September 30th  2014

 CURING KIDS CANCER I THE OLIVIA BOCCUZZI FOUNDATION AND DHAA & ST. BERNADETTEKIDS MARATHON RAISES $ 37,000.00

 The Dyker Heights Athletic Association, St. Bernadette Parish and The Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation hosted the eighth annual children’s runners’ two mile marathon on Saturday June 7th . The event raised over $ 37,000.00 for the Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation. Over 400 kids ran in our Curing Kids Cancer II Marathon.  The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised benefited the Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation.  Father Joe gave the opening prayer.    Councilman Vincent Gentile, John Quaglione  were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause they served.  Each gave brief speeches thanking the children for their wonderful community service. They praised our 400 runners for the sacrifice that they were making to help others in need.  Joe Girgenti (our former President) also gave a very touching speech about how the Knights organization constantly promotes community service for our sports association. Joe Girgenti went on to define what a community is and how it relates to this event.   Frank Boccuzzi brought all to tears when he spoke about the heartbreak of discovering their child had a brain tumor and the additional shock when they learned of the lack of funding for childhood cancer research. The Olivia Boccuzzi foundation then presented research doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering a check for $ 100,000.00.    All the funds that the foundation raised in the last two years.   The race was from 82nd street and 13th avenue down 12th avenue to 71th street and back to 82nd street. The kids ran according to the grades. Winners of the 7th grade and above were Chris Lamonica , Dan Vittiburga, Matt Sciarrone, and Mario Cimino.   Winners of the 5th and 6th grade group were Joseph Rowdis, Joseph Baglivo, Natalia Carrotta, Chris Hutra and Jake Mangano.   Winners of the 3rd and 4th grade group were Marco Sanducci, Evan Torrillo, Anthony Durso and James Cona .   Winners of the K – 2nd grade group were Brandon Cuneo, Anthony Benvenuto, Robert Bonomolo, Hunter Ferretti and Robert Gilroy.  There were many raffles for sports memorabilia donated by many of the New York sports teams for the event. HSBC on 13th Avenue donated 300 bottles of water. Party Pets and JPZ Entertainment were on hand to entertain the kids. Glitzy Chicks led by Lisa Cannata also donated the proceeds she raised during the post marathon festivities.   The Knights organization wants to thank all those who helped with this wonderful event. We would of course like to thank Monsignor Caserta for always supporting\promoting our marathons and always making sure that the Parish supports all the Knights programs. We would like to thank Sister Joan DiRienzo for all her support and assistance with helping us reach 400 kids participating plus helping us raise more funds by hosting free dress down for St. Bernadette kids that raised over $ 80.00 for the marathon.    We want to give special thanks to our Marathon committee consisting of: Enza Boccuzzi, Frank Boccuzzi, Daniela Iacobucci, Barbara Cona, Paulina Deangelis, Natasha Napolitano, Lisa Maher, Gina Ruggiero, Angela Castiglione, Elaine Safran, Vin Chirico,  and Peter McCarthy for their hard work and dedication to our marathon this year. We want to thank Investor Bank for sponsoring the marathon by proving all the T-shirts  We would like to thank Ralph Danna for being the DJ for our event.   We would like to thank Pepsi for the donation of all the Pepsi and Diet Pepsi for the event.    We would like to thank Mr. Bonomolo for his donation of 300 apples for our event. We would like to thank Denise and Gennaro Berardelli for their donation of many boxes of fruit to give out to the kids and many other donations for the food court.   We would like to thank Thrifty Beverages for donating over 30 cases of soda and water.  We would like to thank Food Dynasty for donating 200 hamburgers and frankfurthers.   We would like to thank La Bella Marketplace for donating 100 hamburgers. We would like to thank the Aulisa family for donating two sets of Yankee tickets worth over $ 800.00. We would like to thank UTZ for their donation of 800 bags of chips.    We would like to thank the Demonte family for their donation of Hockey basket. We would like to thank Sarta Realty for their participation.   We would like to thank the Bay Ridge Dojo (Prof Mike Junsch and Prof Nic Alonso) for cancelling their normal Saturday class to join us. They came and setup mats and equipment to entertain our children and educate them on the advantages of learning self defense. We would like to thank Carrie Pittman for getting News 12 as our media sponsor and for their coverage of our event and the reporting of the event that night on the news. We would like to thank Dana Ioviero for being our nurse on call. We would like to thank Joe Girgenti for his wonderful speech and all his introductions. We would like to thank Vin Chirico, Bob Tarallo, Richard Napolitano, John Longardo, and the many others that helped run the basketball free throw competition. We would like to thank Kevin Hunter for making sure that the street closing permit was filed on time for us. Finally, we would like to thank all the Knights Board Members that met that morning to setup the school yard for the event and for cooking all day long and for all their help running all the activities for the entire day. A Special thanks to our friend Dom Angilletta for allowing us to use his very large grill and for being the cook all day long.

