Staten Island Social Scene: ECHO donates $200K to SIUH South

As they further their mission to create a dedicated Children’s Emergency Treatment Center at Staten Island University Hospital’s (SIUH) South Site, the Emergency Children’s Health Organization (ECHO) donated an additional $200,000 on top of the initial $100,000 presented last year to the hospital. The donation is part of their $500,000 total commitment to the project.…

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ECHO Donation to Help Fund SIUH Pediatric E-R

A non-profit helps a South Shore Hospital raise funds for an important new addition. Representatives from The Emergency Children’s Help Organization or ECHO, presented a $200,000 donation to Staten Island University Hospital’s South Site Friday. The money will go towards a new $1.5 mil  pediatric emergency treatment area. The non-profit has pledged to donate even…

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E.C.H.O. ‘Smile’ benefit features Goo Goo Dolls frontman

To say E.C.H.O. has “A Million Reasons to Smile” would be somewhat of an understatement. Just about anybody who’s anybody came out in their best finery to attend the fundraiser of the same name to benefit the Emergency Children’s Help Organization (E.C.H.O.), last week at the Grand Marquis, where a record-breaking 800 revelers gathered to…

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New kids’ emergency room at Staten Island University Hospital

Staten Island University Hospital will build a $1.5 million children’s emergency room at its Prince’s Bay campus. While still in design, the new pediatric emergency facility will include five pediatric beds, a patient care station, a separate entrance, and registration and waiting area. “With 35.8 percent of the borough’s more than 56,000 households domiciling youngsters…

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E.C.H.O. celebrates millionth dollar in charitable donations

We all know that the mere thought of helping others makes one feel good about themselves, and that the spiritual and emotional rewards attached to giving promotes a natural high. It simply makes the world a better place in which to live. Perhaps that’s what prompts people to give time and again. Just ask members of the…

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Staten Island proud: Family receives help with medical bills

When Mike Patrella got more support recently to pay for his daughter’s medication, his gratitude to the Staten Island community swelled. “It makes you happy and proud to be from here,” said the West Brighton dad of two after receiving assistance from Emergency Children’s Help Organization (E.C.H.O.). His daughter Kayla was diagnosed with a rare disease…

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Richmond County Savings Foundation grants $614,000 to community organizations

The Richmond County Savings Foundation has donated $614,000 to fund a variety of community programs serving thousands of Staten Islanders. Representatives from the various recipient organizations gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield, for the presentation Tuesday. The organizations being funded are: Community Health Action of Staten Island — $105,000 Meals on Wheels — $300,000 Central Family Life Center — $40,000 ECHO…

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ECHO, a children’s aid group, announces board promotion and elections

The Emergency Children’s Help Organization (ECHO), a non-profit  group that provides financial assistance to children and their families during a medical emergency or when faced with other difficulties, has announced the promotion of one of its board members. Vincent Scamardella of Sunnyside has been appointed to the Executive Committee after serving two years as a…

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Linksters take to the greens in grand style for E.C.H.O. Golf Outing

Members of the The Emergency Children’s Help Organization (E.C.H.O.) have garnered a reputation for hosting events in grand style — and their third annual E.C.H.O. Golf Outing proved to be no exception. And as a way to express their interest and support for the cause, golfers took to the links to benefit the Charleston-based not-for-profit foundation.…

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E.C.H.O. spring gala raises funds for children with special needs

There’s nothing better than eating, drinking and making merry with friends especially when you’re breaking bread for the benefit of a worthy cause. And since Sebastian Angelico, founder of the Emergency Children’s Help Organization (E.C.H.O.), and distinguished board members really know how to throw a party, while at the same time raising mega-funds for the…

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Harpo the service dog: A boy’s best friend

Readers of this column will recall that just about a year and a half ago, we connected you to young Liam Petri, now 7, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Liam was accepted into a service dog program, where a canine is trained to interrupt emotional outbursts in children, prevent wandering and track a…

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Four new Staten Island ECHO board members elected

Four new board members were recently elected by the Emergency Children’s Help Organization (ECHO). The new board members are: Robert Toscanini, a graduate of Wagner College who is currently a proprietary, commodity trader Joseph Biondolillo, a graduate of St. John’s University and founder of the Biondolillo Financial Group. Thomas S. Scalici, a St. John’s University…

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Carol Ann Benanti: Saluting the fine work done by E.C.H.O.

