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Lake Success Chabad Held Bowl-A-Thon Benefiting Haiti

Hearing about the recent difficulties facing the people of Haiti, many teens from Great Neck South High School came together to participate in a bowl-a-thon benefiting the relief efforts in Haiti. The bowl-a-thon was organized by Rachel Gecelter, president of the JLE Teen Club and a senior at Great Neck South High School, and Rabbi Dovid and Mrs. Chumy Ezagui, directors of JLE @ Lake Success Chabad.

Mayor Jean Celender of Great Neck Plaza joined the bowl-a-thon to show her support for the cause and to speak to the teens about the importance of giving.

Mayor Celender spoke to the teens and their families and said “congratulations to the Lake Success Chabad and their teen group for holding this fundraising event to support the relief efforts in Haiti. Their compassion and call to action to help the Haitian people at their most difficult time of need after the massive earthquake is a wonderful contribution and shows they can make a difference in the world.”

Each of the over 50 teen participants of the bowl-a-thon solicited pledges from sponsors who made donations based on the individual’s bowling score. It was also a fun event with the participants being able to bowl and win prizes for their efforts.

Mrs. Ezagui told the teens at the bowl-a-thon about the many more exciting programs scheduled for the JLE teen club, she explained that at their next meeting they will be going to the Helen Keller Center to read books and play games with the children. Rachel Gecelter added “It is great when teens come together to help people who face difficulties and I am happy to be giving back through my work as co-president of the JLE Teen Club.”

To see additional pictures of the bowl-a-thon and other JLE Teen events visit