Christopher Catanese Children’s Foundation Raises More Than $100,000

Rev. Msgr. John R. McLaughlin, Jr. and Dick Hoyt.
Rev. Msgr. John R. McLaughlin, Jr. and Dick Hoyt.
The Sixth Christopher Catanese Children’s Foundation (CCCF) Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser was held Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Norwood Elks Hall. Attended by more than 300 friends, family and supporters the event raised more than $100,000.

All of the funds raised are distributed to local, national and international community-based organizations devoted to supporting children in need.  

The Catanese family established CCCF in 2005 after their son Christopher's death. Chris was a senior in college when his life tragically ended in an automobile accident. The mission of the Foundation is to allow as many children as possible to experience the joy of Christopher's life by reaching out to children in need.

Speakers included CCCF charitable recipients Dick Hoyt from Team Hoyt and Len Gengel from Be Like Brit. Hoyt’s son Rick was born with cerebral palsy, and he has pushed Rick in over 1000 races, as they continue to change attitudes and educate others on the world of disabilities.
Gengel updated guests on the orphanage built in Haiti in honor of his daughter Britney who perished in the 2010 earthquake. Peter Catanese II (CCCF Founder and President of Central Automotive Team in Norwood) recently travelled to Haiti to visit the orphanage and see the dining hall named after his son Christopher. At last night’s event Peter, his wife MaryAnne and son Peter III generously pledged $100,000 to Be Like Brit on behalf of CCCF.
Guests enjoyed a dinner created by Ronnie Catanese and The Jeep Grill’s Chef Vincent Ditello while bidding on auction items which included Patriots tickets, Sports memorabilia including an autographed Tom Brady football and John Lackey jersey, an African Safari and a multi course dinner prepared by a private chef in the comfort of your home.
“Words can’t express how touched we are by the generosity of our family, friends and the community for their support of our foundation in loving memory of our son,” said CCCF founder Peter Catanese II. “We are able to make a real difference in the lives of children while celebrating the life and spirit of Christopher.”
This year’s CCCF charitable recipients include: Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, March for Babies, The Smile Train and other worthy organizations devoted to making a difference in children’s lives.


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