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North Shore Boys & Girls Club Helps Shape LI Kids

April 20 fundraiser slated to honor NFL great Carl Banks and Dr. Edward Melnick

When she moved with her family from Queens, Kristen Kenny, now 22, needed a place to make friends. Mikey Zangari, now 20, was shy and making friends was difficult.

“The Boys & Girls Club gave me a positive place to find good friends,” says Kenny. “But beyond that it helped me decide to become a teacher.”

Zangari agrees: “I was a timid kid, but coming to the North Shore Boys & Girls Club (NSBGC) helped me come out of my shell and made me more out-going. The club helped create who I am today. It taught me leadership skills and gave me a community to belong to.”

Today, as employees of NSBGC, Zangari and Kenny work with kids who might otherwise end up in a less positive environment.

“We give the kids one-on-one attention, help them with their homework, show them how to live without the influences that can sometimes send you in the wrong direction,” says Kenny. “They know we care, and as a result of that commitment they come to us with concerns and questions they aren’t necessarily comfortable asking other people.”

“We believe that every child has the potential to be great, to be productive, to succeed and to soar,” says Susan Wisnewski, the executive director of the North Shore Boys & Girls Club. “We can help them visualize and realize their future through programs that will both inspire and educate.”

To accomplish this mission, the North Shore Boys & Girls Club provides services that are based on the principles of a youth development strategy which promote the health, social, educational, vocational, character and leadership development of girls and boys served.

“In order to provide these much needed services to the children, we look to the community to help us achieve our goals,” says Wisnewski. “Through annual fundraising events like Casino Night, we are able to keep costs to our membership low, enabling all children to participate in NSBGC activities. At the same time, these events help us forge a stronger bond with our supporters and provide us with a platform to articulate — in a more personal way — the true impact of their contributions on the kids and community at large.”

In collaboration with National Boys and Girls Club Week, Casino Night will be held on Friday, April 20, at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. During the event, NSBGC will honor former New York Giants All-Pro linebacker and two-time Super Bowl Champion Carl Banks and North Shore Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick.

A requested donation of $125 includes a cocktail reception, dinner, open bar all night and $200 in gambling chips for Texas Hold’Em, Roulette, Craps, Black Jack and more.

Casino Night will include a Chinese auction for your winnings and a silent auction featuring New York Giants Super Bowl memorabilia and an exclusive Judith Ripka Jewelry Bar with designs from her 18k couture, sterling silver and 18k gold collections. A live auction will feature several “priceless” experiences, including 18 holes of golf as part of a foursome with Carl Banks and a trip for four golfers to play at the Trump International at Palm Beach and stay at the exclusive Ritz-Carlton for two nights.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Nassau Country Club, 30 St. Andrews Lane, Glen Cove. For more information or tickets contact Russ Launer at 917-417-7843 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Natalie McCray at 835-9035 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). If you cannot attend but would like to help support the club, please go to their website www.nsbgc.org and click on the donate button.

News

City Stadium in Glen Cove was a mob scene of tiny egg hunters on Thursday, April 17, as at least 100 kids scoured the fields and claimed more than 8,000 eggs in less than three minutes. The annual egg hunt attracted kids from ages 3 to 10, most of whom were prepared with baskets, bags and buckets for storing the candy-filled plastic eggs. 

Zachary Gotterbarn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72, is an extraordinary 9-year-old who recently exhibited maturity and courage beyond his years. While riding in a car with his mom, Zachary sprang into action to help his young cousin who was choking on a cookie. Without hesitation, Zachary quickly used the “finger sweep,” a technique he learned in Scouting, and dislodged the cookie blocking his cousin’s airway. Zachary saved his cousin’s life. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council commended Zachary for his heroic act. Glen Cove Volunteer EMS Chief Tom Kenary presented Zachary with an honorary EMS member pin and tee-shirt. Zachary is pictured with Mayor Spinello, the City Council, and his family. 



Sports

 It finally felt like lacrosse weather last Sunday for North Shore’s  PAL lacrosse teams.  Mike Gilliam’s fourth-grade Lady Vikings traveled to Manhasset.  Playing a strong lacrosse community like Manhasset is always a daunting task, but one which the Lady Vikings were clearly ready for.  North Shore won the game 6-2 with goals coming from 5 different players: Kate Gilliam (2), Ava Vaccaro, Christina Dade, Evelyn McCreery, and Nora Schatz.  

The Glen Cove “Two Knights” began their season last Sunday by traveling down to Wantagh for a tough test to start the season. After spending the winter indoors and the last several weeks outside practicing, the Knights were hungry for real-game action. This

Knights’ team has a great mix of experience and new talent that is sure to lead to continued excitement throughout the year. Starting the game in goal, first-year man Pandelis Tursi made several sparkling saves behind a tough defense led by Colby Burns. With the

Knights down 2-0 in the first, Jack Spoto, another first-year player, provided the offensive spark by tallying the Knights’ first goal of the year. Spoto was also among the team leaders in ground balls and provided hustle that kept the Knights competitive in this game.

Tursi continued to keep his team in the game in the second half while Travis Shea and Matteo Cameron contributed defensively in front of the goal. Rocco Rainone was the offensive leader and kept the Knights close throughout by recording five goals. In the end, it wasn’t enough and the Knights’ endured a tough loss, 9-6. Congratulations to Tursi, Spoto, Burns, Dylan Jenkins, Charlie Muth, Page Bennett, Daniel Salerno, Grayson Kopetic and Vincent Pascucci for great play in the first game of their careers. 


Calendar

 E-Waste Recycing - April 26

YMCA Healthy Kids - April 26

Glen Cove Library Luncheon - April 27


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