the News about carpeting Fantasy Football for a Cause League closed this year with six teams: Cali, Consolidated Carpet, Mannington, News about carpeting, Lions Floor and Salesmaster. They all play for charities (see list below).
Each team has pledged several thousand dollars for a total of $30,000, which will be distributed as follows:
• $8,000 for the first place winner’s charity
• $5,000 for the runner-up winner’s charity
• $3,000 for the third place winner’s charity
• $2,000 for the fourth place winner’s charity
• $1,250 for the fifth place winner’s charity; and
• $1,000 for the sixth-place winner’s charity
In addition, 13 prizes of $750 (for a total of $9,750) will be awarded weekly to the charities selected by the players.
Following are snapshots of each cause represented by the contestants. FCNews and all teams encourage contributions from our readers to any charity that resonates with them.
Nick Pasquale Foundation
The Nick Pasquale Foundation is a non-profit organization created to continue the legacy of Nick Pasquale, whose life ended tragically in a car accident in 2013. When his dream of playing college football at UCLA was taken away from him, he used The Nick Pasquale Foundation are monetary donations to support student athletes who display traits consistent with Pasquale’s: leadership, drive, and determination. In addition to donations, the foundation organizes events such as the NPF Golf Tournament and a silent auction.
Friends of St. Dominic’s
Friends of St. Dominic’s is the affiliated fundraising organization that benefits Saint Dominic’s Home. The organization and its donors share a vision to protect children from abuse, neglect and homelessness and to enable productive lives for children and adults with developmental, emotional and physical disabilities. Friends of St. Dominic’s is guided by the faith, determination and generosity of others who believe there is a better future for every child.
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Compassion Express Foundation
The Compassion Express Foundation was founded by Dustin Aaronson, FCNews associate publisher and advertising sales director, to make a difference in the lives of others in the communities of Long Island and the five boroughs. The foundation offers several programs such as Community Outreach, Homeless Outreach, and Vacation Adopt-A-Family, as well as the Brittany Vilar Scholarship. In October 2014, Brittany Vilar was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and during the six years that followed she raised 11 children. This scholarship recognizes qualities in others that Brittany possesses: strength, courage, resilience, faith and hope. Most recently, the Compassion Express Foundation has distributed cold-weather clothing and toiletries to those in need.
Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF)
Founded in 1981, the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) provides medical care, direct grants, and other basic needs to those who have worked in the flooring industry and are affected by severe disabilities, injuries, or other life-changing medical crises. The grants provided by the nonprofit in a variety of expenses, including: rent/mortgage, food, transportation, testing, hospital stay, medical care/supplies, utility bills, doctor visits, physical therapy, and more. Most recently FCIF hosted its 40e Anniversary Gala at the Rainbow Room in New York City, raising more than $250,000 for those in need.
Gary Sinise Foundation (RISE)
The Gary Sinise Foundation was founded by Gary Sinise, actor and 40-year-old armed forces advocate. The charity offers several programs for active duty, veterans, first responders and their families. The RISE program builds custom “smart homes” for those injured serving their country. The homes are not only adapted to the needs of each family, but they are also mortgage-free. In addition, the program offers home adaptations, adapted vehicles and mobility aids to injured, ill, injured and/or elderly people.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) was founded in 1913 by 10 doctors and five lay people in New York City. At its inception, the organization was called the American Society for the Control of Cancer. Today, ACS is a national, community-based voluntary health organization committed to eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.
The ACS has invested more than $5 billion in research since 1946. Through research and action, the association has contributed to a 26% drop in the total cancer death rate in the US since 1991, meaning the ACS has helped avoid nearly 2.4 million cancer deaths during that time. In addition to its work in the US, ACS also has global programs targeting low-income countries.