Maria Pashayan's Story

In the amount of time it takes you to read these first 14 words, your whole world can be turned upside down.

On March 24, 2013, Richie and Maria Pashayan and their 3 daughters were on vacation in Italy for Easter. They were driving in the pouring rain when a car cut them off and forced them into the guard rail. The impact of the collision broke Maria's neck. Miraculously, she is alive today but is paralyzed from the neck down except for the ability to move a couple of muscles in her arms and left wrist. All of this happened in a split second but their lives have now been changed forever.

They had to charter a private medical plane to transfer Maria from Italy to the United States. Their house needed major renovations so Maria can get around in a motorized wheelchair. She needs a mechanized van and hundreds and hundreds of hours of physical therapy. For the rest of her life, Maria will need assistance 24 hours a day 7 days a week. More than all of that, they need the support of their friends, their friend's friends and their neighbors - they need all of us!

A group of their closest friends have banded together and created Maria's Mission to spread the word and offer support as the Pashayans begin to put together the pieces of their new lives.

On December 14, 2013 a party and fundraiser, "The Pashayan Christmas Gala for Maria's Mission" will be held at the legendary Muldoon House at 103 Brook Street in Garden City. Tickets cost $200 per person and only 500 of them will be sold. The event will commence at 7:00PM and will include silent and live auctions with incredible prizes. The money raised will go to support a wonderful family and help toward Maria's short and long term expenses. The family has requested that any additional funds go to the Testaverde Fund For Spinal Cord Injury, Inc. which supports spinal cord injury research and provides community outreach and educational programs.

Save The Date:

The Pashayan Christmas Gala for Maria's Mission

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time: 7:00PM
Place: (Muldoon Residence)
103 Brook St
Garden City, NY 11530
Tickets: SOLD OUT

Ways You Can Donate

  • Make A Donation

    Please make your donations payable to:
    Maria Pashayan-SNT
    Care of Nancy Crowley
    142 Cambridge Ave
    Garden City, NY 11530

    Please include your name, phone and email with all payments.

Ways You Can Help

  • Donate Raffle and Live Auction Items, Volunteer Your Time or for More Information:

    Contact: Harry Packman -

Upcoming Fundraiser

  • 14 Dec
    The Pashayan Christmas Gala for Maria's Mission

    Saturday, December 14, 7:00PM

    103 Brook St (Muldoon Residence)

    Tickets: $200

Platinum Sponsors

  • Garden City Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc.

    The Lohrer Family

    Ann Marie Pallan

    Robert Trump

    Jimmy & Maria Vlogianitis

    Julia Englander

    John Walsh

    Jackie & Gary Cameron

    James & Ann Long

    Thomas & Deborah Long

    Dan Donnelly

    Margaret & Robert Hanner

    Liam & Jennifer O'Neil

    Danial Dolan

    The DeSantis Family

    The Packman Family

    Robert Sterling

    Cross Fit Garden City

    Matt Riley

    Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

    William & Pat Carroll

    Augi & Barbara Vona

    Rich & Ilene Sullivan

    Jonathan Rosenberg

    Morgan Stanley

Gold Sponsors

  • Zlatko Lipovac

    Adam Tonis

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    David Shladovsky

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    Dr. Antoinette Perrie

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    Bob Catell

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    Mike McDevitt

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    Bella Bus Corp

    L & M Bus Corp

    Marino Gasperoni

    Wayne Klatt

    Anne & Rich DeMay

    Robert Vona

    Lisa Arning

    Forget Me Records

Silver Sponsors

  • Stacey Martin

    James Speyer

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    John & Maureen Connelly

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    Cathleen Johnson

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Bronze Sponsors

  • Kathy O'Connor

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    Lizabeth Rico

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    Eliz Alahverdin

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    William C. Highfill

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    Vedad Osmanovic

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    Robert Boeschen

    Leslie Brown

Bronze Sponsors

  • Victoria Canore

    Brad Butwin

    Joseph Jorge

    Hugo Escribano

    Michael McGuire

    Marta Waters

    Jeffrey Friedman

    Tony Dimasso

    Annette Lanteri

    Dr. Steven Riess

    Dr. Charles Berg

    Susan Heim

    Marian & Pete Johnson

    Claire Cauchi

    Anne & John Imbornoni

    Steven Vaccarella

    My Three Sons Bagels

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    Peter Valis Entertainment

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    Dr. Gil Allen

Bronze Sponsors

Brian & Louise Flaherty

Marie & Joe Girardi

Apostolos Siantos

Cathy Obidenzio

Elizabeth Hendrick

Ellen Kessler Dubinsky

Maria Marino

Courtney Kegley

Joseph Maxwell

Dudley Williams

Jon Rose

Theresa Iaquinto

Edward Aghabekian

Paul R. Trause

Marie Yeterian

Kim Pititto

Mark Freemyer

George Tsougarakis

Angela Imbriano

NY Chiropractic College

Seth & Jill Rothman

John O'Rourke

Rachelle Covino

Kathy & John McLaughlin

Marian & Lewis Arleo

Thomas Gili

Richard Ellenport

Nancy Minett

Gregory Bark

Mr.& Mrs. Frank Nardi

Mr.& Mrs. Dave Anderson

Thomas Schueller

Joanna Diakos

Nancy Poz

Adrienne Holtzman

Lynn Pavia

Mary Aldridge

Madeleine Sewell

Mr. & Mrs. McWilliams

Marie Auriemma

The Ross Family

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John Smollen

William Poll

Pamela Clifford

Eugenia Aldrich

Meg Baker

Steven Block

Jenny McCabe

Albert Aghabekian

Vincent Carvelli

Edward McLellan

Dennis Sweeney

Diane Casale

Dinu Ionescu

Douglas Schur

Annette Sokolovic

Patricia Leistman

Percy Lopez

Donald Shanin

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Margaret Kelly

Christina Leto

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Julianne Shirley

Mark Pericolosi

Judith Speredowich

Peter Auer

Dr. H. William Wolfson

Eileen Flaherty

The Sewell Family