Gift of Life Gala

Peter Castellana III, Peter Castellana Jr. and the Castellana Foundation recently made a donation in the amount of $2,500.00 to support the Gift of Life Gala.

The Gift of Life NYC organization brings children to the United States for heart surgeries when they are not available in their country.





The heart and soul of Gift of Life International is the children around the world who today are afflicted with heart disease and do not have care available to them.  Over 5.5 million children are born each year with a congenital heart defect while 94% of them do not have access to treatment.




Over the past 4 decades, the organization has helped more than 18,000 children from emerging countries receive treatment for their heart disease.  These children have come from 71 different countries and otherwise would not have been treated.

There are over 70 Gift of Life programs throughout the world.








The Kiwanis Club of Levittown – 4th Annual Road Rally, Dinner & Basket Raffle

Peter Castellana III, Peter Castellana Jr. and the Castellana Foundation are excited to sponsor the Kiwanis Club of Levittown’s 4th Annual Road Rally, Dinner & Basket Raffle, to be held May 21, 2016.


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Levittown Kiwanis Club is a service organization unified in the belief that children and their community benefit from the efforts of a group of caring and involved members and volunteers. At the local level, in order to provide leadership opportunities to youth, they sponsor four Key Clubs at the High School level and three Builders Clubs at the Middle School level. The club also recognizes “Terrific Kids” in seven elementary schools. 

The proceeds from the 4th Annual Road Rally will go towards funding scholarships for one student in each of their four High Schools, sending a few underprivileged local children to Kamp Kiwanis over the summer, running the “Terrific Kids” program in each of their seven elementary schools, and providing resources to their middle school’s “Builders Clubs” and high school “Key Clubs.”

In addition, Levittown Kiwanis Club provides support to their community by organizing and supporting such activities as:

  • Running numerous food drives to feed local families as well as provide supplies to two local food pantries
  • Collecting, refurbishing and redistributing wheelchairs
  • Collecting and packaging toiletries for distribution to food pantries and Veterans
  • Assisting Long Island Alzheimer’s and Special Olympics organizations at their annual events






Queen of Peace Residence

Peter Castellana III, Peter Castellana Jr. and the Castellana Foundation, along with Western Beef, recently donated $1,198.00 worth of groceries to Little Sisters of the Poor, an organization that provides services to residents that live at Queen of Peace.


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At Queen of Peace, quality care is provided to 80 elderly Residents (60+ years old) who are without financial means, family or social support.

Many seniors come to Queen of Peace as independent residents residing in subsidized apartments on the 4th and 5th floors.

As their skills decline and they require more assistance, they can move to a floor where an appropriate level of skilled nursing care is provided.

The continuum of services permits a sense of security throughout life. Once a senior Resident comes to Queen of Peace, they have a home for the remainder of their years.




The Little Sisters of the Poor provide an array of services to each resident in an effort to meet their individual physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs.  These include medical and nursing services, pastoral services,  social services, and physical and occupational therapy. Additionally, they provide activity programs, as well as beauty and barber shop services.


Mother Celine Therese Vadukkoot addresses guests during a birthday party for centenarians Jan. 20 at the Little Sisters of the Poor's Queen of Peace Residence in the Queens borough of New York. Eight residents celebrating 100 or more years in 2015 were honored at the event. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See LIFE-CENTENARIANS Jan. 21, 2015.


The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international congregation of Roman Catholic women founded in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan. Together with a diverse network of collaborators, they serve the elderly poor in over 30 countries around the world.

Continuing the work of Saint Jeanne Jugan, their mission is to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself.