FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Rocco Donatiello Foundation, created in memory of a Fairfield resident who was killed by a drunk driver on June 24, 2018 while on his way to work, recently held its first Ice Cream Social at his family-owned business, Manhattan Bagel, to help raise awareness about driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to the organization's website, the mission of the Rocco Donatiello Foundation is to spread awareness about drinking and driving and to give back to the community by providing a high school graduate from the West Essex area with a scholarship each year.
Rocco's sister, Nicole Donatiello Agurto, who also grew up in Fairfield, said that the social was a success and that it was a great way to give back to the community, especially the kids, while keeping Rocco's fun and generous spirit alive.
"My brother loved giving back to the community, especially to the kids," she said. "The kids had a great time playing and eating ice cream, and I can't wait for next year."
The event included an ice cream bar donated by Carmella Ice Cream in Fairfield, balloon art by Ivonne M. Ramirez and face painting by Bonne the Clown.
Nicole added that the foundation's next event will be a Celebration of Life on January 24th with all proceeds going to a scholarship for a student in need from the West Essex community.
The Rocco Donatiello's Foundation's second annual celebration of life will take place on January 24th. Nicole said that her brother Rocco loved to dance and have a good time and they want to continue celebrating his life.
"Last year we raised close to $20,000 with almost 400 tickets sold and we are having it this year at the Hanover Manor." Nicole said.
Visit the Rocco Donatiello Foundation website at theroccodonatiellofoundation.com to donate or learn more.