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Impact Magazine “Cappelli Grant Underwrites Book To Benefit Katrina Kids”

Article Appeared in Impact Magazine–Building & Realty News
February/March 2007

VALHALLA — Children and families affected by Hurricane Katrina are the beneficiaries of the sales of the new songbook and CD collection, “Heavenly Skies & Lullabies.”

The book, created and sung by Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon and Frank Pellegrino, contains lyrics and musical notations for the guitar and piano, along with heart-warming illustrations.

Production of the book and CD, which debuted in August, 2006, was made possible through a grant from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation. All net proceeds from sales are donated to World Vision, specifically for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, foundation officials said.

Dr. Fallon is a board-certified foot and ankle specialist in New York City. She is the cofounder and chairwoman of the Heavenly Productions Foundation (HPF), whose mission is to help children in distress. She sang on the CD entitled “Heavenly Lullabies,” which is dedicated to the babies and orphans of Sep.11. “Heavenly Skies & Lullabies” is HPF’s second project to help children in need.

Pellegrino is best known as the proprietor of Rao’s Restaurant in Manhattan. As an actor, he currently appears on the HBO hit series, “The Sopranos.”

He has performed in numerous award-winning films, including Martin Scorcese’s Goodfellas and Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery. He is also the founder of Rao’s Specialty Foods and has written two cookbooks, Rao’s Cookbook and Rao’s Cooks from the Neighborhood. Becky Kelly, who paints from a sunlit studio in Kansas surrounded by nature, provided illustrations for the new songbook and CD. Dave Prescott of B12 Design in Scottsdale, Arizona donated the design and layout. Father Gerard Critch of St. Thomas More Church in Sarasota, Fla., wrote the foreword.

Since its inception in 1999, The Louis R. Cappelli Foundation has awarded more than $5.8 million in grants. The foundation’s mission is to provide grants in support of philanthropic activities, with a particular emphasis on educational, arts, and health programs addressing the special needs of youth, spokesmen said.

Heavenly Skies & Lullabies is available for $25 at or by calling CdBaby directly at 1-800- BUY-MY-CD.