Welcome to Ski’s Open Heart Foundation

Welcome to Ski’s Open Heart Foundation. Our mission is to provide help to the September 11, 2001 victims, heroes, and their families.  As a result of the attack on our country, many of our fellow Americans became sick and did not have medical insurance or savings to cover the cost of their medical bills.  Once a person becomes sick, they often have to take a leave of absence from work or in certain severe circumstances, refrain from working altogether for the rest of their life.  Consequently, our heroes and their families are unable to afford to essentials such as food, shelter and clothes.  This Foundation concentrates on providing our neighbors, friends, family and fellow Americans who lost their lives or continue to suffer the consequences of September 11, 2001 with the resources necessary such as food, clothing and/or financial assistance.  The Foundation also continues the benevolent work of its inspiration, Mark W. Gajewski, by working with children charities, animals, and simply lending a helping hand wherever possible.  Helping people is a small gesture that everyone can do.

Visitors to this site can share their own personal stories, learn more about the foundation, purchase merchandise to support the foundation and donate to our great causes via the mail, online, or through up-coming events.

From the Blog

    A Great Friend Passed Away- RIP John Devlin

    A Great Friend Passed Away- RIP John Devlin

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    It has been brought to our attention that a great friend of our inspiration, Mark Gajewski has passed away. John Devlin was an operating engineer working on the recovery effort at Ground Zero after 9/11. He worked side by side with Ski for many months on the pile.  Even while sick himself, he showed up at the hospital to see Ski and continued to show …

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    2nd Annual Anniversary Gala

    2nd Annual Anniversary Gala

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    Date: June 11. 2014 Time: 7-10 Location: Irish Times Pub 975 B Main Street Holbrook, NY 11741 Donation Amount $40.00 Donation at the door or in advance Price includes buffet, BBQ, draft beer, door prize ticket. Cash Bar Events Include: Chinese Auction Door Prize 50/50 Raffle Bikers Welcomed- More the merrier Music By: Vagabond Garden Band Our favorite DJ’s Lomo, Boii and Julian P. Donations …

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    9-1-1 Veterans Appreciation Dinner

    9-1-1 Veterans Appreciation Dinner

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    The 9-1-1 Veterans Foundation will be holding their Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, Long Island.  They will be honoring and thanking MARINE Staff Sgt Brian Dwyer and Jo Lombardi for all their efforts to help OUR VETERANS. Come join us for great food, drinks and most importantly celebrate OUR VETERANS!

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    2nd Annual Toy Drive

    2nd Annual Toy Drive

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    Even though the weather was extremely disappointing with snow, sleet and rain; it didn’t stop our supporters from coming out and donating toys.  This year’s toy drive raised over 2000 toys which will be delivered to numerous charities across Long Island.  With a performance by Mary Dai and a special appearance by the big guy himself, Santa and his lead elf, the event was successful. …

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    Toys for Tans

    Toys for Tans

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    Donate a toy at Sunset Beach Tanning in the Stop and Shop shopping center in Medford and receive 1/2 off a tanning session.  Help us to meet our goal of 8,000 toys to be delivered this year.  For more information check out our facebook page; Ski’s Open Heart Foundation or Sunset Beach Tanning’s! Page. 

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    2013 Annual Toy Drive Details

    2013 Annual Toy Drive Details

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    The details for the 2013 Toy Drive have arrived.  On December 17, 2013, we will celebrate the life of the foundation’s inspiration, Mark. W. Gajewski, by holding our annual Toy Drive.  This was a task that Mark took upon himself and enjoyed doing for many years.  This year’s toy drive will be held at Momo’s Bar & Grill in Holbrook from 7 PM – 11 PM.  Each …

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    Cin’s Sweet Creations Book

    Cin’s Sweet Creations Book

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    Please to announce that one of our founders has been featured in an amazing book written by Cindy Mich of Cin’s Sweet Creations. Please show support and purchase for only $12.00 at Cin’s Book Site. Here is a little insert from the book… Crystal Gajewski is in the daily business of servicing souls both near and far. Bearing witness to her father’s (Mark Gajewski) always industrious example …

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    Fall Planting at 9/11 Remembered Park

    Fall Planting at 9/11 Remembered Park

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    On Saturday October 19th at 10am the Boy Scouts troop 888 from Nesconset headed by John Boome Scout master, the board members of the 9/11 Remembered Park and Ski’s Open Heart Foundation completed a fall clean up and planting at the park. We received a few donations from local nurseries and Lowes donated 100 bulbs and plants. We replaced a fallen tree lost during Sandy, …

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    Our Escorts

    Our Escorts

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    Words can not express our much we Thank You for getting us to our destination safely.  To the following people and departments…Thank you for everything you did for us! Tom Ronayne NYS FOP Lodge # 124 Anthony Passalacqua George Walter Glenn Radalinsky Nassau County Police Department Amityville Village Police Department Suffolk County Police Department Long Island Proliner NYPD

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    Thank you to Our Volunteers & Supporters

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    On behalf of the Ski’s Open Heart Foundation, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciation for your support of the Strength & Hope Relay. We are truly grateful for your support and generosity. It is through the support of individuals and corporate representatives like you that we are able to continue to build the foundation, and to lend a helping …

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    Strength & Hope Relay

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    We have received another sponsor for the Strength and Hope Relay on September 11, 2013.  Thank you to Long Island Pulse magazine!  Please check out their website by clicking on our sponsor page!

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    Our Services

      Mission

      In addition to helping families of 9/11, the Foundation also concentrates on continuing the benevolent work of the its inspiration, Mark W. Gajewski, by working with children charities, animals, and simply lending a helping hand wherever possible.  Helping people is a small gesture that everyone can do. Please contact Ski’s Open Heart Foundation if you’re in need of our help.  Visit our Share your Story tab and tell us your story or if you are interested in becoming a part of the Foundation, please visit our Contact Us tab.  Pulling together we can make a big difference.

      If you or a loved on is In need of help, please download, fill out, and return to us our Responder Form.

      Events

      In order to help raise awareness and collect donations for those in need, Ski’s Open Heart Foundation sets up events that are attended by many Americans looking to support our cause. Please visit our Recent Events tab for the events we have already hosted, and view below for information on the events that are currently planned for the future.

       Our Next Event is:

      Foundation Anniversary Gala
      June 11,2014
      Location: Irish Times Pub
      Gala 2014

      Strength & Hope Relay
      Sept 11, 12, 2013
      Location: Montauk Lighthouse- Ground Zero

      2014 Annual Toy Drive
      December 2014
      Location: Check back for details

      Donations

      Donate to Ski’s Open Heart Foundation today and help the provide the resources necessary the individuals who are now suffering from the events that happen on September 11, 2001. Your donations will go towards the needs of these special Americans who came to America’s rescue in a time of need and to those that are in a position of needing help. Please visit our Donations tab for information on how to donate. All donations are tax-deductible, as Ski’s Open Heart Foundation is a 501c3 foundation.