The Peter and Jeri Dejana Family Foundation is very proud of its efforts to help as many residents of Port Washington and surrounding communities as possible by enriching the existing programs and services its recipient organizations are able to offer.
Following is the current list of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations the Foundation supports. Check back often; the list is constantly growing. It’s hard to resist worthwhile causes!
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Helping to Improve the Lives of OthersShow/Hide
Helen Keller National Center
A national rehabilitation, education and training program that enables deaf-blind youths and adults to live and work in their community. The Center focuses on self-determination and independence.
Dejana Foundation contributions support the various programs at the Center.
» Visit www.hknc.org to learn more about the Helen Keller National Center.
Helping Hands Rescue Mission
Founded in 1965 by two reverends and family members, the Mission’s goal has always been to help needy members of the Huntington community. The Mission provides food, clothing, household items, education, prayer support, and counseling to those in need.
Dejana Foundation contributions enable the Mission to help more people in need.
» Visit www.hhrn.net to learn more about Helping Hands Rescue Mission.
Long Beach Latino Civic Association
The Association works to assist the City of Long Beach’s Latino residents to become mainstream members of the community. They both embrace their Americanism and continue to celebrate their distinct Latino cultures.
Dejana Foundation contributions help support the Associations many programs and initiatives.
Visit www.lblatinocivic.org to learn more about the Long Beach Latino Civic Association.
New York Road Runners “Team for Kids”
A committed group of adults from around the world who run to raise funds to provide free or low-cost school- and community center-based health and fitness programs to children who would otherwise have little or no access to regular physical activity.
Dejana Foundation contributions support the New York Road Runners’ fundraising efforts on behalf of Team for Kids.
» Visit www.teamforkids.org to learn more about Team for Kids.
Port Washington Senior Citizens Center
A place where seniors can enjoy the company of their friends, participate in exercise and other classes, have hot, nutritious lunches, go on field trips, and take advantage of the many other life-enriching programs offered at the Center.
Dejana Foundation contributions support multiple offerings, the most important of which is the hot lunch program.
Call 883-6656 to learn more about the Port Washington Senior Citizens Center.
Port Washington Youth Activities
Provides organized youth athletics in a variety of sports for all of the children in the Port Washington community. Aside from helping children to develop athletic skills and learn how to play specific sports, the PYA also strives to help develop character through teamwork, good sportsmanship, respect, safety and the spirit of community.
Dejana Foundation contributions support the PYA’s activities overall, including helping to fund athletics for underprivileged children.
Visit www.pyasports.org to learn more about Port Washington Youth Activities.
Toys of Hope
Supports over 65,000 needy children and their families and pets every year through 100% volunteer-managed fundraising to purchase toys, food, clothing, pet food, and other important items for families in need.
Dejana Foundation contributions enable the program volunteers to purchase additional supplies for recipient families.
» Visit www.toysofhope.org to learn more about Toys of Hope.
Toys for Tots
Organized and conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, the Program collects new, unwrapped toys from October – December and distributes them to less fortunate children within the respective communities where the campaigns are conducted.
Dejana Foundation contributions enable more toys to be purchased and given to more children during the holiday season.
Visit www.toysfortots.org to learn more about Toys for Tots.
Helping to HealShow/Hide
American Cancer Society
For nearly 100 years, the ACS has worked tirelessly to save lives and fight back against cancer, hence their very appropriate slogan, “The Official Sponsor of Birthdays.” Their millions of supporters on a global level are achieving greater success as detection and treatments continue to improve.
Dejana Foundation contributions support myriad initiatives that work to save more lives, further research and work towards a cure.
Visit www.cancer.org to learn more about the American Cancer Society.
American Heart Association
Provides education, advocacy and myriad other lifesaving information to prevent heart disease and attacks, detecting signs of heart attack, recovering from a heart attack or surgery and living the longest, healthiest possible life afterwards.
Dejana Foundation contributions support the Association’s efforts throughout the year.
» Visit www.heart.org to learn more about the American Heart Association.
Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation Bike Tour
Supports innovative developmental research projects conducted to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, myeloma and allied cancers, as well as to sponsor bone marrow drives. The Bike Tour is one of the Foundation’s many annual fundraisers.
Dejana Foundation contributions extend the amount of research and other support the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation can offer.
» Visit www.lslf.org/biketour to learn more about the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation and its Bike Tour fundraiser.
Helps ease the financial and emotional burden that childhood cancer places upon a family, while providing comfort to children as they cope with extended hospital stays often associated with their illness.
Dejana Foundation contributions help provide much needed and appreciated support to help these young cancer patients and their families.
» Visit www.lexiebeanfoundation.org to learn more about the Lexiebean Foundation.
Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation
Provides hands-on programs and services such as support groups, cognitive stimulation, socialization programs, in-home respite care. Additional support includes guidance for families relative to diagnosis, treatment, and legal advice.
Dejana Foundation contributions supported an LIAF golf outing fundraiser so that they, in turn, have more funds to offer assistance to a broader base of Long Island residents in need of support.
» Visit www.liaf.org to learn more about the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Marty Lyons Foundation
Fulfills special wishes of children between the age of three and 17 who have been diagnosed with terminal or life-threatening illnesses by providing and arranging special wish requests.
Dejana Foundation contributions help to fulfill the wishes of these ill children.
» Visit www.martylyonsfoundation.org to learn more about the Marty Lyons Foundation.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
One of the most noted and regarded cancer facilities in the world, Sloan-Kettering offers optimal cancer treatment, innovative research studies, and education and training that prepares the best physicians, scientists and other staff to be leaders in their field.
Dejana Foundation contributions support additional cancer research studies, as well as education and training of medical staff.
Visit www.mskcc.org to learn more about Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
North Shore University Hospital
A teaching hospital with an extensive network of top-notch medical facilities, offering state-of-the-art services and equipment in virtually every aspect of medicine.
Dejana Foundation contributions help support medical research and other initiatives.
Visit www.northshorelij.com to learn more about North Shore University Hospital.
Helping Those Who Defend Our NationShow/Hide
American Legion, Port Washington Chapter
As the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, the Legion is committed to mentoring youths and sponsorship of wholesome community programs, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans.
Dejana Foundation contributions support various Port Washington Chapter initiatives.
» Visit www.legion.org to learn more about the American Legion.
Building Homes for Heroes
Builds homes from the ground up or modifies existing homes to meet the needs of the brave men and women who served our country, yet were severely wounded in battle in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Dejana Foundation contributions help buy materials to build or modify homes so these brave men and women can live mortgage free.
Visit www.buildinghomesforheroes.org to learn more about Building Homes for Heroes.
LaGuardia Airport Runway Run/Wounded Warrior Project
The Run is conducted to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, whose vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. This is done by honoring and empowering them, providing unique programs and services, and by raising public awareness and assistance.
Dejana Foundation contributions increase the overall donations the Runway Run effort can donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.
» Visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org to learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project.
Lead the Way Fund
Supports disabled U.S. Army Rangers and families of Rangers who have died, have been injured or are currently serving in harm’s way around the world. The Fund provides spouses and children of deceased, disabled or active duty Rangers with various services.
Dejana Foundation contributions enable Lead the Way to support a broader range of initiatives.
» Visit www.leadthewayfund.org to learn more about the Lead the Way Fund.
Navy League of the United States
Its three missions are to enhance morale of active duty personnel and their families, inform Congress and the public about the importance of strong sea services, and to expose youth to the values of sea service through various programs.
Dejana Foundation contributions help to extend awareness and education about the importance of our nation’s sea services.
» Visit www.navyleague.org to learn more about the Navy League of the United States.
New York State Police Investigation Association
This 1,300-member organization represents Investigators who are law enforcement professionals in New York State. Troop delegates assist their members in representation during any administrative investigation, disciplinary actions or critical incidents.
Dejana Foundation contributions help provide financial support for investigations, if needed.
Visit www.nyspia.org to learn more about the New York State Police Investigation Association.
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Founded in 1899, the VFW provides a strong voice for veterans of wars of the U.S. The organization was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, a national cemetery system, and fighting for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange, just to name a few accomplishments on behalf of veterans.
Dejana Foundation contributions help the VFW conduct more initiatives on behalf of our brave and worthy veterans.
» Visit www.vfw.org to learn more about the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
Helping Places of WorshipShow/Hide
Chabad of Port Washington
Offering “Judaism with a Smile,” Chabad welcomes every Jew regardless of background, philosophy or level of commitment. They offer education programs for tots, children and adults, as well as sports activities, and clubs for kids and teens.
Dejana Foundation contributions support the many educational, sports and religious programs offered.
Visit www.chabadpw.org to learn more about Chabad of Port Washington.
National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management
Brings laity, religious and clergy together to promote excellence and best practices in the management, finances, and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S.
Dejana Foundation contributions support the Roundtable’s many initiatives that help Catholic churches lead more effectively.
Visit www.theleadershiproundtable.org to learn more about the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
Beyond masses and Catechism programs, the Church provides active, shared ministries to members of the community, in addition to a well-organized and extensive life-enriching outreach program for less fortunate community members.
Initial Dejana Foundation contributions were made primarily to help fund renovations on the building where outreach programming takes place.
» Visit www.ourladyoffatimapw.org to learn more about Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.
St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church
Offers masses, Catechism programs for children, outreach programs and supports the St. Martin of Tours Catholic School.
