The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Memorial Fund memorializes the spirit of DeAnna Stark Pasciuto. Through its giving, it aims to provide comfort and joy to others while serving as a reminder of the power of life.
DeAnna was a kind, generous, outgoing, optimistic, loving, driven, energetic, tenacious, resilient, funny person who was as beautiful inside as she was out…
She had a presence…
Anyone who met her was immediately better off because of it….
She touched people with her kindness and beautiful smile…
More than any other person, De could make your day better by simply saying hello….
As Billy Joel wrote,
She’s got a light around her And everywhere she goes A million dreams of love surround her Everywhere
That was De…That is how she will be remembered…
She would do anything for her family and friends…
She was as welcoming as she was protective…..
She loved to entertain….
Was insanely competitive…
She brightened our lives…
Her laugh was joyous and contagious…
Her humor… often mischievous…
She was always ready with a jab (sometimes literally) or a zing….
And her energy was boundless….
She was as dignified as she was silly…
She had a gleam in her eye…
She never missed an opportunity to lighten the mood…..and that was her gift to all of us…
She showed us how to live….
And…most importantly….she was relentless…
Relentless in how she loved and how she lived….
Relentless in love…..
Relentless in friendship…..
Relentless in caring for others….
Relentless in being a mother…..
A college teammate wrote that DeAnna was “such a kick ass player with an infectious smile.”
It is the fund’s mission to provide support for cancer research, families touched by cancer, and scholarships for female student-athletes looking to pursue medical careers. Learn more about the Fund’s establishment and work.
In 2020, the Fund’s second grant of $2,000 was awarded to Atlantic Home Care and Hospice’s Camp Clover in Morristown, New Jersey. Camp Clover is a four-day bereavement camp for children located at Camp Riverbend in Warren, New Jersey. The organization was chosen because it services children who have lost a parent and provides them with an opportunity to meet and make connections with their peers in similar circumstances. The camp also brings grieving families together and is completely free for campers. Read more about this grant award on the NNJCF’s News page.
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The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) improves community life through its work in education, public health, civic engagement, the arts, philanthropy, and the environment. Central to its success is fostering collaboration among local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profits, and citizen groups. Our partners are building stronger communities in Northern New Jersey by answering the question, "What can we accomplish together that we cannot alone?"
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