 

JUNE 1st 2013 CURING KIDS CANCER I THE OLIVIA BOCCUZZI FOUNDATION AND DHAA & ST. BERNADETTE KIDS MARATHON RAISES $ 47,000.00

        The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted the seventh annual children’s runners’ two mile marathon on Saturday June 1st , on 12th Avenue. The event raised over $ 47,000.00.  There were over 500 kids that ran in our Curing Kids Cancer I.   The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised were to benefit the Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation.    Father Joe gave the opening prayer and Christine Brunetti sang the National Anthem.  Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Councilman Vincent Gentile, Senator Marty Golden were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause it truly was. Each gave brief speeches thanking the children for their wonderful community service.    They praised our 500 runners for the sacrifice that they were making to help others in need. Joe Girgenti (our former President) also gave a very touching speech about how the Knights organization constantly promotes community service for our sports association.  Joe Girgenti how St. Bernadette School, St. Bernadette church, our community children, the Olivia Boccuzzi foundation and the Knights all came together in a common location for a common cause and although we cannot change the world as Mother Teresa said  “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”   Frank Boccuzzi then spoke about their beautiful daughter Olivia and why they started the foundation.          The foundation is named after Olivia Marie, the daughter of Enza and Frank Boccuzzi and younger sister of James. O livia was nearly three when she lost her eleven-month battle with a PNET brainstem tumor, a form of childhood cancer. Pediatric cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the US. Cancer claims the lives of more children each year than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis and diabetes combined (Source: National Cancer Institute). Despite this, these other diseases are given more research dollars annually than pediatric cancer gets.   This lack of funding translates into ineffective treatment options for children resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths per year, 7 deaths per day. The Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation believes that this is unacceptable. Children deserve better odds and better outcomes.   Inspired by Olivia’s strength, courage and love, The Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation is dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer.    Olivia was nearly three when she lost her eleven-month battle with a PNET brainstem tumor, a form of childhood cancer.  The mission of the Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation is to provide funds to medical or scientific personnel and/or institutions that are actively researching cures for:   Pediatric brain tumors through medical trials and scientific research,   Support viable research projects and trials in an effort to find a cure for brain tumors,  Committed to providing education and raising public awareness about pediatric cancers.   We want to give special thanks to our Marathon committee consisting of: Enza Boccuzzi,  Daniela Iacobucci,  Barbara Cona,  Paulina Deangelis,  Natasha Napolitano,  Lisa Maher,  Gina Ruggiero,   Angela Castiglione,   Denise Berardelli,  Elaine Safran,  Vin Chirico,  John Longardo,   Mark Spelman,  Danny Demonte and   Peter McCarthy for their hard work and dedication to our successful event and the cause. 

