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Danny Fund to celebrate 30 years of aiding children and families with annual gala

Danny, a resident of Pelham, was four when he was diagnosed with a rare, fatal form of leukemia. Pelhamites immediately organized to support his family, and from there The Danny Fund was formed.

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, The Danny Fund has successfully brought light and smiles to children with catastrophic illnesses or injuries, as well as aid to their families. The fund will be celebrating its achievements during its annual gala at the New York Athletic Club on Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“The Danny Fund reminds us all that kids like Danny are not alone, and we can help to make a difference,” said Kathy Potocki, founder of The Danny Fund and Danny’s mother.

Every year, board members pick a new theme to celebrate the work the organization has done in the previous year. This year, the theme will be “Maskerade,” which the board decided was unique and unlike previous years.

The board starts planning the gala early in the previous year and many volunteers give their time to ensure the success of the event. The current Danny Fund kids always get an invite to the special night, while many donations come in from area companies and supporters.

“We so appreciate the kind donations from local businesses and from friends, neighbors and generous supporters that make auction items available so we can help to raise the funds needed to help out our current Danny Fund families,” said Potocki. “We couldn’t have a gala without them.”

In the fund’s 30 years of work, the board’s proudest moments are when Danny Fund kids get discharged, she said. This means the child is no longer under treatment and can go back to living a “normal” life. As for the future, the fund will continue supporting children and families through difficult times to the moment of discharge.

“The Danny Fund hopes, with the continued support of everyone, to be able to continue helping families during the most difficult time anyone can imagine, when their child is diagnosed with a catastrophic illness or injury,” said Potocki. “We are there to help support them and remind them that they are not alone.”

Tickets for the gala are currently on sale for $175. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, raffle and live entertainment. The special guest host is WCBS correspondent Tony Aiello.

To purchase a ticket, click here.

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Gabby Ahitow is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. She has been with the paper since it first started in 2018. Gabby has written for the Colonial Times, News of Pelham, PMS Post, and The Pel Mel. Besides writing, she plays the violin, soccer, and lacrosse for the high school, and participates in various clubs. She sails competitively outside of school. The Pelham Examiner has taught her so much and she looks forward to growing with the paper.

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