Raising $100K in Merrick to honor the amazing legacy of chef Richie Capizzi


Richie Capizzi was a father, husband, friend, and world class pastry chef

Despite his renown, he devoted much of his free time volunteering with a nonprofit called Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, which helps fund pediatric cancer treatments.

His dedication is responsible for funding over 20 cancer treatments.

But he lost his own battle to brain cancer in September 2022. Now, a group of friends and disciples in Merrick are continuing his legacy, dubbing themselves the Warriors for Richie.

“Our goal is to bring our community together to show support for the Capizzi family while hopefully making a difference in the lives of so many kids affected with cancer,” said Jennifer Casano, one of the Warriors.

To start things off, they have big plans this September in Merrick, with the goal of raising $100,000. That’s the amount needed to fully fund a treatment through a grant that will be in Richie Capizzi’s name.

They’re calling the initiative Be a Good Cookie Merrick. Scroll down for the fundraising lineup.

And if you can’t make it to any of the events, click here to donate online. Click here to follow the initiative’s progress on Instagram. Click here to follow along on Facebook.

The events lineup:

The Kickoff

When: Saturday, Sept. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: RS Beanery Coffee & Cocktails at 153 Merrick Ave. in Merrick

More: This is a family friendly evening of cocktails and mocktails, live music, raffles and more, as the Warriors for Richie kick off Be A Good Cookie Merrick. Look for a few guest bartenders and some beautiful artwork up for auction. This event is free.

Pilates in the Park with Sam DiPilates

When: 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, with a Sept. 17 rain date

Where: Follow the Instagram page or Facebook for the location and registration instructions.

More: Start your weekend with a mat pilates class and an amazing instructor. It’s $25 to register and bring your own mat.

Town-wide bake sale 

When: Saturday, Sept. 30

Where: Throughout the Merrick, N.Y., area

More: Pop-up bake sales will line the streets of Merrick throughout the day.

Cocktail reception

When: Saturday, Sept. 30

Where: Mio Posto Ristorante at 16 Merrick Ave. in Merrick

More: Ticket sales will begin in September, with additional details announced. Follow the group on Instagram, or click here to follow on Facebook and stay up to date with how to register.

Email beagoodcookiemerrick@gmail.com for more information on sponsorship opportunities or other ways to get involved.