 

JUNE 11TH 2011 STRIKE OUT BREAST CANCER II  -  KIDS MARATHON RAISES $ 19,000.00

JUNE 9th 2012 STRIKE OUT BREAST CANCER III  -  KIDS MARATHON RAISES $ 17,000.00

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted the sixth annual children’s runners’ two mile marathon on Saturday June 11th, on 12th Avenue. The event raised over $ 17,000.00.  There were over 275 kids that ran in our Strike Out Breast Cancer III marathon. The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised were to benefit Breast Cancer Research Monsignor Caserta, Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Councilman Vincent Gentile, were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause it truly was. Each gave brief speeches about how far cancer research has come over the years and how much more needs to be done. They praised our 275 runners for the sacrifice that they were making to help others in need. Joe Girgenti (our former President) also gave a very touching speech about how the Knights organization constantly promotes community service for our sports association.  Part of the Knights mission statement reads “promote community service amongst our youth and empower our children’s sense of civic engagement.  He went on to say that the kids here today were our heroes for doing something about this deadly disease and bringing everyone’s attention to the 2nd most common type of cancer among women in the U.S.   Maureen Babis from the American Cancer Society was on hand and made a speech directed towards all our survivors and that they are very brave and that we need to keep fighting this horrible disease. She thanked the kids for their sacrifice for others that are in need and are affected with this terrible disease. The race was from 82nd street and 13th avenue down 12th avenue to 71th street and back to 82nd street. The kids ran according to the grades. Winners of the 7th grade and above were Richard Napolitano (7:56) , Marc Chirico (8:26), Sal Cardinale (8:55) and Joseph Garthaffner (9:05) and Joe Donohue (9:20). Winners of the 5th and 6th grade group were Daniel Vittiburga (11:56), Michael Napolitano (13:32), Michael Cordi (13:32) and Julian Bastianello (14:56). Winners of the 3rd and 4th grade group were Joseph Baglivo  (14:50), Sal Sorrentino (15:00), Joseph Rowdis (16:00) and Nicholas Cona (16:02) Winners of the K - 2nd grade group were James Cona (15:10), Paul Fasciano (16:10) Sal Sparacio ( 15:18) and Marco Sanducci (15:23).  Special winners for the Girls explorer team were Alexandra Napolitano and Ava Berardelli.  The Knights also hosted a basketball free throw competition by grade.  Sal Cardinale won for the 7th and 8th grade group, Antonio Giarratana won for the 5th and 6th grade, Nicholas Cona won for the 3rd and 4th grade and Sal Sparacio won for the K – 2nd grade group.      

News 12 was present as the event media consultant and interviewed some of the children as to what this day meant to them.

The Knights organization wants to thank all those who helped with this wonderful event. We would of course like to thank Monsignor Caserta for always supporting\promoting our marathons and always making sure that the Parish supports all the Knights programs. We would like to thank Sister Joan DiRienzo for all her support and assistance with helping us reach 275 + kids participating.

 

JUNE 11TH 2011 STRIKE OUT BREAST CANCER II  -  KIDS MARATHON RAISES $ 19,000.00

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted the fourth annual  children’s runners’ two mile marathon on Saturday June 11th,  on 12th Avenue.  The event raised over $ 19,000.00   There were over 285 kids that ran in our Strike Out Breast Cancer marathon.    The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised were to benefit Breast Cancer Research    Father Joe Gancila,  Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Councilman Vincent Gentile, Lucretia Regina Potter were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause it truly was.   Each gave brief speeches about how far cancer research has come over the years and how much more needs to be done.  They praised our 285 runners for the sacrifice that they were making to help others in need.  Joe Girgenti (our former President) also gave a very touching speech about how wonderful it is to help others and why community service is so important.   Susan Cooper from the American Cancer Society was on hand and made a speech directed towards all our survivors and that they are very brave and that we need to keep fighting this horrible disease.  She talked about two new drugs that hit the market that show enormous promise.  She thanked the kids for last year’s donation which helped 41% of those in our area affected with this terrible disease.   

