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Joey Foundation Teams With Bowling Green K-Kids To Brighten Holidays

The Joey Foundation and Bowling Green K-Kids have spent much of December engaged in service projects directed toward helping children who are ill or who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  

However, the K-Kids and Joey Foundation received the help of many other individuals and groups, including Alan Finchly of Nassau County Craft Fairs who invited the K-Kids to a recent fair to collect toy donations and generously donates a table for the Joey Foundation to fundraise at all of his events, and Jimmy Hudak whose visit to the party made the event extra special for the children. 

The project began on Saturday, Dec. 1. K-Kids President Kira Gruber and toy drive chair Danielle Hallett played elves for Santa at the Roslyn High School Craft Fair.  The elves invited children to pose for a photo with Santa and distributed candy canes and holiday pencils. Photos were free but the elves accepted donations toward the toy drive for pediatric nephrology patients at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center. 

Members of ASG, a national organization of women getting together for a common cause, sewing items for organizations in need, brought a shopping bag full of toys for the children at Cohen’s. Some of the items they have done are blankets for Ronald McDonald House and gloves and scarves for nursing homes, they will be doing another joint venture with the Joey Foundation in February where they are making small pillows for the kids at Cohen’s Children Hospital. Ann Torcivia’s late son, Joey, was a patient at Cohen’s. He received one of these little pillows; he called it his IV pillow to put under his arm when he had an IV. 

On the day of the Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center Holiday Party, the Bowling Green K-Kids and Clarke Builders Clubbers donned elf and reindeer costumes to assist patients in selecting their gift and visiting with Santa for a photo. The Builders Club had run their own toy drive to assist the Joey Foundation and the K-Kids.

The Builders Club also received a donation from the Builders Club, Key Club, Aktion Club and Kiwanis Club of Ogdensburg. These clubs wanted to help a club that had a project negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The storm had cut short the toy drive and reduced the number of donations.

The generosity of the Ogdensburg Builders Club gave the Bowling Green K-Kids and the WT Clarke Builders Club the funds needed to buy the toys needed to give every patient a gift. 


News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


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