Bob McGuire (left) with Susan and Vincent Russo at the Theresa Awards award presentation
On May 6, 2016, the Theresa Alessandra Russo Foundation held the 22nd annual Theresa Awards Dinner. The event was held at the Bridgeview Yacht Club and about 300 guest were in attendance and was hosted by Vincent and Susan Russo along with other family members. Bob McGuire was honored for his years of service at the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County and his efforts on behalf of all individuals with disabilities. The other honorees were Betsy Miller and Corey Bearak, both attorneys who do great work on behalf of people with special needs.
The Theresa Alessandra Russo Foundation is named in honor and memory of Theresa, the daughter of Susan and Vincent, who attended school as a young child at CP Nassau. In her short life, Theresa was an inspiration to all who met her. The Foundation supports music, dance, art and recreation programs locally and all over the U.S. In 2015, the Theresa Foundation gave over $130,000 in grants to various organizations. The playground at CP Nassau is called “Theresa’s Fun Place” and was established in 2004 through the generosity of the Theresa Foundation. Hundreds of students from the Children’s Learning Center at CP Nassau enjoy the playground daily. The Foundation continues to maintain the grounds on an annual basis and proceeds from the 2016 diner event will go towards making some needed renovations.