Ten-Year-Old Westchester County Boy Raises Over $3,300 for American Heart Association

Matthew "Mattie" Gullotta
Matthew "Mattie" Gullotta
Ten-year-old Matthew "Mattie" D. Gullotta, a fifth-grade student at Roosevelt School in Ossining, decided to raise money for an American Heart Association campaign and set a goal for himself of $250. But by the time he was finished, two weeks later, he had raised $3,344.67 for the Association's "Jump For Heart" fundraising program.

"Mattie had three surgeries and wanted to do something to help other kids," his father, Matthew L. Gullota, said. 

On his first day, Mattie collected $86 including $36 from his own piggy bank and most of the rest from a school secretary, his school bus driver, and young friends.  

During the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Beekman Avenue in Sleepy Hollow, he collected $120 from people on the street watching the marchers. He raised more money at a table outside of a Stop & Shop in Ossining and in front of Main Street Sweets in Tarrytown. He sister Amelia helped by making posters. 

He started a webpage, http://jumphoopsfda.kintera.org/mdg and donors responded; the amount of pledges initially amounted to about $700. He called just about everyone he knew to tell them about the website and subsequently $1,900 in pledges was reached.    

For his efforts, Matthew earned four merit badges from the American Heart Association along with a certificate of appreciation, a Heart Ambassador pin, a kickball and other awards.

Encouragement throughout was provided by friends, family, his mother Cinthia, and his father Matthew L. Gullotta. His parents own North American Refinery, a company that buys gold, silver and platinum, and has offices in Ossining and Tarrytown.

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