The race was from 82nd street and 13th avenue down 12th avenue to 71th street and back to 82nd street.  The kids ran according to the grades.  Winners of the 7th grade and above were  Christian Mollica (8:42) , Richard Napolitano (9:28), Matthew Scarangello (9:54) and Marc Chirico (10:30).   Winners of the 5th and 6th grade group were Tyler Hunter (11:42), Michael Caso (11:44), Daniel Torres (12:21) and Peter Pisciotta (13:07). Winners of the 3rd and 4th grade group were Grant Lane (12:32), Daniel Vittiburga (13:22), Julian Bastianello (13:35) and Nikolas Angilletta (14:01)  Winners of the K - 2nd grade group were Gabriel Caso (14:52), Vito Demonte (15:12) Marco Sanducci (15:23) and Steven Bencivenga( 15:41)

 News 12 was present as the event media consultant and interviewed some of the children as to what this day meant to them.  Sandy the Seagull was there from the Brooklyn Cyclones. 

There were many raffles for sports memorabilia donated by many of the New York sports teams for the event.   HSBC on 13th Avenue donated 300 bottles of water.  Party Pets and Ardvark Entertainment were on hand to entertain the kids.  Glitzy Chicks led by Lisa Cannata also donated the proceeds she raised during the post marathon festivities. 

 The Knights organization wants to thank all those who helped with this wonderful event.  We would of course like to thank Monsignor Caserta for always supporting\promoting our marathons and always making sure that the Parish supports all the Knights programs.      We would like to thank Sister Joan DiRienzo for all her support and assistance with helping us reach  275 + kids participating plus helping us raise more funds by hosting free dress down for St.  Bernadette kids that raised over $ 75.00    

We would like to thank Natasha Napolitano, Paulina Diangelis, Antonella Catanzaro, Donna Scarangello, Joe Amatore, Joe Donohue, Valerie Casella, John Paul Longardo, Vin Chirico, Lisa Maher, Donna Scarangello, Elaine Safran and Angela Castiglione for helping us with the entire event.  They spent countless hours making sure this event went off perfectly. From fundraising to raffles, to distributing flyers all over Brooklyn – they helped us with everything to make this the perfect event.  We cannot thank them enough.  

We would like to thank Elaine Safran for her work on the baskets, money board and lotto board and her working the entire day to help raise money for the event.  We would like to thank Gina Ruggiero for working the entire day selling items to raise more money for the event.   I would like to thank Nancy Scarpaci for helping to sell tickets to our money boards.  We would like to thank Tracy Melio for spending the entire day selling raffles for the event.  We would like to thank Dina Amatore and Gina Ruggiero for selling our Strike Out Breast Cancer T-Shirts.   

We would like to thank Ralph Danna for being the DJ for our event and for getting Home Depot involved in our event and for getting the donations from Home Depot.  We would like to thank Pepsi for the donation of all the Pepsi and Diet Pepsi for the event. We would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Cutrona (Mamado) for their donation of $ 200.00.  We would like to thank Ben Bay Realty for their donation of $ 150.00 raffle money.   We would like to thank Mr. Bonomolo for his donation of 300 apples for our event.  We would like to thank Antonella Catanzaro for getting Frito Lay to donate 100’s of cookies, Peanuts, and other snacks for our children.

We would like to thank Sarta Realty for their participation.  Sarta sold popcorn and donated all the proceeds to the marathon.  That plus their personal donation added another $ 360.00 for the marathon.

I would like to thank the Bay Ridge Dojo (Prof Mike Junsch and Prof Nic Alonso) for cancelling their normal Saturday class to join us.  They came and setup mats and equipment to entertain our children and educate them on the advantages of learning self defense. 

We would like to thank Valerie Casella for getting News 12 to be our media sponsor, For getting donations from Modell's, Maples Lanes, and Carvel and all her committee work.  For spending the entire event selling pictures and other items to help raise more money for the event. 

We would like to thank Carrie Pittman for getting News 12 as our media sponsor and for their coverage of our event and the reporting of the event that night on the news. 

