Two freshmen from North Shore High School have been making the most out of a difficult situation. Cousins Jagger Gillman and Ethan Bradford have a taken a positive, proactive step for a cause that is deeply personal for their family and will also benefit others in the community: organizing a basketball clinic fundraiser to benefit Crohn’s disease research, a disease that Jagger’s younger brother, Harrison, a sixth-grader at North Shore Middle School, suffers from. The two cousins decided to combine their love of basketball with their desire to help find a cure for the disease by putting together an event to raise funds and awareness.
Sponsored by the Sid Jacobsen JCC in East Hills, the two-hour basketball clinic will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., for kids ages 6 to 13. The $20 fee will allow boys and girls to hone their skills at various stations, taught by volunteers as well as coaches from Unlimited Sports, based in Port Washington.
Harrison was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when he was 7 years old and unfortunately, at this time, there is still no cure. It’s been a challenge for the family but they are all doing what they can to be involved, stay positive, and raise enough awareness and money for research to, hopefully, one day find a cure. They also have support from friends and are expecting it to be fun event.
“A bunch of our friends are volunteering,” says Jagger, noting that six stations will be set up, with 15 minutes spent at each.
Jagger and Ethan have been involved in various fundraisers for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and organized a “Coins for Crohn’s" program at the middle school. This year, they wanted to do something bigger, and spent months working out the details for this event.
Rachel Gillman, mother of Jagger and Harrison, notes, “They’ve been involved for quite some time; this just happens to be their own thing they took and ran with...and they are really learning the hard work that goes into charity work.”
Jagger agrees. “It takes a lot of time and effort to create a fundraiser and carry it out. It’s a lot more work than we expected.”
Ethan’s mom, Sharyn Bradford, adds, “It’s been a great eye opener for them, not only to learn how much work goes into preparing and planning for the event but now advocating for the event, which is a huge part of philanthropy. You can’t have one without the other.”
“It’s kids helping kids - what’s better than that?” says Sharyn.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
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.