On October 7th 2015, The Aspiring Kindness Foundation made a grant to Seton Hall University’s Housing & Residence Life Department. The grant was used for a campus-wide emergency fire exercise and campus fire prevention programs.
The emergency fire exercise on October 7th was the largest community-wide drill. This grant has a special significance
Photos by Joy Yagid Photography | www.joyyagid.com
being that it’s the 15th anniversary of Seton Hall University’s Boland Hall Fire and the 5th anniversary of our foundation. We are very proud and thank everyone for their support, it’s truly been remarkable!!
A new milestone is reached, this marks the foundation’s 12th grant and we’ve now donated over $70,000!!
Visit check out the photos, videos, and press coverage from the campus fire emergency exercise!
On January 29, 2015, Amicus Therapeutics hosted the Amicus Corporate Citizenship fundraiser in Cranbury, NJ where employees raise funds on behalf of a charity of their choice. Kristen Zimmerman, a Data Management Associate at Amicus Therapeutics, is a survivor of the Seton Hall University Boland Hall fire and a friend of Aaron Karol. Kristen proactively selected The Aspiring Kindness Foundation to be featured at the Amicus Therapeutics’ fundraising event. The results were remarkable. A total of $800 was raised with 100% of those donations given to our foundation!
We met with Kristen Zimmerman to discuss her incredible act of kindness and wanted to share her story. We encourage everyone to ask their employer if they have similar citizenship opportunities or allow corporate matching. Every dollar helps aspire kindness and we appreciate everyone’s support!
Why did you decide to support the Aspiring Kindness Foundation at the Amicus Therapeutics’ Corporate Citizenship fundraising event?
Kristen: With the 15th anniversary of the fire approaching, I wanted to be able to honor Aaron Karol in a positive way. I chose to support The Aspiring Kindness Foundation because I remember how amazing of a person Aaron was, and how he was such a good friend to me, even in the short time we knew each other. I know that he would be very proud of this organization!
Can you explain the Amicus Therapeutics’ Corporate Citizenship fundraising event?
Kristen: Each quarter at Amicus, all employees gather to show our support for each other and celebrate our accomplishments together. With our first event of the year taking place in January, I was honored that the Amicus Corporate Citizenship Committee nominated me and my charity to be featured at the event. Amicus supported me in telling my story of what happened during the Boland hall fire and I knew in my heart that The Aspiring Kindness Foundation was the charity that I would be honored to represent. With the Super Bowl being close to the event, I chose to have a charity super bowl pool with a percentage of the money raised and the corporate match going to The Aspiring Kindness Foundation.
How were you impacted by the Seton Hall Boland Hall tragedy?
Kristen: I lived on the 2nd floor, on the North side of Boland Hall. I was very fortunate that I was able to make it out of the fire unharmed. That morning, I saw things that I will never forget, and I felt the loss of a friend that I will never forget.
I have made friends for a lifetime through that experience, and I stayed at Seton Hall because that was where my heart was. I am proud that I am a Seton Hall graduate. Even though we all wish the situation was different, I am happy that there is now fire awareness in colleges and it is something that needed to be brought to light.
How has The Aspiring Kindness Foundation impacted or inspired you?
Kristen: Aspiring Kindness is an organization that I believe in because of its mission statement. I loved that it supports emergency responders and service providers, but I also loved that this organization supports other organizations with the same message.
The Aspiring Kindness Foundation is a group of gentleman that have worked very hard to keep the organization going. They’re very supportive, kind, understanding and are all individually amazing. The interactions I’ve had with this organization have been extremely positive and I know that Aspiring Kindness will continue to make a meaningful difference, and any company that works with this charity will be inspired.
What advice do you have for others interested in raising money for our foundation with their employer?
Kristen: The only advice I have is that you have to believe in the charity and explain from the heart the great work they do.
Lastly, ask your company if they match donations or provide a similar charitable program – it’s easy and makes a big impact!
Pictured Left to Right: Janet Del Mauro, Nestor Gomez, Kristen Zimmerman
From Left to Right: Jason Tarantino, Sean Magee, Mike Merizio from AK Foundation, Randy Nolte, Katherine Evans (Director), Priti Shah, Dianne Aguero-Trotter, Sandra Ackerman Sinclair, Jude Uy from Seton Hall CAPS, and Stephanie Hauge, Director, Seton Hall Corporation & Foundation Relations. Photo by Joy Yagid / Seton Hall University
On October 14th, the Aspiring Kindness Foundation made a grant to the Seton Hall University Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). The grant will be used towards a suicide prevention campus exhibition and new equipment.
