Friday, May 30, 2014

SO, because of scheduling and logistics, we will not be having an actual party this June (as we have done in the past). This Tuesday, June 3rd, would've been Finnegan's 10th birthday. We would like nothing more for Finn's name and our mission to grow in size and capability. Please SHARE SHARE SHARE our foundation with as many friends as you can. If possible, donate $10 for Finn's 10th and encourage others to do the same (the "Donate" button is on the Facebook page and here at finnzfundz.blogspot.com). Thank You for the support so many of you have shown and given to us and others!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our fundraiser last night!  We raised $3000.00 to help families fighting CF!

We were able to recognize Alex and Ani for their amazing support of our organization, as well as Michelle & Dave Collette and Charlene Shoener for all they did for us! 

We will have t-shirts ($15/ea, 2/$25) and sweatshirts ($30) for sale, and will ship to our supporters!  If you are interested in ordering, click the donate button on this site, and make note of your size(s) and shipping address (if applicable!). 

We are excited to announce a family-friendly event at Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown, RI, on Saturday 9/28/13.  $10 adults, $5 kids (3 and under are free!)--includes kids activities, admission to the center and pizza/dessert/snacks.  This is a pay at the door event--no tickets necessary; we will accept checks and credit/debit cards at the event.

Please help us spread the word!  The event is on Facebook here.

In the next few days we will be posting links to all the companies that helped support our event by donating to our fundraiser.  Please help us support those who support us!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Updates, updates, updates

I apologize for slacking on the blog the past several months.  We have been busy raising money and doing outreach, but working on my doctorate got a little in the way!

We can not say "thank you" enough to Alex and Ani--the Charity by Design "Shark Finn" bracelet has been an AMAZING success.  Big thanks go out to all of you who have bought one, shared the bracelet with friends and have continued to support our sales by attending our in store events.

Our most recent in store event in Cranston, RI, raised $1200--including people who shopped in person and our crafty friends who called in their orders to the store during the event.  We have also hosted successful events in Portmouth, NH and Boston, MA.  The store staff have all been amazing--thank you!




So far, Alex and Ani has helped raise about $40,000 (FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!) for our foundation with the Shark Finn bracelet.  Truly, truly amazing.



We continue to be looking for families who need assistance.  We were recently able to help a Warwick, RI native (who is actually from the neighborhood we currently live in!) who received a living donor double lung transplant a few months back.  The family has had to maintain a residence down in North Carolina for the transplant and aftercare, and those every day expenses add up and are not covered by insurance.  It has been amazing to watch her progress since the transplant--she is currently doing very well and we are thrilled to have been able to provide some help.  She received her transplant at Duke, where there are many other CF patients awaiting transplant.  We are hopeful that we can establish a partnership with Duke to help their patients with the every day expenses related to being sent far from home for transplant. 

A big, belated public thank you to the Evans Family Golf Tournament, which raised $4000 for us last year.  We are so thankful to have been your 2012 charity!

We would also like to thank Club Finz, a parrothead club from NH/ME, which also chose us as their 2012 charity and raised several thousand dollars for our efforts.  Our home club, OSPHC (Ocean State Parrothead Club), also gave us a wonderful donation back in March.  In additon, the NHPHC (New Hampshire Parrothead Club) chose us as one of their 2013 charities.  These pholks are truly amazing!!!

Thanks to RI Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for his recent donation as well.  We are thankful for your continued and ongoing support, and we are thrilled that we got to help with your re-election campaign last year by being in one of your commercials.  Thank you for letting us continue to share our story.

The Providence Roller Derby chose us their featured charity at the 5/18/13 bout--a very cool group of kick-ass ladies!  Thanks to Boone's Harm, Bella-trix Lestrangle and Shorts for their assistance and invite!

The support we continue to receive comes from all over...truly a testament to Finn's strength and spirit!

We are hosting our annual fundraiser on Saturday, June 8th this year, at Phenix Sportsmen's Club in West Warwick.  Tickets can be purchased here.  Deadline to purchase tickets in June 3rd, the little man's birthday.  We've got some AMAZING prizes for the raffle this year--items from the Paw Sox, Red Sox, John Medeiros Jewelry (two beautiful jewelry sets), booze (and more booze!), and several sports themed baskets just to name a few.  We had a blast this year and hope you all attend again (and bring friends!).  All the money we raise goes directly to families!

We have ordered more t-shirts and will have them for sale at the event and on-line soon.  An online application for assistance will also be added to the blog soon--in the meantime, those in need of assistance can email (finnzfundz@gmail.com) or call (401-527-1773). 

We really could not have done this without the support of our community of family, friends and beyond.  Truly.  Words are woefully inadequate in expressing how much you all mean to us...and how much it means that you have helped us keep Finn's memory and spirit alive...






Updates coming soon!

An update on the foundation (including how to access assistance), our fundraising and upcoming event is coming very soon!

A big thanks to Alex and Ani for promoting the Shark Finn bangle and our page today!

Thank you to everyone for your continue support!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Alex and Ani night a HUGE success!!!

WOW WOW WOW!!!!  a HUGE thanks to all who came out and supported Finnz Fundz tonight at the Chapel View shopping event!!!!  You all are FABULOUS shoppers!!!!  We don't have a final total yet, but it looks like we raised about $1800 or so for Finnz Fundz!!!!!  We can't say thank you enough!!!  A big props to the store staff and manager Holly for keeping everything running smoothly!!!!!  Thanks to Larry Martinelli for the great music!

Also, want to give a shout out to Club Finz in NH...they continue to raise money for us as we are their charity of the year, and we thank them for the $1700 in checks we received this week!!!

We continued to be humbled by the amazing support of our family, friends, and friends of friends!!!

THANK YOU!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Amazing!!!

We have been lax this summer updating the blog, and we apologize for that!

We have some AMAZING news...

First, the 23rd Evans Open, which happened back in May, raised $4000 for our work!!!!  We are beyond thrilled and so happy that we were chosen as their 2012 charity!!!  BIG thanks to the whole Evans clan, especially Jen, and to all the golfers who came out.

I have heard from Alex and Ani about the sales of the Shark Finn...we were guaranteed to receive a minimum $5000 donation over the next year from the company.  Well, in just the first month of sales, we are already receiving over $5800!!!!  WOW!  HUGE thanks to all who have purchased the bracelet and are spreading the word...that's over 1000 bracelets sold!!!!

We will be hosting Alex and Ani private shopping nights in RI (8/13) and NH (8/27).  Finnz Fundz will receive 15% of the sales from these events.  We continue to be THRILLED to be connected with such an amazing, successful and generous organization!  Can't say enough good things about them!!!!

We are also in touch with three families who potentially need our help!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Alex and Ani video!

The amazing video that Alex and Ani did for the Shark Finn bracelet has been released!

Click here to see the amazingness.  :)