Grant Recipients

Thanks to our generous contributors, the Millennium Angel Foundation (MAF) has provided grants to the following organizations:

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services to those who have been affected by burn injuries and education on the prevention of fires and burns. AARBF brings together health care providers, firefighters, emergency workers, burn survivors and others to enhance the quality of life for burn victims. AARBF is a worthy organization who shares MAF's commitment to helping injury victims with extraordinary needs.

Board member, Louis Masry, and Millennium Settlement consultants/employees and foundation contributors, Nick Coccimiglio, Dave Götz, Traci Kaas and Bob Olson, presented a grant check to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) at the Consumer Attorneys of California Convention (CAOC) in San Francisco on November 14, 2009. The six Millennium representatives held a private cocktail reception to present the grant money to AARBF's Director of Development, Jessica Derrick.

In an effort to assist the individuals of the San Bruno community who were tragically affected by the ruptured gas pipeline explosion that took place September 9, 2010, the MAF provided a second grant to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF). In response to the San Bruno explosion, AARBF established an emergency fund for burn survivors who suffer immediate, life-threatening situations. MAF designated its gift to AARBF for this very purpose.

MAF representatives present grant check to Jessica Derrick of AARBF: (left to right) Dave Gotz, Nick Coccimiglio, Jessica Derrick, Louis Masry, Traci Kaas, Bob Olson

MAF representatives present grant check to
Jessica Derrick of AARBF: (left to right) Dave Gotz,
Nick Coccimiglio, Jessica Derrick, Louis Masry, Traci Kaas, Bob Olson

Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope

CAHH is a grass roots volunteer driven organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of cancer patients and their families living in Palm Beach County, Florida. The organization assists patients with normal everyday living expenses if they are having financial difficulties during treatment.

Board member, Jay Scarola, presented a check to Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope (CAHH) at the Bluewater Babes Fish for a Cure Tournament on September 25, 2009, in Jupiter, Florida.

Jean Fischer, Executive Director of CAHH, stated, "The Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope is honored to be the first charity to receive a grant from the Millennium Angel Foundation. Your generosity in these tough economic times is a blessing to our organization. We will be providing much needed support for those individuals by helping pay normal everyday living expenses, taking their minds off financial worries to concentrate on fighting their illness. Thank you Millennium Angel Foundation for caring enough to make a difference in the lives of those in need."

Jay Scarola (left) and Mark Stoe co-captained the

Jay Scarola (left) and Mark Stoe co-captained the "Millennium Angels"
fishing boat at the Bluewater Babes Fish for a Cure tournament

Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Inc.

FEAT inspires and educates parents, professionals and the southern Nevada community to ensure all children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have the opportunity to reach their full potential through effective intervention programs. FEAT is the largest local non-profit organization in southern Nevada solely dedicated to helping children and families impacted by autism.

On behalf of the Millennium Angel Foundation, Brian Nettles, Attorney and Nevada Justice Association Board Member, presented a grant check on April 24, 2010, to Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Inc. (FEAT).

MAF's contribution to FEAT will help expand their programming to their Spanish speaking population and provide additional monies to families to pay for advocates to attend meetings with the schools in order to ensure children with autism receive the services they need and deserve.

HeadNorth

HeadNorth is dedicated to providing help and hope for spinal cord injury survivors. Its mission is to provide support and guidance to individuals and families affected by a spinal cord injury, while championing a cure for paralysis.

In July 2010, Shining Light Donor and Millennium Settlement Consultant, Josh Farmer, presented a grant check to Randal Schober, Executive Director of HeadNorth. Up to 100 people per year suffer a spinal cord injury in San Diego. MAF's grant will provide financial assistance to newly injured spinal cord injury survivors in the San Diego area.

Independent Living

Independent Living is a consumer-directed, cross-disability advocacy and service organization, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Their vision is a barrier-free society with opportunities for all persons to achieve their maximum potential. Independent Living's programs and resources provide needed support to individuals with disabilities at literally every stage of life. MAF's contribution will enable Independent Living to provide assistive technology and durable medical equipment to the uninsured and to make architectural modifications to homes for people with disabilities to increase their independence.

A check was presented to Independent Living, Inc. by Board member, Joe DiGangi, at a breakfast hosted by the organization on October 7, 2009, in New York.

MAF provided its second grant to Independent Living, Inc., in August 2010. MAF's gift will help Independent Living hire a part-time triage peer counselor for one year and purchase an accessible vehicle for transportation of staff to and from hospitals and rehab centers and to assist service recipients with their short-term transportation needs.

Joe DiGangi presents check to Cheri Stalter of Independent Living

Joe DiGangi presents check to Cheri Stalter of Independent Living

Jenna Druck Foundation

By way of background, Dr. Ken Druck founded the Jenna Druck Foundation in 1996 to honor and continue the legacy of his daughter Jenna, a remarkable young woman. Through its ongoing mission of strengthening and healing people in ways that inspire hope and leadership, the Jenna Druck Foundation continues to shape tomorrow's leaders throughout the United States. Its award-winning Families Helping Families (FHF) program is one of many progressive programs that the Jenna Druck Foundation advances in order to develop grief and loss literacy among the general population and, above all, to provide a resource for families afflicted by tragedy.

