Levittown Spotlight:Fundraising for family of Bishop Egan High School Alum

Fundraising efforts are underway to raise money and awareness for two local boys with Progeria, a premature aging disorder that results in many of the typical symptoms of aging and ultimately results in a shortened lifespan.

Phyllis and Mark Falcone (Bishop Egan High School, 1988 grad) are the parents of Nathan and Bennett, who have been diagnosed with this rare disease. Progeria has only been identified in 89 children worldwide. The Falcones hope to raise awareness about this rare disorder. Their full story can be read on Phyllis’s blog, where she shares  essays about her life as a mom and the challenges of parenting children with Progeria. libbynathanandbennett.com

The 2nd Annual fundraiser, Make a Splash, scheduled for  September 8th, 2012 is seeking sponsors for the event.Donations can also be made buy purchasing a pages on the boys’ 2013 “When I Grow Up” calendar. All proceeds go to Progeria Research Foundation, dedicated to finding a
cure for children with Progeria. Thanks to PRF, Nathan and Bennett have been participating in a clinical trial over the past two years.

To read more about this family with local ties and to join the cause visit here: http://www.nathanandbennett.org


To learn more,or make a donation contact: Lisa Heckler Gaffney gaffz70@gmail.com  215 833-6251

Fighting for their Future
PO Box 641
Flourtown PA 19031




Levittown Spotlight:Business Owner Gives Back, One Cone at a Time

Debbi Kalbach, Jo-Jo's Owner

Every Tuesday night, Jo-Jo’s Ice Cream on New Falls Road, is rocking. With  volunteer DJ Jeffrey Weiman providing the background music, Jo-Jo’s plays host to a weekly fundraiser event for a variety of  causes. From travel baseball and softball teams, cancer patients, and Special Olympics, to suicide prevention, Jo-Jo’s owner, Debi Kalbach is giving back to the community, one cone at a time. Kalbach donates 20% of sales at each event, as a  way of paying it forward to a town that has kept her in business for over 23 years.

Kalbach loves to watch the Levittown community join together for a good cause. A Levittown native,  Debbi grew up in the Elderberry section of Levittown, where her parents were original owners. She graduated from Pennsbury High School and raised her own family in the Thornridge section, not far from where Jo-Jo’s sits today.

She coached her kids through t-ball and baseball, served as team mom and concession stand server, all while running the Jo-Jo’s business. The tradition continues as players from nearby Levittown American  flock to Jo-Jo’s for a traditional after-game treat. Jo-Jo’s is also a proud sponsor of many baseball teams in Levittown.

Debbi started her business as a young mom with three small children.  At the time, the only thing she knew about ice cream was how to eat it. Over the years she learned to make her own and has been doing it ever since.

Kalbach uses Jo-Jo’s, a Levittown landmark, as a charitable venue every Tuesday night. She loves to watch friends and neighbors gather over ice cream cones for a good cause. It warms her heart to give back to a community that has supported her business for decades. Debbi looks forward to 23 more years of business.

Stop by for some ice cream and to see Debbi and her crew at:8801 New Falls Road Levittown, PA