Thursday, January 29, 2015

Upcoming event!

Finnz Funz is hosting the Finnz Fundz February Fun(draiser) event on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at Legion Bowl in Cranston, RI, from 1pm to 4pm.  Admission for those 13+ is $20, and includes 2 hours of bowling, show rental, and use of pool tables; 12 and under, admission is $10.  No charge for little ones who are not bowling.  Light snacks will be provided.  There is a bar attached to the bowling alley for those who wish to enjoy an adult beverage!  We'll have one of our famous raffles, and t-shirts/sweatshirts for sale as well.

Admission is payable the day of the event.  We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.

Check out the facebook event page here.

Monday, December 8, 2014


What a great day we had on Saturday!  There's nothing like a big group of Santas walking through the streets of Newport!  At one point, over 150 joined in the merriment.  Over $800 was raised for Finnz Fundz, which will go directly to helping individuals and families affected by Cystic Fibrosis.  Thanks again to everyone for their generosity, and to the Santacon Committee for choosing us as a beneficiary!  Check out all the pictures here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


We are absolutely thrilled that Santa and his merry helpers have picked us as a beneficiary of funds to be raised at Santacon Newport THIS SATURDAY, December 6th. What a great way to celebrate the season while also helping others! The event was even featured on RI Monthly.  Thanks SO much, Santa!

If you, or someone you know, is fighting Cystic Fibrosis and is in need of financial assistance, please email us.

If you are able, please donate and support our work by clicking the paypal button on this page.

Happy holidays! Thank you for helping us help others while celebrating Finn's spirit.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It is #sharkweek! Celebrate by buying a Charity by Design Shark Finn bracelet from Alex and Ani, and share this post across all your social media accounts! Thanks!!!

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 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 ( 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...