The Paddy Reilly Memorial Foundation was founded as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 2016 in memory of Paddy Reilly. The Purpose of the Foundation is to continue Paddy’s legacy of giving to those in need.
Our mission is to assist the poor, underprivileged, and distressed youth and adults in the New York City metro area who are in need of medical care, educational and recreational opportunities
To date we have made contributions to:
- The Fight on Campaign for Séanin Smith –Séanin Smith suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
(EDS), a genetic connective tissue disorder that affects primarily the skin,
joints and blood vessel walls. As a
result Séanin sufferes with Cranial Instability.
As her health rapidly deteriorated her doctors in Ireland and England felt they did not have the capability or knowledge to deal with her condition and recommended that she seek treatment in the United States.
Séanin spent a summer in Maryland under the care of a neurosurgeon and underwent four surgeries over a twelve week period. To travel to the United States the family had to travel by ship from Southampton, England as Séanin was unable to fly due to her oxygen requirements. The Foundation raised funds to assist the family defray expenses related to her treatment and Séanin now has a much greater quality of life.
- Tir Na N’og – a children’s program run by The New York Irish Center. http://www.newyorkirishcenter.org
- Solace House – a program which provides confidential, therapeutic support for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and also for those who engage in self-harming behaviors. https://solacehouseinc.com/
- GallopNYC – GallopNYC offers therapeutic horsemanship programs to children and adults with disabilities, including Veterans and at-risk youth. They are committed to serving low-to-middle income families. https://gallopnyc.org
- The Good Dog Foundation – Good Dog provides therapy dog services to people in health care, social service, educational, and community facilities in the greater New York metro area, and at disaster sites around the country. Its highly-trained and certified volunteer teams each consist of a human handler and therapy dog. http://thegooddogfoundation.org
- The Emerald Isle Immigration Center (EIIC)- A not-for-profit entity created to exercise and protect the privileges and interests of the community; to foster a healthy interest in the civic affairs of the community, to help immigrants acquire US citizenship, and to inquire into civic abuses and seek reformation thereof.
In addition, EIIC also offers social services, education and employment services and has dedicated seniors and mental health programs.
EIIC has a free employment service available to all, and through its employment referrals they have successfully helped hundreds of job seekers. The Center helps those looking for work or employers looking for quality employees. The Center also advises on how to conduct a successful job-search in the United States, which is often a daunting task for many newcomers.
- The National Kidney Foundation, Inc. (NKF) is a major voluntary health organization in the United States, headquartered in New York City with over 30 local offices across the country. Its mission is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. NKF is the largest, most comprehensive, and longstanding patient-centric organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease in the US. The organization’s activities focus on awareness, prevention and treatment. Initiatives include public and professional education, kidney health screenings, research, and patient services.
- The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (KBRT) The Trust aims to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating the body (bodies) of loved one(s) who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland.