Community

Ralph Trionfo

 

Simply put, I’m just wired to help others. Whether it’s doing a quick fundraiser to send supplies to those affected after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, organizing a fun event to benefit the local Boys and Girls Club or delivering food during the Covid lockdown, this is a big part of who I am.

 

During the most challenging year in my life on so many levels, helping others, really helped me. A true bright spot during the early days of Covid 19 was my long-standing relationships with local non-for-profit groups. The world is hurting, my neighbors need help and thankfully there were many charitable organizations helping. Relief came in many forms including providing food and beverages to anyone that stepped-up. Many of our neighbors especially the elderly could not leave their home’s during the Corona Virus lockdown, so we went to them. Serving my community with urgency, a sense of purpose is automatic. I met  other wonderful volunteers that shared the same passion. We packed food bags in Astoria for a weekly food pantry, we walk-up to the nice lady on the 4th floor in Jackson Heights and handed out water and masks in Corona. Giving a little time can mean so much VIDEO of COVID VOLUNTEERING

 

I’m a “club kid” at the age of ten years old, I was perfecting my backstroke on the swim team at the Boys and Girls Club of Queens.  After-school I would take to trains to get to the club to do my homework, shoot basketball and play with other kids. I personally know first-hand how important these clubs these activities are to the youth and families in our communities.

 

As an “adult” I reconnected with the club as an active volunteer. Eventually I was asked to join the board of directors and participated on every committee and attended every event. It’s the largest after-school program in Western Queens. This program cares for nearly 200 children during after school hours for a safe, active and positive environment as a constructive alternative to the streets. It was fun to participate in the following commercial (voice over and audience) –  SEE FUNDRAISER VIDEO

Like many families unfortunately my family was touched by Leukemia. Losing a beautiful niece and watching her journey and superb care at Miami Children’s hospital prompted me to do something. That desire lead me to co-producing COMEDY HEALS – SEE EVENT VIDEO, a charitable comedy fundraiser invoking the healing power of laughter in a special benefit comedy show. It was a lot of work, a huge effort from my staff and many sacrifices, but as you can see in the video – it was a success and it felt amazing!

 

I’ve participated in several “light the night” walks in NYC over the years with my family. It’s a fun way to get together for a cause. check out the following link and contact me if you’re interested in building a team. The walks take place at various locations http://www.lightthenight.org. All proceeds for Comedy Heals go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation to support their mission to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma and improve the lives of patients and their families.

 

I’m also very passionate about being there for those many men and woman that have served our country. We all must do all we can to help their transitions back into society with quality services and support. Working closely with the Wounded Warrior Project to do what I can is a big part of my Charitable efforts. Of course “Cancer Sucks!” so Relay for Life is my choice organization to help fight back against the disease. Autism, orphanages, homelessness, are among the other causes that I care deeply about. Let’s all do what we can to get involved any way we can.

Organizations

  • Boys and Girls club

    Boys and Girls club

    To provide children of all backgrounds with the skills and abilities that will develop in them the qualities of self-esteem and self-confidence, which are needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

  • relay for life

    relay for life

    A life-changing experience that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to Celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, Remember loved ones lost, and Fight Back against the disease.

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

    Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

    The mission of LLS is to Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

  • Wounded Warrior Project

    Wounded Warrior Project

    To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.