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Young Adults Auxiliary (YAA)

The Young Adults Auxiliary (YAA) of the Columbus Citizens Foundation was formed in 1995 by family and children of Foundation Members and previous scholarship recipients.

2020 Officers

Anthony Zampolin

Michael Ippolito
Vice President

Joseph Cavera

Stephen Dardis

Thanks to the help of prevailing technologies, the YAA has found a way we can continue to contribute to relief efforts for healthcare staff in local facilities, as well as offer a virtual sanctuary for our membership. We are proposing a Medical Face Shield Drive and a Family Room video group as outlined below. I am continually inspired by the optimism and connectivity within our community, and believe our membership will stand with us in the coming days to continue to be a positive force in that community.

Medical Face Shield Donation Drive

While medical safety supplies have become scarce, the 3D printing manufacturer Shapeways has made rapid-manufactured RC2 Prusa Protective Face Shields (click here to view this item) available to the YAA before public distribution. Your donation will help us send vital personal protective equipment to Staten Island University Hospital where supplies are quickly dwindling. Our goal of $4,000 will help provide 250 face shields, and any additional funds raised past that mark will provide other protective gear to critical care staff where it is most needed. To help in this fight and make a shield donation, click on the link below to select your desired charitable contribution amount. We’ll have this weblink available until April 9th (one week only) before making our bulk order to be shipped to the hospital on behalf of Columbus Citizens Foundation Young Adults Auxiliary.  All contributions are tax-deductible to full extent allowed under the law. All donations will be acknowledged by Columbus Citizens Foundation. 


We are holding this drive in memory of YAA member Francesca Santacroce’s father, Joe Santacroce, and YAA member Lenny Tedesco’s mother Catherine Tedesco, who have been directly impacted by the epidemic. To all of our YAA family members home or away, and everyone that has been deeply affected by ongoing global events- you are in our hearts and prayers.

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