After 49 years the Joe Realino Memorial Fund is closed.
Times have changed. The way we respond to those in need through social media and in our online world today has had a direct effect on the Joe Realino Memorial Fund, fundraising model.
The Joe Realino Memorial Fund was developed in 1969 by members of the local hospitality industry to help their fellow workers in their time of need. Joe Realino was a local bartender for many years who developed the idea for the fund. Instead of having a “benefit” each time someone needed one, a general fund for everyone in the industry was created and a few BIG fundraisers each year were hosted in which to draw donations from. The fund was named in his honor after his untimely death from cancer. Although he didn’t live to see his dream come true, Joe’s spirit was part of the fundraising since the first “Party With A Purpose” took place in March 1969.
In its 49 years of operation, the Joe Realino Memorial Fund provided more than ONE MILLION DOLLARS in assistance to qualified hospitality employees. This assistance was not a loan, it was outright aid. While the treasury was not large enough to assist with medical bills, it did assist with basic needs such as rent, utilities, and food. The fund was honored as one of George Bush’s Thousand Points of Light Foundations.
We thank each and everyone who supported us and wish everyone the best in the future.
The Joe Realino Board.