2016 Finalist-Tuesday's Children
Jim Giaccone lost his older brother, Joseph, in the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Joseph was one of the 658 employees of the Cantor Fitzgerald financial services firm who died in the attacks. Jim grieved the loss of his brother, but knew that the best way to honor him was by giving back to others – especially children – who also were affected by the tragedy. More than 10 years and hundreds of hours of service to Tuesday’s Children have given Jim many rewarding experiences. With no sign of slowing down in sight, Jim has expanded his volunteer efforts to include helping others both domestically and abroad because he lives by the organization’s motto to “Let Our Past Change the Future.”
Jim Giaccone was treated to a VIP Experience at Watkins Glen International for the Cheez-It 355. He started his day off with pace car rides from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan and was surprised with a visit from The NASCAR Foundation Board Member Rusty Wallace. He received his official Award jacket from his favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch. He attended the Drivers and Crew Chief’s Meeting where he met NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Brad Keselowski and The NASCAR Foundation Board Chairman Mike Helton. He was introduced alongside NASCAR drivers at the pre-race ceremonies. Lastly, he celebrated with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin in Victory Lane after the race.
On the day of our inaugural Honors Gala in New York City, Jim gave all the finalists, their guests and The NASCAR Foundation staff a personal tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. At the Honors Gala, Jim was introduced on stage by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch. The video below was played to show guests Jim’s passion and commitment to Tuesday’s Children. Jim Giaccone was presented with a $25,000 check to Tuesday’s Children for being selected as a Betty Jane Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide Finalist.
“I am not a man of great wealth where I can personally make a difference financially. My most valuable asset is my time, so I thought by giving my time I would be honoring my brother. Through the programs that Tuesday’s Children is running and seeing the works that they do, it’s almost become a therapy for me. When I leave Nicholas and Matthew, it’s almost like I have a runner’s high.”