On June 29, 2012 over 250 New York State court employees and friends showed up to open their wallets and their hearts to help Peter Cannon, son of Sgt. Ralph Cannon (Queens Supreme).  Thanks to the hard work of event volunteers, braving the 96 degree heat, there were enough burgers, hot dogs and cold drinks to feed an army.  The goals of the event were to collect funds to help the Cannon family offset the medical costs of recent DNA testing as well as to collect swabs from potential bone marrow donors.  Volunteers gathered in 66 samples at Belmont that day, bringing the project’s total close to 1,100. Testing for a match takes about three weeks. Belmont racetrack personnel joined in the spirit of the event by adding to the many prizes that were raffled off.

Congratulations to the following project leaders:

Major Terry Flanagan      Capt. Joan Duffy          Tom Quinn        Tom Bailey

Pete Brady                          Kevin Scanlon              Scott Lanes        Pat O’Malley   

Sgt. John Stock                   Rob DeTomasso         Nicole Ranzi       Tom Staines

Sgt. Mike Fels                     Maureen Heavy          Pete Izzo             Lou Massari

Sgt. George Zito                 Brendon Mullany       Craig Tropp         Jessie McCoy

Lt. John O’Driscoll             Brian Hammerman     Bill McCullagh    Janet Walsh

Sgt. Tom Jones                   Sgt. John Pezzino        Paul DiPierro 


Special thanks to everyone who stepped forward to take a test swab and or buy a raffle, your generosity is an inspiration to the Cannon family as well as everyone involved in this 10-13 project.


We have extended the raffle date to the week of July 9, 2012 to allow for all distributed raffles to come in.

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