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4th Annual Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament

In Memory of Caitlin and Her Love of Golf

The 4th Annual Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, June 21, 2013. The tournament will be held at the beautiful Broken Sound Country Club, in Boca Raton. The tournament is played to honor the memory of Caitlin Brondolo, who tragically lost her life due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used to fund an annual golf scholarship in Caitlin's name. In addition, the foundation purchases carbon monoxide detectors for distribution to parents of newborns at our local hospital as part of our "Safe Home/Safe Baby" campaign.

Tournament entry fee is $150.00 per single golfer, $550 per foursome.

Included in the entry fee: Lunch in the Broken Sound dining room, 1:00pm Shotgun start, Cocktail reception following the tournament, silent auctions, and raffles. Prizes and trophies awarded for First Place Team, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Hole in One.

The Foundation is currently seeking corporate sponsorships for our tournament. Gold, Silver, and Bronze level sponsorships are available as well as, sponsorships designed to advertise your business at our tournament. Call Shelly Devino (561) 482-0026 to register, sponsor, or donate to the foundation.



Fire-Fest

December 2012

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Fire-Fest took place on Sunday, December 2, 2012, in West Boca Raton at South County Regional Park. There were a multitude of family activities organized by Palm Beach County Fire and Rescue departments.

The Caitlin Foundation was provided a booth to pass out information on carbon monoxide poisoning. Over 200 children and adults came by the foundation booth to get information, play our golf game, and talk with us about the dangers of carbon monoxide gas. It was a fun filled day as the fire department put on displays, held fire truck tours, landed the trauma hawk helicopter, let spectators try on fire suits, and more.



CO Walk in Miami

November 10, 2012

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The Caitlin Foundation partnered with Anthony’s Light Foundation in a walk and 5K run to help bring awareness to carbon monoxide poisoning. Health and Safety awareness booths were set up at Tropical Park in Miami, and the walk route displayed signs along the way stating carbon monoxide facts.

We are proud to support Anthony’s Light Foundation, as their mission is similar to the Caitlin Foundation, which is to create awareness and prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning. We look forward to seeing this event grow even bigger each year and thank the Perez family for their efforts and for inviting us to share in this special day.



Carbon Monoxide Detector Delivery

October 2012

Carbon Monoxide Detector Delivery

The Caitlin Brondolo Foundation, using donated funds, purchased 120 carbon monoxide detectors and delivered them to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The CO detector delivery is part of our ongoing program entitled, “Safe Home/Safe Baby”.

Each parent of a newborn that attends the hospital baby safety seminar goes home with a free carbon monoxide detector. Through this program we are able to give parents a chance to make their homes safe from this odorless, colorless, deadly gas. Included with each detector is information about our foundation and Caitlin’s life.

Jill & Cassie Brondolo, and Shelly & Sydney Devino delivered the current shipment of CO detectors in October 2012, along with a basket of coffee for the Labor and Delivery Nursing staff.



A Special Donation

A Special Donation

Caitlin’s cousin, Sydney Devino, found a very special way to help the foundation that was created in her cousin’s memory. Sydney makes Jean Journals by using recycled jeans and re-purposed jewelry. At a recent craft show in October, Sydney sold her Jean Journals and donated $50.00 of her total amount to the Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation.

Sydney stated, “I love doing crafts, and I am lucky to get to volunteer and participate in a lot of the foundation events.” “I decided to donate half of my proceeds from my sales because I know the money goes towards buying carbon monoxide detectors”, she continued. “It’s a simple way to help save someone’s life.”

Thank you Sydney for your generous donation that will go towards the purchasing of carbon monoxide detectors.



Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation participates in FAU Safety Fair

September 13, 2012

Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton organizes a Health and Safety Fair each year, and has invited the Caitlin Brondolo Foundation to attend. On September 13, 2012, vendors such as Palm Beach Sheriff's Highway Safety, tracking devices, personal safety on campus, internet safety, and more were all in attendance to give out information to the college students, faculty, and staff.



