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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

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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