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Boy's Birthday Wish: Long Beach Sandy Aid

Nine-year-old's birthday party Sunday serves as Sandy relief fundraiser for Long Beach.

Credit Cynthia Litman
Credit Cynthia Litman
Story by Cynthia Litman

Tyler Fazzari sent out invitations for his ninth birthday party with this request:

“No gifts please. Instead, I would love to help Sandy victims/schools rebuild. PLEASE support me by either bringing a Home Depot or Loews Gift Card OR a check made out to LBSD Sandy Relief Fund (Long Beach School District) so we can help them during this trying time.”

Not many children would forego toys to help other children in need. Tyler, of Port Washington, felt differently.

“I am so lucky to already have so many toys," Tyler said, "that going one year without getting presents so I can help Sandy victims who were hit so hard and need help makes me feel awesome."

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Tyler's inspiration was an emotional one. He was moved to act, the boy said, because his grandparents lost their home and a cousin was forced to move out of her Long Beach apartment. It was all thanks to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the South Shore community in October.

So on Super Bowl Sunday, Tyler’s friends arrived at Unlimited Sports Action ready to play football. But the day was about more than fun and games.

Tyler’s birthday wish was answered in a big way when Huntington Station-based Teq announced it would donate a full Smart Board Technology Classroom kit, valued at over $20,000, to the Long Beach School District. Tyler will be invited to help install the Smart Board and meet the lucky class that will receive it.

“The response to Tyler’s inspiration has been overwhelming, but is completely aligned with who he is as a person," said Erica Fazzari, Tyler’s mother and a local yoga instructor. "Tyler was born with a heart bigger than his body. It is amazing to see him inspire such generosity from his friends, Teq and Unlimited Sports Action. His friends have donated over $1,100 for his birthday!”

The mix of cash and gift cards will be divided among the LBSD Sandy Relief Fund and Sandy Help LB, founded by Bryan Murphy of Remax Innovations.

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“I am amazed at the response," dad Brad Fazzari said. "We originally intended to just raise awareness and some money towards the Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts and Teq helped us surpass our goals by a mile. I see my child being set up for a lifetime of giving and that makes me tremendously proud.”

When Frank Furino at Unlimited Sports Action learned about Tyler’s birthday wish, he donated the party to Tyler, saying: “It is so amazing that instead of paying us for the party, we’d like the Fazzaris to donate the money towards Tyler’s fundraising efforts.”

That money will be donated towards the LBSD Sandy Relief Fund, the family said.
The Fazzaris didn't stop there. Erica Fazzari participated in Saturday’s Cycle for Survival at Equinox. Her LoveLifePM’s team raised over $35,000 for the fight against cancer. 

In a single weekend, the Fazzarri family raised over $55,000 for two charitable causes.

“I believe that when you do good, good things happen to you," Tyler said. "And if everyone did good things, it will make the world a better place.”

Anyone inspired to make a donation in Tyler’s honor may do so:

Long Beach Public Schools Disaster Relief Fund - Long Beach City School District Lindell School 601 Lindell Boulevard Long Beach, NY 11561. Attention:  Marie Dronia. In the "memo" line of the check donors should write "Tyler" Sandy Help Home Recovery Fund - 120 West Park Ave, Suite 103 Long Beach NY 11561 Attn: Bryan Murphy/Remax Innovations.


Eddie February 04, 2013 at 01:00 PM
How about supporting our Long Beach local merchants instead of Home Depot and Lowes? Whitbreads' Lumber and Centre Millwork, your neighbors, together endured a million dollars in uninsured losses. Give them your building materials business.
Nancy DeRienzo February 04, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I agree, we must try to remember to shop in our neighborhood as much as possible. And ...I think WB's is cheaper for food than the new KK over the bridge, what do others think?
Leonard Bauman February 05, 2013 at 09:45 AM
King Kullen over the bridge is better in so many ways than Waldbaums-- King Kullen is bigger, cleaner, cheaper prices, no snippy lazy fat cashiers like Susan at Waldbaums and Mercedes at Waldbaums- don't miss those nasty old women one bit! Shop at King Kullen and let Waldbaums close down so another supermarket will take its place like Wegmans, Shop Rite, or Whole Foods. Trader Joes would be better than Waldbaums. Waldbaums is ranked the worst supermarket in the USA.
Karen Adamo February 05, 2013 at 04:50 PM
What a wonderful story! Thanks so much Tyler! Never mind bloggers that criticize and way to turn a great story around people! Waldbaums and King Kullen-Really!
Carly February 07, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Beautiful parents who lead by example + a wonderfully kind son = a whole lot of happiness for others. Bravo!

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