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The Port Washington Children's Center's Twenty-Third Anniversary Auction was over the top this year. The monies generated by the generous donations that were auctioned off to the even-more generous guests at the event go directly to the center to help provide scholarships to qualifying families.

The auction was a family affair for one family: (l. to r.- bottom row) middle and left, Mom and Dad Doppelt with daughters Shelly Holtzman (top left) and Pam Tarica (top right). The sisters' husbands are (bottom left) Jeff Holtzman and (second from left, top row) Larry Tarica, and the Tarica's daughter, Sarah, is next to her mom.

The donations, as usual, offered a wonderful and exciting variety of items to be auctioned off. Numerous tickets to hockey, basketball and football games fetched good prices. Of real appeal were golf outings for four at some of Long Island's best golf courses. For water lovers, a lovely evening sail on Manhasset Bay with dinner for four, plus an exciting kayak trip for two, went for $650.

Other big ticket items included elegant evenings, sometimes with a chauffeured limousine thrown in, at well-known New York and local restaurants. Cozy evenings of entertaining friends were also offered, completely catered and with interesting entertainment provided in some packages.

Ski weekends, east-end weekends and the use of a "magical" weekend driving a 1978, 911, Porsche Targa had the bidding going full force.

Hundreds of gift items, donated by local residents, merchants and eateries, were also purchased in the silent auction and the "Take a Chance and Buy a Balloon," table. And another lucky bidder will have their home professionally rendered by local artist Myrna Turtletaub.

All in all, the food at the Knickerbocker Yacht Club was excellent; the cause is eminently worthwhile; and the community spirit exuded by the members of the PWCC and their guests was priceless.

The center believes that young children learn through play as they explore the world around them. Under the care of nurturing, knowledgeable teachers, they provide 3-and 4-year-old with a variety of developmentally appropriate firsthand experiences.

The preschool program is similar to that of quality nursery schools with classrooms set up by interest areas that incorporate blocks, art, dramatic play, manipulatives, books and puzzles. Children can work independently or in small groups.

The preschool is open year-round from 7:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., closing only for legal holidays. They serve breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.

The center's afternoon program for children grades k-6, called Kids Port, provides a safe supportive setting in which caring professionals help children play, learn and grow. Kids Port offers a well-balanced range of activities, including art, dance, cooking, cooperative games and Brownies.

When school is closed, Kids Port has special activities like skating bumper bowling, holiday parties and trips to the library, museums and parks.


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