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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

Budget adjustments, staff reductions recommended

The Garden City Board of Education will prepare to adopt next year’s school budget in a couple of weeks. Before they do, they’ll have to go over a few changes.

At the board’s public work session held at the high school on Wednesday, April 9, school superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen recommended a few adjustments, part of the annual balancing act that is the school budget.

The Garden City Board of Trustees approved a $55,791,023 operating budget at its April 7 meeting by a 7-0 vote (Trustee Theresa Trouvé was absent).

The spending plan requires a tax rate increase of 3.73 percent or an increase in tax of $224 to the average assessed single family home.


Sports

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.

Lady Panthers

start season 7-0

The number two ranked Adelphi Panthers Women’s Lacrosse team has gotten off to a fast start to their 2014 season and show no signs of slowing down. Head Coach Rob Grella, entering his third season at the helm, has led his team to an impressive 7-0 record to kick off their campaign. Six of the Panther’s first seven games have been won in commanding fashion in which they have outscored the opposition by a staggering margin of 122-14.

Last season, the Panthers continued their tradition of playing hard and fighting off tough challenges. They would finish the 2013 season with an impressive 11-1 record within the Northeast Ten Conference and overall at 18-3, making it to their fourth consecutive trip to the NE-10 Conference Championship where they eventually lost to Le Moyne.

Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



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