United Way of Long Island joined the New York Islanders, led by all-time hockey great Mike Bossy, and Entourage's Kevin Connolly at Modell's in East Meadow on Dec. 18 to give 250 elementary children from across Long Island a $250 holiday shopping spree at the sporting goods store. On the following evening, the children and parent were also treated to the Islander hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, complements of the New York Islanders.
"United Way of Long Island is honored that one of the greatest hockey players of all time has put so much time and energy into working with us on this worthy cause," said United Way of Long Island president and CEO Christopher M. Hahn. "The Islanders and Mike Bossy have a clear understanding that there are thousands of children in need here on Long Island, and they were willing to do something to make this holiday season a little better for as many as they can. The Islanders have shown again and again that they care about their community and have done so much for so many. We are fortunate to have them here on Long Island and United Way of Long Island is proud to be partnering with them."
These 4th, 5th and 6th graders wrote essays on what they wanted for the holidays and submitted them to be considered for the shopping and Islander game. United Way coordinated recommendations of children from its community partners, Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc., provided the transportation and the Islander Business Club provided additional services for the children that morning.
"Charles Wang, Islander owner and governor, and Chris Dey, SVP of sales, marketing and operations, are committed to the Islanders not only being the best on the ice but the best off the ice also," said Mike Bossy, executive director of the Islanders Business Club. "This shopping spree is our way of putting a little sunshine in what may have been a dreary Holiday Season for some. United Way of Long Island and other non for profit agencies have leant a much needed helping hand to this project and for that I say thank you."