Billboard Comedian of the Year Sebastian Maniscalco and his wife Lana Gomez established the Tag You’re It! Foundation in 2016 as a way to directly support causes important to them. The fund, set up with CCF, currently supports U.S. veterans, Alzheimer’s disease and children’s education.
Through the foundation the couple have two goals, to make a real impact with direct support to those in need as well as increase awareness and support for the causes. To date Tag You’re It! has donated over $40,000 to various charitable organizations including Volunteers of America, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, National Center for Victims of Crime, Rolling Meadows Athletic Boosters Club and has also donated $50,000.00 to provide support to those affected by COVID-19 through donations to World Central Kitchen and to Charities Aid Foundation of America.
The causes supported by the Tag You’re It! Foundation speak to Sebastian and Lana from personal experiences. After watching his grandfather suffer with Alzheimer’s and seeing the impact the disease had on his family, Sebastian wanted to give back to those affected by the disease and help find a cure. The funds donated toward Alzheimer’s will fuel research and assist with care.
Sebastian and Lana also feel passionate about giving back to those who give up so much to protect their family. The brave men and women of our armed forces give up their lives to protect our country. It was important for Sebastian and Lana to support U.S. veterans with issues they may face after their service.
Finally, with two young children, Serafina and Caruso, the couple also recognize the power and importance of education at an early age and wanted to support on a local and national level.
Many people helped Sebastian on his journey to success. The name for the foundation, Tag You’re It!, was inspired by the idea of paying it forward all while “tagging” others to do the same.