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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The Red Dog Foundation is a recognized 501(c)3 organization that provides financial assistance to parents who have children that suffer from cancer by helping to defray the cost of parking, while visiting their child in a New York City hospital.

Target demographics: Cancer stricken children and their families.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mikel W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Dog foundation is an amazing foundation. My family has been traveling to Sloan-kettering for 5 years now. Once My son was off treatment we stopped getting help from all foundations but Red dog for traveling. Financially it has been a strain on us but we have no other choice but to get our son to his Dr. Parking in NYC is crazy. you can't ever find a parking spot on the street. You are forced to park in the garages. It cost so much to park your vehicle there. Parking is our biggest expense. The red dog foundation has helped us financially so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Dog Foundation has been terrific. They are quick to support, no questions asked. The expenses for battling cancer can mount very quickly, so having one less financial burden is a major relief.

Client Served

Rating: 2

Hi my name is Cathy but more importantly my daughter's name is Jillian. She had AML Leukemia. Over her almost 4 year battle, my son donated his bone marrow twice and I my kidney to help save her life. What a difficult time for me being a single mom and having to quit my job so I can be with my Jillian daily to assist and help her as well as sleep over every other night (taking turns with her father). Parking and tolls quickly adds up and for me not working it was draining. I am so grateful to Red Dog Foundation for giving me the assistance I needed at such a difficult time. My daughter since passed March of 2013. I am struggling to cope with this but again having caring organizations such as this is truly a blessing. Thank you so much.

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reddogfund 01/25/2014

Thank you for the review Cathy. We are extremely sorry to hear about Jillian and will keep her and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We wish we could have supported you more financially,

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red dog foundation is amazing. My 7 year old daughter just completed 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy at New York prebyterian to combat a rare condition in children known as glioblastoma. It was a grueling and expensive journey. But thanks to red dog for reimbursing us for the parking expenses. They came through for my family when we really needed them. God bless the people at red dog. Alex contreras.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Great time spent at fundraiser for great cause, well worth it.

Donor

Rating: 4

I HAVE BEEN A DONOR SINCE DAY ONE. RALPH WAS MY NEPHEW, WHO WAS WITH US A VERY SHORT TIME. HIS BROTHER MICHAEL, PROMISED THAT RALPH'S LEGACY WILL CONTINUE, THEFORE HE ORGANIZED THE RED DOG FOUNDATION. I HAVE READ ALL THOSE STORIES OF THE FAMILIES HE HAS HELPED. THEY ARE SO APPRECIATIVE OF WHAT RED DOG HAS DONE FOR THEM. I WILL ALWAYS CONTINUE TO DONATE TO THE FOUNDATION, BECAUSE OF ALL THE HELP THEY GIVE TO THESE FAMILIES.

DENISE ROMANCE

Donor

Rating: 5

Red Dog Foundation is a great organization that has directly impacted families who have a child with cancer. By offering funds to pay for parking at NYC hospitals, a financial burden is lifted off of these families during a very difficult time. I went to their gala this month and it was so much fun; I will gladly support Red Dog in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Red Dog Fund is an amazing non profit organization. They bring people together to raise money for a great cause. They took a tragic event and turned it into an amazing celebration of a loved ones memory and are helping alot of people in need in the process. I have attended every event since the organization has been created and every one of them was a hit. The amount of dedication from the Califano family is heartwarming and really gives people a sense of the passion they have to keep this organization alive. I look forward to many years of fun filled events with the Red Dog Fund.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Red Dog Fund is an amazing organization that has turned a tragedy into something positive. I have enjoyed all of the events that I have attended and I always look forward to going to the next one! The Red Dog Fund is an inspiration and it brings hope to families in need. 

Lynne O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had a great time at the Wicked Wolf for the KAROKE 4 CANCER event. I brought some friends, met some old friends and made new friends. Fun was definitely had by all! This should be an annual event..Great job!