The Caitlin Brondolo Foundation was proud to set up a booth to educate about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Students that live on campus, were informed that the residence halls are already equipped with CO detectors. Students obtained fact sheets and other materials at our booth and also entered a drawing for a carbon monoxide detector. Many questions were asked about carbon monoxide and Jill Brondolo and Shelly Devino were happy to provide answers. Hundreds of students benefited from all the booths at this year's health and safety fair, and the Caitlin Foundation looks forward to this annual event.



3rd Annual Caitlin Brondolo Golf Tournament

June 8, 2012

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The 3rd Annual Caitlin Brondolo Golf Tournament took place on Friday, June 8, 2012, at the beautiful Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton. One hundred and sixteen golfers turned up to play a scramble tournament loaded with contests and prizes. A sumptuous buffet lunch was served before the 1:00 p.m. tee off. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and our golfers had to leave the course due to lightening and rain after 6 holes of golf. As a testament of support, our family and friends stayed to participate in our reception where many auctions and raffles were won. We thank the many golfers, supporters, and volunteers. We are pleased to announce through tournament donations, we were able to award our 3rd annual golf scholarship and other CO awareness projects in Caitlin's memory.



Colorado Boy Scout Spreads Carbon Monoxide Awareness

 

Colorado Boy Scout Garon Kirschbaum, a Boy Scout from Colorado, worked hard for the past year to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Garon reached out to the Caitlin Brondolo Foundation for information on carbon monoxide awareness and prevention tips. The foundation was honored to sponsor Garon in his quest to reach out to members of his community to educate them on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Garon was able to distribute twenty-three detectors to families just learning about this silent killer. Garon estimates about two hundred people were educated or made aware of carbon monoxide poisoning through his information booths, and eagle project.

The Caitlin Brondolo Foundation salutes Garon in his endeavors and congratulates him on the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Our efforts are reaching across states and we will not stop until everyone is educated about the dangers of carbon monoxide.



Memorial Table for Rosanne Devino

 

Caitlin's grandmother Rosanne Devino passed away in April 2011, after a long battle with multiple myeloma and myelodysplasia. Rosanne was heartbroken when Caitlin passed away and always wanted to help with the foundation. In a beautiful gesture, it was decided that in lieu of flowers upon her passing her friends and family members could donate to the foundation in Rosanne's memory. With the amazing outpouring of support Caitlin Brondolo Foundation Board of Directors decided to use the funds to build a memorial table for Rosanne to be placed in the garden of her church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, in Coral Springs.

Rosanne's husband George Devino, her son George Devino Jr., her son-in-law Chris Brondolo, and several friends gathered to assemble a concrete table engraved with a memorial plaque. It was a day of joy as the table was set in the garden of St. Elizabeth's. Since this time, many parishioners and church clergy have told us how much use the table is getting. We are proud to memorialize Rosanne at a place so close to her heart with donations given to the Caitlin Foundation.

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Spanish River Church River Run

December 17, 2011

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December 17, the Caitlin Foundation participated in the annual River Run 5K at Spanish River Church in Boca Raton. Our foundation set up a display booth to educate the crowd of over 500 on the dangers and prevention of carbon monoxide. In addition we were able to sponsor two runners in the race, and pass out waters and snacks to the runners. Proceeds from the River Run 5K benefit The Haven Home for Boys in Boca Raton.



3rd Annual Caitlin Brondolo Golf Tournament

June 8, 2012

The 3rd Annual Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, June 8, 2012. The tournament will be held at the beautiful Broken Sound Country Club, in Boca Raton. The tournament is played to honor the memory of Caitlin Brondolo.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used to fund an annual golf scholarship in Caitlin's name. In addition, the foundation purchases carbon monoxide detectors for distribution to parents of newborns at our local hospital as part of our "Safe Home/Safe Baby" campaign.

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Tournament entry fee is $150.00 per single golfer, $550 per foursome.

Included in the entry fee: Lunch in the Broken Sound dining room, 1:00pm Shotgun start, Cocktail reception following the tournament, silent auctions, and raffles. Prizes and trophies awarded for First Place Team, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Hole in One.

The Foundation is currently seeking corporate sponsorships for our tournament. Gold, Silver, and Bronze level sponsorships are available as well as, sponsorships designed to advertise your business at our tournament. Call Shelly Devino (561) 482-0026 to sponsor or donate to the foundation.



