Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00
For the 10th consecutive year, the McDonald’s Marchers of Great Neck led a team to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in the House’s annual Walk of Love held at Eisenhower Park on May 19.
The team, led by co-captains Jonah Klempner, a sophomore at Great Neck North High School, and Leah Klempner, a seventh-grade student at Great Neck North Middle School, raised more than $3,000 for the House. Jonah and his parents, Ron and Rochelle Klempner, stayed in the Ronald McDonald House in 2001 when Leah was in the pediatric intensive care unit of Cohen Children’s Medical Center. The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home providing comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in the hospital. The mission of the House is to strive in all ways possible to relieve the stress of illness by offering families a warm and caring environment.
The Klempner family was joined by Great Neck resident Waltraud Steiner, Plainview residents Susan and Allan Marcus, as well as the following 6th through 10th grade Great Neck teens: Rachel Brenner, Emily Citron, Ashley Epstein, Alex Kirschner, Vanessa Lamoretti, Jacob Mamiye, Lauren Reiss and Julia Steiner. Many thanks go out to all who generously supported the team, especially the Great Neck Jaguars girls travel soccer team and Great Neck Tigers girls travel basketball team.