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Magro Foundation Bringing Hicksville Together

Alumni lacrosse game fundraises more than $6K to support children with cancer

A frigid November day was no match for the warm hearts of all those who took part in the 1st Annual Hicksville Alumni Lacrosse game, which benefited the Hicksville-based Michael Magro Foundation.

The event, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 24 on the turf field at Hicksville High School, raised more than $6,200 for the Magro’s organization dedicated to the support of children with cancer and their families.

The event featured a clinic for the Hicksville High School varsity lacrosse and a second clinic for players of all ages, which was sponsored and run by MDP Lacrosse LLC. According to Terrie Magro, vice president of The Michael Magro Foundation, the clinics were “organized, professionally run and everyone had a great time.”

Although there wasn’t much time to prepare or advertise for the fundraiser, there was still an impressive turn out, as more than 60 Hicksville alums participated in the lacrosse game. The event began with an inspiring rendition of the National Anthem that was sung by Hicksville High School senior Mary Elizabeth Assante. Hicksville’s rich tradition of lacrosse was also displayed as Vincent Hoosak (class of 1963) and Tom Campelettano  (class of 1977), who posed for a ceremonial faceoff at midfield. Hoosak was a member of the first lacrosse team for Hicksville High School.

The teams were split up based upon odd or even graduating years and many players showed they still have the skills to play lacrosse at a high level. The Orange team (odd) beat the White team 9-7 in a well-played contest, which had everyone hugging at the end.

After the game, Gary Schweitzer and Teddy Marrotti, owners of Crossroads Restaurant, graciously donated a buffet for the hungry players. There were several hundred people at the restaurant where raffles and 50/50 tickets were sold. The two people who won the 50/50 drawings were kind enough to donate their winnings back to the foundation. Some of the prizes that were raffled off were a gift certificate to the Cheesecake Factory, as well as a gift certificates to Peppercorns, Mia Posto, Jericho Wines and Liquors and more. The MMF committee secured 28 raffles for the event. Starbucks of Plainview generously donated several containers for tea, hot chocolate and coffee.

Possibly the most exciting aspect of the event is that the alumni are now motivated to make this an annual occurrence. According to most participants, the event was great to help support the Michael Magro Foundation and also to have something to look forward to on the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year.

Terrie Magro is thrilled to have the new exposure for the foundation. She stated, “The lacrosse fundraiser is an event that Paul and I are thrilled to add to our annual calendar of events. It is about raising awareness for the Michael Magro Foundation, sharing our mission and helping children diagnosed with cancer and other chronic illnesses.”

Much gratitude was expressed by Terrie and Paul to all of those who assisted in this wonderful event, as well as to DJ Gem Entertainment NY and Katie Burnett Photography for donating their talents and time.

Please visit the following websites to learn more about the co-sponsors of this event: www.MDPLacrosse.com and www.michaelmagrofoundation.com. Both foundations can be found on Facebook; “like” them to follow their stories.

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


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