Nicholas James Parisi

Private,
U.S. Army

 

Headquarters Company
1st Battalion
68th Armored Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
4th Infantry Division (Mechanized),

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: April 28, 2004
Buried at: 
Awards: 


PRIVATE FIRST CLASS NICHOLAS JAMES PARISI was killed in a rock climbing accident on April 28, 2004.


KKTV 11 News - Colorado Springs CO - April 29, 2004

Fort Carson Soldier Identified 

Just days after returning from Iraq, Pvt. Nicholas Parisi died while rock climbing in Cheyenne Canyon. On Wednesday afternoon, the 18-year-old was free-climbing with a friend. He was unable to negotiate a ledge as he approached the top of his climb, and fell 300 feet. Colorado Springs Fire rescuers were able to retrieve his body. Fort Carson officials say Pvt. Parisi was from Bellmawr, New Jersey. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor. He had just returned from deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom on April 12th. 


Associated Press - April 29, 2004

Fort Carson Soldier Falls To Death Climbing Canyon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) A Fort Carson soldier who fell to his death during a rock climbing outing was identified Thursday as an 18-year-old from New Jersey. Pvt. Nicholas Parisi of Bellmawr NJ, fell 350 feet to 400 feet Wednesday during a climb with another man in Cheyenne Canyon in southwest Colorado Springs. Fort Carson officials said Parisi was stationed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and had recently returned from a year spent in Iraq. Authorities said Parisi lost his grip near the top of a granite formation called the Pinnacle. His friend tried to grab for him and then used his cell phone to call for help.


Philadelphia Inquirer - May 1, 2004

Army Pvt. Nicholas Parisi, 18

Inquirer Staff Writer

Eighteen-year-old Army Pvt. Nicholas Parisi of Bellmawr, N.J., survived the dangers of Iraq for a year and was home rock climbing this week near Colorado Springs, Colo., when an accident took his life. 

Parisi was scaling rocks in Cheyenne Canyon when he failed to negotiate a ledge and plummeted 350 to 400 feet to his death, authorities said. A 19-year-old fellow soldier reached out to Parisi but could not grab the New Jersey man as he lost his grip near the top of a granite formation called the Pinnacle, authorities said.

Parisi had been home only two weeks when the accident occurred Wednesday.

"It's not ironic; it's tragic," said Richard Bridges, a civilian spokesman at Fort Carson, Colo., where Parisi was stationed. "We feel his loss just as if he was lost in Iraq."

Parisi arrived in Iraq in late April 2003 as major combat operations were winding down. He served in Kirkuk. He was a tank crew member, qualified as a driver, loader or gunner, Bridges said. He was assigned to the headquarters and headquarters company of the First Battalion, 68th Armor.

"His unit was involved in many operations," Bridges said. "They were constantly rounding up bad guys and finding weapons caches."

Parisi returned home April 12 and had been - along with other soldiers - getting back into new routines, decompressing after the long, hazardous deployment. On Wednesday afternoon, he and his friend Robert Taylor were free-climbing when Parisi fell, Bridges said. Taylor used his cell phone to call for help. Colorado Springs Fire rescuers retrieved the body.

Yesterday, funeral arrangements were being made by Parisi's family with Gardner Funeral Home in Runnemede. They were incomplete. Parisi's body was expected to be flown in over the weekend. 

"He was a young man who served his country," Bridges said. 


Camden Courier-Post - May 4 & May 5, 2004

PARISI, NICHOLAS JAMES
Suddenly on April 28, 2004, of Bellmawr. Age 18.
Loving son of Michael J. and Anita L. (nee Giaccardo) and the late Susanne (nee Glick). Brother of Michael A., Amanda M. and Allysa M. Also survived by his grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Nicholas was a member of Bellmawr Fire Dept. #1. He was the Junior Firefighter of the Year for Camden County from 2002 to 2003 and a graduate of Triton High School. Nicholas was also a soldier in the U.S. Army.
There will be a viewing from 6 to 9pm Wednesday eve and 9 to 9:45am Thursday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 10:30am Thursday at Mary, Mother of the Church, Bellmawr. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the family C/O Michael Parisi, 316 Lincoln Ave., Bellmawr, NJ 08031. 
Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to Condolences@ GardnerFuneralHome.com


Camden
Courier-Post

May 5, 2004


Camden Courier-Post - May 7, 2004

Community Mourns Iraq Vet
Bellmawr native died rock climbing in Colorado

By ERIK SCHWARTZ

Nicholas Parisi died doing what he loved. In one of his family's most indelible memories, an 8-year-old Nicky climbed nearly to the top of a huge tree in the Parisis' Bellmawr back yard.

