Mission Statement

The Bulldogs Care Foundation was founded in memory of four Yale University Bulldogs and seeks to support disadvantaged youth as they pursue personal development through programs in athletics, education and mentoring.

In all that we do, the Foundation seeks to embody the passion, spirit, and sense of community and friendship of four Yale University Bulldogs – Kyle, Andrew, Nick and Sean who lost their lives one terrible night.

Through our fundraising efforts, we aim to help those so powerful in potential yet without the proper financial or community support behind them. We celebrate the legacy of our friends by doing all that we can for a better tomorrow one young person at a time.

2003

The Accident

On January 17, 2003, the Yale University community was devastated by the deaths of four of its finest young men, Kyle Burnat, Andrew Dwyer, Sean Fenton and Nick Grass, as a result of a car accident on a dark and icy north-east winter night. These students were not just anyone to us; they were our best friends, teammates and fraternity brothers.

“This [was] as black a day as I’ve seen”, said Richard Brodhead, former Yale University Dean, who added, “these were young people in their prime, people who had everything in front of them.” Those words were devastatingly accurate to us all, and we would hope that the pain of that day and loss of such bright futures should not have to be experienced by anyone. We decided, as a group, to honor the lives of our friends by working to ensure young men and women are given the tools to maximize the great opportunities for success and happiness in their lives. Our hope is that our beloved friends will live on through the Bulldogs Care Foundation.

2006

Inception of BCF – December 2006

2007

First Annual Tip Off To Success – September 2007

BCF’s First annual fundraising gala, Tip Off To Success, was held on Thursday, September 27, 2007 at the Altman Building in Manhattan. The event honored John Stuper with the 2007 Leadership Award and Paul Possenti, PA-C, with the 2007 Humanitarian Award.

Paul Possenti, PA-C was in the emergency room the night of the tragic accident that took the lives of the Yale Bulldogs who inspired the creation of BCF. Paul worked very hard to save the lives of those involved and BCF was honored to present him with the 2007 Humanitarian Award. John Stuper is the head baseball coach at Yale University. He pitched in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds from 1982 – 1985, appearing in a total of 111 games. Sports Illustrated listed his World Series performance among the 10 best by a rookie pitcher in the history of post-season play. John was the coach of the Yale Bulldog’s baseball team when the accident occurred and lost two players who passed away and another to injury as a result of the accident. Subsequently, John played a huge part in helping the Yale community heal. BCF was privileged to honor him with the 2007 Leadership Award.

The event was attended by over 500 people and was a huge success!

2008

2008 … excelling in difficult times

BCF turned the corner in 2008 despite the Great Recession, and a financial crash that dramatially affected the New York economy. BCF raised MORE donations in 2008 thanks to support from countless companies.

Food sponsors:

Balducci’s,The Chef’s Warehouse, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Les Halles Downtown, and MYLO.

Beverage sponsors:

Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Bulldog Gin, and Vitamin Water.

Financials sponsors:

Balducci’s, Bletsas Plumbing, Deutsche Bank Securities, Dunway Services, Cindy & Andy Dwyer, Hudson Securities, Knight Libertas LLC, The New York Baseball Academy, The Murphy Family, Selective Insurance and the Winged Keel Group.

Even to this day, we are thankful for the support we saw in 2008

2009

2009 … another amazing event

Our third annual fundraising event, Tip Off To Success, was held on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Altman Building in Manhattan. The event was attended by over 400 people once again. The event honored Allen Jones, with the 2009 Pillar of Strength Award and Eric Wenzel with the 2009 Courage Award.

The Event was a SLICE OF HEAVEN… because it was people oriented and it helps those who are trying to better themselves.

– Allen Jones, Honoree and Co-Author of “The Rat that Got Away”

2010

The Inception of the BCF All-Stars – September 2010

We started BCF All Stars in 2010 to recognize youth sports programs that give students the tools they need to be successful in life. Organizations from the local NYC area would nominate their most promising and inspirational student-athletes through a rigorous application process.

2011

The First Annual BCF Softball Event – June 2011

On Saturday June 25th, 2011, BCF hosted our first annual softball tournament in Central Park. Proceeds from the tournament will be allocated toward our 2012 granting efforts. Over 70 people participated representing 6 teams. Special thanks to BCF Board Member Pramod Navani for organizing the event. We would also like to thank each captain for their recruiting efforts.

2012

BCF Honorees 2012 – October 2012

Olympic Medalist, Lia Neal, from Asphalt Greens