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Fundraiser Turnout Is A Knock Out

More than 1,000 people come out to support baby

Thomas Onorato, office manager for a Garden City-based medical office, and wife, Melissa, are humbled by the overwhelming support shown to them since their son Thomas Kevin Onorato was born. On April 19, the couple hosted a fundraiser for baby Thomas, who is suffering from microvillous inclusion disease. They anticipated 200 or 300 people, but the turnout was far more successful—more than 1,000 attendees flocked to Franklin Square’s Plattduetsche Park Restaurant to support the younger Thomas’ fight. Many were family and friends but larger numbers were people who were simply touched and inspired by Thomas’ story. At 7 months old, baby Thomas is unable to eat and absorb nutrients and he has spent nearly half his life in the hospital.

“As we planned this fundraiser we expected a modest 200 to 300 people, if we were lucky,” said Melissa Onorato. “Our good friend, Matt Buck, who runs the Plattduetsche Park, said that easily over 1,000 people showed up. As my husband and I stood on that stage, thanking our loved ones and our supporters, we were blown away by the sea of people.”

In his short seven months of life, Thomas continues to amaze his family. His struggles have buoyed his family to start a nonprofit organization to help others struggling with this rare disease. Thomas’ initials, “TKO,” in the boxing world means “technical knockout.” Tom who believes in his son’s strength began calling his son “TKO” and they dubbed the fundraiser and Thomas’ fight “TKO Strong.”

“Thomas has restored our faith and brought out unbelievable strength in the both of us, a strength neither knew we possessed,” said Melissa Onorato. “He is our angel and inspiration.”

Baby Thomas’ mom is a teacher in Queens while his paternal namesake is an administrator/office manager at Garden City’s All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center. The twosome are currently waiting for state and government approval for the nonprofit but have faith that their venture will be successful. For the Onoratos, Thomas has paved the way to pursue their mission to raise funds and support research.

For further information or to make a donation, please visit www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/h614/tko-strong.

News

Have you considered adding running to your exercise regimen but not sure how to get started? Are you concerned about past injuries? Runners, from experienced to beginner, are sidelined every year due to injury. Physical Therapy Options (PTO) wants to help runners get off to a great start this fall and is pleased to offer the community an opportunity to receive a free comprehensive “Running Analysis.”

 

Physical Therapist Lisa Coors, founder of PTO, views this offering as part of PTO’s mission to help patients live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. 

Yard sale announced

 

The Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Tanners Pond Environmental Center recently announced its annual Fall Benefit Yard Sale. The sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., located outdoors inside the front gate at the sanctuary. Vendors are being sought. A 10 x 17 foot selling area is $45 for the day. (Includes space for selling & space to park one car next to selling space)


Sports

Dance Conservatory Program

 

The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. 

 

Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. 

 

Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted): 

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18


Calendar

Living With Pulmonary Fibrosis Program - September 18

Harpeth Rising Concert - September 19 

JV Football - September 20


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