"I can see Grandma and Grandpa's house," he announced.

At his funeral Thursday, Msgr. James A. Carr noted that scaling such heights a decade later led to his demise. Parisi, 18, an Army private stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., was free-climbing a granite peak in Colorado Springs called the Pinnacle with another soldier when he slipped and fell some 400 feet to his death. Rock climbing above 10 feet without safety gear or ropes is prohibited in Colorado Springs, a city official said.

"That was his life. He took chances," the monsignor said. "Most of the chances worked out."

Frank Parisi tearfully recalled his grandson during the service at Mary, Mother of the Church.

"Nicky's in heaven now, and he's looking for the tallest tree," Parisi told some 500 mourners.

He said the boy that arrived in his powder room, five weeks premature in 1985, faced tragedy while still very young. Nicholas' mother, Susanne, died when he was 6 years old. He grew up idolizing his older brother, Michael, while fiercely protecting his younger sister, Amanda. His father, Michael, remarried, and the family watched Nicholas thrive as an athlete and as a volunteer with the Bellmawr Fire Company. He played nose guard for the Triton High School football team and earned the Camden County Junior Firefighter of the Year award in 2002 and 2003.

"He was a real aggressive player, a real good kid," said Mike Matteo, 19, a Triton teammate. "He was always trying to better himself."

When he decided to enlist in the Army after graduating from high school last year, Nicholas told his grandfather.

"I tried to talk him out of it, but his mind was made up," Parisi said. "He left, and he never came back."

Nicholas Parisi began basic training last summer and shipped out to Iraq soon after it concluded. He returned to Fort Carson last month and had been assigned to 1st Battalion, 68th Armor.

"I believe with all my heart that Nicholas is in a better place," Carr said.

On the procession to the New St. Mary's Cemetery, six Bellmawr firefighters, dressed in formal blue uniforms and white gloves, accompanied Nicholas' coffin atop a firetruck. Dozens of his friends and family members walked behind the truck as it wound through the borough's streets.


 

July 24, 2004

Bellmawr Recreation Center
8:00am-9:00pm 

This was a HUGE success, with over $10,000 being raised. Thanks to EVERYONE who participated. Keep an eye on this website for pictures of the event, and for future events to support the Scholarship Fund. 

For more information about the Nicholas J. Parisi Scholarship Fund, please address all questions by e-mail to NJPFund@yahoo.com. NJPFund@yahoo.com.  

Private Nicholas J. Parisi served with honor in Iraq, only to come home and be killed in a rock climbing accident. You can honor his service and memory by supporting this cause- Phil

.........We did extremely well, we raised over $10,000 (AMAZING ISN'T IT) and still counting. The saddest part of the entire day was the candlelight service, a lot of tears were shed. Michael Murphy acknowledged my sister Lori McGlinchey who ran the event, my brother Michael Parisi who ran the softball tournament and Miriam Pettia and Elaina G. and Louie G. who ran the horseshoe tournament (and if I may say so, they all did a heck of a job-wouldn't you, everyone did a heck of a job)! All the volunteers and participants were thanked for all the efforts and hard work. This day touched a lot of hearts - especially the family.. There is not enough money in the world that would bring our Nick back to us but knowing there is that much love and support between the family, friends and community is extraordinary. Nicholas was an amazing individual, and it is still showing by how much he is loved and missed. My heart still aches for him every single day and some days are harder then others but when you see what I saw on Saturday it does give you a sense of peace, we all know that Nicholas was standing right next to each and everyone of us with his head held very high!

Teresa Lusardi


In Loving Memory of

Nicholas James Parisi

April 28, 2004

A Fireman's Prayer

When I am called to duty God,
Wherever flame may rage
 Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age
Help me embrace a little child
Or save an older person from the horror of that fate
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout
And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out
I want to fill my calling and give the best in me
To guard every neighbor
And protect their property
And if according to your will I have to lose my life
Please bless with your protecting hand
My children and my wife

 AMEN

 


WHERE DO I BEGIN TO THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE  OF YOU FOR ALL YOU DID, ALL OF THE EFFORT, ALL OF THE ENERGY AND ALL OF THE PATIENCE!!  THIS THANK YOU COMES A LITTLE BELATED BUT IT TOOK A WHILE TO GATHER MY THOUGHTS, AND MY THOUGHTS WERE "WOW" I NEVER IMAGINED IN MY WILDEST DREAMS HOW MUCH SUPPORT WE WOULD RECEIVE FROM JUST THE FIRST EVENT WE HAD PLANNED.  WE MADE IN ONE DAY WHAT OUR GOAL WAS FOR THE YEAR!  WOW! JUST SUMS IT UP.  AFTER EXPENSES THE REMAINING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT IS $8918.68.  (AND STILL RECEIVING CHECKS IN THE MAIL DAILY).

