Albert Perna Founder of Perna Foundation For Kids
Born and raised in Corona, Albert Perna also known as Al to his family and friends attended P.S. 14 for kindergarten, St. Leo's Elementary School, John Bowne high school and then proceeded to Queens College where he studied for two years architectural drafting and engineering. His objective was to obtain a challenging position to provide personal and professional development.
At a young age, always wanting to better himself he obtained many different types of jobs from working in a fruit store, pizzeria and diner. He then started his own business as a carpenter and tile worker. His business being a large success he went ahead to open a candy store and later on a pizzeria. While working with these businesses he also coached Little League Baseball teams for many years and was awarded many trophies for best coach of the year.
When he found out that there wasn't any place for the children of P.S. 41 in Bayside to play after school he then put it upon himself to find out how to obtain the necessary grants to have a playground installed so they may play after school. He donated his time, effort, and labor for this project and was awarded in 1994 from Claire Shulman an award for Community Service and it was called the Project Oasis Award. All the while working on his building careers, which in 2003 did not go unmentioned, he received from the Queens, Brooklyn, and Bronx Association a builder's award. In 2007 he also received for Outstanding Achievement Judge William G. Giaccio award. He still continues to work very hard in both his Construction Business and still finds time to coach a softball team which his daughter participates, The Sacred Heart Cardinals.
Mr. Perna leads many charities such as The Italian Heritage Foundation, Sons of Italy, Corona Lions and The Saint Leo's Holy Name Society and does much work with Autism and Cancer Foundations. He is an active member of Community Board 4, The Queens County Democratic Club, a member of his neighborhood watch and also associated with the 110th Pct. On March 7, 2010 he was awarded Lion of the Year Award and the City of New York declared that day to be Albert Perna Day.