GOURMET EVENT IS FOUNDATION’S MAIN RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
On Tuesday evening, October 6th, The Michael Magro Foundation held its Fifth Annual Evening of Tasting & Givingat the Woodlands in Woodbury. A celebration of life honoring pediatric cancer survivors from the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital, the event raised $75,000 to benefit the Foundation, which was created to perpetuate the memory of Michael Magro, and help pediatric cancer patients and their families face the challenges of this devastating disease. In addition to its generous support of the CCFK, the Foundation is expanding its mission among pediatric specialty areas within Winthrop, as well as other area institutions.
With a little help from their friends, Foundation founders Terrie and Paul Magro, were joined at their signature event by renowned Long Island chefs, restaurants, wineries and bakeries as they served up a gourmet delight for the more than 450 guests who enjoyed the opportunity to win a king’s ransom in raffle prizes, trips, and sports memorabilia.
Major “Tasting” events sponsor J. DeSena & Associates Institutional Credit Partners LLC, and Priority Payment Systems lent their financial resources and community spirit to energize the evening’s outstanding success. Culinary delicacies were provided by:
Butterfields New American Cuisine Cirella’s Restaurant & Bar Cool Fish Grille Crossroads Delano Mansion Fat Fish Bistro Ivy Cottage Novita Wine Bar & Trattoria Matteo’s of Huntington Richard Allen & Co. Sea Levels Sutton Place Bakeries Cardinali Pastry Shop
Cascone Baking Company
Gourmet Bake Shop
Wineries: Martin Scott Wines
Manhattan Beer Distributors
Stew Leonard’s Wines
Since its inception in 2005, the Michael Magro Foundation has garnered over $300,000 in its on going crusade against pediatric cancer. Those funds have enabled the organization to touch countless lives with its multifaceted programs and services.
The Foundation has underwritten a penguin-themed examination room at the CCFK, a custom sky-scape mural on the ceiling of Winthrop-University Hospital’s Pediatric Endoscopy Recovery Room, and a world-class Lx500 microscope for the Children’s Kidney and Bladder Program at the Hospital. Its SOAR Program provides educational tools and counseling to childhood cancer patients and their families, as well as to educators and classmates.
The Foundation’s Life Essentials Program brings restaurant and supermarket gift cards to families staying late at the CCFK for unexpected transfusions when all they were expecting was a quick finger-prick. The Foundation often tucks a pharmacy co-pay into a mother’s hands when family funds are running low, and takes care of transportation costs for a child’s chemotherapy when it’s needed. School supplies for Winthrop’s off-campus facility on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead were donated in September, and the Foundation distributed much-needed gift cards for Old Navy, Payless and Shop-N- Save to area residents and families.
The Michael Magro Foundation is being honored at the CCFK’s 2010 Black and White Ball for its tireless efforts on behalf of children with cancer and their families. The gala is scheduled for April 22nd at Oheka Castle.