Click for printable 2007 Press Release-Giving Update
FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
The Trustees for the Spirit of CJ Foundation (in memory of CJ Carrozzella of
Wallingford, CT) are pleased to announce three (3) major financial contributions to the
Wallingford Public Library Expansion Project, Xavier High School Scholarship Fund,
and the Wallingford Emergency Shelter.
On August 1, 2007, the Foundation’s Trustees presented a check to the
Wallingford Public Library in the amount of $7,000.00 (towards a $10,000.00
commitment) to be used in connection with its library expansion project. In addition, the
Foundation presented a check to Xavier High School of Middletown, for $3,500.00
which will be added to the already established a performing arts scholarship (with a
current principal balance of $14,500.00) in loving memory of CJ Carrozzella. Finally, the
Foundation presented a check to the Wallingford Emergency Shelter in support of the
homeless men and women of Wallingford.
The contributions are the result of the proceeds raised at its annual golf
tournament on June 26, 2007, held at the Traditions Golf Club in Wallingford. This was
the 3rd golf tournament in the past 4 years since the inception of the Foundation in 2003.
We had an awesome turn out of almost 120 golfers on a beautiful, sunny, warm day!!! A
large number of families attended the sumptuous dinner afterwards as well. Boppers DJ’s
provided the entertainment with Sean McNamee on the mike as “MC”. The day and night
was a beautiful and special tribute to CJ. with his spirit and energy felt everywhere. We
can’t thank the major Dinner, Hole In One, and the over 40 flag/sign sponsors enough for
their continued and generous support over the past 4 years. Tournament Day would not
be possible without the help and assistance from all the Volunteers who came out to help
in any way they could at the golf course. You all know who you are.
The Carrozzella family founded The Spirit of CJ Foundation following the death
of their son, CJ Carrozzella, from injuries he received in a motor vehicle accident on
3/3/03. CJ was only 17 years old, however he touched many lives during his short life.
Besides the 3 organizations mentioned above, the Foundation has made financial
contributions to the Wallingford Little League, Wallingford YMCA, Project Graduation,
and the Hospital of Saint Raphael Foundation (playground equipment project). These
contributions will return to the community something which CJ’s death prevented him
from doing. They keep alive forever CJ’s lightness of spirit, kindness of heart, and
deepness of soul. The Spirit of CJ lives on forever through his foundation.
Future beneficiaries will be other charitable organizations, kids, and families
which in one way or another had an impact on CJ’s life in sports, performing arts, and
dance-related activities. We truly appreciate your support of the Foundation as it now
progresses to more lofty goals for the future.
The foundation is a tax-exempt §501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, funded by
private donations. To donate, please contact Christopher Carrozzella at The Spirit of CJ
Foundation, 130 North Main Street, P.O. Box 37, Wallingford, CT 06492