Edward Aiosa Memorial

Ed Aiosa

You can find Ed’s spirit when you hear the birds singing outside your window, on your next bike ride, during your next fly-fishing adventure, or guiding your hand as you pick the next tomato from your garden.

Saturday, November 7th, our Best Friend, Father, and Husband earned his angel wings. Five years ago, Dad was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer and ever since has been defying the odds. With the love and support of his family, friends, and Dr. Lane Ziegler of Florida Cancer Specialists and Dr. Kevin Tralins of Bardmoor Cancer Center, Dad underwent chemo therapy and radiation, all while keeping a smile on his face, going into the office, and into court every Tuesday and Thursday.


Although this pandemic has been horrible in so many ways, it also blessed us with cherished time to spend with him. We spent our days feeding the turtles and birds, bike riding, Corvette joy rides, watching the sunsets, going on strolls in Walsingham Park, kayaking, watching “doggy TV,” and eating lots and lots of chocolate.

Edward was born on August 20, 1957, and grew up with his two sisters and six brothers in Centereach, New York. He first received a scholarship to run cross country at Cornell University and become a Veterinarian, but later decided to change his career path to pursue law. He graduated from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, with a B.S. Magna Cum Laude (1979), M.S. in Counseling (1984), and Juris Doctor in Law (1988). Ed practiced law in New York and Pinellas County, Florida, for over 30 years and was a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator and Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer. On August 11, 1990, he married Babette and this past August celebrated 30 years of marriage. They share two daughters, Jacqueline and Victoria, son-in-law Casey, and currently have a golden-doodle, Kadi, who they love just as much.


November 7, 2020, marks a bittersweet milestone for many of us as we experience the loss of such a kind-natured soul. With so much love and happiness surrounding this individual, it is natural to be reluctant with our goodbyes. And as we find our footing, it is important to acknowledge this profound grief in order to embrace the life he helped us create. We have been blessed with this person who has guided us to where we are today and will continue with us on our journeys.


You can find Ed’s spirit when you hear the birds singing outside your window, on your next bike ride, during your next fly-fishing adventure, or guiding your hand as you pick the next tomato from your garden. Edward appreciated many things; however it was the simple joys in life that brought him the most happiness. Ed loved getting lost in his garden, spending time with his family and friends, and will be remembered for his quick wit, gentle words, and unconditional love.


A funeral service will be held at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Largo, FL, on Friday, November 20th at 2 pm, followed by an ash burial ceremony held at Serenity Gardens in Largo at 3/3:30pm. All are welcome, the services will be socially distant, and a virtual link will be provided as well. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Botanical Gardens and Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. Support to the family can be made through Meal Train. Details on donations below. Any further questions, please reach out to Carolynn Hamilton at 727-580-3356. Specific details of the services will be forthcoming.


Helpful links:…/serenity-funeral…/4681

If you wish to pay by check (payable to FCS Foundation), please send to:
5985 Silver Falls Run, Suite 210, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
To donate by phone, please call 941.677.7186 with your credit card information.

After Your Event

Don’t Forget to Thank Everyone for Their Support


  • Thank your sponsors, committee members and other special supporters immediately after the event. A hand-written note, phone call or personal email will be greatly appreciated and will encourage supporters to come back next time!

  • Post ‘Thank You’ messages and photos on social media.

  • Mail a check to:
    Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation
    5985 Silver Falls Run, Suite 210
    Bradenton, FL 34211

  • Once we receive your donation, an acknowledgement letter will be sent to you for tax purposes.


Thank you for hosting a successful event that helps cancer patients in need!

Use Various Media to Maximize Publicity for Your Event

These publicity tips and tools will help increase exposure for your event through various media, at very little cost. (Media outlets could include local radio, TV and newspapers, community calendars, social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.).

Create a Timeline to Maximize Publicity

A realistic timeline is important in planning a publicity strategy for your event. Keep this timeline in mind as you put together a publicity plan:

3-4 months before the event:
Identify your target audience based on demographics, interests, and location; develop a targeted media list.

4-6 weeks before the event:
Distribute media materials (i.e., media alert, listing on a community calendar, Facebook posts, Instagram, etc.). Be creative in developing the media materials – what makes your fundraiser different? Media outlets receive hundreds of requests to publicize non-profit events; they can’t publicize everyone – so make sure that YOUR EVENT is so special, different and appealing that it will be hard for the media outlet to resist!

2 weeks before the event:
Make follow-up calls and send e-mails to local media who received the information. Re-send information if they have not received it.

1-2 days before the event:
Email and/or fax a media alert with the basic information about your event (who, what, when, where and why) to the TV news assignment desks and photo desks at the daily or weekly newspapers.

