Established in 2009 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Dorothy Finn Foundation (DFF) is based in the Long Beach NY area, raising and donating money to animal/pet rescue shelters and under-privileged youth music programs in the community and beyond.
Our annual fundraiser – Finn Fest, is a music and comedy festival that has become a notable arts and culture platform. With over 1,000 attendees and garnering local press coverage, Finn Fest is an incredible party that provides excellent exposure for our sponsors, partners and vendors.
LEADERSHIP & TEAM
The Dorothy Finn Foundation is led by Norah Finn Kelleher. “Nonie”, as she is know by friends, is an animal and music lover with a big heart and personality to match. With great moxy, she leads by example and gets things done.
The DFF team is made up of dedicated and returning volunteers, and it’s ranks swell into the dozens during Finn Fest and it’s preparation. Our infrastructure expenses only extend to the production of Finn Fest, it’s apparel and the maintenance of our modest public interface.
Dorothy Finn resided in Long Beach NY for forty Five years and spent her entire life as a tap dance teacher. She began dancing at the age of four in New York City “The Big Town” as she like to refer to it and teaching at the age of twelve at The Henry Street Settlement House. Her teacher was the famed Henry Le Tang.
After settling in Long Beach with her husband Charlie Finn a New York City Police Officer and two Children Brendan and Nonie, Dorothy continued teaching children in her basement and choreographing dance routines for charitable fundraisers such as The Men’s Club of St. Ignatius, The Catholic Daughter’s society and Project Challenge. She also continued teaching in Manhattan at the request of her brother and actor the late William Hickey of Prizzi’s Honor and Christmas Vacation fame.
Throughout her life Dorothy volunteered her time in many charitable endeavors and spent many hours at the Humane Society feeding homeless dogs and cats, cleaning the cages, collecting money and finding homes for them. Dorothy danced well into her 80’s entertaining at local nursing homes and the Veterans Hospital.
The DFF has donated to the following organizations: Ruff House Rescue, The Long Beach Humane Society, Bobbi and the Strays Animal Rescue, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Second Chance Animal Rescue, and Little Flower Orphanage of Long Island.