Give a kid a chance

$2,300 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 41 months
Steven Wagner
for YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE INC
 MONROE, NY
I am raising money to support Beautiful People, an amazing organization that supports adaptive sport opportunities for disabled youth.


I was introduced to Beautiful People ( http://www.beautiful-people.us/) in the spring of 2011 when I read in the local paper that there would be a walk-athon for the benefit of the Beautiful People, sponsored by a young man named Daniel Fratto. I went with my wife Angela and when we arrived, we were greeted by a number of the volunteers who worked for the organization and Jan, the executive director. We were welcomed by Daniel, who was overwhelmingly enthusiastic and thanked us for coming, offered us food and drink (soft drinks).

I had already made a commitment to participate in the Cayuga lake Olympic triathlon for my 60th birthday, and was looking to find an organization for whom I could raise funds. I wanted to be able to make a direct effect on people's lives. After meeting some of the people, and some of the kids involved, I knew I wanted to do it for this group. The money is used directly for the programs and they are currently raising funds to build a rubberized field for use by the kids for baseball and soccer. For many of the kids, it is incredibly difficult to get around a grass and dirt field, especially for those in wheelchairs.


Having watched my own children, stepchildren and grandchildren running around and participating in all sorts of activities, it was inspirational to see the volunteers helping these kids be able to do the same. I also understood the difficulty associated with participation... something we oftentimes take for granted. It is easy to get caught up in "winning", but when it comes down to it, playing games and being part of a team builds character, self-esteem, and provides immense enjoyment to these wonderful kids.


As for Daniel ( http://www.beautiful-people.us/daniel-fratto/), he was quite the special person. He was also a volunteer at the organization and was the announcer for the games. At Hope week at Yankee Stadium, he was asked into the booth and announced Derek Jeter's name when he came to bat... the only person to ever announce him (you will notice that he comes to bat to a recorded announcement by Bob Shepherd). Daniel passed away last December at the age of 19 due to respiratory complications; the turnout at his wake was unbelievable. He was a student at the time at Rockland Community College and touched many lives with his courage and outlook, although he had many physical limitations.

I would like to raise funds again for this organization, in Daniel's memory. I am so blessed in my life and I believe we are here to help others. I hope to raise $5,000 by the time I complete the triathlon at West Point on August 19. I am committing myself to doing this, because others cannot.
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Update 1
Posted by Steven Wagner
41 months ago
Thanks to those have donated to the cause. I greatly appreciate it...
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Laurie Becker-Lewis
41 months ago

I am Daniels aunt and I would like to thank you for amazing drive to help others in Daniel's name. He did so much for others. I hope you reach your goal. No matter how much is raised Daniel will be looking down and be so proud! I want to thank all who donate. It means so much to the Beautiful People and Daniel's family

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Genia Gerlach
41 months ago

Thank you ! I am Daniel 's cousin in Florida and appreciate your commitment ! August 19 is my birthday and you have just given me the perfect gift!

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Genia Gerlach
41 months ago

Thank you ! I am Daniel 's cousin in Florida and appreciate your commitment ! August 19 is my birthday and you have just given me the perfect gift!

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Genia Gerlach
41 months ago

Thank you ! I am Daniel 's cousin in Florida and appreciate your commitment ! August 19 is my birthday and you have just given me the perfect gift!

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$2,300 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 41 months
Created July 14, 2013
All funds raised go directly to:
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE INC
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Warwick, NY
Tax ID: 204817022
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$25
Charlie Silverman
39 months ago

Good luck Steve

$50
Anonymous
40 months ago
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$25
anonymous
40 months ago

Good luck to you and your amazing drive! You truly have a positive effect on people-more than you know.

$100
Anonymous
40 months ago
SM
$50
Stuart Moy
40 months ago

Good luck to you, Steve!

MK
$50
Mark Keegan
40 months ago

Good luck!

JP
$101
Jim Plattner
40 months ago

Glad to bring you up to $2K!!!! Way to go Kid, we are all proud of you!! Cheers!

$25
Anonymous
40 months ago
TB
$100
Teri Beck
40 months ago

Thank you for doing this!

$250
Anonymous
40 months ago
Laurie Becker-Lewis
41 months ago

I am Daniels aunt and I would like to thank you for amazing drive to help others in Daniel's name. He did so much for others. I hope you reach your goal. No matter how much is raised Daniel will be looking down and be so proud! I want to thank all who donate. It means so much to the Beautiful People and Daniel's family

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Genia Gerlach
41 months ago

Thank you ! I am Daniel 's cousin in Florida and appreciate your commitment ! August 19 is my birthday and you have just given me the perfect gift!

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Genia Gerlach
41 months ago

Thank you ! I am Daniel 's cousin in Florida and appreciate your commitment ! August 19 is my birthday and you have just given me the perfect gift!

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Genia Gerlach
41 months ago

Thank you ! I am Daniel 's cousin in Florida and appreciate your commitment ! August 19 is my birthday and you have just given me the perfect gift!

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