We just had our 9th Annual Charity Car Show and to say it was a success was an understatement! This year we had the biggest and best turnout we’ve ever had and raised $20,000 to donate to hospitals and foundations!
Our event kicked off with the founder, Anthony DeCarlo giving a heartfelt speech about what our charity is and does, and why it was started. Joey DeCarlo was Anthony DeCarlo’s son who passed at the age of 2 ½ to leukemia. Anthony’s speech was followed by the national anthem, and the pledge of allegiance, and then the show kicked off! With almost 200 cars, multiple food vendors, and a DJ, it’s hard not to have fun on such a beautiful day. We also have things to keep kids entertained such as a bounce house and face painter – as we make sure to cater to all ages for a family fun day! Another highlight of this year’s event was the incredible Elvis impersonator who swooned the hearts of young and old, singing live throughout the day. Throughout the entire day, people continually came up to us to let us know what a great addition Elvis was.
Our show wouldn’t be possible without all the amazing car owners! During our car show, the registrants are automatically registered to win door prizes and at the end of the show, we give trophies out for the best cars and trucks, dating from the 1920s – 2020! We also give out special “In Memory” trophies, for those who were loved ones of Joey and have been a big part of the organization. This year’s special trophies were The Laura Farago Trophy, which was picked out by her father, Paul Farago. Laura worked for Joey’s Fund and was a big asset to past shows. The Janet DeCarlo Trophy was picked out by Samantha DeCarlo, Joey’s sister and Janet’s granddaughter. The Fred DeCarlo Trophy was picked out by Darren DeCarlo, Joey’s Uncle and Fred’s son. Joey’s Trophy was picked out by his Brother Mike Flaccavento. The Mayor’s Trophy was picked out by the mayor of Closter, Mr. John Glidden. Joe “The Horse” Russo Trophy was picked out by Niki and Lynn Russo, Joey’s cousin and aunt. The Officer McDonald Trophy was picked out by Tony DeCarlo. Officer McDonald was the person who worked with Make-A-Wish to get Joey and his family to Disney World before his passing.
Every year we strive to have our show grow in every way possible so we can raise awareness and donate more to hospitals and foundations so that we can help as many children and their families as possible. We are so honored and forever thankful for all the supporters we have, and we hope that next year’s show is even bigger and better than this one!

Joey’s Fund was honored to be a part of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Annual All Kid’s Wonderland. All Kid’s Wonderland is hosted by the Department of Patient and Family Centered Care at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. This event is free for over 200 families whose children are receiving care – to come and “shop” for gifts for the holidays. All Kids’ Wonderland’s goal is to alleviate some of the stress of the holidays during hard financial times.
Our Founder, Anthony DeCarlo spent the day with our partners at the hospital meeting families and giving toys to families. Anthony DeCarlo said “I feel thankful to be able to give back. I was one of those families struggling with medical bills from my son when he was sick with leukemia, it’s very fulfilling to be able to pay it forward.”
If you can pay it forward, please do! Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital accepts gifts all year round. You can drop toys off at the Department of Patient and Family Centered Care, or if you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities you can contact achcorpengagement@jhmi.edu or call 727-767-4199.

Tis this season of giving!  Our December blog post this month highlights the program “Toys for Tots”.  Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marin Corps to distribute toys to children whose parents cannot afford to go holiday shopping. 

Joey’s Fund is always looking for ways to help our community and pay it forward.  This year we were fortunate to receive a rather large toy donation from our founder’s brother, Mr. Darren DeCarlo, who was a former employee of Toys “R” Us.  Before the company closed, he was able to get hundreds of toys, strollers and more which he donated to Joey’s Fund.

Joey’s Fund took the toys and partnered up with the Closter Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Corps this year!  The Closter Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Corps will be spending the holiday season going around to local hospitals giving all the toys, clothes and more that were donated. 

If you’re interested in donating toys, please call your local fire department or police department to see where you can drop them off to do your part in paying it forward.  The Team at Joey’s Fund wishes you and your loved ones a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Memorial Day
Happy May! Have you been waiting patiently for all of those April showers to finally bring our May flowers?  Us too!  As we enter the month of May, I’m sure we’re also thinking ahead to Memorial Day weekend.  Where we’re going to be celebrating the holiday that unofficially kicks off the start to summer, what kind of food we’ll be grilling, praying for the best of weather.  What we often fail to remember while we’re eating burgers & enjoying the extra day off with family and friends is why exactly it is that we are able to celebrate Memorial Day.

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toys for tots

Tis the season of giving! Our November blog post this month highlights the program “Toys For Tots” which is run by the United States Marine Corps to distribute toys to children whose parents cannot afford to go holiday shopping. Toys For Tots collects new and unwrapped toys during the months of October, November and December each year and provides them to the community in which the campaign is being run. Their very first year of origin was all the way back in 1947, where the first toy donated was a handmade doll – how cool! For more information on finding drop off locations, please visit www.toysfortots.org.

Joey’s Fund is committed to working hand in hand with various other initiatives that have such a profound impact on the health, happiness, and overall well being of our youth! We are in the process of partnering with Toys for Tots to become a distribution center; If you’re interested in donating toys for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, you may simply ship them or drop them off to us at 436 Hillcrest Place Palisades Park, NJ 07650. Should you be interested in pitching in further with some of our holiday fundraisers, please visit our various partner sites outlined below. The Team at Joey’s Fund wishes you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Yankee Candle Fundraiser:
www.yankeecandlefundraising.com

Group #: 990082868

Pampered Chef Fundraiser:
www.pamperedchef.com/go/joeysfund

Cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer awareness month!  The NFL will turn pink for their crucial catch campaign , your Facebook feed will be full of pink ribbons and you will be seeing a lot of commercials and advertisements raising awareness for this disease.  All of these actions help to spread awareness of breast cancer, educate those unaware of its reaches and shine light on the importance of early detection.

According to the National Breast Cancer society, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That is a scary number! Want to know how you can help to bring this number down?

There are so many things that you can do to help this cause, here are just a few!

  1. Make a donation. Whether you have been touched personally or you know someone who has, you can make a donation in honor of a survivor, loved one or anonymously to help fund cancer research. Any donation amount helps!
  2. Volunteer! This month there will be plenty of events going on throughout New Jersey including breast cancer walks, charities and fund raisers. Donate your time and help the cause with your caring spirit.
  3. Share information. Help others understand that early detection is important, that there are treatment options available and that they are not alone! The National Breast Cancer Society has plenty of information that you can share on social media or in person right on their website.

Whether you donate money, time, or share information, any way that you can help support this cause will mean something to someone affected by breast cancer. We at Joey’s Fund will be doing our part this month to raise awareness for Breast Cancer and we urge you to do the same! Let’s work together to help bring the numbers of those affected down.