The Jenna Druck Foundation received a grant in November 2010 for its Families Helping Familes program. Millennium's Chairman, Kyle M. Bollman, was pleased to provide the grant to The Jenna Druck Foundation's founder, Dr. Ken Druck. The Millennium Angel Foundation's grant will help support FHF's Grief Education Series—high-quality, year-round bereavement workshops for bereaved parents, children and spouses that will look to the FHF during their most difficult time.

The Millennium Angel Foundation is pleased to partner with the Jenna Druck Foundation and FHF program, by helping to further FHF's mission to help those in need and to more effectively cope with the loss of a loved one.

The Jordan Thomas Foundation

The Jordan Thomas Foundation was founded by Jordan Thomas, a young boy who lost both of his legs in a boating accident in the Florida Keys in 2005. Jordan set up the foundation to raise money for other children with traumatic injuries who are not as fortunate as he.

Board member, Jay Scarola, and fellow consultants and Shining Light Contributors, Jennifer Cantrell, Jerry Greger, and Sean Pendray, presented a grant check to the Jordan Thomas Foundation on February 19, 2010, at the Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar in Orlando, Florida. Jordan's prosthesist, Stan Patterson, was present in Orlando to receive the Millennium Angel Foundation's grant.

The Jordan Thomas Foundation provides arms and legs for children of traumatic injury. The MAF grant helped purchase a new above-the-knee prosthetic for Samantha, a six year old girl from China, who was adopted by parents in Georgia who both lost their jobs and insurance.

 Left to Right: Jennifer Cantrell, Sean Pendray, Stan Patterson (Jordan Thomas Foundation representative), Jay Scarola, Jerry Greger

Left to Right: Jennifer Cantrell, Sean Pendray, Stan Patterson
(Jordan Thomas Foundation representative), Jay Scarola, Jerry Greger.

 Samantha, six year old recipient of new above-the-knee prosthetic, sits with Jordan Thomas.

Samantha, six year old recipient
of new above-the-knee prosthetic,
sits with Jordan Thomas.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group of South Florida

The SCISG of South Florida is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which provides the South Florida community with information, knowledge and support necessary to maintain and improve a healthy lifestyle for those persons with spinal cord injury or disabilities. SCISG embraces disabled or wheelchair-bound individuals and provides physical facilities and a social environment for their comfort and benefit.

MAF Board members and Shining Light Donors, Jay Scarola and Cara Hansen, presented a grant check to the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group of South Florida (SCISG) on June 1, 2010, at the SCISG's monthly meeting in Sunrise, Florida. Present at the meeting/check presentation were over thirty disabled individuals along with caregivers, spouses, family and friends.

MAF's grant will help SCISG purchase exercise equipment to help them start an in-house gym for membership use. SCISG aims to open a spinal cord injury/disability resource center in Broward County, Florida, with an indoor gymnasium providing members an opportunity to learn and play wheelchair sports (i.e. wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, quad rugby, etc.). The resource center will contain recreational and exercise equipment so this special population can feel comfortable in maintaining and improving a healthy lifestyle. Exercise equipment purchased through MAF's contribution will allow SCISG's members to become more physically active, help to maintain their body strength, and provide a social interactive environment for the members to become active. This is critically important to help enhance the quality of life of disabled individuals.

 Jay Scarola and Cara Hansen present grant check to the SCISG Board.

Jay Scarola and Cara Hansen present grant check to the SCISG Board.
Front row (left to right): Treasurer Glenn West, Secretary Dr. Rosemary Timoney,
President Ryan Gebauer, Vice Secretary Ronald Walling;
Back row (left to right): Vice President Paul Landino (structured settlement recipient),
Director Susan Krinsky, Jay Scarola, Cara Hansen.

Sunrise Community

For over 44 years, Sunrise-a non-profit organization and provider of disability support services in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia-has been championing the cause and innovating needed services for people over 18 years of age with developmental disabilities and physical disabilities. The goal of Sunrise is to increase the number of transformed lives, fully developing the innate potential of each person served and creating a model of excellence in the service to the disabled. Services offered to people with disabilities include: supported living, supported employment, adult day program, and in-home support.

Sunrise Community, Inc. received a grant in November 2009 to provide people with disabilities the assistance and support necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community.

 Left to Right: Kirk Zaremba, Corporate Communications & Development Manager of Sunrise Community, Cara Hansen, former MAF Board Member, and Reynolds Whatley, MAF contributor.

Left to Right: Kirk Zaremba (Corporate Communications
& Development Manager of Sunrise Community) stands with
former MAF Board Member, Cara Hansen and MAF contributor, Reynolds Whatley.