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Magro Foundation Bringing Hicksville Together

Alumni lacrosse game fundraises more than $6K to support children with cancer

A frigid November day was no match for the warm hearts of all those who took part in the 1st Annual Hicksville Alumni Lacrosse game, which benefited the Hicksville-based Michael Magro Foundation.

The event, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 24 on the turf field at Hicksville High School, raised more than $6,200 for the Magro’s organization dedicated to the support of children with cancer and their families.

The event featured a clinic for the Hicksville High School varsity lacrosse and a second clinic for players of all ages, which was sponsored and run by MDP Lacrosse LLC. According to Terrie Magro, vice president of The Michael Magro Foundation, the clinics were “organized, professionally run and everyone had a great time.”

Although there wasn’t much time to prepare or advertise for the fundraiser, there was still an impressive turn out, as more than 60 Hicksville alums participated in the lacrosse game. The event began with an inspiring rendition of the National Anthem that was sung by Hicksville High School senior Mary Elizabeth Assante. Hicksville’s rich tradition of lacrosse was also displayed as Vincent Hoosak (class of 1963) and Tom Campelettano  (class of 1977), who posed for a ceremonial faceoff at midfield. Hoosak was a member of the first lacrosse team for Hicksville High School.

The teams were split up based upon odd or even graduating years and many players showed they still have the skills to play lacrosse at a high level. The Orange team (odd) beat the White team 9-7 in a well-played contest, which had everyone hugging at the end.

After the game, Gary Schweitzer and Teddy Marrotti, owners of Crossroads Restaurant, graciously donated a buffet for the hungry players. There were several hundred people at the restaurant where raffles and 50/50 tickets were sold. The two people who won the 50/50 drawings were kind enough to donate their winnings back to the foundation. Some of the prizes that were raffled off were a gift certificate to the Cheesecake Factory, as well as a gift certificates to Peppercorns, Mia Posto, Jericho Wines and Liquors and more. The MMF committee secured 28 raffles for the event. Starbucks of Plainview generously donated several containers for tea, hot chocolate and coffee.

Possibly the most exciting aspect of the event is that the alumni are now motivated to make this an annual occurrence. According to most participants, the event was great to help support the Michael Magro Foundation and also to have something to look forward to on the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year.

Terrie Magro is thrilled to have the new exposure for the foundation. She stated, “The lacrosse fundraiser is an event that Paul and I are thrilled to add to our annual calendar of events. It is about raising awareness for the Michael Magro Foundation, sharing our mission and helping children diagnosed with cancer and other chronic illnesses.”

Much gratitude was expressed by Terrie and Paul to all of those who assisted in this wonderful event, as well as to DJ Gem Entertainment NY and Katie Burnett Photography for donating their talents and time.

Please visit the following websites to learn more about the co-sponsors of this event: www.MDPLacrosse.com and www.michaelmagrofoundation.com. Both foundations can be found on Facebook; “like” them to follow their stories.

News

Dutch Lane Elementary School teacher Jaimie Fleschner went from the classroom to the pitcher’s mound recently, winning KJOY’s “Best Teacher On Long Island” contest.  

 

Fleschner still doesn’t know who nominated her for the contest and only found out she had been entered after she got a phone call from the radio station. 

 

“They told me I was nominated and I was completely shocked and flattered. It was a great feeling,” says Fleschner. 

Dance has a variety of benefits for children. Just like other sports like soccer, tennis or basketball, it promotes good health, emotional and mental stability.

The Dance Place in Hicksville is the brainchild of former dancer, Miana DeLucia. As a child, DeLucia found relief in her local dance studio. She says, “When I was young, my brother was very sick. I used to go to the studio just to get away. There, I found my passion and it became like a second home to me. It was my safe place.”


Sports

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.

Second year head coach Rob Carroll is encouraged by what he has seen from the Hicksville Comets in the preseason. For this reason, he feels the team is better than their preseason ranking of No. 13.

“Last year was a tough year for us,” he said in regards to their 1-7 season. “But we improved as it went on and played in some very competitive games.”

The team ended a 15-game losing streak last season with a 26-19 victory over Uniondale.  They also were barely edged 20-14 by Hempstead on a last minute score. The rest of the games featured several lopsided scores, which is why Carroll believes the team is being overlooked.


Calendar

BOE Meeting

September 10

HHS Class of 1954 Reunion

September 12, 13

Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show

September 14



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