The Assist Foundation hosts 4th annual fundraiser
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • September 04, 2013 @ 11:09am
Buffalo is a fantastic hockey town, but we all know how expensive ice time and equipment can be. The Assist Foundation was created by founder Joe Scarsella to help with the financial burden and to keep kids involved in sports and on a good path.
“I started the Assist Foundation three years ago,” said Scarsella in an interview with Buffalo.com last year.
“Formerly the director of the John F. Beecher Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo, I helped with the beginner hockey program. I noticed many kids loved the sport, but couldn’t play further because of costs. Many of the kids were from low-income families.”
Last year’s event helped over 10 kids get the chance to play ice hockey in different organizations in WNY.
The Assist Foundation’s main fundraising event will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday at Gordon’s (2263 Delaware Ave) with all the proceeds going to help out the kids.
Tickets for the event are $20 and include an open bar of Labatt Blue, Miller Lite, well drinks, wine and access to the 50/50 and prize raffles—I hear Buffalo.com and The Buffalo News raffle item is a real winner.
In addition to getting kids into hockey programs, Scarsella works with them to “assist” with character and educational development as well.
“Our vision is to be able to provide the joy of playing ice hockey to all youth that want to regardless of financial or social situation,” says the organization’s Facebook page. “We will help all youth discover and achieve their dreams, while being productive members of the community.”
For now, it seems to be paying off and looks to be the start of a really successful program—with your help.
“I have put a few kids into different local programs and was able to pay the team fees and purchase equipment for them. In some cases, we were even able to help with transporting them to and from practices or games,” Scarsella said. “This was the first time they have been on ice hockey teams and they enjoy every minute of it.”