This Thanksgiving NSSA is Grateful to Tyler Fazzari & All Our Generous Supporters

This Thanksgiving NSSA is Grateful to Tyler Fazzari & All Our Generous Supporters

Several years ago we made the acquaintance of a darling young man named Tyler Fazzari. Tyler arrived at NSSA, shortly after celebrating his 10th birthday, to donate almost $1000 that he had raised for us through his organization BirthdayBack. BirthdayBack is dedicated to inspiring people to use their birthdays as an opportunity to give back. It started with Tyler’s desire to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy and has since developed into something much greater. Since starting the organization, Tyler and BirthdayBack have raised over $50,000 for various local organizations!

In recognition of his generous achievements, we nominated him for the “Leader of Tomorrow” honor at Long Island’s Association for Fundraising Professional’s Annual Philanthropy Day. We were so pleased and proud to hear that he would be the recipient of the award!


We would like to share Tyler’s good news and to say THANK YOU again for all that he has done for NSSA, and for so many others. We are deeply grateful for Tyler’s friendship.

At this time of year, we remember all the people and organizations that have been a friend to us by making a donation, raising money on our behalf, volunteering at an event, or spreading the word about NSSA and autism awareness. We are so thankful and grateful for the wonderful people who support our organization and mission.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends!



Tyler Fazzari has a big heart. When Hurricane Sandy tore through Long Island, forcing his great grandparents out of their home, he wanted to make a difference and created “BirthdayBack.” Instead of gifts, guests were asked to make donations to Long Beach’s East Elementary School. Tyler raised over $20,000, including a donation of a SMART Board. In 2013, Tyler “BirthdayBacked” Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism, raising almost $1,000. In 2014, Tyler invited his entire fifth grade class to support The Wounded Warrior Project. More than 100 kids raised over $3,000 and WWP named Tyler a Student Ambassador. For Tyler’s twelfth birthday, he raised more than $30,000 in much-needed products and monies for The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network).

Way to Go! Tyler Fazzari of Port Washington

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NEWSDAY October 24, 2016 11:37 AM

By Michael R. Ebert

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 verymeaningful and I feel so happy tobe 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.

1010 Wins News Names Tyler one of ther “50 Heroes” in celebration of their 50th Anniversary

1010 Wins interviewed Tyler today! He was chosen as one of their “50 Heroes” in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. What an honor! Surely a day he will never forget.



PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Most kids love getting presents on their birthday, but one Long Island boy is forgoing them in an effort to help Superstorm Sandy victims.

Tyler Fazzari, who will be turning 9, has asked his friends to donate money and gift cards to help Long Beach Public Schools buy a new Smart Board.

“Some people can bring in, like, Home Depot gift cards to help rebuild everything,” Fazzari told 1010 WINS’ Jim Powers on Wednesday.

The third grader said he decided to give up getting presents because he already has “a lot of stuff.”

“Since, like, I have a lot of stuff and I feel bad for the people who don’t have these things. So I just decided that I would want to help them,” he said.

Once his party is over, Fazzari will personally hand deliver the donations to the the school.

If you would like to help, you can do so using the following information:

Long Beach Public Schools Disaster Relief Fund 235 Lido Blvd Lido Beach, NY 11561
Attention: Kaja Gula-Thomas
In the “memo” line of the check donators should write “Tyler”

Fazzari’s mother, Erica, said Tyler loves to read and play with his friends, and called him an amazing kid.

“His heart is bigger than his body,” she said.

Student Donates All B’Day Gifts

Tyler Fazzari gives his own gifts on his birthdays.

Ten-year-old Tyler Fazzari is at it again. For his third straight birthday, he is raising money for charity instead of receiving gifts. This year it is the Wounded Warrior Project.

Tyler, who attends Sousa Elementary, said he “chose this charity because I am learning about all our country’s battles through the years in Social Studies and I am thankful for their fighting for our freedom.”
On Feb. 1, with the help of Bounce! in Syosset, he has invited his entire fifth grade class, as well as his friends and family, to celebrate his birthday with him by raising money for Wounded Warrior, who he is a student ambassador for.
Tyler first began his philanthropy in 2013, right after Hurricane Sandy. His grandparents had lost their house and he wanted to help the victims. East Elementary School in Long Beach was the lucky recipient of a new Smart Board package in his honor and Tyler presented the gift to the students in person.
Last year, he raised money for The Nassau Suffolk School for Autism and had a great time playing with all the kids benefiting from his altruistic efforts and started a movement called BirthdayBack ( to inspire kids and adults to “celebrate their birthdays by giving.” Congressman Steve Israel was impressed by Tyler and spoke of him in his floor speech in Washington, DC.


Port Washington Third-Grader’s Selfless Birthday  March 2014

Struck by the devastation caused in Long Beach in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, 9-year-old Tyler Fazzari of Port Washington did something not many children his age would do. In lieu of birthday presents, he asked his friends to donate money to help Long Beach Public Schools. His goal was to raise enough money to buy East Elementary School a new Smart Board. Tyler also received support from family members, who contacted Smart to let them know about Tyler’s ambitious plan. Smart put Tyler in touch with Teq, its regional sales representative in Huntington Station. Representatives at Teq were so impressed with Tyler’s selfless efforts that they agreed to donate a Smart Board, along with a Smart Document Camera and Smart Slate.

