A Registered 501(c)3 Public Charity

Daniel Thomas Hollnsteiner Memorial Fund

The Daniel Thomas Hollnsteiner Memorial Fund, established in 2015, pays tribute to the memory of Daniel Hollnsteiner.  Twenty-one year old Daniel was kayaking with two friends  in New Zealand when strong winds and waves capsized their kayaks.  All three waited desperately to be rescued while clinging on to their swamped kayaks . One of them, a non-swimmer, urged Daniel to save himself by swimming to an island in the distance. Although Daniel was a strong swimmer, he refused to leave his friends behind. They waited together, but Daniel ultimately succumbed to hypothermia.  His two friends survived.   Daniel gave the most precious gift a person can give to another, his own life. 

To honor Daniel’s selflessness, the Fund supports annual awards to Catholic elementary and high school graduating students who are kind, caring, and compassionate. In selecting these young men and women, the Fund recognizes that out of tragedy may come many blessings.  Life goes on through future generations whose kindness and courage will make this place a better world.  The Daniel Thomas Hollnsteiner Fund recognizes young people who exemplify the spirit of good, of paying it forward.  That is what this award celebrates.

University at Buffalo Memorial Reflection

Family and friends remember UB student Daniel Hollnsteiner – The Spectrum

Flowers floated away to Daniel at Lake Tekapo

Daniel Thomas Hollnsteiner Memorial Golf Tournament

A Golf Tribute to Daniel

Celebrating Daniel

Commemoration of Daniel’s 25th Birthday


2019 Scholarship Recipients


Chelsea Perez

Ramone Sorote

Riley Mullen, Grace D’Ambrosio, Leah Kuhl

2018 Scholarship Recipient

Monica Greenberg

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Hollnsteiner Memorial Scholarship Winners

Joaquin Toledo

Hollnsteiner Memorial Scholarship Winners

Francesca Dicks

Hollnsteiner Memorial Scholarship Winners

Daryn Thompson

2016 Scholarship Recipients

daniel hollnstein memorial fund scholarship recipients

The Daniel Thomas Hollnsteiner Scholarship was awarded to Marc Artuz and Jordan Murrell during the 8th grade graduation at Sacred Heart School last June 11th. These two young men exemplified outstanding Christian qualities. They were given $1500 each towards pursuing Catholic education at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn.

Fund Administrators

  • Peter and Ria Hollnsteiner


CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:


By Mail:
Daniel Thomas Hollnsteiner Memorial Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161


Use credit card by clicking the link below.

The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.

Sydney family vacation before dropping off Daniel at Monash University in Melbourne

Birthday Celebration


Daniel was an avid golfer

Family photo

Balloon launch in memory of Daniel at the University at Buffalo

Melbourne, Australia

Daniel was a big Rangers fan

He was a member of the Monsignor Farrell High School Golf team, class 2012

At the Great Barrier Reef

With Father Jerome, the Sacred Heart Pastor

Daniel’s name was inscribed on a brick wall at UB

With friends at a soccer game

After the loss we have faced over the past weeks, Sam and I took to New York to pay our respects to the Hollnsteiner family on behalf of the nine of us. Little did we know we were about to come across one of the most amazing families we have had the pleasure to meet. We will never be able to put into words how grateful we are for being taken in as one of their own – as Sam said to me: we may have lost a friend, but we have gained a family. The last few days have been unforgettable and will go down with the many memories we made in our short time together, rest in peace brother. –Elliot Jennings

Ria with Daniel’s British friends from Monash University

The Hollnsteiners – Daniel’s UB friends named their soccer team after him

Daniel’s Monash friends pursued a Philippine trip that he planned for November 2015. There were originally five friends traveling from Melbourne but more lads decided to go. The trip was in his honor.

2018 Daniel Thomas Hollnsteiner Memorial Golf Tournament

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