We would like to thank Seema Pisciotta for being our nurse on call. We would like to thank Chris Lamonica for all his wonderful pictures from the entire event.  We would like to thank Joe Girgenti for his wonderful speech and all his introductions.  We would like to thank Vin Chirico, Joe Girgenti, Bob Tarallo, Richard Napolitano, John Longardo and the many others that helped run the basketball free throw competition.  We would like to thank Kevin Hunter for making sure that the street closing permit was filed on time for us.    

Finally, we would like to thank the following Knights Board Members 

Tom Mangano, Mike Baglivo, Kevin Hunter, Jim Pisciotta, Joe Donohue, Santo Galbo, Bob Tarallo, Lisa Maher, Angela Castiglione, Joe Castiglione, Vin Chirico, Ralph Danna, Joe Amatore, Mike Caso, Dan Fogliano, Danny Mangano, Steve Hutra, Fred Cona, Chris Lamonica, Jerry Campanella, Richard Napolitano that met that morning to setup the school yard for the event and for cooking all day long and for all their help running all the activities for the entire day.  A Special thanks to our friend Dom Angilletta for cooking all day and allowing us to use his very large grill. 

 The Knights organization wants to thank all our following sponsors that donated to this wonderful event. 

 

 

American Museum of Natural History

Andrea Ciccone

Andrew Torregrossa & Sons

Arch Bishop John Hughes Council

Aviator Sports & Recreation

Bari Tile

Bay Ridge Dojo

Bay Ridge Lexus

Bay Ridge Toyota

Ben-Bay Realty

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Brooklyn Cyclones

Caesar’s Wines and Liquors

Carvel Ice Cream on 86th Street

Caruso, Caruso & Branda

Casa Calmari

Century 21

Chelsea Court Meat Market

Chopstix

Chelsea Piers

Christmas Tree Shops

Clem Snacks, Inc.

Comic Strip Live

Costco

Cracker Barrel

Crest Office Products

Dangerfield’s

Dave and Buster’s

Da Tommaso Restaurant

Delicious Desserts

Dime Savings Bank

Dominick Congiusta D.D.S

Foot Locker

Friends of Marty Golden

Frank Silvestri

Golden Maturity Inc.

H&R Block

Harbor Fitness

Home Depot

HSBC Bank

Island Heights Pediatrics

Jamie Lynn’s Kitchen

Joe Leopoldi Hardware Store

Joseph Izzo/ Steven Izzo

Kraft & Kennedy, Inc.

L& B Gardens

Lexis Nexis

Lioni’s

Mamado, Inc.

Maple Lanes

M. Miranda and Assoc, Inc.

Medieval Times

New Dimension

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Nets

New York  Giants

New York  Jets

New York Liberty

New York Yankees

NY Hall of Science

Pastosa

Patricia Laudano Realty

Pepsi

Red Bulls

Rippe and Kingston

Rocco’s Calamari

Rosa Pizzeria

Sarta Realty

Scarpaci Funeral Home

Silverman Sclar Shin & Byrne PLLC

Sovereign Motor Cars

St. Bernadette Home School Association

Staten Island Yankees

Torregrossa Funeral Home

Turn 2 Foundation

U.S. Coffee

Upper Deck Silk Screening

U-T-Z Potato Chips

Vegas Diner

Walt Disney World

Wildlife Conservation

 

 

JUNE 5TH -  KIDS MARATHON JUNE 5TH 2010

 

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted the fourth annual  children’s runners’ two mile marathon on Saturday June 5th,  on 12th Avenue.  The event raised over $ 15,000.00 There were over 275 kids that ran in our Strike Out Breast Cancer marathon.    The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised were to benefit the Breast Cancer Research    Monsignor Caserta, Assemblyman Abbate,  Senator Marty Golden, and Councilman Vincent Gentile were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause it truly was.   Each gave brief speeches about how far cancer research has come over the years and how much more needs to be done.  Marty Golden called up all the survivors so that they can receive a round of applause.  Joe Girgenti (our former President) also gave a very touching speech about how far along cancer research has come since we were kids some 40 years ago and how funds that go towards research are so important.  Susan Cooper from the American Cancer Society was on hand and made a speech directed towards all our survivors and that they are very brave and that we need to keep fighting this horrible disease.  

