Rossville resident Joe DiMartino surpasses his $15,000 goal in his Annual Children’s Cancer Center Holiday Fundraiser.
On Monday, January 10, 2011 Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) will receive a check from its own local Santa Claus: Joseph DiMartino. For the past seven years, Mr. DiMartino and the DiMartino Foundation have raised over $62,000 in support of the Children’s Cancer Center at SIUH with his annual: “Winter Wonderland” automated Christmas display.
This past holiday season DiMartino Joe surpassed his goal of $15,000, with the final amount to be revealed this Monday.
Every holiday season Mr. DiMartino pulls out all the stops, filling every square inch of his property -- and some of his neighbors -- with animatronic scenes of Christmas Carolers, Christmas Baking scenes, a Santa Claus train, an electronic ice-skating rink, Ferris wheel, Christmas lights, music, and spotlights. Every year he expands the experience.
The donations from the DiMartino Foundation are in honor of Mr. DiMartino’s late wife, Debra Ann, who was a victim of the 9/11 attacks who lost her life on September 11, 2001, and was an avid supporter of children’s fundraisers.
In 2006, the DiMartino Foundation purchased a portable video game system with a full library of games, and new furniture for children’s cancer center. For the past 5 years, Joseph decided to donate the funds towards the future expansion and renovations of the children’s cancer center at the Nalitt Institute.
In attendance will be Anthony C. Ferreri, President and CEO, Staten Island University Hospital; Paula McAvoy, RN, MPA, Administrative Director, Nalitt Institute; Daniel Potaznik, Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Marie Cirmia, RN, Nalitt Institute and sister of Debra Ann DiMartino, and Joseph DiMartino and the DiMartino family.