In 1964 John Crecco, who at the time was a well known humanitarian and community volunteer, was asked by the chief cardiologist of Columbus Hospital to sponsor a two-bed cardiac care unit. John did so, and the next year he raised funds for a six bed cardiac unit. In May of 1967 he then established the John I. Crecco Foundation which has grown to be the foremost benefactor to cardiac care and rehabilitation facilities at northern New Jersey hospitals.
The Foundation has raised and given away over one million dollars since it’s founding and is credited with funding cutting edge technology and facilities in the area of cardiac care, as well as serving as a major sponsor of youth league teams, drug abuse programs prevention programs, Leukemia Society and many other community enrichment programs.
We would like to express our deepest appreciation to the many volunteers, who throughout the years, have helped make our annual "Project Heartbeat Ball" and also the annual Jr Olympics track meet successful.