The race was from 82nd street and 13th avenue down 12th avenue to 71th street and back to 82nd street.  The kids ran according to the grades.  Winners of the 7th grade and above were  Giovanni Rocco, Vito Lentini, Vincent Lentini and Nicholas Intravaia.   Winners of the 5th and 6th grade group were Peter Pisciotta, Christian Mollica, Matthew Mangano and Marc Chirico  Winners of the 3rd and 4th grade group were Bianca Cannata, Daniel Vittiburga, Michael Cordi and Michael Caso.  Winners of the K - 2nd grade group were Gabriel Caso, Michael Mollica, Giacomo Pollina and Nicholas Cona.

   News 12 was present as the event media consultant and interviewed some of the children as to what this day meant to them.  Sandy the Seagull was there from the Brooklyn Cyclones. 

There were many raffles for sports memorabilia donated by many of the New York sports teams for the event.   Home Depot donated two barbecues and did wood shop lessons with all the kids.  Party Pets and Ardvark Entertainment were on hand to entertain the kids.  Glitzy Chicks led by Lisa Cannata also donated the proceeds she raised during the post marathon festivities.    The Knights organization wants to thank all those who helped with this wonderful event.  We like to thank Monsignor Caserta.  We would like to thank Sister Joan DiRienzo for all her support and assistance with helping us reach  275 + kids participating plus helping us raise more funds by hosting free dress down for St.  Bernadette kids that raised over $ 75.00    

We would like to thank Lisa Maher and Angela Castiglione for helping us with the entire event.  They spent countless hours making sure this event went off perfectly. From fundraising to raffles – they helped us with everything.   We cannot thank them enough.   We would like to thank Ralph Danna for being the DJ for our event and for getting Home Depot involved in our event and for getting the donations from Home Depot.  Home Depot sponsored the wood work training and also donated two barbecues plus other items to make the event more successful.  We would like to thank Ben Bay Realty for the donation of all the Coke and Diet Coke for the event for the raffle of the two playstation games.  

We would like to thank Sarta Realty for their participation.  Sarta sold popcorn and donated all the proceeds to the marathon.  That plus their personal donation added another $ 300.00 for the marathon.

I would like to thank the Bay Ridge Dojo (Prof Mike Junsch and Prof Nic Alonso) for cancelling their normal Saturday class to join us.  They came and setup mats and equipment to entertain our children and educate them on the advantages of learning self defense.  Bay Ridge Dojo also donated over $ 500.00 worth of free training.

We would like to thank Valerie Casella for getting News 12 to be our media sponsor, For getting donations from Modell's, donations from Carvel and all her committee work.  For spending the entire event selling pictures and other items to help raise more money for the event. 

We would like to thank Carrie Pittman for getting News 12 as our media sponsor and for their coverage of our event and the reporting of the event that night on the news. 

I would like to thank all committee members.    We would like to thank Kerry Angilletta for her committee work and and Dom Angilletta for lending us the barbecue and to Dom for being the “cook” for the entire day.    We would like to thank Lisa Cannata for entertaining the kids with Glitzy Chicks and her donation of her staff’s time and all her supplies.   We would like to thank Lisa Mangano for her work all day long and picking up many things for us during the past week.   We would like to thank Seema Pisciotta for manning one of the workstations as well.   We would like to thank Chris Lamonica for distributing the flyers on 12th avenue We would like to thank Lisa Mangano for selling tickets for the Glitzy Chicks that day as well.  We would like to thank Stephanie Politano for selling sports raffles for us the entire day.  We would like to thank Joe Girgenti for his wonderful speech and all his introductions.  We would like to thank Danny Mangano and Jerry Campanella for their work on the 50/50 raffle. 

