• Clint Engel

GMFA, Clarizio Foundation help families facing cancer

PARSIPPANY, N.J. - More than 120 members of the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. attended a benefit golf outing hosted by GMFA and the Dean Michael Clarizio Cancer Foundation.
     Two $5,000 donations were presented during the event, held June 12 at Knoll Country Club here, to Nicole and Dominic Decarlo and Peter and Kelly Angelo to help with expenses associated with their children's cancer treatments.
     The foundation was established after Dean Clarizio, brother of Klaussner sales representative Chris Clarizio, lost his battle with the disease. It has donated about $250,000 to date to families and individuals fighting cancer.
     "Dean spent his short life reaching out to others," said GMFA Executive Director Alan Granetz. "We appreciate being able to continue helping others in his name."

Dominic and Nicole Decarlo and their daughter, Gabrielle, share a happy moment after receiving a $5,000 donation at the Greater Metro Furnishings Assn./ Dean Michael Clarizio Cancer Foundation golf outing.

Jordan Greenberg, left, Apropo, New York; Barton and Russell Bienenstock, Furniture World; Tony Bellarosa and Chris Clarizio, Klaussner and Sunset International; Patrick Cory, Cory Home Delivery; Andy Gans, Magnussen Home Furnishings; and Louis Massood.
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Peter and Kelly
Peter and Kelly Angelo with their triplet sons Kohl, left, Austin and Branden, were the other recipients of a $5,000 donation at GMFA/ Dean Michael Clarizio Cancer Foundation golf outing. The money will help cover expenses related to Kohl’s cancer treatment.

     GMFA also presented the 68th Meadoff Memorial Award for Sportsmanship to Chris Clarizio. The award, initiated in honor of A.S. Meadoff, recognizes fair-mindedness, personal relationships, social consciousness and support of humane and philanthropic causes.
     Sponsors for the group's 69th annual golf outing included Klaussner, Raymour & Flanigan, Cory Home Delivery, Magnussen Home Furnishings, Lloyds of Chatham, Emerald Home Furnishings, Rick Powell, Cap Services, Advisors Mortgage, Churchill Corporate Services and Skyline Mortgage.
     GMFA has about 180 members including retailers, representatives, designers and service providers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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