Dominic’s Dream: A "Grand Slam" of Success

Ogni anno UH Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital si prende cura di circa 800 pazienti affetti da rare malattie del sangue tra cui emofilia, anemia aplastica, talassemia e disordini piastrinici. Una diagnosi precoce, unita ad un tempestivo e mirato trattamento delle emorragie, aiuta a mantenere bassi i costi delle terapie e ridurre le limitazioni provocate da tali malattie. I fondi necessari per la ricerca sono un elemento critico per arrivare a tale fine. L’evento Dominic’s World’s Series Dream Dinner and Auction – una cena accompagnata da un’asta di beneficenza - si è svolto lo scorso 13 ottobre presso l’Executive Caterers at Landerhaven a Mayfield.

There was overwhelming support for the 2016 Dominic’s Dream World Series dinner and auction event on October 13 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. Pinching in to hit the Hemophilia blood disorder out of the park with the continued love and support of The Sylvia and Heath Oliver Foundation, 380 clean-up batters jammed the Grand Ballroom and clouted over $100,000 to add on to a previous $300,000 to endow a Research Chair for hemophilia and other rare blood disorders.

The opening pitch for the evening’s series was delivered by Fox 8 television personality Stefani Schaefer, and designated hitters during the dinner included The Most Reverend Anthony M. Pilla, Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Cleveland, Shelly and Dominic Piunno, sister Dianne Piunno, Dr. Sanjay Ahuja, Director of the Hemophilia Program at University Hospital, Auctioneer Bob Hale and Most Valuable Player, 13-year-old Dominic.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital treats approximately 800 children each year who suffer with rare blood disorders including: Hemophilia, Von Willebrand Disease, Aplastic anemia, Thalassemia, and Platelet Disorders. Early recognition and prompt treatment of bleeds helps keep costs down as well as reduce disability. 

Support for Dominic’s Dream Event brings Dominic and others close to their quest in finding relief, better treatments and, hopefully, one day a cure for everyone with hemophilia and other rare blood disorders.

Power-hitters and Co-Chairs Frank R. Piunno and Michael J. O’Brien thanked a legion of base hit and team players, supporters and sponsors including Grand Slam Round trippers’ Corinne Dodero and her Trust for Arts & Sciences, Fioritto Family Dental, The Envelope Printery, Tony Gamelia, Jay Lucarelli of Minute Men HR, MCR and the Piunno Family, Maria Quinn Piunno, Donna Piunno Bradt and Bill Bradt, and Richard Barone. Game winning Sponsors included, Mike Picciano, Mike and Paula Occhiner Ray and Toni Negrelli, Charles Longo, Willoughby Supply, Roetzel & Andress LPA and Al Salvatore, and the O’Brien Law Firm.

The lineup of other volunteers and supporters included master supporter Marie Quinn Piunno, the Fedeli Family Charitable Foundation, Dennis and Suzi Castglione, Ciuni & Panichi, Nacy Panzica, Liberty Bank, Jones Day, Key Bank, Micelli’s Dairy, Orlando’s Bakery, the Giles Memorial Foundation, Gregory Hackett Family Foundation, Lyndall Insurance, Michaelangelo’s Restaurant, DiVincenzo Landscaping, Fioritto Funeral Services, La Gazzetta, Fox 8, and Cleveland Magazine. Bullpen Banquet Facility ambassadors included closer Harlan Diamond and his trustworthy set-up aide, Connor.

From the sponsors and roster committee, thanks to one and all as the Dominic’s Dream Team came to bat and slugged one out of the park.