We kicked off 2024 by dropping Big Fat Tip #56 on January 1st! Jeff De-Cagna has long supported our little organization because it touches on a topic near his heart. Adolfo De Cagna, Jeff’s late father, was formally trained in restaurant service and worked in Europe before immigrating to the United States. Throughout Jeff’s childhood, Adolfo was a maître d’ and restaurateur in the New York area, and he taught Jeff the importance of showing thanks and appreciation to hardworking restaurant staff through gratuities.

Jeff is turning 56 in March, and he wanted to fund the 56th drop even though it wouldn’t happen on his birthday. So, he’s celebrating early, which was perfect timing for our recipients. Our volunteer, Cindy Ocasio Roach, was thrilled to participate in such a sweet moment. Thanks to Jeff and his wife, Meeghan Donahue De Cagna, for making several people’s days. Watch the video to see their reactions.