Walk For Carbon Monoxide Awareness

November 12, 2011

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November 12, 2011, the Caitlin Brondolo Foundation joined the over 300 participants in the 1st Annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Walk.  The walk took place at Tropical Park in Miami and was organized by Vilma Perez, of Anthony’s Light Foundation.   Music, food, & health and safety booths were all part of the eventful day.  The Caitlin Brondolo Foundation was proud to attend, have an informational booth, and make signs for the walk route that displayed facts about carbon monoxide poisoning.  For more information visit www.anthonyslight.org



The Haven

July 9, 2011

HavenIn July 2011, The Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation donated much needed educational materials to The Haven, located in Boca Raton, Florida. The Haven, a nationally accredited group home for boys ages 9-17, is dedicated to providing a safe, loving and stable environment that fosters the development of self-esteem and independence while empowering each young man to reach his full potential.

Caitlin Brondolo would have been 14 this year, and we thought about children of that age whom we can help, while also spreading awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning. The Caitlin Brondolo Foundation donated flash drives & lanyards for the upcoming school year, new books from the Palm Beach County required student summer reading list, and personal items such as t-shirts, and socks. The Foundation also included carbon monoxide detectors for each of the Haven cottages and main room.

We are proud to honor Caitlin's memory and to be able to help in our own community. We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with The Haven. To find out more about The Haven, please visit their website. www.haven4kids.org



Thunderbird Junior International Championship

May 30, 2011

Jaye Marie GreenJaye Marie Green, number 8 ranked junior golfer and number 6 ranked amateur golfer in the United States, is passionate about The Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation. After all, Caitlin Brondolo was her "mini me" -- as Jaye used to affectionately call her. Ever since losing her "mini me" just over 2 years ago, Jaye has marked her golf balls "C.B." in every competitive event, including the 2010 Women's U.S. Open, in memory of Caitlin Brondolo. This year Jaye was thrilled to have the opportunity to play in the prestigious Thunderbird International Junior Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona, and not only because of the golf. The event is sponsored by The Thunderbirds, a non-profit corporation founded in 1986 for the purpose of distributing money to charitable causes. Funds are raised through the well-known PGA Tour event, The Waste Management Phoenix Open, and used to assist children and families in need. Jaye Marie noted on her tournament entry, that her favorite charity was The Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation. On the last day of the tournament, just one day before the 2 year anniversary of Caitlin's death, The Thunderbirds donated $1,000 to her charitable foundation. Jaye Marie Green's beloved "mini-me" was honored through the game of golf which she loved so much. What a blessing from God, and a reminder that "...in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

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Golf Tournament

April 29, 2011

The Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation would like to thank you for your generous participation in our second annual golf tournament. Your commitment to partnering with us to educate others about the dangers of carbon monoxide is genuinely appreciated. We want to express our gratitude for your support of our mission; making sure that no family ever has to endure the heartache of losing a loved one to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Your generous donations have allowed us to launch our "Safe Home Safe Baby" program at Boca Raton Community Hospital. In addition we have been able to give away CO detectors to other people in need through the local fire station and the Southeastern Guide Dog School. In addition, we are able to award an annual collegiate golf scholarship in Caitlin's memory.

We hope you have had a memorable day and look forward to your participation in the years to come. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for making the golf tournament an amazing success while proudly honoring Caitlin's memory.

With Warm Sincerity,
Jill, Chris and Cassie Brondolo



Southeastern Guide Dogs: Donation Brings Awareness of Silent Killer to Blind

March 4, 2011

Guide DogThey say out of tragedy often comes triumph. The Brondolo family has suffered through a tragedy that is every parent’s fear, the loss of their 12 year-old daughter, Caitlin, to carbon monoxide poisoning. As a way to heal, Jill Brondolo did two very important things; first, she and her husband Chris started the Caitlin Brondolo Foundation to provide scholarships to children in need and increase awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide; secondly, Brondolo who is legally blind from retinitis pigmentosa, decided it was finally time to bring a guide dog into the family, as her sight was progressively diminishing.

