Fundraisers + Events

Fundraisers + Events

Michael’s Cause fundraising events include a Spring Dinner Dance Gala which plays host to over 800 attendees. An annual fall time Step for a Cure 5k Run and walk as well as being a sponsor in the TCS NYC Marathon. In addition, several other smaller community based events take place throughout the year.

Upcoming Events

2024 NYC Half Marathon

We’re proud sponsors of the 2024 NYC Half Marathon on March 17, 2024, and you’re invited to join us. Secure your spot in this exhilarating event, receive official race day shirts, and support a great cause. Learn more about how your passion for running can make a meaningful difference.

Official Charity Partner of the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon 2024
Official Charity Partner of the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon 2024

2024 NYC Marathon

Join the Michael’s Cause team and participate in the 2024 NYC Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, November 3, 2024. Michael’s Cause is dedicated to raising awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, channeling all funds towards cutting-edge medical and scientific research for improved treatments and a potential cure. Typically, individuals affected by Duchenne experience a loss of the ability to walk between the ages of 8 and 12.

Be a part of our team in 2024 and run in solidarity with those who face challenges in running and walking. This marks the 7th consecutive year that Michael’s Cause proudly sponsors the race. Runners will secure entry into the marathon and receive the NY Road Runners online training program, along with exclusive Michael’s Cause running apparel.

Participants are required to raise $4000 by utilizing social media and other donation platforms. To further support your fundraising endeavors, we will organize a raffle. If you are interested in joining the 2024 NYC Marathon Team, please reach out to me at 917-443-5384. Let’s make a difference together!

Official Charity Partner of the TCS NYC Marathon 2024
Official Charity Partner of the TCS NYC Marathon 2024

Previous Events

2023 NYC Marathon

The 2023 NYC Marathon was a huge success.  13 runners participated for Michael’s Cause at the 2023 NYC Marathon and they helped raise awareness and $70,000 in funding for research.  Congratulations to the 2023 Michael’s Cause Marathon team.  The runners were: Nick Como, Roy Kaplan, Sarena Patel, Kali Tajwani, Mike Watsula, Joe Riotta, Leo Acqautico, Vinny Nabavi, Jacqueline Stenersen, Nick Giannini, Thomas Trapp, Hudson Scanni and Drew Crocitto.


2023 Step for a Cure 5k run and walk September 17, 2023

On behalf of our family and Michael’s Cause, we want to thank all of you for making the 11th annual Step for a Cure 5k Run and Walk a big success. This year was the biggest turnout with over 500 runners and 800 walkers.

We would like to recognize the community of supporters that included walkers and runners. Thank you goes to the many schools that had teams and other students take part in the walk and run. Thank you to Country Donuts for the truck with coffee and donuts, Chef Mike for his food display, Applebee’s, Arcadia Pets for the petting Zoo, and Touchstone Crystal.

A big thanks to our event sponsors, Quantum Facilities, Country Donuts, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Miss Caroline’s Dance Elite, and Titanium Construction. Our Race Bib Sponsor, Jack Oehm, and Family. Our Water Bottle Sponsors, Dependable Auto Body, Stop & Stor, Gerald Peters Jewelers, Premier Dyrwall and Team Logic. The Giveaway Sponsors were Approved Oil and Eltingville Florist and All Island Kiwanis. The Mile Marker Sponsors included Chef Mike, The Anthony DeMartino Foundation, All Island Kiwanis, Raineri Jewelers, and the South Shore Rotary Club. Thank you to the many T-shirt sponsors and to Partners in Sound for the entertainment. Thank you to Marina Morgan for singing Our National Anthem and God Bless America and to Scout Troop 132 for the display of the colors!! SI Borough President Vito Fosella and Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis for their continued support!! In attendance were other families that are in this battle with us. The Scarso Family, the Curran Family, the Perrina family, and the Jhaveri family.

Together we will find better treatments and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy!!


Disco Deck Party For Michael’s Cause

The Disco Deck party at the Grand Oaks Country Club on June 23 was a huge success. The event raised over $9000 and a lot of awareness was raised for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Disco Deck Party For Michael's Cause at the Grand Oaks Country Club. $79pp June 23, 2023. 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm. Buffet & Open Bar.
Disco Deck Party For Michael’s Cause at the Grand Oaks Country Club. $79pp June 23, 2023. 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm. Buffet & Open Bar.

2023 NYC Half Marathon

The 2023 Michael’s Cause Half Marathon team raised over $15,000 for Michael’s Cause. The runners this year were Brian Schneider, Marissa Gigliotti, Alyssa Fixler, Samson Fixler, Valerie Mondiello, John Lamura, Kimberly Hall, Gina-Marie Principe, Amanda Lohse Buatti, Deni-Marie Crowley, and Rob Capolongo.

Your hard work and training helped raise awareness for Michael’s Cause and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. We thank all of you!!

2023 United Airlines NYC Half
2023 United Airlines NYC Half