The grant was made possible due to funding from our 2nd annual golf outing in July. We thank everyone for their support as we surpassed our fundraising goal and all proceeds from the event were donated to CAPS.
This marks the foundation’s 6th grant to a service provider that helped during the Seton Hall tragedy.
A new milestone is reached, we’ve now donated almost $50,000!!
On behalf of the Aspiring Kindness Foundation, we would like to thank you for your support. The 2nd annual golf outing was a success, we exceeded our goal to raise $10,000 to benefit the Seton Hall University’s Counseling and Psychological Services! We couldn’t have achieved this incredible milestone without your support!
We’re beginning the process of planning the 3rd annual golf outing for next year! To help us ensure it’s an even bigger success, please take 5 minutes to complete our on-line feedback form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V3D6JGB
The Aspiring Kindness Foundation was featured on WCBS 880’s “Stories From Main Street” Segment on July 20, 2014. The feature available below, was a lead in to the 2nd Annual Aspiring Kindness Golf Outing that took place on July 28th, 2014 at the Maplewood Country Club in Maplewood, NJ. The hugely successful golf outing raised over $10,000 in benefit of the Seton Hall University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. These services played a huge role in helping the victims and victim’s families of the 2000 Boland Hall fire.
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The Aspiring Kindness Foundation is proud to host our 2nd annual golf outing on Monday, July 28th. This event will be held at one of NJ’s most premier private golf course, The Maplewood Country Club!!
All golfers will be eligible for our grand prize.
Don’t worry if you’re not a good golfer there will be plenty of opportunities to win prizes at the raffle!!
For those of you that are not interested in playing golf you are more than welcome to join us for drinks and dinner. We hope that you’ll come out for a great day of golf and fun while supporting the Aspiring Kindness Foundation.
On Feb 9th, the Aspiring Kindness Foundation made a grant to the South Orange Rescue Squad. The grant allowed us to donate new uniforms to the entire squad allowing them to be more recognizable within the community.
South Orange Rescue Squad was a first responder for the Seton Hall University dormitory fire and continues to lead the community in emergency medical services.
This marks the Aspiring Kindness Foundation’s 5th grant to an emergency service provider that helped during the Seton Hall tragedy. This is a significant milestone and it would not have been possible without your support!
SAVE THE DATE for our 2nd Annual Golf Outing on July 28th at the Maplewood Country Club!!
The Aspiring Kindness Foundation is proud to sponsor the blood drive at South Orange’s 7th Annual Health Fair taking place Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the South Orange Fire Department, located at 56 Sloan Street in South Orange.
Please come out and support us by donating blood or participating in the health fair. There will be more than 20 health providers, screenings, and services. Do not miss out!
On behalf of Aspiring Kindness Foundation we would like to thank you for your support. Your commitment to helping Aspire Kindness in our community is sincerely appreciated. The 1st annual golf out was a success due to your support!
We look forward to the 2nd annual golf outing next spring!
Best Regards, Aspiring Kindness Foundation Shaun Fine, Corey Freuler, Sameer Joshi, Aron Lukacs, Sean Magee, James Merizio, Michael Merizio and Jason Tarantino
Aspiring Kindness Foundation donated $16,000 to the Saint Barnabas Burn Center to purchase two portable Vein Viewer machines. The Vein Viewer machine is a new technology for the burn center that will benefit patient care and decrease recovery time.
Please click here to read Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s Press Release.
On March 25th 2012, Aspiring Kindness Foundation was proud to donate to the South Orange Fire Department. The donation included a laptop, portable projector, 80″ screen and all the accessories needed to teach fire safety and prevention classes.
On Dec 27th 2011, Aspiring Kindness Foundation made an inaugural grant to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. Aspiring Kindness Foundation donated $10,000 to the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center to benefit patient care, burn center facilities, and clinical programs.
This a significant milestone for Aspiring Kindness Foundation and would not have been possible without your support! We thank you and look forward to your continued support in the new year.