Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00
The Second Annual Row for Autism benefit event is Saturday, April 13 at North Hempstead Beach Park at 8 a.m. The event began last year with the goal of combining two interests: the love of rowing, and the need to raise awareness of the growing number of children with autism. Seven area schools participated last year in the first regatta on our local waters, with more than 1,000 people attending. Over $20,000 was raised for the purchase of specialized adaptive rowing equipment, which enables a disabled teenager to be paired with a typical peer mentor. Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and the North Hempstead Town Board, in partnership with Friends of Port Rowing, are sponsoring the event. Residents can donate online at www.PortRowing.com.