President’s Message

Dear Angel Fund Family,

During this holiday season, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support of The Angel Fund throughout the past year. We are grateful that you are fighting alongside us in the battle against ALS, and that we are all working together to find a cure for this horrific disease.

We always say that The Angel Fund is unique because of our low overhead costs, thanks to the generosity of our founding directors, Eugene and Janice Nigro, and their law firm Nigro Pettepit and Lucas. As a result, nearly all the money raised at our many different events and donations each year goes directly to research. We are proud to say that the total research funding in 2011 represented approximately 93% of total expenditures incurred.

That is truly amazing and a true example of how your donations really do count!

There have been some extraordinary breakthroughs in ALS research during the past two years, including identifying ALS gene mutations and genetic testing that has led to prolonged life in mice. These are both great accomplishments. The groundbreaking research of Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr. continues, as does The Angel Fund’s support for Dr. Brown and his research team. We have donated more than $1 million to Dr. Brown and his efforts to find a cure for ALS in the past two years alone.

In honor of this commitment, The Angel Fund was the recipient of the prestigious Soutter Washburn Fellows award, which is presented to individuals and organizations whose generosity is helping to accelerate advancements to improve care and ultimately cure diseases.  This recognition would not have been possible without the remarkable generosity of our donors and those individuals and groups who organize and sponsor events on our behalf each year.

The battle continues as does our mission to leave no stone unturned until a cure is found. We are grateful for every dollar that is donated. We hope that we can count on your continued support in the upcoming year. You may make a donation by clicking here.

On behalf of The Angel Fund board of directors, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

Warm regards,


Rich Kennedy

Board of Directors: Eugene Nigro, Janice Nigro, Paul DelVecchio, Todd DelVecchio, Peter DelVecchio, Joseph Ruma, Salvatore Falzone

Honorary Directors: Mike and Dawn Timlin

Honorary Chairman: Lou Merloni