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

    Breakfast with Santa

    Breakfast with Santa

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    Ski’s Open Heart Foundation Breakfast with Santa Toy Drive will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the American Legion Hall #269 in Patchogue from 10-12pm. If you are interested in donated or making any breakfast foods please let us know. All toys donated will go to local Long Island Charities and Families in need. Besides toys we will also be collecting pet supplies for …

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    2014 Strength & Hope Relay

    2014 Strength & Hope Relay

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    We have decided to change the dates of this years 2014 Strength and Hope Relay.  We would like to have more participation and are hoping holding the relay on Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7, 2014. Strength and Hope Relay Registration Forms are here! Are you bold enough to Run or Bike 5 or 10 miles?  Have you not forgotten about our 9/11 First Responders …

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    2014 Anniversary Party

    2014 Anniversary Party

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    This years Anniversary party was a great success and we would like to thank everyone that came out to support us and our mission. Each year we will continue to help those that are in need of our help.  Please feel free to take a look at our pictures on our facebook page.  Keep checking back for information on our next event, The 2014 Strength …

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    9/11 Museum Used to Host a “Party”

    9/11 Museum Used to Host a “Party”

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE FEAL GOOD FOUNDATION…. May 21st, 2014 Contact : John Feal 631 724 3320,feal13@aol.com or info@skisopenheart.com The FealGood Foundation is Outraged & Repulsed over 9/11 Museum’s decision to hold Cocktail Party over Human Remains. Dear Friends/Supporters & Fellow First Responders: Today the New York Daily News reported that the 9/11 Memorial Museum allowed a party to be hosted …

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    Outraged Survivors Say 9/11 Museum Is More a Tourist Attraction Than a Memorial

    Outraged Survivors Say 9/11 Museum Is More a Tourist Attraction Than a Memorial

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    Responders and families of the victims say the new museum at the World Trade Center site isn’t striking the right balance between commemoration and commercial interestMay 20, 2014 By Solvej Schou Solvej Schou writes regularly for TakePart, and has also contributed to the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, BBC.com, and Entertainment Weekly. When 9/11 responder John Feal visited the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City last …

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    9/11 Responders Remembered Flag Dedication Ceremony

    9/11 Responders Remembered Flag Dedication Ceremony

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    Please join us on May 17th as we honor, remember and show our respect to those we add to our wall at the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park ! Please pass this on and share with all ! We will be adding over 90 names of selfless amazing Americans who gave their all and fought the good fight against 9/11 illnesses! Contact us for directions to …

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    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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    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:

      2014 Annual Toy Drive
      December 6, 2014
      10:00 am to 12:00 pm
      American Legion Hall # 269
      South Ocean Avenue and Baker Street
      Patchogue, NY 11772

      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.