Levittown Kiwanis president Ann Torcivia is selling jewelry at the Tri-County Bazaar to benefit the Joey Foundation. On Saturday, she got additional support from a former NFL running back.
Dix Hills resident John Nitti showed up at Torcivia's booth and signed autographs for shoppers that contributed a donation to the foundation.
The foundation was created by Torcivia in the memory of her son Joey, who lived with a-plastic anemia from his birth on Sept. 30, 1993 to his death on May 22, 2000. A fundraiser for the charity in January raised enough money to purchase a remote-controlled, voice-activated bicycle that teaches children progressive safety techniques while riding.
Nitti, who grew up in Westbury, played college football at Yale before playing for the Jets and Giants in the NFL. Knee injuries ended his career at age 26. Nitti and his family now live in Dix Hills.
Torcivia will be selling jewelry for $3 at her booth in the Tri-County Bazaar through Christmas Eve. All proceeds benefit the Joey Foundation.