Many people know Ray Ciancaglini from his Second Impact Foundation, devoted to raising awareness of and preventing head injuries in young athletes.
Ray knows the issue firsthand, after suffering permanent damage from consecutive blows to the head as a professional boxer. He tours the country, talking to student-athletes about the importance of treating head injuries. He also gives talks on good character.
This summer, Ray held a Take Your Role Model to the Game night at a Geneva Red Wings game at McDonough Park. There, he met brand new Geneva Fire Chief Del Parotta, and Ray found out the department needs up-to-date firefighting gear. Ray will host a benefit dinner to help the department purchase that gear on October 6 at Belhurst Castle, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. There will also be a raffle of sports memorabilia and other donated items.
Tickets are $50. Get them from Chief Parotta, Dana’s Time Out, Sons of Italy, Baroody’s Cigar Store, and Pedulla’s Liquor Store.