Thankful Thursday Testimonials 

“The John Fiore Foundation is special to me in so many ways. First of all the dedication to Uncle John is merely a reflection of what kind of man he was, giving , kind and heart the size of the moon. This foundation is an extension of his community giving and it’s done with love and donation. It’s important to be able to help and give back because at one point everyone needs a hand somehow, someway . I absolutely support The John Fiore Foundation and these amazing people I get to call family as they continue to grow and do amazing things for their community. Bless you and keep growing “

Jacqueline Johnson

December 280, 2023

We originally met at the golf tournament a few years ago and I was extremely moved by how much you cared about the mission of your organization and the passion that you had to give back. The organizations being supported are all very important in the community. It is so easy to be supportive of people who spend so much of their time helping others. 

Greg Belliotti

November 30, 2023

I looked up the five characteristics of generous people: Altruism, optimism, trust, energy, ability to lead.  It should have said equals Ron and Diane Aughtmon.  They would give you the shirt off of their back. They expect nothing in return for all that they do. No matter how bad the world can be they see how good it can be, and strive to achieve that. They trust that their causes are worthy ones and in return, makes me trust that I am giving to a worthwhile cause. They are the cheerleaders for anyone in need and that energy spills out to all of us wanting to back any cause they suggest. Ron and Diane make me want to be a better person so I give when I can because I believe in them.

Candice Rohde Begley

August 31, 2023

What started as a vendor and a customer quickly turned into friends and family. WNY Meat Raffles loves and supports the John Fiore Foundation because of the amazing work they do and the fun they have when doing it. 

Caitlynne Kesty, Corey Kesty and Mark Demmin (WNY Meat Raffles)
July 27, 2023
The reason I support the John Fiore Foundation is because of the amazing things they do for the community and also they are amazing people.

Frank Wargula
June 29, 2023

We never knew John Fiore personally but he must have been an exceptional person to have inspired Dana, Diane and Ron to set up a remarkable Foundation which does SO much for the community! The support of the Ronald McDonald House alone is phenomenal but it doesn’t stop there. They give so much, the community food pantry, WNY Heroes, Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue and raffles benefiting individuals that are struggling within the community, to name just a few. Their enthusiasm and desire to make a difference in this world is contagious and they are always very open and trustworthy to explain where every penny is going. They have our complete support and we are grateful to be a small part of such a truly wonderful organization. Thank you Dana, Diane, Ron and everyone at the John Fiore Foundation for all you do to help those in the community. You’re all rock stars!!

Tammy and Randy Gorzka 

May 25, 2023

To be honest, the first year I did the golf tournament was because it was an excuse to get drunk and play golf. What I honestly took away from it was so much more. Once I saw that the main donation was to the RMH, it really sunk in. I lost my sister to leukemia in 2001 and she spent a lot of time at Roswell. My parents were touched by how the RMH not only offered them help but so many of the less fortunate families got so much more. It breaks my heart that Flight 3407 ever happened. I didn’t personally know John however he has to be so proud of Dana, Diane and Ron. I’m so happy to be a small part of all the wonderful people from all different backgrounds and life styles that come together as one.

Dennis Bisig 

April 27, 2023

Back in the mid 90s, I knew John Fiore from being in the same union and John was a great guy. At the time of the plane crash, I worked with Ron and saw the grief this caused the family. When Ron and his family started the John Fiore memorial golf tournament I got involved. I saw that all the proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House, which I was a fan of already since they helped out a close friend. I saw the passion Ron and the family had to make John proud and I knew I had to be a part of this to keep this going. Through the years this foundation has been getting stronger and stronger and it’s helping so many other people in need. I am proud to be a big supporter and will continue. 

Ron Licht Jr 

April 27, 2023

Why I support The John Fiore Foundation? 
You give back so much to the community from food pantry to individual raffles for people who are struggling, whether they are mentioned or not. You personally have shown me how to give back and be the better version of me. I’m just following your lead. Thank you for all you do.

Diane Duchnick
March 30, 2023
Some charities talk and some charities do.  The John Fiore Foundation does! The Fiore team dedicates lots of time and effort to make our community a better place. They do this to honor a man that I never met but has clearly inspired them to make a difference in my community.  They choose wisely who/where to help and I do too.
I choose the John Fiore Foundation and you should too.

Geoff Burns
January 26, 2023

Lori Kovaleski December 29, 2022

There are so many reasons why I support this foundation but here are just a few:
It's a foundation that is founded on truly giving back to others in the community.
The money goes where they say it goes.. With the exception of when there is a direct cost involved (the hall for the meat raffle, the direct expenses for the golf tournament). The foundation doesn't keep it.
This group truly supports those in need. It may be someone suffering from an illness, a family who lost their husband/father unexpectedly, people in need of basic staples like food, and the list goes on.
But one of the biggest reasons I support this group is the passion of the people who run it. Ronnie, Diane and Dana give their hearts and souls to helping others, no questions asked. If they were paid for their time and energy, there wouldn't be enough money in the world. Their selfless actions, love, support and caring for others is unmeasurable.
It's hard not to support an organization that doesn't hide anything. Supporting the John Fiore foundation is not only fulfilling but can be a lot of fun too.

    Andy and Kathy       Newman 
December 29, 2022

The John Fiore Foundation inspires us to be better people. Their love and kindness reaches so many people with different needs, the care they have for others is so genuine that we can’t help but want to support them however we can! We love them! ❤️

Chris and Linda Alexander 
​December 29, 2022

When Chris and I met Ron and Diane in 2018 and became familiar with the John Fiore Foundation it changed our lives. We met two people that instantly felt like family and got to help a foundation that brings help directly to individual people that really need it. In 2021 when Chris passed away so suddenly and I was experiencing the worst time of my life, Ron, Diane and Dana chose me to be the recipient of the shot station proceeds from the golf tournament, it was a true blessing. The money sustained me and helped me and my boys live and pay the bills for several months. It was a bridge that helped me get through until I could get my finances sorted out. I love supporting a charity that helps local people and organizations in need, and I will forever be grateful to be a part of something so special.

Jackie DeMarco and 
Nick Smith 

December 29, 2022

Although we never knew John, his spirit lives on with the work that Dana, Diane and Ron do. It is inspiring to see the work and selflessness that goes into the assistance they are able to provide to the community.  We always know exactly where our donations go, and you bring us together with that community so that we can know exactly who we are helping. Your enthusiasm is contagious, and you make us want to be better and do more to help in whatever small way we can. 

For me it started with an invite to a golf tournament from my friend Keith. Unknowingly, Keith’s family had been helped in their time of need. During dinner Keith and his family gave a speech about how the Ronald McDonald House had helped them. John Fiore Foundation golf tournament proceeds were benefiting the RMH that year. I was hooked, that experience pulled at every string of my heart and I needed to help.
I am a proud supporter of The John Fiore Foundation, how can you not love a grass roots foundation that’s so emotionally attached to every single person they help. I love the fact that I can see who is being helped and how it benefits there lives. With bigger foundations your money is often going for CEO payroll and other administrative expenses, not directly to people in your community. That is not the case for The John Fiore Foundation, listen to the passion in their voices when they talk, you’re instantly invested. 
Finally these guys know how to have fun. Go to any of their fundraisers and I promise you will have an amazing time. You will become a part of their family. Thank you to everyone at the John Fiore Foundation for all you do. 

Jeff Saulter
November 24, 2022