Family, friends band together to honor McDonald firefighter

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – At the end of March, McDonald Volunteer Firefighter Jason Grimaldi died of a stroke. He left a large family and five children.

Now, his friends and family are banding together to honor his legacy.

The Halligans and Hooligans fundraiser takes place on Saturday, November 11. It will be from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday.

The event will be at Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts, located at 1393 Boardman-Canfield Rd. in Boardman.

The Grimaldi Fund is part of the Anthony V. Spano Foundation. The group is raising money for scholarships to firefighter school.

Tuition is at least $1,500. Volunteers have to pay that out of their own pocket and don’t get paid for their service.

“Some people want to be dentists. Other people want to be firefighters, and if you can’t afford to be firefighters, we can help you with that,” said Shanon Grimaldi, a family member of Jason.

In addition to raffles, the group is also selling T-shirts to help raise money.

The fundraiser started when Jason’s daughter, Talia, was interviewed by WKBN in July.It was then that she organized a memorial on her father’s birthday.

This year’s event organizer, Wendy Fry, said their goal is to make it an annual fund so they can help as many aspiring firefighters as possible.

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Youngstown, Ohio-The Anthony V. Spano Foundation has created the Jason Grimaldi Fund this past week. The Jason Grimaldi Fund is now part of the Anthony V. Spano Foundation in Youngstown. The Foundation is a well-established community organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in the area and beyond. The relationship between our two great entities will allow for this group to focus on its core objectives – honoring Jason’s legacy through the volunteer fire service, sciences and the arts – all while having a legitimate vehicle to raise funds and provide accountability to our donors.

At the end of March 2017, the unthinkable happened. A very brilliant, vibrant and larger than life father, firefighter and friend was taken from us without warning.

Jason Grimaldi was an amazing person. He was slow to anger and quick to help someone in need – even someone he’d never met. He knew a little about a lot of things, and everything about topics dear to his heart: science, psychology, politics, union bylaws,  the making of wine and the drinking of good whiskey. They are having a charity event on Saturday, November 11 at 6pm.

Halligans & Hooligans
Suzies Dogs & Drafts
Boardman, Ohio

The fund will support future firefighters training at MCCTC, OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology.

To Donate or to learn more about the Jason Grimaldi Fund, click here.