Dejana Foundation contributions support their annual fundraiser, which helps offset operational costs and repairs.
Call 631-264-0124 to learn more about St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.
St. Peter’s of Alcantara Catholic Church
Offers masses daily, Catechism programs for children, a food pantry and other outreach programs for needy families, supports the St. Peter’s of Alcantara School and conducts other community-focused programs.
Dejana Foundation contributions help support the Church’s various activities and initiatives.
» Visit www.stpeterspw.org to learn more about St. Peter’s of Alcantara Catholic Church.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Offers Sunday masses and Sunday school and youth group programs for children, in addition to many varied outreach programs that both assist the community and enable parishioners to realize the spirit of giving.
Dejana Foundation contributions support the Church’s many ongoing congregation-and community-focused efforts.
» Visit www.ststephspw.org to learn more about St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
Helping to Provide a Better EducationShow/Hide
Grassroots Environmental Education
Dedicated to educating the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health, Grassroots’ innovative and award-winning programs help raise awareness of critical issues, promote emerging science, and provide practical alternative solutions.
Dejana Foundation contributions support Grassroots’ ongoing programs that educate children and adults about the importance of preserving our environment.
» Visit www.grassrootsinfo.org to learn more about Grassroots Environmental Education.
Holy Trinity Diocesan High School
A competitive college preparatory high school with 100% of its graduates attending institutions of higher learning, Holy Trinity’s students select courses based on a pursuit of their academic strengths and future career goals. Since the heart of the campus is centered around Roman Catholicism, the school also provides a comprehensive religious education program.
Dejana Foundation contributions helped fund a refurbishment project.
» Visit holytrinityhs.echalk.com
John M. Marino Foundation
In addition to the many non-education related charities the John M. Marino Lodge supports, the Foundation is devoted to helping students pay for college educations through its scholarship program. Criteria for selection are based on students’ high school scholastic achievements and several other factors.
Dejana Foundation contributions will help to offset the high cost of college tuitions for four university-bound students.
» Visit www.marinolodge.org to learn more about the John M. Marino Foundation.
Knights of Columbus Port Washington Council #1227
A member organization devoted to raising monies for various causes, Knights collectively donate millions of hours each year to raise funds for charitable needs and projects. The Port Washington Council assists Our Lady of Fatima Church needs among others.
Dejana Foundation contributions will be used to establish a college scholarship fund.
» Visit www.kofc1227.com to learn more about the Knights of Columbus Port Washington Council #1227.
Long Island University
This diverse, multi-campus university offers nearly 600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs and certificates, and educates over 24,000 students across its campuses. LIU’s nearly 650 full-time faculty members provide outstanding instruction, which is supplemented by internships and cooperative education opportunities.
Dejana Foundation contributions will support LIU’s endowment program.
» Visit www.liu.edu to learn more about Long Island University.
New York City Public School 169
Dedicated to creating a nurturing and intellectually enriched environment, which develops each child’s unique capabilities. Their goal is to foster a love of learning, to stimulate critical thinking, encourage a caring and compassionate school community, and to prepare the leaders of tomorrow.
Dejana Foundation contributions will help expand programming the school offers its students.
» Visit schools.nyc.gov to learn more about P.S. 169.
Paul D. Schreiber High School Scholarship Fund
Decades-long reputation for outstanding academic programs and excellence in teaching, its fine academic standing, leadership and vision has resulted in the School receiving high rankings each year in Newsweek’s “Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools.”
Dejana Foundation contributions will establish an annual scholarship fund for students with exceptional grades that need help paying tuition.
» Visit www.portnet.k12.ny.us/schreiber to learn more about Schreiber High School’s Scholarship program.
St. Peter’s of Alcantara School Foundation
The school is dedicated to helping children develop critical skills in a setting that encourages individual growth and academic achievement, helps students maximize their fullest potential, and builds a foundation for a lifelong love of learning. The Foundation helps fund tuition for less fortunate students.
Dejana Foundation contributions help less fortunate students attend this highly regarded Catholic school.
» Visit www.stpeterspw.org to learn more about St. Peter’s of Alcantara Catholic Church.
Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation
Ensures the excellence as well as the continuance of Catholic Schools on Long Island by increasing awareness and by providing scholarship and program funding for the needs of students and schools.
Dejana Foundation contributions support scholarship and program funding.
» Visit www.tomorrowshopefoundation.org to learn more about Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation.
Helping to Enhance the Performing ArtsShow/Hide
Cow Bay Theatre Company
A continuing live theatre experience that will combine music, dance, drama and every other form of theatre in a variety of traditional and innovative venues.
Dejana Foundation contributions helped defray the ticket costs for the Company’s premiere performances.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org learn more about the Cow Bay Theatre Company.
