Past Fundraisers / Events
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St Thomas More Carwash (July 20, 2013)

The Parish of St. Thomas More held a car wash fundraiser for Michaels Cause on Saturday July 20, 2013 in Englishtown, NJ.  $1250 was raised that day.  A special thank you goes out  to Deacon Matt Nicoscia and all of the children of the parish.  Together we will find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy!!

Car Wash Crew: Jake Becker, Eddie Burns, Abby Dmello, Daniel Dmello, Tia Grace Feneis, Connor Flynn, Joe Gerardi, John Gerardi, Julia Gerardi, Sonny Hossain, Gianna Hossain, Rachel Morgan, Matt Nicosia, Matteo Pasculli, Erin Picklo, Shannon Picklo, Kirsten Press, Shannon Press, Teresa Price, Leigh Ann Rofrano, Andrew Roginski, Dustin Vanella, Jake Vanella

NJ Sayreville Day (September 15, 2013)

Michael’s Cause was able to spread awareness of Duchenne and raise over $300 at the Sayreville Day in NJ on Sunday September 15, 2013.  A special thanks goes out to Patti Fausto for organizing the event. 


Mr. & Mrs. Vincent and Sharon Ponzio (August 2013)

Michael's Cause would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Vincent and Sharon Ponzio of the Learning Express of Staten Island for hosting a fundraising event at the store that raised $500 for the cause.



Isabella, Sophia, & Ronnie Lemonade Stand Fundraiser (August 2013)

In August 2013, Isabella, Sophia and Ronnie opened up a lemonade stand and proceeded to raise $52.55 for Michael’s Cause.  It is events like this that continues to show us that so many people care about Michael and finding a cure for Duchenne!!


William & Laraine Flick Fundraiser (June 27, 2013)

William and Laraine Flick are a Staten Island couple that heard about Michael’s Cause through Holy Child Church in March.  On June 27, 2013 they held their annual breakfast party for close friends, many of which were retired school teachers from IS72 on Staten Island.  .  They had over 28 people in attendance and asked for a donation for Michael’s Cause as part of the cost of what they would ordinarily pay for the breakfast.  At the end of the day they raised $1200 for the cause.  Many thanks to the Flick family for opening their home and helping our son and the many other boys suffering from this disease with this fundraiser.

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PS 3 Collecting Hope Philanthropy Group (June 2013)

The P.S. 3 Collecting Hope Philanthropy group, which consisted of Faculty and Students, raised $1050 for Michaels Cause.  A special thanks goes out to the coach of the group Mrs. Denise Buccini. 


First Precinct Community Council (June 2013)

The First Precinct Community Council of the Financial Area raised $1500 for Michaels Cause through a 50/50 fundraiser that was held at the Summer Luncheon at Battery Gardens.  We are grateful for the support.  Thank you to Kenneth May, Joe Bellomo, Raffie Saleem and Maria Mammano for their hard work in putting this together. 

Mr & Mrs Carl Frascogna (June 2013)

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Frascogna of Ramsey NJ were married on June 9, 2013.  In lieu of gifts they decided to have their guests donate money to the charity of their choice.  Michael’s Cause received donations from Mr. and Mrs. John Petrocelli, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D’Auria and Mrs. Isabel D’Auria totaling $500.  We are humbled by the generosity extended by both the Frascogna and the families who donated to Michael’s Cause.

PS 3 - Ms. Denise Buccini, Faculty, & Students (June 2013)

The P.S. 3 Collecting Hope Philanthropy group collected $1050 for Michaels Cause through their annual Penny Harvest.


Ryan Kenneth Torgerson (May 2013)

Ryan Kenneth Torgerson received his first holy communion and in lieu of favors they raised $250 for Michael’s Cause. 



Miss Mikayla Martino (May 2013)

Thank you Miss Mikayla Martino for your generous donation of $300 to Michael's Cause in lieu of favors at your Communion Celebration.  May God Bless You...



PS 36 PTA (April 11, 2013)

On April 11, 2013 the PS36 PTA held their annual Chinese Auction Fundraiser at the Grand Oaks in Staten Island.  The members of the PTA donated $830 to Michael’s Cause to help further research in order to find a cure for Duchenne.  A special thanks to everyone who took a chance on the Disney hopper raffle.  With your continued support we will reach our goal to help Michael and all of the other boys who suffer from this disease. 

IS 75 Bake Sale (March 2013)

Thank you to Jenna and Nick Como, Danielle and Brian Schneider, Christine and Joanne Cristiano as well as Grace and Christine for all your hard work. Michael's Cause appreciates all that you do so much!


Wish Upon A Star Dinner Dance (March 22, 2013)

Michael’s Cause held its 2nd annual Wish Upon a Star Dinner Dance at the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island.  It was truly a night to remember.  Over 475 guests attended the event. Special guests of the evening included the Hamad family who lost 3 boys to this disease.  Their story was one of inspiration and courage as Mr. Eddie Hamad spoke. He went on to say how important funding is to help research find a cure.  Brielle Von Hugel along with the PS 22 Chorus sang “You’ll be  in My Heart” and “My Wish”.  Dr. Kathryn Wagner, from John Hopkins/Kennedy Krieger spoke about the future of Duchenne and the importance of raising funds for research.  Noted Actor Dan Grimaldi from the series “The Sopranos” spoke about the cause.  Staten Island Assemblyman Vincent Ignizio and Miss Richmond County Alyssa Depaolis were also in attendance.

Many items were on raffle display.  Notable items raffles were $7500 in cash, a cruise, trips, tickets, jewelery and sports memorabilia.

