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South Grads Rock For Charity

Members of a Great Neck High School band reunited after 40 years for a benefit performance in support of the Third Annual Katie Oppo Memorial Run/Walk, an ovarian cancer charity recently. The Rockets, led by Barry Douglas, M.D., keyboardist and a partner at Manhasset and Garden City based Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, performed following the 6.19k run/walk in Flower Hill Park, Manhasset.

Inspired by the leading R&B groups of the day, the band met and started playing together over 40 years ago while students at Great Neck South. The group had not seen each other, or played together, in many years, until Katie’s cause became the reason for a reunion.  These days, the members try to practice whenever they can get together; and they perform sets when members’ individual schedules align . 

Katie Oppo’s Memorial Run/Walk became an imperative cause for the band. The Katie Oppo Memorial Run/Walk charity event is organized by Manhasset resident Liz Oppo, whose 19-year-old daughter, Katie, a pre-med student at Johns Hopkins University, died of ovarian cancer in 2011.  Johns Hopkins University will receive a grant this year from all donations raised.

“It’s amazing to me what a bunch of guys could do when they come together again,” remarked Douglas.  “When we first heard about the benefit, we immediately decided to play and help raise awareness for Katie’s cause. We are honored and hope that through our music we are playing a part in supporting the research effort.”

“Giving back to the North Shore community from where we started meant a lot to all of us,” added Dr. Douglas.