Written by Cindy Hassan Friday, 20 July 2012 09:18
On Saturday, June 16, a great morning for baseball, the Jericho High School softball fields were packed again for the annual Strike Out Cancer charity event run by Taylor and Nikki Micelotta. This was the event’s third annual softball game fundraiser in which players and spectators all donated money and their time for the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation. As in the previous two years, the approximately $8000 raised this year will go to assist cancer research, cancer education, fellowship programs and patient care. All the proceeds of Strike Out Cancer, collected over the past three years, now add up to $24,000.
Much like in the past, the fundraiser revolved around a softball game conducted by the Micelottas. A set price was determined for players who would like to participate in the actual game, spectators who observed the game, and students who received a special discount. The event was a family-fun affair, with picnic style food catered by Zorn’s.
The fundraiser proved to be a great success with $1,200 (of this year’s $8,000 total) accumulated at the actual Strike Out Cancer event. When asked how she felt about the outcome of this year’s fundraiser, Taylor Micelotta said, “It has been amazing working with the Don Monti Foundation—we love to help out any way we can.”
Although Taylor started this event when she was just a junior in high school, her younger sister, Nikki Micelotta, as well as the rest of her family, have taken a very important role in putting this fundraiser together. Nikki said after the fundraiser, “We really appreciate our friends and family coming out to support us year after year. Their support is what makes our event such a success.”