While on the Southeastern Guide Dogs’ campus, learning to work with her new guide Lucy, Brondolo participated in a lecture on fire safety.  It was then she pledged to help her fellow students and the other people who benefit from Southeastern’s services by providing every graduating guide dog team with a carbon monoxide detector. “Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so without a detector, people would have no idea they were being exposed to this toxic gas” said Brondolo. “I owe Southeastern for the increased independence and mobility Lucy provides me, so we are thrilled to be able to give back what we can and if just one life is saved from our work, it will all be worthwhile.”

Brondolo will be on Southeastern’s Palmetto campus on Friday, March 4th to present 100 carbon monoxide detectors to the school. “We are delighted that we will now be able to provide our graduates with further peace of mind when they return home with their guides” stated CEO Titus Herman. Southeastern Guide Dogs matches approximately 70 guide dogs with visually impaired handlers annually. While the breeding, raising, training and lifetime follow-up care of the team costs a whopping $60,000, the recipients of the dogs pay nothing thanks to generous donors and volunteers.



Safe Home Safe Baby Campaign

October 22, 2010

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The foundation launched its 'Safe Baby/Safe Home' campaign on October 22, 2010. Boca Raton Regional Hospital agreed to distribute carbon monoxide detectors donated by our foundation. The Co detectors will be given to parents when they bring home their newborn baby. Karen Ellington head of the Labor & Delivery department and other hospital staff members graciously agreed to help distribute the CO detectors in Caitlin's memory.



Fire Station Donation

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fire Station Donation

The Caitlin Brondolo Foundation donated 10 Pocket CO detectors to all West Boca Raton Fire Stations. Jill and Chris Brondolo, along with other foundation board members, visited Chief Todd Blake, from Battalion 5, in the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station to donate the Pocket Co's.

Chief Blake was thrilled with the devices stating that there has been an increase of carbon monoxide calls in the West Boca Raton area. All first responders will be trained on the Pocket CO, and the small devices will be clipped to the medical bags that enter each residence with fire rescue.

The alarms will alert fire rescue of the presence of carbon monoxide allowing them to put on oxygen masks in order to complete the calls.

Jill and Chris started the foundation due to the tragic death of their daughter, Caitlin, from carbon monoxide poisoning in 2009.

Chris Brondolo stated, "We are proud to honor Caitlin's memory, and help these first responders who do so much to keep our community safe".

The Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation is happy to work with KWJ Engineering, the manufacturer of Pocket CO in prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning.


Nascar “In Caitlin’s Memory”

Toyota sponsored a contest to design your own Nascar, “Sponsify Your Ride”. The grand prize was a prototype of your design featured at a Nascar race. Caitlin's Uncle Anthony designed a car in Caitlin's memory. Her car came in 25th out of 60,000 cars in total votes. Even though it didn't win it raised awareness to the dangers to Carbon Monoxide and the car represented the beautiful and talented young girl that Caitlin was. A great big "thank you" to all of our family and friends who voted for Caitlin's car.


2010 FAU Safety Fair

September 8, 2010

The Caitlin Brondolo Foundation was privileged to participated at the Safety Fair held at the Boca Campus of FAU on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. A table was set up encouraging students to become more aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. The students were very receptive to listening to Caitlin's story and the foundation's goal of awareness and prevention. A raffle was held and two students received CO detectors for their homes or apartments.


Caitlin Foundation Thanks Alyssa and Zach

September 4, 2010

The Caitlin Brondolo Foundation thanks our friends Alyssa Stiepleman, and Zachary Winograd for their recent efforts to raise awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Alyssa made her Bat Mitzvah on September 4, 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida. Alyssa remembered her two friends, Caitlin and Amber with touching words in her service, and chose to raise awareness of carbon monoxide as her Mitzvah project. Alyssa also gave out carbon monoxide alarms at her reception. She is dedicated to keeping Caitlin and Amber's memory alive by continuing the mission of the foundation. Thank you Alyssa Steipleman!

Zachary Winograd, is a lifelong friend of the Brondolo family. Zach grew up with Caitlin, and found a way to honor the memory of one of his best friends. Zachary chose carbon monoxide awareness as his Boy Scout Eagle Project. Zachary spent many hours speaking about the dangers of carbon monoxide to local residents, at our events, and to the press. He raised funds in support of foundation scholarships, and made a long lasting foundation tablecloth for use at our events. The foundation appreciates the love and support of Zachary and we are proud of all his efforts.


