Danielle Ricco Holiday Toy Drive

The event was created in order to remember Danielle and keep her spirit alive by collecting and donating toys to make the holidays brighter for children.

MEDIA ALERT

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION AT PACE UNIVERSITY
HOSTS THE FIRST ANNUAL DANIELLE RICCO HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
IN MEMORY OF FORMER STUDENT WHO HAD A PASSION FOR MUSIC, CHILDREN, CHRISTMAS AND ALL THINGS DISNEY

WHEN: Saturday, December 16 at 10 AM

WHERE: Pace University, One Place Plaza, NYC campus. The Danielle Ricco Holiday Toy Drive will “kick off” outdoors on the Pace plaza, at the building entrance that directly faces City Hall.

WHY: To remember Danielle and keep her spirit alive by collecting and donating toys to make the holidays brighter for children.

SPECIAL GUESTS: The Ricco family and Amy Vallarelli, who was with Danielle the night she died, will attend this event, which is being sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) at Pace University.

WHAT TO BRING: Unwrapped toys for boys and girls, new and in their original packaging. Recipients of the gifts will be selected by Danielle’s family. While Saturday, December 16 is a big day for the drive, more toys are expected to come in over the next few days. The toy drive ends on Wednesday, December 20. Toys can be dropped off in large boxes labeled in Danielle’s name at both Pace University’s two main undergraduate campuses in Manhattan and Pleasantville, New York. Donations will also be solicited by the SGA at the women’s (5:30 PM) and men’s (7:30 PM) Pace vs. Le Moyne basketball games held at the Goldstein Health, Fitness & Recreation Center on Pace’s Pleasantville campus on Saturday, December 16. Directions to Pace campuses can be obtained at page.cfm?doc_id=154

ABOUT DANIELLE: Danielle Ricco, age 20, died on June 14, 2006, on the West Side Highway after a taxi accident claimed her life and injured two other Pace students, Amy Vallarelli and Enza Salustio, in addition to Enza’s sister, Anna. A native of Staten Island and a hospitality major, Danielle had just completed her sophomore year at Pace. She was about to realize her longtime dream of working for the Walt Disney Company when her life was unexpectedly cut short just before her summer internship.

MEDIA CONTACT: Samuella Becker, Pace University, 212-346-1637 and 917-734-5172, sbecker2@pace.edu