STATEN ISLAND, NY — Since 2006, Chris Scandaglia of New Springville has raised more than $21,000 for the ALS Association in memory of his grandfather, Frank Gallinaro, who died in 1990 after succumbing to Lou Gehrig’s disease.
And on Saturday, Scandaglia participated in the Long Branch Jersey Shore/ALS New York Chapter’s annual walk, where he teamed up with family members who walked with him on the beach boardwalk. Thus, $1,245 was raised for the cause.
“I requested and received donations from social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and directed them to the ALS NY website,” Scandaglia explained, adding, “Since 2006, I have raised over $21,000 for the ALS NY chapter and in 2009 I had the Yankees World Series trophy at the Bocelli Ristorante in Grasmere where I raised over $7,000 for the ALS NY chapter.
Scandaglia adds that he previously fundraised for ALS from 2006 to 2012 through his old Allstate office where he donated $5 for every insurance quote given. Then, in 2012, he reached out to ALS families in need and raised $17,427 for ALS families who have lost loved ones to ALS.
The sports enthusiast raised money for two Staten Island families in 2012 – $10,310 for an ALS widow and her toddler son with Yankee legend Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano at the Yankee Stadium NYY Steak restaurant, he said. he tells.
Scandaglia was just 9 years old in 1990 when his grandfather lost his battle with ALS, which shortened the life of Gehrig, the legendary New York Yankees first baseman at the height of his Temple career. of fame.
And years later, Scandaglia has tears in his eyes as he talks about his late grandfather – so he will continue to make a difference in the lives of those who have been emotionally affected, as he was 29 years ago.
“In 2013, a total of $4,612 was raised for a widower with ALS and his two children with Yankee players Lyle Overbay, Chris Stewart, Boone Logan and currently still playing David Phelps and also the South African supermodel Genevieve Morton who was on hand to show her support,” Scandaglia said. “We also had an encounter with Kelly Ripa at her 2013 show with the Staten Island Family in 2013. Again, it was at Yankee Stadium NYY Steak Restaurant.”
And in 2019, Scandaglia raised $2,505 for the mother and daughter of a Pennsylvania family at RailRiders Stadium PNC Field, the Triple AAA affiliate of the Yankees, where he raffled off his own personal Yankee autographs to sell tickets.