Finally, we would like to thank the following Knights Board Members 

Tom Mangano, Mike Baglivo, Jim Pisciotta, Jerry Campanella, Joe Donohue, Santo Galbo, Dan Mangano, Bob Tarallo, Lisa Maher, Angela Castiglione, Joe Castiglione, Vin Chirico, Ralph Danna, Joe Amatore, Pete Leopoldi, Mike Caso, Dan Fogliano, Steve Hutra, Fred Cona, Chris Lamonica that met that morning to setup the school yard for the event and for cooking all day long and for all their help running all the activities for the entire day. 

 The Knights organization wants to thank all our following sponsors that donated to this wonderful event. 

 

Andrea Ciccone

Aviator Sports & Recreation

Bay Ridge Dojo

Bay Ridge Toyota

Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corporation

Ben-Bay Realty

Blue Diamond Fuel Oil Co.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Brooklyn Cyclones

Caesar’s Wines and Liquors

Carvel Ice Cream on 86th Street

Casa Calmari

Century 21

Chelsea Court Meat Market

Chelsea Piers

Clem Snacks, Inc.

Costco

Crest Office Products

Da Tommaso Restaurant

Edible Arrangements

Gargiulos Restaurant

Home Depot

Island Heights Pediatrics

Jimmy’s Place

Joe Leopoldi Hardware Store

Kraft & Kennedy, Inc.

L& B Gardens

Lioni’s

Mamado, Inc.

Medieval Times

New Dimension

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Nets

New York  Giants

New York  Jets

New York Liberty

New York Yankees

NY Hall of Science

Pastosa

Patricia Laudano Realty

Pepsi

Red Bulls

Rippe and Kingston

Rocco’s Café

Romantique Limousines

Rosa Pizzeria

Sarta Realty

Scarpaci Funeral

Silverman Sclar Shin & Byrne PLLC

St. Bernadette Home School Association

Staten Island Yankees

Torregrossa Funeral Home

U.S. Coffee

Upper Deck Silk Screening

U-T-Z Potato Chips

Vegas Diner

May 16th 2009

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE III CHILDREN'S MARATHON DRAWS 240 KIDS

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted the third annual  children’s runners’ two mile marathon on Saturday May 16th, on 12th Avenue.    The event raised $ 15,000.00 There were over 240 kids that ran in our Freedom is Not Free III marathon that was held in honor of our fallen heroes of this war on terror.  Each runner wore a t-shirt and wrist band to honor and commemorate the fallen heroes.   The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised were to benefit the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund and the Dyker Heights Athletic Association fund raising activities.   The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund was founded in October 2003 as a means of providing College Grants and Financial Assistance to surviving children and spouses of our U.S. military service members who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.   Monsignor Caserta, Senator Marty Golden, Councilman Vincent Gentile & Tony Ntellas of the Wounded Warriors Project were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause it truly was.   Each gave brief speeches about the struggles that our great nation has endured during our history to secure our freedom and the continuing struggle that is going on today to protect what we take for granted day in and day out.   Joe Girgenti (our former President) also gave a very touching speech about respecting our soldiers and how much their families are impacted when they are off fighting for our freedom.  

There were several soldiers present on Saturday to run with the kids.      Also present was Colonel Roy Campbell from Xavier High School with several of his ROTC cadets.     Colonel Campbell’s Xavier High School raised $ 1,700.00 for the event for the Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.   Christine Brunetti did a spectacular job singing the National Anthem.  The race was from 82nd street and 13th avenue down 12th avenue to 66th street and back to 82nd street.  The kids ran according to the grades.  Winners of the 8th, 9th and 10th grade group were  Julian Morelli (12:30), John Kelly (12:34) and Danielle Cowan (14:29)  Winners of the 6th and 7th grade group were Cameron Kakuk (14:33) Michael Galbo (14:46) and Manny Giurato (15:27).  Winners of the 4th and 5th Grade group were Alex Konyk (16:11)  Peter Pisciotta (17:21) and Matthew Mangano (18:01).  Winners of the 2nd and 3rd grade group were Bianca Cannata  (18:08) Michael Caso (19:14) Gianna Mastrapasqua (19:14) Daniel Vittiburga ( 20:00) and Michael Cordi (20:01)  Winners of the K and 1st grade were Joseph Baglivo (14:38)  Nicholas Cona (14:53) and Gabriel Caso (14:54).   News 12 was present as the event media consultant and interviewed some of the children as to what this day meant to them.  Sandy the Seagull was there from the Brooklyn Cyclones. 

