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Second Annual Woodstick Alumni Game Raises Autism Funds

On May 5, Garden City High School hosted Monster’s Kids 2nd Annual Woodstick Alumni Event to benefit Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) of New York. Lacrosse players from Garden City and Manhasset took to the field, with a final victory for Manhasset. All participants walked away winners, as the teams helped raised $39,650 for the Center for Autism at CCMC.

Tim Goettelmann noted, “After watching the game, I realized how lucky I am to be a part of this long-standing tradition between two great towns. This event allowed many of us to catch up with old friends and make many new memories.”

Monster’s Kids was an idea that Goettelmann came up with while reading the late Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are to his children. While reading, he thought about how fortunate he and his wife were to have healthy children. Inspired, he decided to start a charity that would help children in need of medical care. What excites Tim about Monster’s Kids is that he was able to take two things that he is very passionate about, children and lacrosse, and combine them into a successful charity.

A player for the Long Island Lizards, Goettelmann decided to donate his entire salary to make the Monster’s Kids a reality in 2009. Additionally, the Long Island Lizards organization and Major League Lacrosse provided significant support to get the charity up and running. Over the last three years, Monster’s Kids has raised nearly $125,000 for the NICU, Child Life and the Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Unit at CCMC.

This event was a success and kick starts the goal of raising $100,000 this year. Monster’s Kids next event will be a cocktail party on Dec. 7 at Fresh Meadows Country Club in Lake Success. Be sure to mark your calendars now for another “Monster” event.