"I had the idea for Fans Across America about 14 years ago as a result of a personal experience with my family. When you have a child with a serious illness or special need, medical and other expenses can really take a toll on the family unit. We wanted to bring families in need together with athletes and celebrities and their fans to aid these families through a unique donation program that allowed family members and coworkers to make monetary donations. I incorporated Fans in July of 2006, and we launched in July of 2007 raising money and helping one family at a time, one bill at a time, sometimes paying rent, utilities and providing food. Fans was a start-up foundation just as the economy began to take a turn for the worse, we scratched and clawed to stay afloat and help as many families as possible.
In 2009, our efforts were recognized, and the Foundation won People Magazine and Major League Baseball All-Stars Among Us program participating in the All-Star Game in St. Louis.
In 2010, George got involved in the Homeless Students program and began to reach to the community as our "Fans" to support the mission. This is a great program and is set up to help even more families, without that personal commitment and sacrifice of taking something that never was and making it happen, we wouldn't be here today helping these families in need. It hasn't always been easy, but I would do it again."Bruce Petillo- Founder
Fans Across America
The Fans Across America Charitable Foundation is an all volunteer 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt organization which provides much needed assistance with daily living necessities to families with seriously ill and special needs children, homeless families in transition and homeless students.
In December 2007, the Fans Across America Charitable Foundation delivered assistance to its first two families. Leslie Rodriguez and Joshua Coppoth were both nine years old and had brain tumors. From surgery to radiation and chemotherapy treatments, these children endured far more suffering than any child should, and their families did everything they could to help them get well. Because of the generosity of the Fans Across America community, the Foundation was able to help relieve some of the financial burden these families faced as a result of the illness by assisting with their rent and other living expenses such as food and gas.
To assists families with seriously ill and special needs children click here.
The Fans Across America Charitable Foundation was incorporated in Arizona on July 17, 2006 and officially launched on July 9, 2007 in Phoenix, AZ.