Last year, as part of her mitzvah (“good deed”) project for her Bat Mitzvah, Emma DePaola, a Rye Brook, NY teenager, decided to raise money for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center where she receives her care for type 1 diabetes. Impressed by the tour she once received of the Berrie Center laboratories, and appreciative of the care she gets from her Berrie Center doctor, Barney Softness, MD, Emma decided to organize a fundraiser to support the Center. She called the event: Car Wash For A Cure.
Emma teamed up with her friend Emily Wexler, whose grandfather had type 2 diabetes, and the car wash was so successful—they raised $1,800 for the Berrie Center—Emma decided to do it again. This year, on a recent Sunday morning, in the u-shaped parking lot of a local synagogue, Emma’s Car Wash For a Cure raised another $1,500 for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. The girls decided to make the carwash an annual event. “It went great,” said Emma, who washed over 50 cars with a team of supportive family and friends. “I’m glad that we could make a difference.”
Indeed. “We are so grateful to Emma DePaola and her friends for their hard work, kindness and generosity,” said Troy Finn, the Berrie Center’s Chief Development Officer. “The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center is fortunate to have individuals like Emma on our team—both enthusiastic and philanthropic about finding cures for diabetes and eager to give back,” said Troy.
The Berrie Center receives gifts from grassroots events like Emma’s throughout the year and often receives gifts that remember or honor someone on a special occasion, like a Bat or Bar Mitzvah, graduation, wedding or anniversary. “Every gift, no matter what size, has a ripple effect that makes a big difference,” said Troy. “Grassroots support provides a steady, reliable flow of annual funding that allows us to maintain the standard of excellence in research and care that the Berrie Center is known for.”
To learn more about organizing an event on behalf of the Berrie Center or to direct special occasion gifts to diabetes research and care, contact the Berrie Center’s Development Office at 917-484-0090.