The 2017 Charles Fazzino Award of the Heart was handed out last week and we are so proud of this year’s recipient. The award, given annually by Project Community, Inc (formerly Nurses Network of America) was named” in honor of the international pop artist whose sensitivity to community needs has made him a valued friend of Project Community, Inc. for over 30 years. The award recognizes generosity of spirit, creativity and resources that support innovative programs that inform and offer practical choices to prevent illness for children, teens and adults.”

Charles Fazzino Award of the Heart Winner

The 2017 recipient is Nicholas Clausen, a graduating senior from Pelham Memorial High School. Nick has been a teen mentor with Project CHILDD program for a number of years. The program serves children with developmental disabilities and their families. He has worked with a number of participants, assisting them with arts and crafts, yoga and movement programs as well as teaching life skills and supporting appropriate behaviors. He has done so without holding back and as more “Senior” mentors have gone on to college, Nick naturally, and without hesitation, moved into a leadership position within the group, assisting other mentors and modeling best behavior practices for other teens as well. Along the way, Nick was also able to help provide respite for the parents of the participants. Nick is a hero to many!

2017 Charles Fazzino Award of Heart winner, Nicholas Clausen


About the Program

Project Community, Inc is a grassroots community-based organization that concentrates on helping some of its most vulnerable people including seniors, children, and the developmentally disabled. Their mission is achieved through education (ie: educating teens and young adults how to identify and quickly intervene when someone exhibits signs and symptoms of  alcohol poisoning), and they are dedicated to the health and well being of our global community.

A Word From Charles Fazzino

“Congratulations to Nick, Project Community is out there facilitating the growth of kids like Nick…but the kids are doing all the work and they deserve all of the credit. It’s a wonderful program and I’m glad to be helping them to pay it forward!” -Charles Fazzino


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