On Thursday November 8, 2012, the Marcie Mazzola Foundation will host its 9th annual Butterfly Auction & Dinner to support its mission to help better the lives of abused and at-risk children; and to increase community awareness about the needs of children. This year’s event will be held at the Westbury Manor and will honor The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation, which works to reduce child abductions, and the Smile Train Foundation. President Nancy Mazzola remarks, “We are thrilled to channel our support to such deserving organizations that truly make a difference for at-risk and disadvantaged children.” Tickets are $125 and can be purchased in advance at marciemazzolafoundation.org.
About the Marcie Mazzola Foundation
The Marcie Mazzola Foundation was established in 2003 to honor Marcie Mazzola who died tragically in an automobile accident in 2002. At the time of her death Marcie was involved in a civil law suit against a school bus driver who sexually abused her when she was 11 years old. She intended to donate the entire settlement to help abused children. Although she did not live long enough to see justice served, her attorney persevered and won the civil suit.
The Marcie Mazzola Foundation used the settlement as seed money to carry on Marcie’s mission. To this end, the Foundation raises funds that are in turn distributed to various organizations that align with its mission. Past recipients include the Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect; EAC Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center; Family Service League; Island Harvest; Ronald McDonald House; Splashes of Hope; VIBS (Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk County); the New York Organ Donor Network, and the Huntington YMCA.