The high-style soiree appropriately themed “Carnavale” came off to perfection on the evening of Oct. 11 at The Addison Park, the posh Aberdeen, N.J., banquet venue owned by the Campitiello family of Staten Island. The gathering featured community-minded guys and gals, who raised their glasses to toast the generosity and fine works afforded children in…

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Founder of Staten Island non-profit ECHO honored at Italian Heritage Month ceremony

Sebastian Angelico, the founder and chairman of the non-profit organization Emergency Children’s Help Organization, was dubbed the 2013 Italian Heritage Month honoree in a ceremony Sunday. “At this year’s ceremony, we have an opportunity to honor an exceptional Italian-American. Years before he created E.C.H.O., Sebastian was deeply involved in philanthropic work helping the most vulnerable…

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Summer space broadens horizons for Staten Island campers

On a typical summer day at Marvin’s Camp, campers do more than play basketball or go for a swim. At the Jewish Community Center’s (JCC) six-week specialty camp for young people living with developmental disabilities, participants ages 6 to 21, have spent their season learning new skills at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds on Manor Road.…

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Special-needs children at Staten Island’s JCC get wheelchair

Children of the Jewish Community Center’s Marvin’s Camp program will enjoy a generous contribution this summer on behalf of the Emergency Children’s Help Organization (ECHO). The JCC in Sea View was presented with a Whirlwind RoughRider wheelchair on Tuesday, designed specially for rough terrain. The donation will assist children of the JCC’s Marvin’s Camp, special…

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Emergency group comes to rescue – again

We previously noted that The Emergency Children’s Help Organization (E.C.H.O.) once again stepped to the plate and created a Staten Island Emergency Relief Fund to assist families with children 18 years of age or younger who were affected by the devastation incurred by the horrendous superstorm that enveloped Staten Island two weeks ago. At this…

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Helping hurricane victims on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, The Emergency Children’s Help Organization (E.C.H.O.) has once again stepped to the plate and has created a Staten Island Emergency Relief Fund that will assist families with children 18 of age or younger, who were effected by the devastation incurred by the horrendous superstorm. Pasquale…

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ECHO comes to the aid of Staten Island children in need

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Back when Sebastian Angelico was first starting out, he couldn’t find anyone willing to give him a loan to open his own business. So he promised himself one thing: “If I ever have money, I am going to help people.” A few decades later, the baker’s son, now semi-retired from the…

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Staten Island “Life Is an Echo” charity event

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Life Is An Echo: What you send out — comes back. What you sow — you reap. What you give — you get.What you see in others — exists in you. Remember, Life is an Echo. It always gets back to you. — Zig Ziglar No truer words were spoken at…

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Staten Island charity to help young mom cope with tragedy

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Heartwrenching stories aren’t supposed to hit close to home. Sadly, one has. But a Staten Island charity has stepped forward to aid the young widow and mother who’s coping with tragedy. Nicholas Chiarulli’s diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — Lou Gehrig’s disease — was ominous, inasmuch as ALS usually strikes those…

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Giving families a helping hand in times of crisis

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — When children fall ill, families often face more than just medical worries. They can be hit with steep medical costs. Covering rent and food can also become a struggle if parents are forced to take time off work. That’s where the Emergency Children’s Help Organization (ECHO) steps in. The not-for-profit helps…

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Hear, hear! E.C.H.O. and the fete fantastic

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — If you were among the revelers who flocked to the Eagle Oaks Country Club on Sept. 23 to “Treasure the Moment” for E.C.H.O. (Emergency Children’s Help Organization), you truly were one of the fortunate. Unable to attend and perhaps unfamiliar with the organization? Kindly allow us a few moments to fill…

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Charity ECHO springs to aid of Staten Island widower

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — His is the kind of story that makes people shudder, imagine his struggles and reflect on everything they have to be thankful for: Michael Affrunti lost all his possessions in a fire. His young wife died three weeks later, leaving him alone to raise their five children, including his teenage son…

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Hey Friend, Say it Again: ECHOs Tops!

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — It’s quite clear that members of ECHO, the Emergency Children’s Health Organization, really know how to throw a party — and even better, raise mega-funds for the newly established charity dedicated to assisting children with special needs and their families. View Full Article

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