Donor

Rating: 5

Attended the Karaoke for Cancer event at the Wicked Wolf and it was fantastic! The energy level in the bar was only matched by the enthusiasm of the people attending this event. And kudos to the Califano family for organizing another great event to raise money for this wonderful cause . Congratulations to all those folks who participated -- some great singing, some really awful singing, which I'm sure was on purpose to win the prize for "worst" performance ;-) When is the next event? Sign me up!

Board Member

Rating: 5

A well put together function. Food was excellent music was was pumping people dancing all night long. I know my brother was looking down on us very proud. Good job Mike can't wait till next years Gala! Thank you to all who attended .

Donor

Rating: 5

THE ROMANCE'S ATTENDED THE GALA!! GREAT TIME!! FOOD WAS GOOD AND THE SILENT AUCTION WAS LOTS OF FUN!! MIKE AND SUSIE DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN DECORATING AND PUT ALOT OF THOUGHT IN EVERY DETAIL!!! BUT MOST OF ALL IS THE MONEY THAT WAS RAISED TO HELP THE WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION

LET'S KEEP IN GOING!!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Red Dog Fund's First Annual Gala was an amazing event. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and raised money in the memory of an amazing human being. My daughter's first words this morning were when is the next Gala. Job well done, Califano Family.

Donor

Rating: 5

GREAT FOUNDATION FOR A GREAT CAUSE! THE ORGANIZERS PUT ON AN AMAZING BENEFIT.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All I can say is I had The best time. The food was great the dancing was non stop the auction had such a selection It was hard to choose so you bet on everything . The place was decorated so bright and colorful it made you feel warm and welcomed. I am so happy with the money they made because I know a lot of hard work went into it.The only thing is next year it lands on Ralphies birthday and when word gets around and it will what a night everyone had Mike is going to have to get a room twice the size. I know Ralpie was partying with us and is proud of everyone involved. Love ya Ralphie
Love Aunt MaryAnn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Red Dog Fund is a non-profit organization that is truly working hard for a great cause. We held our first annual Gala event last night and it was very successful. Those that attended had a fantastic time and can't wait until next year's Gala Event, where our goal will always be to get bigger and better!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a fabulous night for a wonderful cause. Food, wine and company was amazing. Loved every minute of it, we are so looking forward to the next gala. Great night, great food amazing friends. Congratulations to all!!

Mary Ellen Sisilli

Donor

Rating: 5

This event was a huge success for all! So proud of my family for how it was all put together and ran so smoothly for a first event! Next year will be even more spectacular!!! The amount of money raised was awesome, wish I could see the expression on the faces of those who will benefit from this! PRICELSS

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Donor

Rating: 4

Being a member of the Califano family I have seen first hand what they had to endure day after day for seven years. During those years a marriage took place, grandchildren were born, grandparents were lost an emotional roller coaster ride for all because leukemia was still lurking in the background. But through it all Ralph stood strong and happy with the support of his family and friends and never looked back, always ahead.
So it is with great love that this organization was formed to keep his smiling memory alive and give help and hope to other experiencing the same difficulties.
I am very proud of this family and will encourage all to do whatever to make their dream a reality.
The foundation has already sponsored two successful fundraisers, a fishing trip and bar crawl, and a gala is planed for Sept. Their work is continuous in order to raise funds for the cost of parking in NYC hospitals and I am sure their efforts will be rewarded.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For those who know someone who has cancer or who has died of cancer, it is a long and strenuous struggle. It is difficult for the cancer patient and it is also dificult for their families and close friends. There are doctor visits, clinic visits, lab tests, radiation treatment fees, drug costs, and surgery fees just to name a few. This organization, Red Dog Foundation, is in honor of Ralphie. His family were aware of the expenses that they would incur, but one expense definitely stood out: hospital parking fees. Who knew that this fee could add up to over hundreds of dollars? The Red Dog understands that their friends, families and supporters could afford at least a dollar, and yet that dollar would make such a dramatic impact. It is organizations like the Red Dog that will impact us for years to come.