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Teens Raise $12K For Camp Scholarships

In March, six enterprising teenagers founded CH3, a youth chapter of nonprofit ogranization Children’s Hope India, in hopes of making a difference in the community. Their first goal was to raise $3,000 to

send two local homeless children to a summer day camp. 

 

Four months and three fundraisers later, the girls have not only met their goal, but far surpassed it. They were able to raise over $12,000 and will be sending three kids to the eight-week Young People’s

Day Camps this summer.

 

“We’re still in shock,” said Rhea Manjrekar, a CH3 member and Hicksville High School student. “Four months ago we had nothing. We’re really excited about it.” 

 

“We never knew we would get this far with it,” said Karishma Kamat, a CH3 member from Herricks. “We knew we would get money but not this much. The reaction was so good and it was perceived so well.” 

 

The girls organized three fundraisers over the past few months: at Friendly’s in Hicksville, Panera Bread, and Om Sweet Om in Port Washington. The girls say the support they received from their local communities was overwhelming.

 

“It was such a great thing to see my whole town come together,” said Milan Sani, a junior at Schreiber High School in Port Washington. “The yoga studio donated time and teachers, my school helped and

everyone donated.” 

 

“The community was very open to what we wanted to do. The track team from my school and all my friends really supported me, and that pushed me to go far,” said Hicksville High School student Fatimah Mukadum. 

 

Children’s Hope India hosted a ceremony last week, to congratulate the girls and present the recipients  with their camp vouchers, as well as gift bags filled with camp supplies. 

 

“I’m so thankful,” said a mother of two of the recipients. “I really truly appreciate it.”

 

“This is a first. Those three scholarships are going to mean a lot. It’s so nice you’re going to touch three lives like this,” said camp director Brendan McCaffrey. 

 

Assemblyman Michael Montesano presented the girls a citation commending them on their fundraising accomplishments. 

 

“Generally when we have people doing not for profit work, it’s adults. But you’re all so inspiring. Thank you for the work you do, and the energy and vibrance you have,” he said. 

 

The girls say that having such a succesful first project has only inspired them to continue helping others. 

 

“It helps us feel a lot more secure because we’ve done so much already. I feel like we can do anything now as long as we’re determined and come together,” says Hicksville High School’s Annamaria Zisimatos. 

 

“This shows how much potential we have to do so much more,” says Sani. “We’re hoping to help donate school supplies and maybe do the camp again. We just want to help in any way possible.” 

 

For more information on CH3, check out www.childrenshopeindia.org/about-us/ch3/

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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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