The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway in doing his best to give back. During this season of giving, Owen Loof has started to dish out checks to charities from the proceeds of his book he released this summer.
When Loof published his book, “The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway: The Brooklyn Prep Years,” his mission wasn’t to make money. Instead, he decided to donate the proceeds from his book to four different charities: Tunnel to Towers, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Rockaway Graybeards and his friend Charlie Russo’s charity, Hope House Ministries.
On Saturday, November 26, at the lighting of the Little North Pole, Loof began the process of donating what he’s made so far. Through the proceeds from his book, Loof is able to donate $600 to each charity.
Wearing his holiday best, at the Little North Pole, Loof gave the Mure family a check for the charity that the festive home is lit up for each year—JDRF, the world’s largest nonprofit funder of type 1 diabetes research.
Loof also invited representatives from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation to the big show. Since 9/11, Tunnel to Towers has been helping America’s heroes by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children and by building custom-designed smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders, among other efforts.
In their dress blues, Firefighters James Jacobs and Harold Jacobs, and their brother Billy Jacobs, came down to Rockaway to accept the generous donation from Loof. “Tunnel to Towers does so much to help veterans and first responders and their families, that with the help of the people who bought the book, I felt humbled to present the check to Chief Jacobs,” Loof said.
Loof says he feels the same about the donations he’ll be giving to The Graybeards and Hope House Ministries later this month. He’ll be presenting those checks at upcoming holiday parties for each organization.
And Loof isn’t done yet. He’ll continue to donate any future proceeds from his book to the four charities. “So buy the book,” he said. If you haven’t already, “The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway: The Brooklyn Prep Years,” is available on Amazon.