 A FEW SPECIAL THANKS TO THE PEOPLE WHO MANNED THEIR STATIONS ALL DAY NEVER COMPLAINING ONCE,  MR. AND MRS. G AT THE T-SHIRT 50/50 TABLE, LISA AND MELISSA CARUSO AND MY PARENTS FRANK AND SHIRLEY PARISI AT THE BAKE SALE TABLE, BIG MIKE PARISI AND ANITA PARISI AND MICHAEL PARISI FOR ORGANIZING THE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, LOUIE, ELAINA & MARIAM FOR ORGANIZING THE HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT, (SINCE I DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE ON THAT ONE), MICHAEL MURPHY AND JEN LEE FOR GETTING THE DJ AND ALL OF THE OTHER LITTLE THINGS NOBODY EVER NOTICES BEING DONE AND THE SIGNS! DOUG AND MICHELLE FOR GETTING UP AT THE CRACK OF DAWN TO HELP SET UP  AND AGAIN UNCLE LOUIE AND UNCLE DAN FOR STAYING UP TO THE CRACK OF DAWN TO UNLOAD AND CLEAN UP.  TO ALL OF MY WORKERS WHO VOLUNTEERED IN THE FOOD TENT SO I DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ANYONE ELSE WOULD BURN IT DOWN, AND ALL OF THE SOFTBALL TEAMS WHO RAISED OVER $3000 OF THE PROFITS, TERESA LUSARDI FOR DOING A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING, SAMANTHA MOLES AND ALL OF HER FRIENDS FOR RUNNING THE GAMES AND MOON BOUNCE, ALLYSA AND AMANDA PARISI FOR DOING THE BANNER AND ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING ELSE THAT I NEEDED, ASHLEY HARRIS FOR FACE PAINTING AND THAT AWESOME CLOWN (DON'T KNOW HER NAME) PICTURES BY WALT, AND THAT GUY THAT APPEARED FROM NOWHERE TO HONOR NICKY ON HIS WEBSITE, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST MY HUSBAND JOHN WHO PUT UP WITH MY CRAP AND MY SLEEPLESS NIGHTD AND TEMPER TANTRUMS, IN THE END IT WAS WORTH EVERY SECOND. I COULD GO ON AND ON AND I HOPE I DIDN'T FORGET ANYONE EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO HAD A HAND IN MAKING THIS DAY A SUCCESS I EXTEND MY DEEPEST APPRECIATION AND THANKS.  

NICHOLAS WAS MY NEPHEW BY BIRTH BUT MY DEAREST FRIEND AND SIDEKICK BY CHOICE, NOTHING CAN BRING HIM BACK TO US ALL BUT MAKING SOMETHING GOOD COME OUT OF THIS MESS MAKES LIFE A LITTLE MORE BEARABLE, HE IS BY MY SIDE ALWAYS AND IF HE WAS PHYSICALLY HERE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN BY MY SIDE ALL OF THE WAY IF IT WERE FOR SOMEONE ELSE.  WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES ANOTHER ONE OPENS IT IS OUR CHOICE TO WALK THROUGH IT AND MAKE GOOD OF IT, THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME DO THAT!

MUCH LOVE AND GRATITUDE, 

LORI MCGLINCHEY

PS. OUR NEXT VENTURE IS AN UNDER 21 DANCE PARTY FOR THE YOUNG KIDS IN OCTOBER ANYONE INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT GIVE ME AN EMAIL.

PSS. UNCLE LOUIE ALSO MADE A SUGGESTION ABOUT HAVING A BOARD FOR NEXT YEARS FUN DAY, AWESOME IDEA SINCE I CAN USE ALL THE HELP I CAN GET ANYONE INTERESTED LET ME KNOW.

PSSS.  THANKS AUNT E FOR THE AWESOME SHIRTS AT AN AWESOME DISCOUNT

PSSSS. I DIDNT HAVE ALL EMAIL ADDRESSES IF YOU DONT SEE SOMEONE ON THE LIST I EMAILED PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO THEM THANKS!! 


THaNKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED..... Over $12,000 Raised

A BEEF & BEER
to benefit the

Nicholas J. Parisi
Scholarship Fund

DATE:    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2006
TIME:    7:00 P.M.  -  12:00 A.M.
PLACE: BELLMAWR BALLROOM
LEWIS AVE., BELLMAWR

PRICE:  $20.00 PER TICKET

CHINESE AUCTION

LIVE DJ

50/50's

DOOR PRIZES

DINNER AND DANCING

TO PURCHASE TICKETS:

PLEASE CALL MIKE & ANITA PARISI
856-933-3192  / 609-519-1257

If you are in the Gloucester Twp. Area:
Please call Michele & Doug Leflar
 
856-627-0670

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT
THE NICHOLAS J. PARISI SCHOLARSHIP FUND

* MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD OR OLDER TO ATTEND THIS BENEFIT*  


A few pictures from the February 2006 fundraiser

A HUGE HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL

I CANT BELIEVE ANOTHER EVENT HAS COME AND GONE SO QUICKLY!  I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU WHO HELPED IN MAKING THIS EVENT ANOTHER SUCCESS.  WHETHER YOU DONATED BASKETS, YOUR TIME, SPONSORED A TABLE, SOLD TICKETS BEFORE THE EVENT AND AT THE EVENT, BAKED A CAKE, STAYED UP LATE MAKING LISTS AND FLYERS,  THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS HAPPEN DOING WHAT SEEMS LIKE TRIVIAL THINGS BUT WITHOUT ALL OF THESE THINGS COMING TOGETHER WE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PULL THIS OFF YET AGAIN.   WE RAISED OVER $12,000   TO GO TOWARD OUR SCHOLARSHIPS  THAT IS AMAZING!!   

A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE DJ WHO DONATED HIS TIME, ANITA FOR ORGANIZING THE CHINESE AUCTION WHICH TURNED OUT WONDERFUL, TERESA MADE THE FLYER AND GOT IT ON CHANNEL 19 AND DID ANY OTHER LOOSE ENDS WE NEEDED HER TO DO, BIG MIKE WHO GOT THE TIXS PRINTED, ORGANIZED THE DONATED BEER, AND HELPED OUT EVERYWHERE ELSE AS WELL, MICHAEL ANTHONY WHO GATHERED THE LARGE ITEMS, SOLICITED FOR TABLE SPONSORS, KEPT THE CASH IN ORDER WHILE I WAS GONE AND KEPT ME SANE UNDER SOME OF THE NOT SO SANE DECISIONS WE MADE.   

ALL OF THESE PEOPLE AND ALL OF THE OTHERS MAKE WHAT WE DO POSSIBLE, OUR GOAL IS SIMPLE TO MAXIMIZE PROFITS TO GIVE AS MANY DESERVING KIDS AS POSSIBLE A CHANCE TO FURTHER THEiR EDUCATION.  I CAN SAY WE ARE DOING A BANG UP JOB!!    

ONCE AGAIN NICHOLAS BLESSED US WITH HIS PRESENCE ON FRIDAY, HE REMIND US OF WHY WE WERE THERE AND HE OPENED THE HEARTS OF ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS TO GIVE TO OUR GREAT CAUSE.  HE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SIT NEXT TO ME AND DISCUSS THE PLANS FOR OUR NEXT EVENT, BUT HE WILL WALK WITH ME EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.  I HAVE SAID BEFORE WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES ANOTHER OPENS, IN OUR INSTANCE SEVERAL HAVE OPENED AND WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO OPEN SO MANY MORE, ISN'T THAT A WONDERFUL THING TO BE A PART OF!   

WITH MUCH THANKS AND APPRECIATION FOR ALL THAT YOU ALL DO 

LORI AND JOHN McGLINCHEY

 

See ya this Summer at the Fun Day Fundraiser!!!!
WOW ANOTHER GREAT SUCCESSFUL EVENT!!!!!!  

I just wanted to say it has been a pleasure working with all of you once again.  I cant explain the overwhelming feelings I get when we all gather together and put such extraordinary events on in honor of our Nicky.  The way everyone comes together, the love, the devotion the unconditional support it is breathe taking.  This year I had several friends attend and I am still getting phone calls telling me what a great time they had and how touched they were that one individual (Nicky) has touched so many lives.  They are asking about next year's Beef n Beer already.  Without the support of each one of us, our families, our friends and the Community our Foundation would not exists.   Because of all of you (us) we are able to keep Nicky's memory so much alive, and for this I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Lori, you summed it all up when you said "ONE DOOR CLOSES AND ANOTHER ONE OPENS".   

