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Glen Cove Diabetes Event A Success

Page One ‘Cooking for a Cure’ aids DRI

Glen Cove’s ninth annual fundraiser dinner for DRI, the Diabetes Research Institute was a huge success. After Monday’s dinner, total local fundraising has reached around half a million dollars, according to event chair Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, who is also Nassau County legislator for the area.  

The 2012 “Cooking for a Cure” event honored Mr. and Mrs. Greg Trunz of The Swan Club along with “special guest” Glen Cove City councilman and diabetes survivor Anthony Jimenez.

Long Island’s own Kevin Covais of American Idol fame – who is living with diabetes himself – provided special entertainment.

Event chair DeRiggi-Whitton said, “Our honorees, and special guests made this night a truly inspirational event. Having Kevin Covais, the American Idol finalist, join us was a great surprise. I am so thankful for the continued support of our committee and the community, and I truly believe that our efforts will help the DRI to one day find the cure for diabetes.”

The honorees, Jeannie and Greg Trunz, met at Rider University in 1981 and married in 1984. They reside in Hauppauge where they raised their four children. Greg and his brothers are owners of The Swan Club in Roslyn Harbor. After their daughter Allison’s death in 1997, they became active fundraisers for the Making Headway Foundation, which services children with brain and spinal cord tumors. When their daughter Katy was diagnosed with diabetes during the summer of 2004 their focus began to switch toward diabetes research. They have been active members of the Kindred Spirits support group at Winthrop Hospital. Being their daughter’s advocate at school and keeping abreast of technological advances in diabetes care has become a bit of a passion. Both support Katy as she takes on the roles of counselor in training at diabetes camp, member of her dance studio’s dance company, NYSSMA pianist and vocalist, honor student and budding thespian! They are the proud parents of a very healthy diabetic teenager.

News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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