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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTINDean Smith and Mike Pruzinsky are the organizers of the Angel Hearts of the Lehigh Valley fundraiser. This year’s event was held April 30 at American Legion Post 367, Fullerton. “I couldn’t have done it without Smith,” Pruzinsky said. “He handles all of the graphics, advertisements and marketing.” PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTINDean Smith and Mike Pruzinsky are the organizers of the Angel Hearts of the Lehigh Valley fundraiser. This year’s event was held April 30 at American Legion Post 367, Fullerton. “I couldn’t have done it without Smith,” Pruzinsky said. “He handles all of the graphics, advertisements and marketing.”
Melisa Wagner, Bill Balash, Bryan Bilheimer, Jan Davies, J.J. Rohrbach and Corrie Davies enjoy the benefit. Melisa Wagner, Bill Balash, Bryan Bilheimer, Jan Davies, J.J. Rohrbach and Corrie Davies enjoy the benefit.

2nd Angel Hearts event is successful

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by tinamarie martin Special to The Press in Local News

The Angel Hearts of the Lehigh Valley second annual fundraiser was held at American Legion Post 367, Fullerton, April 30.

The fundraiser included food, beverages and live music. All proceeds will go to Wounded Warriors’ children’s softball amputee camp — which serves as a summer camp for amputee kids to play baseball and softball — and Veteran Support Centers of America (VSCA). VSCA’s Camp Royal Oak has a PAWS assistance dog training program. Mike Pruzinsky, one of the organizers of the fundraiser, believes it is a great benefit for disabled veterans with PTSD and other ailments. These veterans are partnered with service dogs, who are then trained, while the veterans receive free room and board at the camp.

“Both of these charities cover everything near and dear to us,” Pruzinsky said. “Last year I decided to do something special for my 50th birthday for military, special needs children and animals in need. With the help of my friend Dean Smith, the Fullerton American Legion Post 367, the Fullerton Fire Company and John Pruzinsky, who is our treasurer, we planned a birthday fundraiser, and it went well.”

Mike Pruzinsky said Angel Hearts is growing into a larger charity because of its popularity and success. So far, more than $10,000 has been raised within the last two years.

“To me, all my supporters are angels with big hearts looking to help others in need, which is something my mother and father instilled in me,” Pruzinsky said. “I was born with no kneecaps and clubbed feet, so that made me want to help kids with disabilities.”

Pruzinsky’s desire to keep this fundraiser growing also stems from his utmost respect for military personnel and veterans, “especially those with lost limbs and minds.

“And animals who are stuck in shelters with no home or are abused just breaks my heart,” he said. “I just want to help those in need.”