The DZ Foundation, a charity set up in honor of a late Mahwah graduate, will host its second annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Mahwah High School this Sunday to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The DZ Foundation is named for Dan Zolotorofe, a 2009 Mahwah grad who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when he was 10 years old. During his senior year of high school at MHS, Dan was also diagnosed with Addisons disease and Hashimotos Disease, which affected his adreynal system and thyroid, respectively.
Zolotorofe died in October of 2011 after suffering from a Diabetic Ketoacidosis while away at school in Maryland.
In the months following his death, Zolotorofe’s friends and family formed the DZ Foundation as a way to help his memory live on.
A portion of the funds raised by the foundation goes to an annual scholarship for a Mahwah High grad, and the rest is donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
“The DZ Foundation has held a few very successful events in just over a year,” Jordan Kaplan, one of its founders, told Patch. “Spearheaded by last year's 3-on-3 tournament, a November Wine and Dine event , individual donations, and various university/college philanthropic events, we have raised just over $65,000 for the JDRF, our Annual Senior Leadership Scholarship and Mahwah High School. Last year, we gave out two scholarships, and secured the fund for 30-plus years.”
Locals can help the fund by checking out this year’s Basetball Tournament, happening this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the MHS gym.
General admission is $3, and food and merchandise will be available for sale at the event.
“All are encouraged to [watch] and enjoy the togetherness the event,” Kaplan said.