A special thanks goes out to the many sponsors that made the evening possible including, First Choice Industries, The Horncrest Foundation, Titanium Construction, Casale Jewelers, Raineri Jewelers, Partners in Sound, Joe Larusso Photography, John Ryans Magic, Eltingville Florist, Alfonsos Pastry Shoppe,, Party Jam, Touch of Ice, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Nintendo, Stop and Stor and the Annadale Diner and the many others that made the night possible.

Michael’s Cause also gave a $15,000 check to Dr. Kathryn Wagner to help fund the Hugo W Moser Research Laboratory at Kennedy Kreiger. 

We would like to thank everyone for their continued support.







Mullowney Family Fundraiser (November 2012)

The Mullowney family held a fundraiser at Chick-fil-a in November 2012. They raised $295.00!! Awesome!!


IS 75 Bake Sale (November 2012)

Thank you to IS 75 for holding another bake sale fundraiser for Michael's Cause, raising $212 in addition to their March 2012 fundraiser!

Plainedge HS Orchestra Fall Festival Fundraiser (November 2012)

The Plainedge High School Orchestra coordinated a Fall Festival Fundraiser and raised a total of $378 for Michaels Cause!


2012 NYC Marathon (November 04, 2012)


Keith Christensen is a regional business banker for NY Community Bank. Richmond County Savings Bank, which is a division of NY Community bank, is sponsoring Keith to run the NY City Marathon for Michael’s Cause. They donated $100 a mile totaling $2620 (click image for Keith's bio).



First Annual 5K Run / Walk (September 23, 2012)

Michael’s Cause sponsored the first annual 5k Run and Walk on Sunday September 23, 2012. The day turned out great with 80 runners and over 400 walkers. We are greatly thankful for all of those who were able to attend and all of our sponsors who provided food, drinks, entertainment, face painters and characters. The event was a complete success raising over $18,000. The day began with a proclamation read by a representative from Senator Lanza’s office. The 5k run along the South Beach Boardwalk was great. The walk followed suit. In addition there was a 100 meter kids fun run which saw Michael run hard and fast. Partners in Sound provided entertainment and there was plenty of food for all.



Leandro / Costa Car Wash (September 2012)

Gabrielle, Gianna, and Anthony Leandro along with Michael, Alyssa, and Christopher Costa ran a car wash and ice sale raising $111 for Michaels Cause.


Leandro / O'Conner Lemonade & Iced Tea Sale (September 2012)

Gabrielle Leandro, along with the O’Conners ran a lemonade and ice tea sale raising $22.50 for Michaels Cause.

BeautiControl Fundraiser (August 24, 2012)

Thank you to Chrissy Catanzaro for hosting a BeautiControl Fundraiser Event at her house on August 24th.....The event raised nearly $200.00 for Michael's Cause!

Carnival Family Fun Event (July 28, 2012)

On July 28 Enchanted Events held a carnival in Staten Island for Michael's Cause. Hundreds came to the event which consisted of rides, games, face painting, and family fun. It raised $1400 for Michael's Cause. A special thanks goes out to Jamie Daragjati and Lauren Sparacio for planning the event. Once again Michael's Cause is grateful for the support. Together we will find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

You Can Do It Yoga Center (April 27, 2012)

This Yoga  fund raising event took place on April 27, 2012 at the “You Can Do It” Yoga center.  The event raised $680 for Michael’s Cause.  A special thanks to Susan Orrico-Duffy who organized the event.

Staten Island For A Cure (April 14, 2012)

Staten Island for a Cure raised $4000 for Michael at the Little People fashion show held at the Old Bermuda Inn on Staten Island on April 14, 2012.

P.S. 36 PTA Fundraiser (April 2012)

P.S. 36 PTA in April 2012 raised $520 for Michael’s Cause during a fund raising event. All proceeds from the Disney Park Hopper pass were given.

Como Fundraiser (2012)

Nicholas and Jenna Como made duct tape wallets and sold them raising $66 for Michael’s Cause.

VanPelt Fundraiser (2012)


Gary VanPelt's lemonade stand raised $33 for Michael’s Cause.


"Spring For A Cure" Dinner Dance (March 30, 2012)

Theresa and Rob Capolongo, founders of Michael's Cause

The evening was a great success thanks to the overwhelming support we received from family, friends, work, school, and the community. Special thanks to the Michael's Cause Committee who worked very hard to insure that the evening ran smoothly. We completely sold out with 500 guests in attendance. The event raised about $50,000 for Michael's Cause and an additional $20,000 in monetary donations. Among the larger contributors were 1st Choice Industries (our main sponsor), Titanium Construction Services, The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation, Raineri Jewelers, and the NYPD Sergeant's Benevolent Association . All floral arrangements were provided by Eltingville Florist. All funds raised by Michael's Cause will be directed to research to help for better treatments and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The Capolongo family is extremely grateful and appreciative for all of the support we received from everyone.

IS 75 Bake Sale (March 2012)

Thank you to IS 75 for holding a bake sale fundraiser for Michael's Cause. Between baked goods and bracelet sales, they were able to raise over $400!

ΖΦΛ Zeta Phi Lambda Fundraiser (December 2011)

The sisters of ΖΦΛ Zeta Phi Lambda are now supporting Michael’s Cause. They ran a fund raising event in December which raised over $500.00. They have also agreed to help the cause going forward.


Joan Joy BeautiControl Fundraiser (November 2011)

In November 2011, Joan Joy held a Beauticontrol party and raised over $1000 in proceeds from sales.