Sharing Initiative

The Fink Fund

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We’re raising money to support Pasadena families this holiday season who are transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency, or vice versa. We support these families throughout the year by providing much-needed food, gift cards, personal care and household items.
Thank you for your generous contribution.

Sharing Possibilities

– This annual event provides back to school support for local children.  We provide haircuts, backpacks, school supplies, and more to help kids start the school year off with the confidence and materials they need to succeed!

Share a Meal

– Steve used to open his doors at Pasadena Sandwich Company and tell anyone who didn’t have a place to go for Thanksgiving to come and spend the holiday with him. To honor his big heart, we started our annual Thanksgiving meal for families in transition in 2011!  We ensure that families in our community know that they are not alone, experiencing gratitude and support over a warm Thanksgiving meal!

Sharing Joy

– An annual event to remind teenagers in our community, who’s families are in transition, that they are valued, loved and important during the holiday season.

Stephen E. Fink was a son, a brother, an uncle, and a father. Born on December 2,1950, Steve was the youngest of four children. He grew up in Claremont and later West Covina.

Steve was very enthusiastic, personable, and charming. He had four children of his own, and loved being a father more than anything.

In 1995, Steve opened Pasadena Sandwich Company. It was an instant success, with a line of people awaiting him to open up shop. He was a sandwich artist and was known in Pasadena for his talent.

Every Sunday he went to Corona del Mar and spent the day at the beach to the left of life guard station #4. He could be found body boarding, riding a bike, roller blading, and hitting a bucket of balls. Steve was an active man not only in his life, but in his children’s lives and in his community. He would give you the shirt off of his back and loved to chat it up with everyone who stepped foot through the deli door.

In September 2009, Steve complained of shortness of breath, fatigue, and leg swelling. After extensive tests, this healthy, active, charismatic man was told that he had a very rare, blood disease called Amyloidosis. With all of his heart, he fought this disease, losing the battle in late January 2010.

The Stephen E. Fink Fund has been created to remember this incredible man and to raise money to bring awareness, research, and treatment to Amyloidosis. Pasadena Sandwich Company has created a sandwich called “The Big Steve” in his memory and all proceeds of this sandwich are donated into his fund. PSC t-shirt and hat sales also contribute to the Stephen E. Fink Fund on a daily basis.

We support the research and treatment of Amyloidosis and all of those families out there who may be affected by this horrible disease. Steve’s fun-loving, friendly, and optimistic attitude will encourage community-inspired events that will support families in transition in the community as well as bring awareness to Amyloidosis.

The Stephen E. Fink Memorial Fund made a sizable donation to help produce the following video about Amyloidosis Awareness.

The Stephen E. Fink Memorial Fund made a sizable donation to help produce the following video about Amyloidosis Awareness.

Fund Administrators

  • Meghan Fink

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CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
Sharing Initiative – The Fink Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161

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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.

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