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!

relay for life
Hey Joey’s Fund Supporters!  June begins the start of “Relay for Life” events nationwide.  Until participating in an event last year when we represented the JF organization, we really didn’t fully understand the origin of Relay for Life.  Read below to learn more about this most worthy cause doing their due diligence to bring awareness to the thorn in all of our sides – Cancer.

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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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Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness month – join Joey’s Fund in this opportunity to promote Autism awareness, acceptance & draw attention to the thousands facing an Autism diagnosis each year. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as a complex developmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.  Many behaviors associated with Autism include delayed learning of language, difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation, etc.  Did you know that Autism is so widespread that 1 out of 68 children born in the United States are affected by this developmental disability?  Chances are, we have someone in our family/friends circle that has in fact been diagnosed with Autism.  It’s crucial for us to get together as a community and support all of those facing this diagnosis! Read more

This past month, the nation’s most popular ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow which signals six more weeks of winter.  However, above-average temperatures dominated a large part of the US.  Spring is in the air! March 20 kicks off the Spring Equinox, and all of us at Joey’s Fund will certainly be welcoming the warmer weather with open arms!
 
In addition to the start of Spring, March also commemorates International Women’s Day St. Patrick’s Day, and Earth Day, to name a few.  Whatever the occasion, our team wishes you a month full of good health, happiness & lots of sunshine!  We’ll be busy getting our ducks in a row and beginning preparations for our next charity car show.  Stay tuned to our blogs each month leading up to our 3rd Annual Charity Car Show on Saturday, September 23, 2017 (rain date: 9/30) and feel free to reach out to us to find out how you can get involved

National Wear Red Day (AHA)

Did you know that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths of women each year, claiming the lives of one woman every 80 seconds.  Alarming, right?  We weren’t aware of these statistics either, but thanks to the American Heart Association, we’ve gained a wealth of knowledge through their “Go Red For Women” awareness initiative.  Go Red For Women takes place this year on Friday, February 3, 2017 for their 14th year! Let’s all participate and help to gain awareness for the fight against heard disease and stroke.  

To find out more about how you can help, please visit https://www.goredforwomen.org/.  We can’t stress enough how important it is to support our fellow advocacy groups, so we hope that we’ll have you along

Welcome, 2017! A lot has happened this past year, and many are still feeling the aftermath of these events. Mainstream headlines would include the political earthquake that rocked our nation, terror attacks on preying on the innocent, the passings of David Bowie, Prince, and many more beloved celebrities, etc. While our world has suffered widespread and personal tragedy, we can only hope that we will move forward and in the direction of a more loving, compassionate and united human race.

January is the month of “resolution”. According to the dictionary, a resolution is sited as being the decision to do or not to do something. Let’s try to focus on what what we can do, rather than what we will not allow ourselves to. Personal growth is derivative of the goals that we set for ourselves while maintaining a positive and can-do attitude. So long as we strive to be the best version of ourselves that we possibly can be while putting our best foot forward, 2017 will be a great year us. Let’s make it one to remember!

Home for the Holidays

The phrase, “home for the holidays” has very many connotations for everyone all over the world. For some, it may be driving up the coast to be with your family for Christmas. For others, it may be hopping on a flight to celebrate the New Year with beloved friends. Home for the Holidays in this instance, though, is all about active military men and women who are unable to connect with their family and friends during the holidays as they are serving our country overseas. All too often taken for granted is the freedom and homeland security afforded to us by these men and women dedicated to our country’s overall safety. To all of those sacrificing their lives every day to keep our freedom “free”, Joey’s Fund salutes you!

Home for the Holidays, a fellow 501c3, is on a mission to unite active duty military families who cannot afford the travel expenses necessary in order to be together during the holidays. This fund helps families make precious holiday memories reality for those whom normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to be with loved ones during their deployments. Home for the Holidays not only assists in reconnecting these families, but also covers their transportation, lodging, and food expenses. Since inception, Home for the Holidays has been able to unite 52 military families – a total of 137 individuals and counting! Kudos to the dedicated team for bringing our soldiers “Home for the Holidays”! To learn more about this non-profit, please visit www.homefortheholidays.org.