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Strike Out Cancer Softball Game Raises Money for Cancer Research

Taylor Micelotta, a junior at Jericho High School, organized a softball fundraiser to raise money for The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation. The event took place on June 27 at the Jericho High School softball fields.

The event was the result of months of planning, preparation, and hard work. It included securing sponsors, arranging the catering, collecting money, and many other tasks. Over 64 people participated in an exciting 6-inning game, which ended in a tie. It was $25 to “spectate,” or watch the game and enjoy the food. The players were charged $75 to eat and play. A catered barbecue from Culinary Concepts was provided along with raffles for iPod speakers and an iTunes gift card. Umpire Dimas Gutierrez generously donated his time to referee the game.

The day was hot, but plenty of water, donated by other sponsors, was available.

Many people who were not able to attend also contributed to the cause. The money raised will go to The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, where all the proceeds go toward the fight against cancer. The proceeds are divided into four different areas: fellowship programs, education, research, and almost 50 percent to patient care. The three Don Monti Cancer Centers, located in Nassau and Suffolk counties, form the most advanced network of cancer treatment services in the region, bringing hope and healing to men, women and children in the fight against cancer. The group is affiliated with North Shore Hospital and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Over $8,000 was raised at the event; Micelotta looks forward to hosting this event next year as well.

Micelotta wants to give special thanks to her parents, Chris and John, her sister Nikki, and close friend Cindy Hassan.