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A Smile On Every Face And A Medal In Every Hand— Kids Helping Kids

The third annual Munsey Park Women’s Club Fun Run and Fair was a resounding success. On the morning of Saturday, June 9, 250 kids from all over Manhasset ages 2 through 12 gathered at the corner of Kensett and Trumbull Roads in Munsey Park to run or walk the one-mile race in support of the Manhasset SCA’s Project Share. While the top three girls and boys all came in under 7 minutes, there were finishers at every minute mark thereafter. By 9:25 a.m. all of the participants had crossed the finish line. With the weather on their side, event organizers Lisa Avena, Amy Hill and Missy Leder headed to the fair at Polliwog Pond to kick off the post-race activities.

At the fair children had fun in the jumping castle and on the super-slide, played games and won prizes, enjoyed homemade refreshments from the bake-sale table, had their faces painted and created something interesting at the Spin-Art station. Additionally, the Drop-In-The-Box Raffle and Grand Raffle were a big hit. There were great raffle items to be won, including a new bike, an iTouch, Nook and many more items, all donated by supportive community members.

The primary beneficiary of the event for a second year was the Manhasset SCA’s Project Share. Project Share is a non-profit committee that is completely volunteer-based and relies solely on donations.

Project Share was started when a teacher was looking for a donation of a used bicycle for a middle school student. Upon further investigation it became clear that the family needed much more than a bike and donations of food, clothing and bedding soon followed. From there, Project Share was formed and chairperson Diane Gershkowitz along with her committee members, made it their mission to provide economically-challenged children and families in Manhasset schools and the community with basic need items such as food, shoes, clothing, used furniture and school supplies. All requests for help come to Project Share via the school administrators and faculty. Project Share’s goal is to bring a smile to the face of a child.

Last September, the MPWC purchased back-to-school sneakers for children in the community with the money raised at the Fun Run in 2011. This year the MPWC will assist families with back-to-school necessities as well.

So many are responsible for making the third Annual Fun Run and Fair a success, including all of the volunteers, schools, donors, sponsors and race participants. The MPWC and Project Share are especially grateful for the support of the event sponsors including: Peter and Jeri Dejana Family Foundation, Broderick Family, Keogh Family, KJH Electric, Albanese and Albanese, LLP Attorneys at Law, Joseph and Kelly Cacciopo, Clean Concepts, Coachman Luxury Transport LLC, Dierks Heating Co. Inc., Kirkwood Family, Raindew Family Centers and Pharmacy, Sargent Family, Top Gun Karate, Unlimited Sports Action, WILLIS the Paint Place and Design Center.

The MPWC and Project Share look forward to seeing you and your family next year at the 2013 Fun Run.