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Community Involvement

Winter Wonderland SI cares very much about our local community.  We have partnered with 5 local non-profit organizations to give 10% of our admission proceeds to these wonderful groups.  Each non-profit has a “featured” week during the 2017 Winter Wonderland SI season.  Come on out during that week and support the noble work these organizations do for our community.

On Your Mark

Since 1979, On Your Mark, Inc. has responded to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Staten Island and Brooklyn. We provide services to children and adults with disabilities including intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and neurological impairments. On Your Mark is a leader in developing staff training curricula for student interns, community volunteers, and professionals.

The mission of On Your Mark is to provide innovative and comprehensive community-based services to people with developmental disabilities across their lifespan. We are committed to helping each individual experience the highest quality of life possible by providing person-centered programs that promote community and social inclusion, health and fitness, daily activity participation, independence, self-empowerment and productivity.

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St. George Theater

Centered in the historic St. George District of Staten Island, just steps from the iconic Staten Island Ferry, the St. George Theatre was the most magnificent theatre on Staten Island. Solomon Brill of the Isle Theatrical Company broke ground on a beautiful 2,800 seat venue, in August of 1928 and the doors opened on December 4th, 1929. The cost of the project, which included an attached office complex, was two million dollars, $500,000 of which was for the theatre. Brill, who owned several other theatres on the Island and once owned a nickelodeon with William Fox of 20th Century Fox fame, promised to bring top-of-the-line vaudeville to the borough for an admission fee of 75 cents. He envisioned the St. George as a “dream” show house rivaling Manhattan’s cathedrals of cinema.

n 2004, Mrs. Rosemary Cappozalo with her daughters, Luanne Sorrentino, and Doreen Cugno, started a not-for-profit organization to save this historic theatre from being torn down. Mrs. Rosemary, a prominent dance educator, donated her life savings (over one million dollars) to the organization and “saved” the St. George Theatre. With the support from the community, business leaders, elected officials, and their board of directors, a white elephant was transformed into a beautiful, thriving, majestic theatre for Staten Island and all of New York City.

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Staten Island Zoo

Developed in 1936, the Staten Island Zoological Society’s core mission of education is important to current and future human societies. More than just a destination where adults and children can view, appreciate and understand wildlife, the Staten Island Zoo is dedicated to creating an environment for the study or management, protection and restoration of threatened species, ecological communities, habitats, and ecosystems, whether they are local or on the other side of the globe.

Funded in part by the City iof New York through its Department of Cultural Affairs with support from the Staten Island delegation to the City Council and the Office of the Staten Island Borough President, the Staten Island Zoo also receives suppoprt from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

The Siller Family started the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory of their brother, Stephen, a firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001. The goal of the Foundation is to continue Stephen’s legacy through its programs that support our nation’s first responders and catastrophically injured service members.

On September 11, 2001, Stephen, who was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, had just finished his shift, and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when word of the first plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center came over his scanner. Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later, and returned to Squad 1 to get his gear.

Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he and 342 FDNY brothers gave up their lives while saving others. He left behind his wife and five children.

In 2011, the Foundation officially began Building for America’s Bravest, a program that raises funds to build custom designed, specially adapted homes for the most catastrophically injured American service members. The first home was built for Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco, the first quadruple amputee to survive any war. Through October of 2016, 56 smart homeshave either been completed, are under construction, or are in the design stage. The Foundation has set a goal to build a minimum of 200 smart homes throughout the country.

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Jewish Community Center of Staten Island

The JCC of Staten Island is dedicated to encouraging harmony throughout the community by providing facilities and programs that are open to all regardless of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation. Everyone is welcome at the JCC.

When the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island opened its beautiful bronze doors on Victory Boulevard in 1929, its mission was to provide a home for the Jewish community for social, recreational and educational activities where people of all races and religions would feel welcome. The standard for excellence and inclusion continues to this day and it is truly a center for the Jewish community as well as a community center for all.

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