A Port Washington student who uses his birthday as an opportunity to raise money for those in need is being recognized for his generous efforts.
Tyler Fazzari, a seventh-grader at Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School, was selected to receive the 2016 Leaders of Tomorrow Award from the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for “making philanthropy an integral part of his life,” the organization said.
Since 2012, Tyler has raised nearly $15,000 through his program, called “BirthdayBack,” for various charities, including the Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism, the Wounded Warrior Project and The INN, or Interfaith Nutrition Network. He also received donations of a SMART Board for East Elementary School in Long Beach after superstorm Sandy and about $30,000 of Pharmapack feminine products for The INN.
“My great-grandparents were affected by the storm and I realized I didn’t need birthday gifts,” said Tyler, 12. “I’d rather help other people.” Of the award, he said: “It’s very meaningful and I feel so happy to be getting it.”
He is planning a Dec. 4 fundraiser in Port Washington featuring 13 music acts to benefit The De Rosa Foundation in Manhasset, which promotes colon cancer research.
Tyler also plays guitar in his school’s jazz band and is involved in Port Rowing, a community-based rowing program.