Take Lots of Photos

Photos are a great way to document your event, whether for publicity or simply to share with family and friends. Here are some tips on capturing special moments at your fundraiser:
  • Write out a targeted shot list in advance to make sure you get photos of everything and everyone
  • Take candid and close-up shots that capture the different aspects of your fundraiser
  • Capture images of your sponsors
  • Include three to four people in a photo for the best publicity shot
  • If taking photos on your phone, turn your phone in the horizontal position
  • Send photos to Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation for approved use on social media and website (Please make sure you have permission from the individuals in the photo and include their names)

Ideas for Your Fundraiser Event

The following are just a few ideas for your community fundraiser.  We suggest thinking of something you enjoy doing (e.g., book club, cooking, golf, tennis, bingo, music) and working to add a fundraising component into that. This way, you are not starting from scratch and, in addition to giving back to a great cause, you are doing something you love!

You can easily raise money on your Facebook page by clicking on “Raise Money” on your post, including a special message of inspiration or in celebration of your birthday or notable anniversary.

Do you have an upcoming birthday, anniversary, shower, or bar/bat mitzvah? Consider contributing to FCS Foundation, in lieu of personal gifts – and ask your friends and family to do the same. This is a great way to get the kids involved!

Throw a cocktail party in your home or at a local restaurant or bar. Many venues provide great deals for non-profit events. For example, ask your friends to donate $50 per person to attend — if you spend no more than $20 per person on the food, you will have a good amount left over after expenses to donate. Include a chance drawing or auction to increase revenue.

Ask friends and neighbors to clean out their basement or garage for a good cause. Organize a garage sale, and you’ll clean out your house while supporting cancer patients in need in our community at the same time!

Whether planning a small golf outing with friends and family or a larger tournament for your business, think about making every stroke really count by partnering with us to give back to the patients at FCS Foundation!

Are you a local independent business owner, restaurant or retail owner who is looking to align with a great cause? Whether donating a percentage of proceeds for a day, or a week, or simply collecting an ‘extra tip’ for the FCS Foundation, you can make a difference while you work.

Kids love to help!  Have fun with your students teaching them about the meaning of philanthropy, with anything from a read-a-thon to a bake sale. Be creative! We’d love to hear about your school fundraiser ideas and stories.

Many marketing/promotional item companies offer a lot of discounted items. Create T-shirts, bracelets, key chains, etc., and sell them at a price more than your cost to create revenue.

This is a fun way to raise funds while increasing awareness about pediatric illnesses. Host your trivia night at a restaurant or other local establishment and invite between 10 and 50 of your friends and family.

Hold a bingo night and charge people to play ($20 for 4 cards, $40 for 8 cards, etc.) Instead of cash prizes, the prizes are designer or vintage purses that have been donated. One of the trendiest and easiest events to organize!

Getting Started

Deciding to host a community fundraiser for the FCS Foundation is a huge accomplishment in itself — thank you!

Here are 10 steps to help you get started:

1. Form a planning committee. Bring together a group of enthusiastic, dedicated people, who share a passion and interest in raising money for cancer patients and their families. This will increase the probability of a successful event.

2. Brainstorm. Members of your planning committee can brainstorm ideas for your fundraiser. Let your imagination guide you — and be sure to consider the special talents of committee members and their contacts in the community! The more people who participate in the planning phase, the more committed they’ll be later.

3. Choose the “right” event. The type of event you choose should fit the size, interests, talents, goals, and time availability of your planning committee.

4. Identify your target audience. Consider who is most likely to attend and support the type of event you have selected. Will the event appeal to everyone? families? adults only?

5. Develop a budget. Try to identify all the expenses involved with your event (invitations, postage, rental space, signage, food and catering, promotional materials, website, advertising, etc.) Then think about possible sources of funds, including people and companies you know that may be able to donate products (food, equipment) or services (graphic design, printing, photography) to reduce your costs. This will help keep your costs down, which is something everyone will appreciate.

6. Develop an event timeline. A timeline is important in planning a publicity strategy for your event. Work backwards from the event date – publicity should start four to six weeks prior to the event.

7. Schedule the event. Select a time that is appropriate and convenient for those who will be attending. Be sure to check local community calendars for conflicting events.

8. Open a bank account. You may find that you will need to establish a bank account to accommodate incoming revenue and expenses. This can be done by visiting a local bank and creating a business account under your event’s name.

9. Collect all funds. We ask that all event proceeds designated for the FCS Foundation be forwarded to the Foundation within 30 days following the conclusion of your event.

10. Say thank you! Sending thank-you letters, notes, or e-mails to everyone who participated in or supported your event shows your appreciation and reinforces their goodwill about the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation.