Sunnyside Fire Relief Fund

$101,588 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,349 people in 6 months
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Created December 13, 2018

The morning of December 13th, a devastating fire ripped through the heart of our neighborhood of Sunnyside, Queens, destroying six businesses and leaving dozens of employees out of work in the middle of the holidays.  While we are grateful that there was no loss of life, the toll on our business community is unimaginable, and for residents of our neighborhood, many precious memories of good times at these businesses are also up in smoke.

What has transpired in the hours since this fire are testament to this amazing community----hundreds of individuals have inquired about how they can help, and every single community organization has expressed their interest in lending their resources to help our business owners and employees back on their feet. Together, within hours of the fire, we have already organized a Resource Fair and Community Fundraiser for December 17th, and we continue to connect businesses to resources available through New York City's emergency management systems. 

Your donation is tax deductible, and all funds will be used in their entirety to provide relief to employees of the businesses affected by the fire.

The Sunnyside Fire Emergency Fund is the product of the efforts of several dozen individuals and community groups, who have united to heal our community in the face of this tragedy.

Donors who wish to contribute outside of Go Fund Me may make a donation directly through Sunnyside Shines; please message us for more information if you are interested in this option.  Additional contributors to date are all listed on the Sunnyside Shines website at and include:

Cash Donations at 12.18 Fundraiser at Sunnyside Community Services ($15,817.25)

Online ticket sales proceeds from 12.17.18 community fundraiser ($12,860)

Proceeds from 12.23.18 fundraiser at Bantry Bay ($3100)

Amin Siad, Fresh & Save Supermarkets ($2,000)

Cash Donations at Bar 43 Fundraiser 12.19.18 ($1,915)

Sunnyside Florist ($1,058)

Paddie Reilly Memorial Foundation, Inc. ($1,000)

Pete's Grill ($1,000)

Queen of Angels Roman Catholic Church ($1,000)

Sunnyside Ballet Nutcracker Collection ($793.50)

Proceeds from 12.21.18 Jack's Firehouse Karaoke Fundraiser ($645)

Patricia Dorfman ($600)

Richard F. Drake ($525)

Anonymous ($500)

Bar 43 ($500)

Dazies Restaurant ($500)

Eileen Walsh ($500)

Elinor and Robert Schanz ($500)

Eric and Lisa Gioia ($500)

Ingrassia Insurance Agency ($500)

LIC Building LLC ($500)

Marc Crawford Leavitt ($500)

Sunnyside Artists ($500)

Sunnyside Kiwanis Foundation ($500)

Sunnyside Painting ($500)

The Lowery Bar & Kitchen ($500)

Angela Maguire ($300)

Maureen O. Stathis ($300)

Joseph Y. Schulder ($252)

Brian T. Brennan ($250)

NYS Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan ($250)

Dance Matters NYC LLC ($250)

Donovan's Pub ($250)

Kathleen and Pedro Kourtesis ($250)

Maura Lynch ($250)

Veronica Brennan and Francis O'Mara ($250)

Sunnyside Ballet LLC ($250)

Bula Arts & Culture ($220)

Leonard B. Lacroix ($200)

Sunnyside Artists (via art auction sales) ($200)

Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club ($200)

Valentine and Aristide Michielini ($200)

Families of the Students of P.S. 150 ($173.13)

Sunnyside-Woodside Action Group ($160)

Cooldown Juice ($150)

Maria and Peter Ross ($150)

Barista Staff of Paris Baguette ($120)

44 KPF INC. ($100)

108 Pct Community Council ($100)

Anne Walsh and Rosemary Murphy ($100)

Bill Makolin ($100)

Cecilia Harrigan and Rosemary Flanagan ($100)

Diane Ballek ($100)

Debbie & Gary Bush ($100)

Dennis and Norma Branco ($100)

Edward G. Casazza ($100)

Gary Matson ($100)

Jill Monroe ($100)

Joanne Smith and Nancy Gratzer ($100)

Katherine Calitri and Shirley Bomzer ($100)

Kevin O. Kane ($100)

Maureen and Richard O'Connor ($100)

Ombreo / Hideo Nakamura ($100)

Skillman's Famous Pizza Shop ($100)

Thomas Dunne ($100)

Fostra ($100)

Sheila Ross, Sheila Ross Pottery ($100)

Theobucket Vintage ($100)

Treestar* Soaps, Jose Alvarez-Oviedo ($71)

Extra Helpings Household Goods ($60)

Brian Lam Works - Charitable Pop Up Market Donation ($53)

Anonymous Sunnysider ($50)

Carol Matson ($50)

Catherine Doxey ($50)

Catherine McNamara ($50)

Frances Kraemer ($50)

John J. O'Sullivan ($50)

Margaret Gloeckler ($50)

Mary Delaney ($50)

Mary and Michael OSullivan ($50)

Patrick T. Rohan and Theresa A. O'Sullivan ($50)

Rehndell Masi, RNK Ceramics ($50)

Vincent V. Voorhees ($50)

Marie Antoinette Lewis ($50)

Virginia Ferrara ($50)

Anonymous Sunnysider ($40)

Forward Roots LLC ($40)

Mary Ann and Joseph Gurrado ($40)

Sal DiMattei ($40)

Davida Sobers - Charitable Pop Up Market Proceeds ($34.50)

Limited Toy - Charitable Pop Up Market Proceeds ($30)

Anonymous Sunnysider ($25)

Daniel and Christine Bergin ($25)

Debra Markell ($25)

Gerald and Margaret Perrin ($25)

Lelanie Oei ($25)

Peter's Impressions ($25)

Christina Byrn ($20)

Dorothy and Charles Cavallo ($20)

Shawn Hill ($20)

Grace Kelli Cupcakes ($15)

Selmin Karatas, Pyxis Products Ltd ($12)

Simon Donikian ($10)

Tito Rad's ($1,000)

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Dear friends and neighbors---we are overwhelmed by your support and outstanding response to this tragedy in our neighborhood! You helped us achieve a very ambitious fundraising goal, and are making it possible for us to provide critical, short-term emergency relief to employees displaced by the 12/13 Sunnyside fire.

We have decided to close donations to our Go Fund Me campaign so we can now turn to the important work ahead of rebuilding our community of businesses and employees. But you can still support the fire relief effort by bidding on our charitable auction to benefit the Fire Relief Fund! Find sports tickets, fashion items, and more at:

The auction goes live at 6 pm EST this evening, and you will have one week to place your bids!

You can also read more about our fire relief fund and its management by visiting:

Thank you once again for your outstanding support; you are why we are #sunnysidestrong!!!
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$101,588 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,349 people in 6 months
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Created December 13, 2018
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Sunnyside District Management Association
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Sunnyside, NY
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