November 2023 Newsletter

(Up)Beat (Up)Date

At Thanksgiving, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) is most grateful for you, our community of donors, partners, and volunteers. Every utility bill paid, every ride to treatment provided, every grocery card we send to a family with nothing left after paying medical expenses – YOU are the reason we can do that. JAF frequently shares the impact you have on patients. What you don’t always see is your donation’s impact on the JAF team.

Every day, the JAF staff is full of appreciation and excitement with news of donor support, with some team members even shouting out when gifts arrive! Our team knows who you are. They talk about you by name. They can state how you became a donor, the event you hosted for us, or how long you’ve been coming to Gala or Golf. This team prides itself on the relationships it builds.

So, as we approach GivingTuesday, we hope you will consider making a gift to JAF. Here, we value you and your investment in our mission. You can feel confident that it will positively impact cancer patients, and JAF receives it with the same joy you gave it.

With gratitude,
Jen Andruzzi
President and CEO

JAF Delivers Food and Smiles to Cancer Patients for Thanksgiving

The JAF team was on the road Monday, November 20, as the Foundation partnered with Personal Best Charity to deliver Thanksgiving meals to 71 local cancer patients sponsored by North Easton Savings Bank.

JAF also added dessert pies from Flaky Crust in Norton, Whisk and Paddle in North Attleboro, Colwen Hotels in Foxboro, My Grandma’s Bakery in Hyde Park, and Phantom Farms in Cumberland, RI. The Foundation thanks our generous supporters and volunteers for helping make sure cancer patients and their families have food on the table for Thanksgiving.


Give Comfort & Joy to Patients this GivingTuesday!

Join JAF and Bob’s Discount Furniture this GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 28, to support New England cancer patients and their families!

Thanks to our friends at Bob’s, all GivingTuesday donations made to JAF will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000! Also, Bob’s will give a brand new mattress to a JAF patient recipient for every $2,500 raised–up to 10 mattresses total!

Make this GivingTuesday a day that matters to cancer patients by contributing to JAF!


Sturdy Health in Attleboro, MA, to bring super-powered joy to cancer patients for a (Up)Beat Event!

Joe spent time chatting and taking pictures to help make these patients’ cancer journey a little less stressful that day. The team also delivered care packages complete with superhero masks so patients in the infusion units could get in on the fun!

Read Full Recap Here


Patient Profile: Jessica

JAF’s most recent Patient Profile is Jessica, a Foundation grant recipient and cancer patient who was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in August 2022. Patient Profiles share the heartwarming stories about the individuals the Foundation has assisted and their unique and inspiring journeys.

Read Jessica’s Story Here


UnBELIEVEable Night at JAF Gala

On Thursday, October 26, JAF hosted our 16th Annual Gala at the breathtaking Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, MA. It was a memorable night for the more than 300 in-person and virtual guests, as the Foundation raised more than $725,000 for cancer patients and their families!

We are thankful for the incredible generosity and support our donors have given us as JAF continues to help remove financial barriers for cancer patients throughout New England. Thank you for BELIEVE-ing in JAF!

Read Gala Recap Here


Hop Over to True North Ale Company with JAF

JAF will host our final Hop Over of 2023 at True North Ale Company in Ipswich, MA, on Thursday, December 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Join Joe and the Foundation team for a fun night enjoying local beer, food, and music! All proceeds will support JAF’s mission to provide help, hope, and a reason to smile, to New England cancer patients and family members.

For more information, contact Gillian O’Brien at

Buy Tickets Here


JAF Night at the Providence Bruins

Come enjoy a fun night out and support JAF’s mission by watching the Providence Bruins take on the Bridgeport Islanders on Friday, December 1, at the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, RI.

A portion of all tickets purchased online, 50/50, silent auction, and other items will go towards supporting the Foundation’s mission.


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