Our Story

On June 14, 2014, the DelleGrazie family lost their son, Pauly, to a drowning accident just short of his 5th birthday. Pauly brought so much love and laughter into this world. He is loved and missed. In memory of Pauly, the Pauly D Foundation was established to advocate for water safety and drowning prevention.

Our mission is to make a difference by raising the level of water safety education and awareness to prevent further loss. To do this, we work to build partnerships in our local communities and park districts that can help support our vision. The Pauly D Foundation provides funding for lifesaving programs that include swim education assemblies and swim lessons. We also provide toddler life jackets to community pools as an additional safety support tool in the water.

Pauly D Foundation advocates for water safety and drowning prevention in honor of Pauly Dellegrazie.