Vote for DGF Nominee Geno to be Winterfest Boat Parade Jr. Captain!

September 10th, 2013

Geno LaviolaDAVIE, Fla -The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has nominated future wheelchair recipient Robert “Geno” Laviola of Sunrise, Fla. to be the Junior Captain of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Geno, who will receive his wheelchair donation at the foundation’s Totally Supercharged 80′s Party on September 20 really inspired foundation staff with his warm heart and smile. He would make a perfect junior captain for the boat parade and it would be an experience that he would remember for the rest of his life.

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About Robert “Geno” Laviola

Robert “Geno” Laviola is an incredible 10 year-old boy who has worked hard to persevere through all the challenges that he has faced. Delivered prematurely at only 26 weeks, Geno weighed just 2lbs. and 12 oz. at the time of his birth. After spending 3 months in the NICU, Geno was released home to live with his 17 year-old mother and 18 year-old father. Geno’s grandparents welcomed the entire family into their home and offered their support until the new family was able to get on their feet and become independent. When Geno was 1, his young mother moved out, leaving his father and grandparents to raise Geno alone. Around the same time, the family noticed that Geno was not reaching the same milestones as other children his age. After many doctor’s visits, Geno was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Periventricular Leukomalacia and a seizure disorder. Geno is unable to walk and is dependent on an adult for most activities. Unfortunately, Geno now faces an additional challenge. His father, who he is extremely close to, was incarcerated 2 year ago, leaving his grandparents as his full-time caretakers. Rather than spending their retirement years relaxing, they now parent Geno as if he was their old child. They have afforded Geno every opportunity available to him and ensure that he receives all the education, therapy, medical care and love that he deserves. Despite the challenges posed by his disability, Geno remains a bright, happy young boy who loves to sing, smile and laugh.

About Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

MISSION:  To enhance the community’s image by producing wholesome, unique, internationally recognized events that reflect the diversity and culture of South Florida.

The Winterfest Celebration embraces the dual goals of providing a means for the community to come together and enjoy spectacular and unique events as well as attract positive national attention to the Greater Fort Lauderdale area as a tourist destination and as a great place to live and work.

Winterfest is best known for it’s one of a kind Boat Parade celebrating 42 years.  Spurred by the continued popularity of that event, a not-for-profit organization, WINTERFEST, Inc., was formed in 1988 to administer the Boat Parade and to build a festival around it.  The rest, as they say, “is history.”  Winterfest is a multi-cultural event, which encourages and promotes diversity and is proud to have representation from a variety of races and religions.  The Winterfest organization is comprised of a huge contingency of volunteers, supporters, sponsors and Board of Directors.  Winterfest, Inc. is entirely dependent upon sponsorship from local and national corporate sponsors.  As most of the events are free to the public, we are particularly dependent upon our sponsors to assure the continued success and future growth of the Winterfest Celebration.


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