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The Angel Fund
December 2012
Rich Kennedy
Dear Angel Fund Family,

During this holiday season, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support of The Angel Fund throughout the past year. We are grateful that you are fighting alongside us in the battle against ALS, and that we are all working together to find a cure for this horrific disease.


We always say that The Angel Fund is unique because of our low overhead costs, thanks to the generosity of our founding directors, Eugene and Janice Nigro, and their law firm Nigro Pettepit and Lucas. As a result, nearly all the money raised at our many different events and donations each year goes directly to research. We are proud to say that the total research funding in 2011 represented approximately 93% of total expenditures incurred.  


That is truly amazing and a true example of how your donations really do count!


There have been some extraordinary breakthroughs in ALS research during the past two years, including identifying ALS gene mutations and genetic testing that has led to prolonged life in mice. These are both great accomplishments. The groundbreaking research of Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr. continues, as does The Angel Fund's support for Dr. Brown and his research team. We have donated more than $1 million to Dr. Brown and his efforts to find a cure for ALS in the past two years alone.


In honor of this commitment, The Angel Fund was the recipient of the prestigious Soutter Washburn Fellows award, which is presented to individuals and organizations whose generosity is helping to accelerate advancements to improve care and ultimately cure diseases. (see below)  This recognition would not have been possible without the remarkable generosity of our donors and those individuals and groups who organize and sponsor events on our behalf each year.  


The battle continues as does our mission to leave no stone unturned until a cure is found. We are grateful for every dollar that is donated. We hope that we can count on your continued support in the upcoming year. You may make a donation by clicking here. 


On behalf of The Angel Fund board of directors, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.


Warm regards,

Rich Kennedy


Board of Directors: Eugene Nigro, Janice Nigro, Paul DelVecchio, Todd DelVecchio, Peter DelVecchio, Joseph Ruma, Salvatore Falzone

Honorary Directors: Mike and Dawn Timlin

Honorary Chairman: Lou Merloni

Soutter Washburn Fellows award
Taking part in the presentation at The Angel Fund Annual Gala were (from left to right) Angel Fund President Rich Kennedy, Director Joe Ruma, Founding Director Janice Nigro, renowned ALS researcher and Angel Fund Medical Advisor Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr. of the Cecil B. Day Lab at UMass Medical Center, Thomas McCullough, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, UMass Medical School and Angel Fund Founding Director Eugene Nigro. 



The University of Massachusetts Medical School recently honored The Angel Fund with the presentation of the prestigious Soutter Washburn Fellows award. The award is presented to individuals and organizations whose generosity is helping to accelerate advancements to improve care and ultimately cure diseases. The Angel Fund received the honor for its cumulative lifetime giving of $1 million or more to UMass Medical School. 


Annual Gala Awards  
Meghan Osterlind (center) accepts the Unsung Hero award from Angel Fund Founding Director Eugene Nigro (left) and Angel Fund
President Rich Kennedy
The Angel Fund is the beneficiary of three road races during the year that continue to attract many fabulous runners and supporters, including Chris Remer (left) and Lee Statham (center) who accepted laurel wreaths from Angel Fund President Rich Kennedy during the annual gala. Tommy Statham helped accept the awards.
To see more photos of the Annual Gala - click here.

100 Innings of Baseball 


The 2012 - 100 Innings of Baseball was a great success. Chief Umpire and organizer Walter Bentson (right) welcomed Angel Fund Honorary Chairman and former Red Sox player Lou Merloni (center) and Angel Fund President Rich Kennedy. Lou and many other avid players participated in some or all of the 100 innings.The date for the 2013 100 Innings of Baseball will soon be announced.   


Check out the photos from the 100 Innings of Baseball.  


Quick Links


We are able to support ALS research because of the generous donations from our Angel Fund family.

You may donate online:

You may donate by mail:
click here for form.

Please check with your company as they may have a matching gift program.  

We are proud to say...  
The Angel Fund has minimal overhead costs.
This means that in 2011,  total research funding represented approximately 93% of total expenditures incurred.  

2013 Calendar  


Thank you to JLS Mailing Services who has selected The Angel Fund as the charity to honor and highlight on its 2013 calendar. The calendar features a picture of Eleni Mazareas' reverse glass painting created as part of the H.O.P.E. for ALS project. (see story below)  


You can view the calendar. 


If you would like to receive a calendar click here.



For the past six years, artist Lainey Hunter has worked with The Angel Fund Family to create beautiful works of art with reverse glass paintings. The object of the project is to Help Our Parents Erase ALS.
H.O.P.E. for ALS enables these children to express themselves on paintings they create on the glass. Lainey instructs the children on the art of reverse painting on glass, and the result is beautiful pieces of art that express the child's love for their relative living with ALS or the memory of someone who has lost his or her battle with this disease. These original windows are an important part of the silent auction each year at The Angel Fund annual gala.

The children can feel proud of their work and, at the same time, achieve a sense of accomplishment knowing that they have helped raise much-needed funds that will be used to help find a cure for the disease.

The Angel Fund is now offering these beautiful works of art as prints for all to treasure. The prints will be part of the online store that is being created for The Angel Fund website. If you would like to purchase a print today, please contact us and we will provide you with more details.  


If you would like your child to participate in the H.O.P.E. for ALS project, please contact us at 781-245-7070.  

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The Angel Fund is an independent 501 (c) (3) charity that benefits ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research at the Cecil B Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA. The lab is under the direction of world renowned ALS researcher Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr.


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