester – Free baseball program for children and adults with handicaps, Westchester, NY
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society – In honor of Eddie Bradley and in memory of Rosemary Kavana, National
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association, National
  • National Alliance for Autism Research, National
  • New Rochelle Boys & Girls Club
  • New Rochelle Cheerleading
  • New Rochelle Green House Project
  • New Rochelle Little League Challenger Program, Scott Perdew Field
  • New Rochelle Little League
  • Nicholas Woods & Family – after a devastating fire this summer destroyed their family home and tragically took Nicholas Woods’ daughter’s life New Rochelle, NY
  • NR Fund for Excellence, New Rochelle, NY
  • NRHS Scholarship Fund
  • NRPD Project Lifesaver – a project designed to help people with Autism and other developmental disabilities who may wander or get lost. New Rochelle, NY
  • NYU Melanoma Cancer Research Fund, NY
  • Peter J. Barbieri – Help with expenses for a friend with cancer, New Rochelle, NY
  • Police Officer Rich Meyrer – to assist with a van conversion needed after an accident which left him completely paralyzed from the waist down – Yonkers, NY
  • Pregnancy Care Center, New Rochelle, NY
  • Quinn for the Win – supporting Pat Quinn with his extraordinary medical expenses as he battles ALS, Yonkers, NY
  • Ralph McCann – Assist with medical expenses for a friend with cancer, New Rochelle, NY
  • Refugio De EsperanzaNew Rochelle, NY
  • I.C.K. (Saving Inner City Kids), Bronx, NY
  • Saint Baldrick’s – Kids Cancer Fund
  • Saint Rita’s Free Medical Clinic, Mamaroneck, NY
  • Salesian High School, New Rochelle, NY
  • Scleroderma Foundation, National
  • Songcatchers Inc., New Rochelle, NY – In Memory of Eric Tutera
  • Sound Shore Medical Center Coat and Toy Drive, New Rochelle, NY
  • Sound Shore Medical Center, New Rochelle, NY
  • Anthony’s Center for Recovery
  • Baldrick’s, National
  • Christopher’s Inc., Dobbs Ferry, NY
  • Standing Strong for Kristen – To assist with extraordinary medical expenses for a
    friend’s fight against cancer, New Rochelle, NY
  • Swim Across the Sound, Tri-state
  • Talia Kovak – Medical expenses for 3-year-old child with brain tumor
  • Team Pascuzzi – Pancreatic Cancer Walk
  • Tejada Family, after the tragic loss of their infant to help with funeral expenses, New Rochelle, NY
  • Thanksgiving Dinner from Jodie (butterflies from Jodie) – ANNUAL EVENT – HOPE Community Services, New Rochelle, NY
  • The Foundation of Hudson Valley Hospital – Winter Whiskers Program
  • The FSH Society
  • Jodie Torigian Scholarship at New Rochelle High School
  • The Lily Fund – Assist with expenses for a child with a brain tumor, New Rochelle, NY
  • Tom McCabe – Assist with medical expenses for a friend with ALS, New Rochelle, NY
  • Torres Family who was going to be evicted from their home after the father was in an accident
  • Tri-for-Ryan – Fundraiser for 5 year old Ryan Shashaty, born with an intestinal birth defect Northport, NY
  • Westchester County Youth Board
  • Westchester Medical Center, Westchester County, NY
  • Westchester Youth Bureau, a County-wide initiative that provides financial support, monitors and supports nonprofit agencies and organizations that provide programs and services to our youth.
  • Yonkers Youth Board – to send 15 underprivileged kids to Playland at the end of the summer (2016)