Anonymous donation jump-starts Helping In Need Fund

(February 6-Youngstown, Ohio)-Many individuals and families in our community are in need, existing day to day without the resources necessary to obtain many of the things most of us take for granted – food, clothing, housing, healthcare, just to name a few.

These may be people who may slip through the cracks unable to get the critical help they need through traditional methods. Maybe they don’t qualify for assistance from social service agencies for any number of reasons; or just don’t know where to turn for help.

The Anthony V. Spano Foundation exists to provide essential support directly to needy individuals and families, and to the local institutions that serve them through financial assistance that will allow people to achieve a better quality of life.

The anonymous donation, in the amount of $ 1,000, will go to the Helping In Need Fund. This fund is specifically for the Anthony V. Spano Foundation and was set up to positively affect the lives of individuals and/or families in need by providing, both directly and through qualifying institutions, the financial assistance necessary to achieve that better quality of life.

Anthony Spano, the Founder/Executive, “Hopes that this initial gift will encourage other members of the community to step forward and support the fund.” Additional information is available at Helping in Need Fund at the Spano Foundation’s website.


The Anthony V. Spano Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively affect the lives of individuals and/or families in need by providing, both directly and through qualifying institutions, the financial assistance necessary for them to enjoy a healthier, sustainable quality of life.

McDonald firefighter who recently passed honored with fundraiser

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A former volunteer firefighter in the Village of McDonald who recently died was honored Saturday night.

Jason Grimaldi was a man of many passions.

“He was a supporter of the Rust Belt Theater, children’s science center and he also supported some science museums,” said Talia Grimaldi, Jason’s daughter. “He also liked The Butler Institute of American Art.”

But Saturday night, his foundation raised money for his biggest passion of all.

More information on the Jason Grimaldi Fund

“He worked a full-time job and still found the time — made it a priority — to be a volunteer firefighter,” Shanon Grimaldi said.

Jason Grimaldi died unexpectedly in March from a stroke.

Now, his family and friends are carrying on his legacy by helping aspiring firefighters achieve their dreams.

“We’re willing to send firefighter volunteers through school to help them get that process started,” Shanon Grimaldi said.

There were basket raffles, T-shirt sales, and drink specials Saturday at Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts in Boardman. It’s just some of the many ways the Halligans and Hooligans fundraiser raised money.

It all goes towards sending firefighters to Firefighter 1 school.

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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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The Anthony V. Spano Foundation Creates the Jason Grimaldi Fund for this Weekends Fundraiser

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.