“The school got flooded and they needed to rebuild,” said Tyler when he was asked what motivated him to embark on this lofty endeavor. “I feel good that they got everything back.”

“When Tyler’s family told us what he was doing, we were happy to get involved,” added Damian Scarfo, chief executive officer of Teq.

Tyler and his family made a special trip to East Elementary School on May 14 to see the equipment in use in the school’s computer lab and to meet the children who will be benefiting from his generosity. Principal Sean Murray presented Tyler with a giant thank-you card signed by every student in the school. He also gave Tyler the honor of being the first to activate the Smart Board. After the ceremony, Mr. Murray took Tyler on a tour of the building and brought him to meet all his fellow third-graders at East School, who were duly impressed with Tyler’s kindness and resourcefulness.

“We are extremely grateful to Tyler for his efforts to aid in our recovery,” said Mr. Murray. “We are hoping that someday our students will be able to pay it forward.”

$1M in donations continue to reach Long Beach’s students

Students arrive at Lindell Elementary School in Long Beach for the first time since superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 13, 2012) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)


A fifth-grade class in Woodbine, Md., collected $2,300 for students at Long Beach’s Lindell Elementary School when they heard the school might not be able to afford to print yearbooks because of superstorm Sandy.

Students in a Texas elementary school pooled lunch money and loose change and donated $7.75 to the Long Beach school district — in quarters.

Ronald Badamo, a 1959 Long Beach grad who lives in Okinawa, Japan, sent $2,000.

The Long Beach school district has received about $1 million in dozens of cash and gift donations since Sandy, which caused $54 million in damage and shuttered all of the district’s schools.

The donations — school and art supplies, equipment, Christmas stockings and gifts for students, and cash — have come from Long Beach residents, alumni and other Long Island schools as well as school groups, companies and individuals around the world. Some have come from families struggling with their own Sandy repairs.

“It has been unbelievable,” said Patty Van Loon, a librarian at Long Beach Middle School. “It’s fantastic that there were people donating from in and outside of the community.”

The donations have helped the district rebuild, Long Beach Superintendent David Weiss said, and have lifted the spirits of students and teachers whose own homes were thrashed by the storm.

Dorothy Byrne, whose 7-year-old daughter Jillian attended West Elementary School, cited a school in Rockville Centre that donated Christmas toys.

“When we heard about that on the announcement speakers, we were like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so cool,’ ” said Jillian, whose home is still being repaired.

The storm shut down the district for two weeks, destroying libraries, classrooms, musical instruments and thousands of books. West Elementary, the hardest-hit school, had 3 feet of flooding. Sand washed into Long Beach High School along with a foot of water.

West, one of four elementary schools in the 4,000-student district, remains closed, with students attending a crowded Lindell. The other schools have reopened, though some facilities remain off-limits, such as the high school’s gym and a wing of the middle school.

Donations started coming in the day after the Oct. 29 storm, Weiss said.

“People couldn’t help fast enough,” said Heather Puckhaber, a first-grade teacher at Lindell. “We couldn’t get ourselves organized to handle all the donations that were coming in.”

And the gifts continue to arrive as the school year comes to a close, Weiss said.

“These were the kind of items that really allowed not just the school but families to function,” Weiss said.

Longwood Middle School students collected 100 boxes of books and supplies. Carnegie Hall donated 400 recorders.

Tyler Fazzari, 9, from Port Washington, asked his friends to donate money to Long Beach schools rather than give him presents at his birthday party. He raised $1,500 for the schools, and Teq, a Huntington Station educational services firm, donated a Smart Board on his behalf.

Tyler’s mother, Erica, said her son was moved by Sandy’s damage to the schools and wanted to help. The donation drive took place while Tyler’s grandparents were forced out of their Woodmere home by the storm, Erica Fazzari said.

“He got really excited to help the schools,” she said. “There wasn’t a moment where he was like, ‘Oh bummer, I really wish I could receive gifts.’ ”

Elizabeth Altbacker, a band teacher at the middle school, said donations have been instrumental in restocking equipment ruined by salt water. Sandy destroyed more than 50 instruments, she said, but almost all have been replaced.

The new instruments are emblematic of how donations “made such a difference in the kids’ daily routine,” Altbacker said.

“It just made their year so much calmer,” she said.

Long Beach’s plight touched far-off students, too. Maddie Kutler, 14, from Ridgefield, Conn., stood outside a supermarket near her home collecting art supplies that she later donated in a minivan full of materials to West School, officials said.

Wendy Cruz, a Spanish teacher at Brandenburg Elementary School in Irving, Texas, whose sister Francis Ventura is a Spanish teacher at Long Beach High School, organized a drive and collected five boxes of supplies. Several dozen students who could not afford to buy supplies pooled their lunch money and loose change and donated $7.75, Cruz said.

“They have a wonderful heart and I know if they could do more they would,” Cruz said. “To give those quarters away to someone that they know needs it more than they do means a lot.”