The stories below detail how the TC Open Charitable Foundation (TCOCF) has made a difference in children’s lives over the years!
Visit To Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp
The Pirosko and Prado families recently visited the Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp in Boswell, PA and had an incredible time meeting the Mentors and Munchkins that the foundations donation helps support. While our kids did get to enjoy some of the fun activities the kids get to do during the week, it was also a great experienced and confirmed our commitment to this group. While visiting for a few days, we got to meet so many people that help ad some stability to these young lives. We were also fortunate that our visited timed up perfectly with a visit from some members of the board for Semper Fi Fund’s larger oragnization. We enjoyed great camaraderie in hearing about their mission and discussing how it matched well with ours.
Once again thank you to all our sponsors and supporters and if anyone is interested in visiting the camp please let us know!
Semper Fi Kid’s Camp Fund
Children of a catastrophically injured or critically ill service member must handle challenges and adversities that someone their age should not have to face alone. It is vital that these children have peer support from those who understand their unique circumstances. Semper Fi Fund Kids’ Camp, created and administered by the non-profit Semper Fi Fund, offers support, confidence, and the tools for a successful life to these very special children. A key component to the camp is the mentor program which pairs each camper with a high school mentor. As the child of a military family, each mentor understands the unique needs of the program participants and makes a commitment to stay in touch with their camper throughout the coming school year. In 2013, the TC Open Charitable Foundation worked with the Semper Fi Fund to bring 62 campers and 62 mentors to Pennsylvania to participate in this week-long, life-changing experience.
The Fisher House of PittsburghPittsburgh, PA
I would first like to thank you and your group for first inviting Terry and I to your event last year. (2012) Thank you for allowing us to speak on the Fisher House and the Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House – there is no way to just say thanks. Our staff talks about how grateful we are for the gifts you all presented to us as well.
James W. Bruder
Chairman of the Board
Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House
The Watchful Shepherd, USAPittsburgh, PA
In the spring of 2016 the TC Open held a music concert featuring Moscow Mule at Olive or Twist in Pittsburgh. This event helped to raise money for the Watchful Shepherd, USA. The Watchful Shepherd program provides children and their families a voice against a growing, yet very hidden evil – family violence and the abuse of children. Visit their website for more details, www.watchful.org. This was a fun filled night with dancing, drinking and socializing with great friends. Thank you to Moscow Mule for an awesome concert – www.moscowmuleband.com!!!
Variety “My Bike” Program
We are thrilled to yet again be a part of the “My Bike” event. The Variety’s “My Bike” Program, which provides adaptive bikes individually customized to eligible children with disabilities, was started in 2012. WHS has participated in Variety’s events over the last year and has helped give 22 bikes to local children.
With our participation, Washington County has provided a total of 53 bikes to children in the community. We are honored to be a part of this event and look forward giving more children more bicycles in the years to come. We are also honored to be an influential help to the community and families to get their children exercising and staying active!
Let’s keep on peddling!
The 5 new bikes given in May 2014 and were donated by:
- WHS Physicians, Employees, Staff and Administration
- WHS Auxiliary
- TC Open Charitable Foundation which was founded and run by Tom Pirosko and Chris Prado ( two bikes donated)
- Wayne Pfrimmer, MD