Today is National Philanthropy Day; we were as surprised as you are. What would have normally been a school day started with breakfast at the Towne Restaurant to celebrate that Peter had been nominated for and was chosen to receive a Youth Philanthropy award.
We left the Towne and headed home to get ready. We drove to Wilmington, De and found our event at the Chase Center.
Peter Zucca, childhood cancer survivor, wins regional philanthropy award
The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Brandywine Chapter issues awards each year to recognize the contributions that philanthropists make in the community. The Youth in Philanthropy Award is awarded to individual youths and/or youth groups, 22 years of age and under, who have made a significant impact on a cause or program through fundraising and volunteer activities.
The Nemours Fund for Children’s Health nominated Peter for this award because of his support of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children through his foundation, the Peter Powerhouse Foundation. Peter founded the organization in 2014 with a mission to improve the lives of other children who are fighting pediatric cancer. First, he raised $20,000 so he could purchase and donate 100 wagons to duPont Hospital for Children. Kids use these wagons when they are traveling around the hospital for treatment. Then, he raised an additional $75,000, which the hospital used to secure Cinemavision goggles. These wearable devices allow children to watch movies while they are receiving an MRI, which can reduce their anxiety and often allow them to avoid sedation. As it that was not enough, Peter provides gift cards to the cafeteria and to the gift shop and has donated Xboxes, books and toys during the holidays and throughout the year. He also organizes regional blood drives and provides scholarships to children going to camps that specifically support pediatric cancer patients. Peter raises funds online and through a multitude of golf tournaments and special events.
Peter will be honored at the Philanthropy Day Celebration in Wilmington, Delaware on November 15, 2017.