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‘Creative Cups’ Returns For Third Year

Project honors and raises money for those suffering from breast cancer

Whether it is a grandmother, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend or a colleague, it is likely that most people will in some way be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. Now there is an opportunity to give back to the cause and help others. And with October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the timing couldn’t be better.

For its third year, the Creative Cups program is back at Adelphi University. The project encourages artistic expression for participants, who design and build works of art using bras, which will be exhibited and auctioned at a gala reception in the spring.

The works of art that are displayed are meant to be an expression of the celebration of the lives of those living with breast cancer or those who were lost to the disease. There is a nonrefundable $25 fee per bra to enter the project and all money raised will go to help in running the costs of Adelphi University’s NYStatewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program.

“It’s a good cause. All the money will go to the Adelphi NYStatewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program,” said project participant Samantha Mendez. “It’s also a fun opportunity to show your creative side, whether you’re a male or a female. Personally, I am doing this because my dad had cancer and he survived.”

Other participants in the project, such as Elisabeth Clarke, share similar sentiments as to why Creative Cups is a great way to help support survivors of cancer.

“My aunt survived breast cancer,” said Clarke. I think Creative Cups is an extremely unique way for everyone of all ages, male and female, to show off their creative side and have fun, all while raising money and awareness for breast cancer.”

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program that the money is being raised for was founded in 1980 and was the first program of its kind in the state addressing the psychological and societal issues associated with the disease.

As the only statewide N.Y. toll-free breast cancer hotline, they answer 4,000 calls each year and have over 350,000 website visits each year. More than 100 specially trained, professionally supervised volunteers, many of whom are breast cancer survivors, staff the center. Professional counseling is provided to 1500 people each year, and all the services of the program are free.

According to participants, getting involved in the project is easy and a unique opportunity to raise awareness and money for a great cause.

“My professor informed us about the project and I was lucky enough to be asked to be on the poster and website,” said Mendez. “It’s all over campus and on the Adelphi website. You simply register and make your own bra on anything you want.”

“How often do you get the chance to design a unique bra and transform it into a beautiful work of art and then have it auctioned off to raise money for breast cancer,” said Clarke. “It’s a fabulous opportunity to support a cause that affects thousands of women and men and you see your creativity and hard work pay off directly.”

Graphic designer professor, Dale Flashner helped to get these students involved with the program. Flashner, along with Adelphi Alumna, Beth Tenser, are the co-founders of the program.

“We pitched the idea to the university and they thought it was a great idea,” said Flashner. “The first event was in 2009 and 247 people from campus and around the country sent in bras. The reason I got involved was because I had two friends suffering from the disease and I wanted to do something to support them.”

Although Flashner and many of the participants took part in this program to honor a loved one suffering from the disease, that does not mean that that has to be the case for all of the participants.

“No connections to breast cancer are necessary to take part in the event,” said Flashner. “It is open to anyone and everyone. Groups can work together and it provides a sense of community. Our goal is to engage as many people as possible and have them make bras to raise money for the event.”

Bra submissions must be submitted by Oct. 15 and this year’s Gala Reception and Auction will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013 in the University City at Adelphi University’s Garden City campus. To register online simply go to www.adelphi.edu/creative-cups/register or contact Jennifer Perniciaro at 516-877-4320 for more information.

News

Michael Stano named to Master Teacher program

Michael Stano of Garden City High School has been named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“The Master Teacher Program creates a community of teacher experts dedicated to providing a first-rate learning experience for students across New York, and contributes to our efforts to attract and retain the best and the brightest in our STEM classrooms,” Cuomo said.

Stewart Manor Fire Department to host open house

You hear the horn sound multiple times a day, around the clock, but did you ever wonder what happens during the critical moments after a distress call is made to the firehouse? Who are the volunteers who are stopped in their tracks at the sound of that horn and dash off to help a neighbor in need? You’d be surprised to learn that it could be the gentleman you see walking his dog after work in the evenings, the woman you see standing at the bus stop with her children every morning, or even the young man you used to see playing with his friends in front of your house.


Sports

Registration For The Community Garden Begins

If you are interested in obtaining a plot in Garden City Recreation and Parks’ Community Garden, it is now time to register. Applications will be accepted until May 1. Plots will then be assigned for planting around May 10. If more applications are received than the number of plots available, all applications will be put in a lottery and winners will be notified.

Spring/Summer Adult Tennis Registration Forms Available

The Garden City Recreation Department will conduct evening tennis lessons for adults who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City at the Community Park tennis facility. The lessons will run for one hour each week in three sessions during the spring/summer months. The registrant has a choice of a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday class and a choice of time. There will be a maximum of four players per court. The dates and fees will be as follows:

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.


Calendar

Going To The Birds (Sanctuary)

Saturday, April 26

Nassau Coaches Meet

Saturday, April 26

Making A Beautiful Noise

Friday, May 2



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