Opinion

A Carnival and Lawn Sale is being held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, on the lawn of the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh, to help eighth-grader, Taylor Brickmeier earn tuition for his summer People to People Sports Ambassador Program to Vienna, Austria.

Brickmeier, who is 13 and attends Alfred G. Berner Middle School in Massapequa, was accepted into the prestigious People to People program after submitting references and participating in successful interviews with program coaches and leaders. As a Sports Ambassador he will train with People to People coaches before representing the United States in international competition in the World Youth Friendship Games in Vienna, Austria.

Calling the event Taylor's Olympic Carnival and Lawn Sale, Brickmeier said, "I wanted to hold a fundraiser to represent my program and get people excited about international peace and competition and exploring the world." Local businesses, community organizations, his church, family and friends have all donated items and services to be sold and raffled off. There will be carnival games, magic tricks, card tricks, juggling, face-painting, jewelry, cash for gold, Mother's Day plants, balloons, cards and chocolates, homemade baked goods, popcorn, lemonade, Italian ices, Bruce's Chili and more, with the proceeds going to Brickmeier's fundraising campaign.

The fund raising program is being coordinated by the Brickmeier family, with assistance from Taylor's friends and classmates, members of the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, local businesses and community organizations. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor, making a contribution, volunteering their time or who would like to know more about the People to People program is asked to contact the Brickmeier family at 795-9320.

People to People was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote world friendship and understanding through individual citizens. As a participant, Brickmeier can earn academic credit while exploring the culture and heritage of Vienna, Austria this summer.


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