Check Presentation to Joe Andruzzi Fund

The Dry Cleaner By Val Raises More Than Twenty Thousand Dollars for Local Charity

Joe Andruzzi Foundation Among the Beneficiaries of Family Fun Day at Fenway Park


Sometimes generosity can be contagious. Val DePerrio, president of The Dry Cleaner by Val, began focusing on textile restoration just two years after opening his business in 1989.With a passion for giving back to the community, his team decided to rally together and hold a cancer fundraiser for families at Fenway Park in August with proceeds going to Dana-Farber and the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. Val met Joe initially through his business, but remained impressed by the great work of the Foundation.

“I can relate to the cause because my father died of cancer,” said DePerrio. “The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is the only organization designated to helping both patients and families. Joe really cares about the cause and you know the money goes to helping people.”

At the event, the team held a 50/50 opportunity drawing and sold nearly 200 tickets for $100 each. One of Val’s business associates, Mark Silverman of Mark’s Moving & Storage, purchased 10 opportunity drawing tickets to show his support.

“I received a call that I won $8,600 and thought it was a prank,” said Silverman. “After a brief reflection, my heart told me that if I donated that amount back to the Foundation it would do the most good.” Silverman was happy to have an opportunity to support a local community cause and looks forward to greater participation in the future.

Thanks to The Dry Cleaner by Val employees, Family Fun Day was a huge success and raised $17,200 for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. This exemplifies a team effort to make a difference for families undergoing tough battles with cancer. If you’re interested in hosting your own third-party event, visit http://joeandruzzifoundation.org/wp/events/ to read the guidelines and download an application.

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