Daughter of 9/11 Firefighter Hero Surprised by Dream Invitation To Join Rockettes on Stage for Check Presentation at Radio City Music Hall Premier

Gianna Timpone (second from right) poses with Rockettes on Thursday, October 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Jillian Crane, President and CEO of First Responders Children’s Foundation, is pictured second from left.

Granted $5,000 College Scholarship From Hallmark & First Responder’s Children’s Foundation.

New York, Oct. 21…The daughter of 9/11 firefighter hero Frank Timpone was whisked onto the stage of Radio City Music Hall Thursday night alongside the famed Rockettes and presented with a giant $5,0000 college scholarship check from Hallmark and First Responders Children’s Foundation (#FRCF). The surprise invitation to join the Rockettes on stage followed a special screening of Hallmark’s film “A Holiday Spectacular.” #FRCF Board Member and Crown Media Executive Vice President Lisa Hamilton Daly presented Gianna with the $5,000 check on behalf of Hallmark and #FRCF. The night was full of surprises including a surprise performance from the Rockettes and a duet with Ginna Claire and Kristin Chenoweth. Becoming a Rockette has been Gianna’s lifelong dream

Gianna, a Bronx resident, is a sophomore at Manhattanville College studying business — and, yes — dance! Her father, Frank Timpone, has been bravely fighting a chronic 9/11-related illness. 

First Responders Children’s Foundation arranged to have Gianna, 19, outfitted and styled by preeminent clothier David’s Bridal, which provided her with a true VIP  experience. 

“We are so grateful to have had Hallmark as our partner at this truly special event, and for the extraordinary generosity of David’s Bridal,” said First Responders Children’s Foundation President and CEO Jillian Crane. “So many people kicked in to help the child of a badly injured firefighter realize her dream last night, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. The event highlights the continuing need to support the children and families of first responders across the country who put everything on the line for us each and every day.” 


For more than 21 years, FRCF has created programs to help children and families struggling with hardships that often accompany life with a first responder parent. Founded in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to help the 800 children who lost a first responder parent to the attacks, FRCF focuses on four key program areas: Scholarships; Financial Assistance Grants; a Mental Health Resiliency Program; and Community Engagement. Today, FRFC is a national foundation, impacting over 400,000 children and family members of first responders. More information can be found at www.1stRCF.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

Bill O’Reilly

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