My hats off our head honcho's - Lori, Michael, Anita and Michael Anthony *BRAVO TO YOU*!!!  You are Great Team Leaders and wonderful people (I'm the lucky one because I am so blessed to have you as my family).  

Until we meet again. With my much love and gratitude!

Teresa Lusardi
 


A few pictures from the July 2006 Fun Day

ONCE AGAIN WHERE DO WE BEGIN TO THANK ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT AND SUPPORTED US ON SATURDAY JULY 29TH, 2006 FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL NICHOLAS PARISI SCHOLARSHIP FUND DAY.

 WE RAISED OVER $7500!  WOW

 A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED THROUGHOUT THE DAY, THE KITCHEN, THE T SHIRT TABLE, THE BAKE SALE, THE KIDS AREA, 50/50 AND THE HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT.  THE UMPIRES AND ALL OF THE HELP WITH THE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, BIG APPLAUSE TO BIG MIKE AND MICHAEL FOR A JOB WELL DONE ON THE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, FROM START TO FINISH THE WHOLE DAY WENT SMOOTH AND QUICK, AFTER 3 YEARS I THINK WE MAY HAVE THIS DOWN NOW.

 OUR DONATIONS WERE ENDLESS SOME OF OUR SUPPORTERS WERE FESTIVAL FOOD MANAGEMENT, ARAMARK, ICE UNLIMITED INC., ANGEL DISTRIBUTORS, SNAPPLE BEVERAGES, PEPSI COLA OF PENNSAUKEN, CLASSIC CONCESSIONS, AGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS, THE BOROUGH OF BELLMAWR, THE BELLMAWR FIRE DEPARTMENTS, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, WONDER BREAD, TO NAME A FEW.

 EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A RAINOUT THE WHOLE DAY WAS PERFECT, WE APPRECIATE THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE TEAMS THAT COME BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR. THEIR FAMILIES WHO COME TO SUPPORT THEM AND US.  THE 2 50/50 WINNINGS WERE DONATED BACK TO THE FUND AS WELL AS THE $300 1ST PRIZE MONEY TO THE WINNING SOFTBALL TEAM

 THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT, TAKING A DAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TAKING THE TIME TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN INSTEAD OF WAITING AROUND FOR IT TO HAPPEN ON ITS OWN.  THERES A GROUP OF US WHO HAVE PUT ALOT OF TIME AND ENERGY INTO THIS THE PAST FEW MONTHS, ITS ALOT OF PHONE CALLS AND ORGANIZING AND HARD WORK.  BUT TO SEE THE LOOK ON THE FACE OF MRS. OSOWSKI ON SATURDAY WHEN WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE HER FAMILY $2500 TOWARD THE EXPENSES HER 3 YEAR OLD INCURRED IN HIS SHORT TIME HERE ON EARTH OR THE APPRECIATION FROM THE LITTLE VIP'S FOR THE DONATION OF $1000 TOWARD THIER EFFORTS WITH THEIR SCHOLARSHIP ALL MAKES IT WORTH IT!

 ALTHOUGH NICKY CAN NOT BE HERE WITH US ALL THIS IS ONE WAY WE CAN KEEP HIS MEMORY ALIVE.  AS WE HAVE LEFT BEFORE WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES ANOTHER OPENS, IT IS OUR CHOICE TO WALK THROUGH IT AND MAKE GOOD OF WHAT WE FIND   ONCE AGAIN I THINK WE  HAVE DONE THAT

 MUCH THANKS AND GRATITUDE

THE NICHOLAS PARISI SCHOLARSHIP FUND COMMITTEE

This was our “3rd” Annual Fun Day and yet once again I can’t seem to find the words….. What is there to say…..WE DID IT ONCE AGAIN?  Each year I am more amazed and touched by each and every one of you.  All the volunteers, the long hours you donate to us, all the preparation (setting up as well as breaking down) I THANK YOU.  

The tremendous turn out with the softball tournament and WOW nice turn out with the Horseshoe Tournament.; You know just when you think and I use the word “THINK” you are dealing with our horrific loss of Nicky-boom we come together and bring him back into our hearts more than ever by making THE NICHOLAS J. PARISI SCHOLARSHIP FUND bigger and better. 

