"I had the idea for Fans Across America about 14 years ago as a result of a personal experience with my family. When you have a child with a serious illness or special need, medical and other expenses can really take a toll on the family unit. We wanted to bring families in need together with athletes and celebrities and their fans to aid these families through a unique donation program that allowed family members and coworkers to make monetary donations. I incorporated Fans in July of 2006, and we launched in July of 2007 raising money and helping one family at a time, one bill at a time, sometimes paying rent, utilities and providing food. Fans was a start-up foundation just as the economy began to take a turn for the worse, we scratched and clawed to stay afloat and help as many families as possible.
In 2009, our efforts were recognized, and the Foundation won People Magazine and Major League Baseball All-Stars Among Us program participating in the All-Star Game in St. Louis.
In 2010, George got involved in the Homeless Students program and began to reach to the community as our "Fans" to support the mission. This is a great program and is set up to help even more families, without that personal commitment and sacrifice of taking something that never was and making it happen, we wouldn't be here today helping these families in need. It hasn't always been easy, but I would do it again."Bruce Petillo- Founder
Fans Across America
The Fans Across America Charitable Foundation is a volunteer driven 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization which provides daily living necessities to Homeless Students / Families in Transition and Victims of Domestic Violence.
The Fans Across America Charitable Foundation was incorporated in Arizona on July 17, 2006 and officially launched on July 9, 2007.