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, 26 September 2014 00:00
It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without
a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
A drive down Prospect Avenue now reveals a hidden gem across from Tappan Beach, thanks to a project that took a decade and a half to come to fruition, and only eight months to complete. Scudder’s Pond, once hidden from the road behind tall phragmites, is not only visible, but much cleaner.
Plus, it's a significant step toward purifying the water in Hempstead Harbor.
The $2.6 million project that involved dredging the pond for the first time in 30 years, installing a storm basin device and removing invasive non-native plants, all to combat problems from one of the largest sources of harbor contamination.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
Glen Cove Junior Soccer got off on the right foot with its annual parade through the city ending at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13. The parade had boys and girls from kindergarten to 10th grade march along with coaches and parents in their colorful uniforms. At the parade terminus, Glen Cove elected officials cheered the children on as they sat down on the field lines to hear the opening comments.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family
of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek.