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Excitement Building for Cancer Center for Kids 5k Family Fun Walk/Run

With the memories of the seemingly never-ending snow now fading, and with Spring embracing us, Winthrop University Hospital's Cancer Center for Kids Third Annual "5k Family Walk/Run," to be held on Sunday, May 2, is almost at hand. Thanks to the selfless support of corporate sponsors, merchants and participants, this year's Walk/Run, is promising to be the most varied and exciting one yet! "The outpouring of support from businesses and individuals in our community and surrounding towns has been overwhelming," says co-Chair Lore Kent. The generosity of the corporate sponsors --- a wonderful mix of past supporters and new contributors --- should not go unrecognized.

Rallye Motors of Great Neck "proudly" chose to become a major co-sponsor this year.William Finsilver, Rallye general manager, explained that "the late Peter Terian, founder of the Rallye Group, strongly believed in supporting children in need. What better way to support our community's children in overcoming their challenges than by working with the Cancer Center for Kids!"

Right in the heart of Great Neck, co-sponsor Tom Gubitosi has made substantial donations through both his Cold Stone Creamery and "The Maria Gubitosi Foundation," established in his mother's memory to aid local underprivileged children. Beyond his entrepreneurial investments, Tom has invested his heart and soul in numerous local charities, including his effort as an active board member of the Education & Assistance Program, one of the largest non-for-profit agencies in the Metropolitan area."Tom Gubitosi is one of these extraordinary people you meet in life when you least expect it," observed co-Chair Mindy Gordon.

After the Manhattan-based New York Health and Racquet Club chose Great Neck as its first Long Island location, it wasted no time in signaling its commitment to the community. The soon-to-be renovated NYHRC has generously donated two-one year memberships to be raffled off by the Cancer Center for Kids. Jack Powers Young, the new manager of the health club, recently left Jivamukti Studio, the renowned yoga studio in Manhattan.

Tiger Schulman Karate, under new ownership and run by Deshi, (instructor) Mike Stein is totally supportive of the event and he will be appearing at the Walk/Run on Sunday morning involving all the interested kids in an interactive demo. As well, his students will be participating in the Walk/Run itself, explaining that "part of the karate philosophy is teaching kids 'traditional values' such as honesty, compassion, generosity and loyalty. These qualities are character building and create positive self-esteem".

The entertainment emporium STRIKE Entertainment has been one of the major supporters from the very beginning and is back once again with its generous support. Event coordinator Elizabeth Settineri appreciates the continued business from the community and seized the opportunity to be an essential part of the community-based event.

Long-standing Great Neck realtor Edna Mashaal started her own realty company, Edna Mashaal Realty, two years ago, after successfully having serving the community for 18 years. Edna chose to become one of the event's most generous co-sponsors as a means of thanking the community, and, of course, to support the Cancer Center kids.

Penny Preville, a highly acclaimed jewelry designer who lives in this community is once again supporting the event by donating another dazzling diamond necklace which always is one of the most sought after raffle prizes.

Aero Auto Body Repair recently relocated to Roslyn after 58 years in Great Neck. However, they did not leave the community without becoming co-sponsors. Owners Ken and Wally Herold have taken great pride in hiring and mentoring the local kids throughout the years and they felt that supporting this childrens' charity event was a very meaningful way to say goodbye to Great Neck.

The Community Nursery School has always taught their students that living in the community includes contributing to its well-being. Barbara Breslow, director of the school, recognizing that the Family Walk/Run presented an ideal opportunity to contribute, will have her pre-nursery school children and families present.

Waldbaum's chose the Cancer Center for Kids as one of its "Charities of Choice." Steve Melnick, Waldbaum's events coordinator, felt a tie to Winthrop University Hospital as it has been a practicing hospital for 100 years and Waldbaums is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. In addition to its generous contribution, Waldbaums will be sending a team from its Great Neck supermarket to participate in the event.

Overall, this year's activities, entertainment and food will be unprecedented. Raffle baskets, which were a big hit last year, will be bigger and better than ever. All prizes, gifts and certificates will be donated by merchants from Great Neck and surrounding areas. And only in Great Neck could participants at a charity Walk/Run wake up to a freshly brewed Starbucks cup of coffee and enjoy a steak sandwich sponsored by Morton's Steakhouse followed by an ice cream treat at the Cold Stone Creamery! Along with these special treats (and even more traditional offerings), there will be even more exciting activities and entertainment for kids and adults.

The event is at Jon's Park on Grace Avenue on Sunday, May 2, starting at 9:30 a.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.), followed by a morning of activities and entertainment. There will be a free shuttle bus to the Great Neck Village Crafts Fair. Look for posters and brochures throughout town. If you have any questions, or would like a mailed brochure/registration form, please call Maxine Andrade ,project coordinator, at 663-9409.