The PA Foundation

 

The PA Foundation is composed of both monetary efforts and/or supplies donated to a collective foundation for purpose of contributing to a charitable cause.

 

First Annual Jerry Ambrogi Charity Dinner

 

DONATED TO DFRC BY THE PA FOUNDATION:
$ 45,000

(Charity Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens, 501 (c)(3))

 
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This past year a very special member of the Produce Alliance community passed away. On March 15, 2017 the First Annual Jerry Ambrogi Charity Dinner was held at the Produce Alliance National Conference in order to take the time to remember and celebrate the incredible man he was. Those that spent time speaking to Jerry, learned about his knowledge of produce, love for football, and tremendous heart.  It was not until after his passing that we learned of the great impact that he made on his community and his philanthropic efforts.

Some of the causes near and dear to Jerry Ambrogi's heart were Make a Wish Foundation, Archmere Academy (his alam mater), and the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens (DFRC). For the First Annual Charity dinner we selected DFRC as the featured charity. We asked them to tell us what Jerry meant to them, and this was their response: 

DFRC was the featured charity for the 2017 First Annual Jerry Ambrogi Charity Dinner. We asked them to tell us what Jerry meant to them and this was their response: For more than 20 years, Jerry Ambrogi was a pillar of love and commitment to the DFRC family, an organization whose mission is to raise funds and awareness for Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES

Whether it was as a 4-time coach for the DFRC Blue-Gold All Star Football Game, 6 years as the game’s athletics chairperson, or 10 years as the game’s senior advisor, Jerry’s unwavering passion for the program’s beneficiaries was an inspiration to all.  As a result of his endless commitment to the cause, Jerry was selected by his coaching peers as head coach of DFRC’s 50th anniversary game in 2005. 

As a senior advisor to DFRC, Jerry continually offered valuable advice and guidance.  He was a strong advocate of our Hand-In-Hand program, which matches game participants with children and young adults who have an intellectual disability, and supported that love very generously as a major donor throughout his 20 years with DFRC.

As many already know, Jerry had a smile that lit every room he entered, and that sparkle was second only to his enormous heart, which he shared freely and unconditionally.  The DFRC family lost one of our dearest and best friends when Jerry passed.  His life touched literally thousands of people, young and old, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

In the philanthropic spirit that Jerry lived by, we at Produce Alliance would like to honor all the efforts and causes each one of you do for your communities. 

If you feel so inclined to make a charitable donation,

please contact Alison Blake at alison.blake@producealliance.com

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