Port Washington Play Troupe
An inter-generational play troupe program that casts performers of all ages in a variety of plays and musicals. The Play Troupe returned in 2013 after an 18-year hiatus.
Dejana Foundation contributions help fund myriad expenses related to producing and promoting performances.
Call 347-866-3415 for more information about the Port Washington Play Troupe.
Landmark on Main Street
Dedicated to strengthening the spirit of community by presenting and promoting opportunities for cultural, educational, recreational, social and civic activities. One example includes the Jeanne Rimsky Theater, which offers a full schedule of top caliber performances.
Dejana Foundation contributions enable outstanding performances at affordable prices to the Theater’s patrons.
» Visit www.landmarkonmainstreet.org to learn more about Landmark on Main Street.
Helping to Preserve Our Parks and Historical StructuresShow/Hide
Cow Neck Peninsula Historic Society
Devoted to educating, engaging and inciting a higher interest and respect for the rich and long-standing heritage of Port Washington. Programs for children and adults, fairs, presentations, tours and other initiatives highlight the lifestyles of the people who lived and worked in the community through the centuries.
Dejana Foundation contributions support the many initiatives and ongoing repairs to the nearly 300-year-old homes operated by the Society.
Visit www.cowneck.org to learn more about the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society.
Friends of Nassau County Recreation
The Nassau County parks system features more than 70 parks, preserves, museums, historic properties and athletic facilities on 6,000 acres. The County is committed to preserving open space, providing outlets for physical activity, and enhancing the quality of life for all residents.
Dejana Foundation contributions support some of the many initiatives conducted to continually enhance our County parks.
» Visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks/ to learn more about Nassau County parks.
Friends of the Sands Point Preserve
Preserves, protects and improves this 200-acre Nassau County park by maintaining its historic homes, vast green open spaces, beachfront, barns and stables, gardens, indigenous wildlife and miles of extraordinary trails.
Dejana Foundation contributions support the Sands Point Preserve in general, including the creation of the Phil Dejana Learning Center and Nature Exploration Outdoor Classroom.
» Visit www.thesandspointpreserve.com to learn more about The Sands Point Preserve.
Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society
Dedicated to keeping the lighthouse open to the public for educational purposes and continuing to maintain its upkeep. Through a program with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Marine Program, environmental awareness and local history will also be promoted among Huntington students.
Dejana Foundation contributions help to support preservation efforts for the lighthouse.
» Visit www.huntingtonlighthouse.org to learn more about the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society.
Helping Other FundraisersShow/Hide
This charitable organization combines philanthropy and grant making, while also encouraging voluntarism in the support of community organizations.
Dejana Foundation contributions help to further the great work of this philanthropic organization.
Call 212-943-5434 for more information on the Buttonwood Foundation.
CancerCare Port Washington-Manhasset Chapter
Very active and devoted Chapter that conducts many events throughout the year to raise money to support CancerCare, a national organization devoted to providing assistance on many levels for patients with cancer and their families. The Red Stocking Revue is the Chapter’s most successful and popular annual event.
Dejana Foundation contributions serve to underwrite the Revue’s annual journal, which is the primary fundraising mechanism for the Red Stocking Revue.
» Visit www.cancercare.org to learn more about CancerCare.
Community Chest of Port Washington
Awards grants to 25 local charities whose funded programs serve nearly 10,000 people, which is nearly one-third of the population of Port Washington. These grants deliver a wide range of live-enriching services to a diverse array of residents in the community.
Dejana Foundation contributions help this community organization to broader their scope of contributions.
Visit www.portchest.org for details on The Community Chest of Port Washington.
A world-class international sailing race that draws competitors from across the globe to compete for the K-Cup. Proceeds from sponsorship donations, entrance fees and otherwise were donated to St. Francis Hospital.
Dejana Foundation contributions helped to increase the total funds raised to benefit St. Francis Hospital.
» Visit www.knickerbockercup.org to learn more about the Knickerbocker Cup.
Munsey Park Women’s Club
Dedicated to furthering the social, cultural and philanthropic growth of the Village of Munsey Park, the Club members conduct multiple fundraising events each year in order to donate monies for various causes.
Dejana Foundation contributions help to support the Club’s overall fundraising goals and further their donation efforts.
» Visit www.munseyparkwomensclub.org to learn more about the Munsey Park Women’s Club.
North Shore-LIJ University Hospital Auxiliary
A fundraising organization of volunteers who provide service and community awareness for North Shore Hospitals and programs. The Auxiliary also supports programs such as Hospitals to Children, an annual nursing scholarship, December infant gifts and more.
Dejana Foundation contributions help support the Auxiliary’s efforts in myriad ways.
» Visit www.northshorelij.com to learn more about the North Shore-LIJ University Hospital Auxiliary.