FUN FUNDRAISERS: CLAM
SHUCKING & DUCK RACES
KISMET’s 14TH ANNUAL HENRY GATES CLAM SHUCKING CONTEST TO BENEFIT THE WEST
ISLIP BREAST CANCER COALITION
Over $46,000 was raised for research.. The Out’s
Warren Lem, Margaret Campise of the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition (WIBCC) and Jane Mooney of the Fire
Island Ferries garnered donations of food and prizes. 70 items offered in the “Chinese
Auction ranging from wine baskets to merchandise, spa, restaurant and sporting
event packages. Over 20 items worth up to $600 each were placed in the Silent
Auction. Brittany Mooney designed the
posters and t-shirts. Big-ticket
auction items included 2 Budweiser bicycles, a flat-screen television
, Southwest Airline tickets, and a new Hyundai from Long Island Automotive
Raffled off were a Wagon of Cheer (a gift from Octagon’s
Dolores), even dates with
lifeguards Vinnie & Jack, Inn waitress Jill Metcalf and 3 Fair Harbor
lovelies (this date cost Rick C. $100). Tonimarie Burke won the 50/50, Kelly Briscoe
won one of the bicycles, Buddy and Linda won the flat screen TV, and Charles
Spencer, who donates all the printing for the event, won the Hyundai.
Volunteer coordinator Dorothea had her troops cook, serve,
sell tickets for all the raffles and oversee the Clam and Corn Shucking events. Binnie & Jane coordinated the Tennis Clinic Many intensive meetings preceded the event weeks in advance but the result paid off!
Wagon of cheer (who can resist me!)
MOM sells the tickets!!!
WELCOME TO THE CLAM SCHUCKERS
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER –
PUNKROCK PETE EM CEE EXTRAORDINAIRE
C.mon – a little help from the crowd
– I’m gonna win this thing
champ Gary L
AND THE REPEAT
WINNER IS JOHN ACCETTELLA
the winning ticket?
I think I
I think I
see these numbers without your glasses?
forget about me…
win a bike…or a TV
I thinkthey’re auctioning her off……
some takers over there!
the people who made it a success:
Meantime – EVERYBODY EAT & DRINK
again behind the counter
here – only 500 tickets a plate
How do I
open these without a cracker?
ANYONE? Binnie in charge of the Tennis clinic which
raised $3000 from 32 adults and 30 kids who signed up to improve their skills
from 8 pros donating their time.
future tennis star
Thanks to Everyone! It was a great and successful event
– may it help produce the desired research results!
Text & photos by Jeannie
My favorite event (really)
–teaching young kids the joy and heartbreak of track betting aided and
a-BET-ted by a troupe of accomplices most extravagantly led down the garden
path by Long Island Ducks’ Frank Boulton who taught
the kids how to get money out of their folks, Sam Wood who improved on track
conditions and placed the little duckys (and kids’
hopes) at the gate, judges Rusty & Vic L (who took bribes I hear) to fish out
the winners, Chiros who hawked the tickets, and those
who made sure they spent their winnings on stuff: Rudy, Patty L,
Rosie L, Cindy Stefano & Chris Rosenblum,
Cody Baker, Karen Spollen, and whole Phelan
family while Alice S. got her dream job of selling dept. shirts and hats with
Dominick B! 50/50 was limited to 20 ducks so prize was $500. We
thank Art Weinstein for donating his winnings back to the KFDA, bringing total
close to $1,900!
Now here’s how it works……
Organizer Joe McK instructs the group
OK We’re ready…..
The Buck starts HERE
Ready down there?
Sam sets ‘em up
The judges are ready
This is so exciting!!!
AND they’re OFF!!
It’s a slow track
The suspense is killin’ us
Hey we can’t see from here
They judges decide
…and the winner is
Can you spot me five for
the next race?
I want this one
Let’s try this again
Where’s my blood pressure
We should have worn our Derby
Even had adult races…
OK even the last place
gets a prize here!
Over in 20 minutes –
fortunes made and lost……..