Saturday, July 27, 2019, marked the sixth Annual Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial Run held at the American Legion Post 434 in Brocton, New York. We would like to congratulate all 163 runner and walker participants on their achievements and also thank all our volunteers, sponsors, donors, friends and everyone who participated that day who have made this Run a big success. All of you make this Run possible and we are so grateful to you.
Darren would have been very proud and grateful for the support received from the Brocton/Portland communities, other communities in Chautauqua county and many other individuals and organizations who had connections to Darren throughout the country.
After all expenses were paid for the Run, $15,216.86 was raised this year in honor of Darren to support our area veterans. Total contributions from the Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial Run for the past six years to date, donated to these three organizations listed below, is $86,000.
Proceeds from this event this year will benefit, again, three funds established in Darren's name:
1.) The Darren Manzella-Lapeira Veteran's Assistance Fund will receive $5,216.86 in donation this year at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. This fund assists veterans in time of need to pay for things such as rent, car payments, groceries and other immediate needs.
2.) The Veteran's Endowment Fund, administered through the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency, will receive $5,000. This fund serves as an interest free loan with no fixed payment schedule up to $500 per veteran in need of financial assistance. If the loan is paid back, the veteran may reapply for another loan up to the $500 limit again.
3.) $5,000 will be donated to the Staff Sgt. Darren Manzella-Lapeira Scholarship Fund at Brocton Central School. This is a $1,000 per year scholarship awarded to a graduating senior who is a descendant of a veteran or a family member currently on active duty, to further their formal education in any form. This scholarship is administered by the American Legion Post 434 and Brocton Central School, and will be funded by Mike and Nancy Manzella once the Fund proceeds have all been awarded.
We want to thank our sponsors, donors, volunteers, the American Legion Post 434, The Sons of the American Legion, Brocton Central School, the Brocton/Portland Fire Departments and everyone who has contributed in any way or form, their time and effort to support the Run this year and in past years. Our Run Committee is the very heart of each Run we have organized and works so hard to make it a success. A huge thank you to Deanne Manzella, Pat Titus, Lynne Wysocki, Kathy Thies, Cindy Orr, Andrew and Amber Manzella, and Ivis Edgerton. You are all amazing.
At this time we are announcing that we will not be continuing this event in the future. When we organized the Run Six years ago, we set a goal, and feel that we have now achieved this goal. The proceeds in the existing funds will continue to assist area veterans for years to come. It has been not only a very rewarding event for the proceeds that have been raised for our area veterans, but also for all the support we received in our son's memory to keep his legacy alive. This has meant so much to our family- thank you.
If anyone wishes to still contribute to the established fund in the future, you may do so by mailing contributions to:
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Darren Manzella-Lapeira Veteran's Assistance Fund 4118 Spring Street Jamestown, N.Y. 14701 Thank you, Nancy and Mike Manzella and Family