Fantastic Support at The Harlem Wizards Fundraiser with Garden City’s Teachers and Staff!

Garden City Teachers and Staff Challenge the Wizards ⋅

Talented faculty and staff of the Garden City School District challenged the famous Harlem Wizards in an entertaining basketball game before a packed crowd at the Garden City High School gym on Saturday, February 2. Fans and players alike had lots of fun and plenty of laughs at our annual fundraiser.

The Garden City Scholarship Fund (GCSF) thanks all who supported the event, especially the teachers and staff who devoted a Saturday afternoon to participate in the game.


Many local businesses and organizations sponsored the event and we thank them for their wonderful generosity: Elite Synthetic Surfaces, Fat Guy Media, Stifel, D&J Refreshments, Garden City Pizza and Catering, SportLoft, I’m Not Done Yet (Bobby Menges), Smok-Haus, Law Offices of Kramer & Associates, Whitehall Dental Arts, Borrelli & Associates, Calogero’sDaniel Gale | Sotheby’s International Realty – Julia Rosado, Guac Shop, Maccaro Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, Park Place Restaurant, Spano Abstract, Realty Executives, VI Pizza and State Farm – Adam Karol.

We also thank contributors Orange Theory Fitness, LA Fitness, Avo Taco and Sandy’s Party Supply for their generosity!

Once again, this fundraiser would not have been successful without the support of the district’s faculty and staff. In particular, we thank the following players:

Donna Welch, Sam Bennett, Christine Kenney, Jon Leake, Aaron Gorham, Tracy Pignetti, Kim Roffman, Amber Degnan, Kelly Donnelly, Liz McAndrews, Marlena Oppedisano, Gina Leake, Linda Burke, Jen Solano, Christine Garatina, Laura Connolly, Maureen Tricarico, Brant Kassau, Marissa Reichman and Michael Korn.

We also thank the following teachers and staff for volunteering to help with concessions: Lori Palladino, Christine Oppedisano, Kathleen White, Millie Joyce, Nicole Leyland and Erin Hegmann.

We also thank the following administrators for their support and assistance: High School principal, Mrs. Nan McLaughlin; assistant principals, Mr. Dave Perrotta and Mr. Kevin Steingruebner; Ms. Linda Norton, Stewart School principal & coach; Ms. Keri Hand, Stewart School assistant principal & referee; Mrs. Audrey Bellovin, Hemlock School principal; Dr. Suzanne Viscovich, Homestead School principal; Dr. Jean Ricotta, Locust School principal; Mrs. Eileen Vota, Stratford School principal; Mr. Christopher Hartigan, Stratford School assistant principal; and Mr. Tom Duncan, clock operator.

Thank you to Katharine Ward, national anthem singer; the Garden City High School Varsity Kickline and Varsity Cheer teams; the scouts from Boy Scouts Troop 55; Mr. Stephen Arena, Key Club advisor; and Key Club student volunteers James Adams, Callie Alden, Thomas Aneser, Michael Bereswill, Maria Dalia, Alana Brown, Joseph Donovan, Victoria Ernst, William Golden, Renee Gollisz, Julianna Ingrassia, Julia Jushchenko, Audrey Lau, Gwen Liberopoulos, Luke Lynch, Sophia Makrinos, Amanda Martinkat, Daniel Mascola, Joseph McNiff, Paul Ostapow, Christian Ottomanelli, Dean Petersen, Anthony Rubio, Trevor Soutar, Christian Sullivan, William Wieland, Gary Wu and Matteo Yepes.

The Garden City Scholarship Fund is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the students of Garden City High School. GCSF is not funded by the Garden City School District and relies exclusively on community fundraising and endowments. Proceeds from the Harlem Wizards event help fund over $25,000 in annual grants awarded to deserving GCHS students, including the Julia Maloney Scholarship, The Unsung Hero Award and various Club Awards.

This spring, we will announce the recipients of our 2019 awards at the High School Senior Awards Ceremony. ◊