2010 Caitlin Foundation Golf Tournament

Thank you for making the Caitlin Brondolo Foundation 1st Annual Golf Tournament a success! Your contribution allowed us to carry out our mission to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning. We appreciate all your support in honoring the memory of our daughter Caitlin.

-With Thanks,
Chris, Jill, & Cassie Brondolo

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

THE CAITLIN BRONDOLO CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
FIRST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Caitlin Brondolo Foundation held it's 1st Annual Golf Tournament on May 14, 2010 at Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton.

The foundation was established in memory of Caitlin, who lost her life to carbon monoxide poisoning last year at the age of 12. She was an energetic straight A student and an avid golfer with a vibrant personality.

Golf was Caitlin's passion and her family was pleased to have friends, relatives, and the community come together to play the game she loved so much.

Jill & Chris Brondolo on behalf of the Foundation honoring their daughter would like to give a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who contributed to make the 1st Annual Caitlin Brondolo Golf Tournament a tremendous success. With your continued support the foundation can raise awareness to the dangers of carbon monoxide.

We would like to acknowledge our Sponsors: Advanced Stucco, 02 Media, Urology Center of South Florida, Dignity Memorial, Boca Village Animal Hospital, Kidde, who supplied CO detectors to all the golfers.

We would also like to thank the prestigious Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton and Tim Nelson for putting together a beautiful event.

A special thanks to friends, family, local businesses who donated raffle and silent auction items.

A buffet brunch, 18 holes of golf and a cocktail reception was attended by over 200 guests. The proceeds will be used to provide new mothers with a CO detector when they leave the hospital. Fulfilling our mission includes spreading awareness and prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning. Because of Caitlin's love of golf a scholarship will be awarded in July to a young woman entering college with the intention of playing collegiate golf. It was Caitlin's dream to someday become a professional golfer.

The Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation will be featured in a segment on The Balancing Act – on Lifetime TV.


Caitlin Foundation Hair Cut A Thon

January 31, 2010

Thank you for joining us at our Hair Cut-A-Thon to Benefit the Caitlin Brondolo Foundation!

Our event took place on Sunday, January 31, 2010
6:00-8:00pm. During this time frame, Hair Cuttery of Logger's Run generously donated proceeds from each haircut to the Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation.

It was great to see family, friends, and our community in support of this event! Thank you!




 

Tree Ceremony

September 29, 2009

There was a tree dedication ceremony at Loggers Run Community Middle School on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, starting at 6:00pm. Family and friends of Caitlin Brondolo and Amber Wilson gathered to honor the memory of the girls, as two trees were planted.

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Teachers from Loggers Run spoke, a poem was read by friends of the girls, and a butterfly release was planned.  We would like to thank David Strickland from Plant Kingdom for the idea and for the trees, and Scott Vickery for the beautiful engraved remembrance plaque.

 

'Tis the Season Essay Contest

Who would you help, and why?

Carly Galinkin of Miss Berry's fifth grade class at Riverglades Elementary School wrote a touching essay on the subject "If you could help somebody, who would it be, and why?" Read Carley's winning essay.

 

Haiti Medical Mission

October 2009

The Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation has made our first donation to help bring medical supplies to Haiti.  Children in need is a big component of the foundation, and we were able with the help of Spanish River Church, to provide many children with much needed medical help.

We were proud to donate for this trip, which hit a soft spot in our hearts as we realize the daily necessities that children in Haiti live without.  Thank you to our sponsors and donors, who in Caitlin’s name, made this donation possible.

Learn more about this mission at:
Spanish River Church - Global Outreach
Haiti Slideshow (at PhanFare.com)

 

Single-Parent Christmas Dinner

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At Single Parent Christmas Dinner, a community outreach project organized and hosted by Spanish River Church, Caitlin’s Foundation contributed to a night full of joy for these children and single parents. These families had the opportunity to learn about God’s love. The festivities included a family dinner, devotion and inspiration for the single parents, crafts for the kids and at the end of the evening each child’s name was called and they were given a wrapped gift from under the tree. Touching the lives of others is the spirit of Christmas.

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