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An Evening Of Inspiration And Monetization

More than $414,000 was raised in the fight against ALS at the Ninth Annual “A Midwinter Night’s Dream” recently at Oheka Castle in Huntington. That money adds to the $2.5-plus million already raised in the effort to find a cure for what is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

AMND, run by a committee of Northport High School students, was born after two Northport teachers were diagnosed with the illness. 

The evening honored actor Vincent Piazza, of HBO’s hit series Boardwalk Empire, and runner Holland Reynolds, with the Hero for Hope award. Reynolds, the team captain for her high school cross-country team, became dehydrated during a race and collapsed just a few yards from the finish line. Her coach, Jim Tracy, had recently been diagnosed with ALS. Knowing it may be his last race, a weak but determined Reynolds crawled to finish, inspiring her own team and countless others with her admirable perseverance. To see the young woman’s courageous finish, go to www.YouTube.com and put Holland Reynolds into the search area. 

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin showed Reynolds’ video to his football team, helping motivate them on their way to winning Super Bowl XLVI. Coughlin sent in a clip, which was followed by a standing ovation for Reynolds during AMND. The evening also celebrated the life of Northport biology teacher David Deutsch.

Celebrities Caroline Rhea, New York Ranger Adam Graves and Greg Buttle of the New York Jets also came to lend their support to the event.