Here at desaki we are actively involved in regional philanthropy and encourage giving throughout the Pocono Mountains.

Red Kettle Gala on Friday to benefit Salvation Army

Pocono Record – December 3, 2014 -

Knowing the great needs of the Monroe County Salvation Army, local business owners Vincent and Charlie Trapasso approached Major James Gingrich and the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army to offer donating use of their Desaki Restaurant on Route 611 in Swiftwater to host the first ever Red Kettle Gala at no expense to the corps

The event takes place Friday evening and will include a social hour, hors d’oeuvres, surf and turf dinner, dessert and dancing for $100 per person, with all proceeds benefitting the Monroe County Salvation Army.

Gingrich said, “The Trapassos’ benevolent offer could result in a significant contribution towards this season’s Christmas Campaign.

“Traditionally, the Salvation Army’s bell ringers generate a large percentage of the communitywide support needed for our feeding and sheltering programs. Last year, we were heavily impacted with a decline in giving to the Kettles of over 20 percent,” Gingrich said. “We are thankful the Trapassos have come forward to help us make up that shortfall. Our kettle season is in full swing and every penny we raise makes a significant difference in the lives of those most in need in Monroe County.”

The majority of the Salvation Army’s local programs such as food baskets, hot meals, nights of shelter, rental assistance, clothing, Christmas toys for children, nursing home visitation and disaster service response rely directly on community support and giving. Gingrich said of the desaki event, “We are more determined than ever to help our neighbors bridge the gap between their resources and the cost of acquiring basic human needs. For that, we are asking friends and neighbors for help in the form of cash donations to the Kettle campaign and to join us at the Red Kettle Gala.”

For information about the Monroe County Salvation Army’s programs, to request a kettle to be placed at your business, or volunteer to be a ringer, call the Salvation Army at 570-421-3050.

desaki and the Trapasso Family, Pocono Medical Center, Pocono 96.7, and ESU Partner to Support Local Veterans

These four local businesses have pledged their support of displaced veterans of Monroe County through the VALOR organization.

Desaki and the Trapasso family, Pocono Medical Center, Pocono 96.7 and ESU are pleased to announce their partnership in support of a multi-stage fundraising initiative through the Monroe County VALOR organization. VALOR is a program through which veterans help other veterans who have become displaced or homeless in the Monroe County region after returning from active military duty. The need of the VALOR organization is particularly critical at the present time with the coming winter months and associated weather conditions.

Something needs to be done now to assist these veterans in making it through the winter,” expresses Vincent Trapasso, owner of Desaki.

Homeless veterans, both male and female, are living in makeshift shelters throughout Monroe County and are completely without basic necessities. Specific items of need for winter include sleeping bags, tents, winter coats, winter boots, socks, clothing, and under garments. Additionally, non-perishable food items are a constant necessity. Of particular importance are dried meats and fruits, peanut butter, and meats and fish in pull-top cans.

There are 6 or 7 veterans that I can introduce you to right now who are living in Monroe County in these makeshift shelters in the woods,” explains Mark Baylis, Veteran and Monroe County VALOR volunteer.

In order to raise the funds necessary to provide the number of supplies needed, Desaki, Pocono Medical Center, and Pocono 96.7 will be hosting a “Meet the Vets” event at Desaki on November 27th at 7 pm. This fundraiser will be the first of a number of important efforts in support of the veterans of Monroe County. Future efforts include providing medical care and dental care by Doctor Jeffery Wert. The VALOR fundraising initiative will culminate in the construction of a transitional housing and services facility in East Stroudsburg, PA.

Veterans that are suffering need our help,” conveys PA State Trooper Victor Ortalano.

For more information on the VALOR organization, the Meet the Vets event, or future fundraising efforts, contact Mark Baylis at


Bubbly and Bling

September 13, 2013 -

Garden of desaki benefit nets $10,000 for Women’s Resources

August 9, 2013 -

Pocono Alliance gets creative in helping impoverished families

August 02, 2013 -

Martinis and Manicures event raises some moola

April 19, 2013 -

Crossings Abilities

March 18, 2013

Ladies Night Out Benefits Playground

March 13, 2013 on

More than eighty women came out to Desaki Restaurant in February to increase the bling in their jewelry boxes and to support a great cause. Desaki owner, Charlie Lynn Trapasso, hosted the Ladies Night Out Jewelry Party to raise funds and increase awareness for Crossing Abilities, Monroe County’s only all-inclusive playground. The night’s festivities raised more than $2,200 for the playground.

Participants had the opportunity to look through Premier Designs Jewelry, while sipping on martinis and enjoying plenty of complimentary sushi and appetizers. Co-host Vicky Padmos, a Premier Designs Jewelry Consultant, brought a large dose of sparkle to the festivities and donated a portion of the evening’s jewelry proceeds to the playground.

“I was honored to be included in the Crossing Abilities Playground fundraiser. It was a celebratory night filled with fun and all for a great cause.”

Aside from bringing women together to enjoy martinis and jewelry, the evening’s main goal was to highlight the importance of the new playground for the children of Monroe County. Crossing Abilities, a project of Pocono Alliance, is powered by volunteers like Trapasso with the collective vision of making this much-needed playground a reality for the community. These volunteers believe that every child should be able to play and have fun no matter their age or their ability. The playground will cater to children with physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional and developmental disabilities, while encouraging imaginative and cooperative play.

Trapasso sits on the Pocono Alliance Advisory Council and has adopted the playground as her special project. When asked about her work with Crossing Abilities, Trapasso explained her passion for the project.

“Having three healthy children, I took for granted life without obstacles. The fact that there are more 5,000 children with disabilities in Monroe County is astounding to me. Crossing Abilities Playground will allow children of all ages, with or without a disability to run, slide, swing, or spin together. Laughter and the sound of music will echo in the park from the musical sound garden. I can’t wait to see the joy on a mother’s face when she sees her child laughing and playing without a care in the world. Every child deserves that. I feel blessed to be a part of something so powerful! We are close to achieving our goal and I’m confident our amazing community will come through to help us complete the Crossing Abilities Playground at Mountain View Park.”

Pocono Alliance is currently selling bricks for the Crossing Abilities Playground. Bricks range in price from $100 to $750 and are available for individuals, non-profits and businesses who would like to etch their name into the playground’s history. For more information on the Crossing Abilities all-inclusive playground, visit the Pocono Alliance website at or call 517-3953.