The Louis J. Acompora Foundation Gives Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) $10,000 from the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation Grant To Install AEDs in FREE’S Residential Programs
February 18, 2011
(Old Bethpage, NY) – Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) has received $10,000 from the Louis J. Acompora Foundation 12 for life fund raising campaign. The $10,000 grant was awarded by the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation to the Louis J. Acompora Foundation. Through the efforts of both foundations they have enabled FREE to complete installing automatic external defibrillators in residential programs, according to Robert S. Budd, Chief Executive Officer of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE).
More than 60 AEDs went to homes and programs throughout Long Island, according to Budd. The Acompora Foundation and FREE partnered on the 12forlife fundraising campaign.
The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation was formed after Louis collapsed and died at a school athletic event. His parents, John and Karen Acompora believe his death could have been prevented if the school had owned a portable defibrillator. A defibrillator revives cardiac arrest victims with an electric shock to the chest. After Louis died, the Acomporas started a grassroots campaign to raise awareness among schools and other public institutions about the importance of owning Automated External Defibrillators.
The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc. began making grants in 2008. The Foundation makes grants to organizations that fulfill one or more of the following purposes — Education, Children’s Welfare, Medical Care, Medical Research and Jewish Philanthropic Endeavors. www.silvianfoundation.org.
The check presentation was made last month at The Slomo & Cindy Silvian Foundation in Melville. Left to right: Daniel S. Komansky, Esq., President and Director, The Slomo & Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc., David Grossamn, C.P.A., Treasurer and Director, The Slomo & Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc., Karen Acompora, President Louis J. Acompora Foundation and Jeff Cohen. Director of Gift Planning, National Foundation for Human Potential and Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc.
About Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE)
FREE, founded in 1977 and headquartered in Old Bethpage, benefits more than 3,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness or traumatic brain injury and their families each year on Long Island. Its mission is to help individuals of all abilities to realize their full potential and prevail over life’s challenges. FREE’s broad spectrum of services encourages individuals to share their gifts and talents as contributing members of the community. For more information, please call 516-870-1622 or visit www.familyres.org.
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