While Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader partner Phil Morin’s flag football team, the Shark Finns, may have lost a close contest for the Snow Bowl 35 and Over Division Championship 7-0, they scored a huge win for the Special Olympics New Jersey this weekend by raising over $20,000 for the organization while participating in the New York Giants Snow Bowl flag football tournament at MetLife Stadium Sunday, March 22.
The team was crowned the top fundraising team out of nearly 120 teams who participated this year. This is the third time in four years the team has led all teams in fundraising. Since 2012, the team has raised nearly $70,000 for the SONJ.
Attorneys and staff members from the Firm’s Phillipsburg and Rochelle Park offices came together to support Phil’s team the Shark Finns - named for his nearly 4 year old son Finn who was born with Down syndrome. Finn, Phil’s youngest of 4 children, participates in the SONJ’s “Young Athletes” program in his hometown of Cranford.
“We may have finished second on the field, but being the top fundraising team is a victory for the developmentally disabled athletes who will benefit from the generosity of our family, friends and co-workers,” Morin said. “My teammates and I were honored to support the SONJ, whose professional staff and volunteers touch hearts and change lives.”
FPSF members, clients and their families enjoyed an afternoon of family activities at MetLife stadium surrounding the Snow Bowl. Several representatives of Travelers Insurance, longtime clients of the Firm, also took part in the fundraising effort and on the field.
The Special Olympics New Jersey’s mission is to provide free year-round training and competition in 24 Olympic-type sports to more than 24,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Pictured: Shark Finns team members Joe Asaro, Joe Buffalano, Phil Morin, Partner at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, and Tom Rizzuto accept the trophy for second place in the Over-35 Division of the NY Giants Snow Bowl. Morin’s team raised over $20,000 to benefit the Special Olympics New Jersey.