While Vito Chirco works full-time at De La Salle in the Advancement Office, Chirco also organizes charitable events, raising funds for a variety of organizations around the Detroit area.
Chirco & Company, the nonprofit organization Chirco incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2019, has as its mission, “To make a positive impact and uplift the spirits of those experiencing physical, mental, and/or emotional hardships.”
Recently, Chirco grossed nearly $11,000 with a charity softball game on August 13 at the University of Detroit Mercy; the proceeds will benefit the Pope Francis Center, an organization in downtown Detroit that provides vital services to those experiencing homelessness.
Chirco solicited sponsors from the community, including four “Home Run” sponsors: HealthQuest Physical Therapy, Chris Fett, ’90, and the Fett Family, Michael Smigiel, ‘15, and realtor Trevor Currier from Keller Williams Domain.
Chirco also offered an Apple Watch at the event, as well as a 50/50 raffle, and had a silent auction with restaurant area gift cards and great sports items provided by Steve Graus, ‘74, and his company, DC Sports.
In 2021, Chirco raised $5,500 for the Pope Francis Center, with a golf outing at St. Clair Shores Golf Club.
Since its inception, Chirco has raised over $30,000, with donations to Make-A-Wish Michigan and De La Salle Collegiate. He also provided 200 meals for health care workers at Henry Ford Macomb in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He’s also conducted blanket and clothing drives that have benefited the Pope Francis Center.
“I have always wanted to make a difference in the community, and I felt starting a nonprofit was the best way of doing so,” Chirco said. “I’ve loved giving to some great causes in Make-A-Wish Michigan and the Pope Francis Center. And, I’ve found it extremely rewarding. It’s become a passion project for me, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Chirco & Company.”
Several alumni played in the charity contest, including Alumni Relations Director Dennis Koch, '94, Joe Manuszak, '11, Chris Fett, '90, Dominic Chirco, '14, Dominic Sciturro, ‘17, and Nicholas Smigiel, '11.