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 3. 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 (Tracy LaRosa-Pignetti, Marissa Ruggiero, John Leake, Nicole Leyland, Brant Kasschau, Samantha Bennett, Aaron – custodian, Cortney DelGrosso, Donna Welch, Elizabeth Blatz, Gina Leake, Amber Degnan, Liz Snyder, Bob Townsend, Michelle Ciquera, Tia Albig, Laura Connolly, Lori Hand, Jen Soper, Maureen Tricarico, Marilyn Going, Mary Ferrara, Mike Korn and Marissa Reichman) or volunteer to help (Leigh Dowden, Kristen Borg, Lori Palladino, Christine Kenney, Christine Oppedisano, Kathleen White, Leah Goldberg, Brittany Hoffman, Jessica Osorio, Jen Solano, Crystal Ferraiolo and Mr. Daryl Wolf – clock operator).
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; Stewart School Principal / “Coach,” Ms. Linda Norton; and Stewart School Assistant Principal / “Referee,” Mrs. Michelle Bell.
Thank you to the Key Club student volunteers and their advisor, Mr. Stephen Arena, volunteer student photographer Christina Marciano and Boy Scouts Troop 55, led by Tom Asfar.
Attendees witnessed the talents of national anthem singers Rose Kelly and Lexi Spera and were entertained at halftime by the Garden City High School Kickline team. We thank them for sharing their talent with us!
We also thank young alums Howie Miller and Matt Lisoski for their behind-the-scenes efforts to enhance the event.
Many local businesses and organizations sponsored the event and we thank them for their wonderful generosity. D&J Refreshments, Garden City Pizza and Catering, Mineola Bicycle, and SportLoft each generously renewed their sponsorships for this year’s event. We also welcome and thank our new sponsors: In Loving Memory of Bobby Menges – He’s Not Done Yet, Borrelli & Associates, Calogero’s, Cook & Krupa, Doc O’Grady’s, Charlie Eschmann – Morgan Stanley, Culinary Heights, Daniel Gale | Sotheby’s International Realty – Lisa Heaney and Fortune Heaney, The Law Offices of Douglas Fanning, LLP, Guac Shop, Maccaro Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, Thomas Murphy, Park Place Restaurant and Sweeney Connolly.
In addition, we extend our thanks to Envie, Key Food, Leo’s, My Three Sons Bagels, Pellegrini’s, Raindew, Reflections and Old World Quality Corp. for their generous support.
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.
On May 31, we will announce the recipients of our 2018 awards at the High School Senior Awards Ceremony. ◊