I would like to extend a special thank you to my brother and my Godson, Mike and Michael Parisi. You two put the softball tournament together with such expertise. The entire day ran so smoothly not one glitch. 

My sister Lori……all your efforts, all the time that you and John put into Fun Day, all the organization that is needed to make this day as successful as it is … I THANK YOU. 

The entire kitchen help, Vito, Nadine, Annette, Allysa, Samantha. Our Bake Sale table, great job dad (Frank Parisi). Our T-Shirt table, way to go Linda & Ed G. The horseshoes tournament, awesome job Louie and Miriam. The 50/50 alright Neets. Please know I want to extend my deepest appreciation to EVERYONE that helped to make this day a huge success. I have named a few to name all would only get me in trouble because I would leave someone out. 

There is not a day that goes by that Nicky is not missed. All of the Fun Days, Beef n Beers and other benefits are growing more and more each year this is how we continue to keep Nick alive within us. 

Because of you I am able to keep Nicky alive within me. Because of you Nicky has and will continue to touch so many hearts.  Because of you my brother Mike and his family Anita, Michael, Marcie, Amanda and Allysa are able to try, as best as they can to accept this tragedy. Until we meet again 

With much love and appreciation 

Teresa Lusardi

ONCE AGAIN WHERE DO WE BEGIN TO THANK ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT AND SUPPORTED US ON SATURDAY JULY 29TH, 2006 FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL NICHOLAS PARISI SCHOLARSHIP FUND DAY.    

WE RAISED OVER $7500!  WOW

 A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED THROUGHOUT THE DAY, THE KITCHEN, THE T SHIRT TABLE, THE BAKE SALE, THE KIDS AREA, 50/50 AND THE HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT.  THE UMPIRES AND ALL OF THE HELP WITH THE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, BIG APPLAUSE TO BIG MIKE AND MICHAEL FOR A JOB WELL DONE ON THE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, FROM START TO FINISH THE WHOLE DAY WENT SMOOTH AND QUICK, AFTER 3 YEARS I THINK WE MAY HAVE THIS DOWN NOW

OUR DONATIONS WERE ENDLESS SOME OF OUR SUPPORTERS WERE FESTIVAL FOOD MANAGEMENT, ARAMARK, ICE UNLIMITED INC., ANGEL DISTRIBUTORS, SNAPPLE BEVERAGES, PEPSI COLA OF PENNSAUKEN, CLASSIC CONCESSIONS, AGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS, THE BOROUGH OF BELLMAWR, THE BELLMAWR FIRE DEPARTMENTS, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, WONDER BREAD, TO NAME A FEW.

 EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A RAINOUT THE WHOLE DAY WAS PERFECT, WE APPRECIATE THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE TEAMS THAT COME BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR. THEIR FAMILIES WHO COME TO SUPPORT THEM AND US.  THE 2 50/50 WINNINGS WERE DONATED BACK TO THE FUND AS WELL AS THE $300 1ST PRIZE MONEY TO THE WINNING SOFTBALL TEAM

 THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT, TAKING A DAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TAKING THE TIME TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN INSTEAD OF WAITING AROUND FOR IT TO HAPPEN ON ITS OWN.  THERE'S A GROUP OF US WHO HAVE PUT A LOT OF TIME AND ENERGY INTO THIS THE PAST FEW MONTHS, ITS A LOT OF PHONE CALLS AND ORGANIZING AND HARD WORK.  BUT TO SEE THE LOOK ON THE FACE OF MRS. OSOWSKI ON SATURDAY WHEN WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE HER FAMILY $2500 TOWARD THE EXPENSES HER 3 YEAR OLD INCURRED IN HIS SHORT TIME HERE ON EARTH OR THE APPRECIATION FROM THE LITTLE VIP'S FOR THE DONATION OF $1000 TOWARD THIER EFFORTS WITH THEIR SCHOLARSHIP ALL MAKES IT WORTH IT! 

ALTHOUGH NICKY CAN NOT BE HERE WITH US ALL THIS IS ONE WAY WE CAN KEEP HIS MEMORY ALIVE.  AS WE HAVE LEFT BEFORE WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES ANOTHER OPENS, IT IS OUR CHOICE TO WALK THROUGH IT AND MAKE GOOD OF WHAT WE FIND   ONCE AGAIN I THINK WE  HAVE DONE THAT    

MUCH THANKS AND GRATITUDE

THE NICHOLAS PARISI SCHOLARSHIP FUND COMMITTEE


A few pictures from the July 2008 Fun Day



















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