There were many raffles for sports memorabilia donated by many of the New York sports teams for the event.   Home Depot donated two barbecues and did wood shop lessons with all the kids.  Party Pets and Ardvark Entertainment were on hand to entertain the kids.   

News 12 was present as the event media consultant and interviewed some of the children as to what this day meant to them.  Glitzy Chicks led by Lisa Cannata also donated the proceeds she raised during the post marathon festivities.  

 The Knights organization wants to thank all those who helped with this wonderful event.  We like to thank Monsignor Caserta.  We would like to thank Sister Joan DiRienzo for all her support and assistance with helping us reach  240 + kids participating plus helping us raise more funds by hosting free dress down for St.  Bernadette kids that raised over $ 100.00    

We would like to thank Lisa Maher and Angela Castiglione for helping us with the entire event.  They spent countless hours making sure this event went off perfectly. From fundraising to raffles – they helped us with everything.   We cannot thank them enough. 

We would like to thank Ralph Danna for being the DJ for our event and for getting Home Depot involved in our event and for getting the donations from Home Depot.  Home Depot sponsored the wood work training and also donated two barbecues plus other items to make the event more successful.

We would like to thank Ben Bay Realty for the donation of all the Coke and Diet Coke for the event for the raffle of the Wii game and the PSP game that raised over $ 225.00 and their donation of another $ 250.00

We would like to thank Sarta Realty for their participation.  Sarta sold popcorn and donated all the proceeds to the marathon.  That plus their personal donation added another $ 500.00 for the marathon.

We would like to thank Tony Ntellas of the Wounded Warriors Project for participating in our marathon and increasing our awareness of veterans that need our love and support.  Wounded Warriors project also donated Yankee tickets to all the first place marathon winners.  I would also thank Pat Giura for getting Tony to join us. 

I would like to thank the Bay Ridge Dojo (Prof Mike Junsch and Prof Nic Alonso) for cancelling their normal Saturday class to join us.  They came and setup mats and equipment to entertain our children and educate them on the advantages of learning self defense.  Bay Ridge Dojo also donated over $ 400.00 worth of free training plus they made another donation to the Childrens Fund on their own. 

We would like to thank Valerie Casella for getting News 12 to be our media sponsor, For getting donations from Best Buy, donations from Carvel and all her committee work.  For spending the entire event selling pictures and other items to help raise more money for the event. 

Donna Brennan for helping us get Glitzy Chicks, Colonel Campbell, the Xavier cadets and for getting the Xavier students involved with our event and all the hot dog and hamburger buns and all her committee work.

We would like to thank Danny and Laura Mangano for their donations of all the giveaways that the kids went home with that day.  For the donations of food, candy, paper goods etc.  For their donations of several baskets of toys and games for the raffles.  I want to thank Laura for her committee work being my line judge the day of the event. 

We would like to thank Vicki Galvano for all the incredible baskets she prepared and donated besides all the help they gave us with the raffles and on the committee.

We would like to thank Joe Amatore for getting us a donation of Pepsi and Diet Pepsi, Joe and Dina for their donation of a bike to raffle and his committee work

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association would like to thank Colonel Campbell and Xavier High School for their involvement in our DHAA St. Bernadette FREEDOM IS NOT FREE III marathon fund raiser.  We will also like to thank Colonel Campbell for the hosting the dress down day at Xavier High School that raised $ 1,700.00 over and above the funds we raised for the Children’s Fund. 

We would like to thank Carrie Pittman for getting News 12 as our media sponsor and for their coverage of our event and the reporting of the event that night on the news. 

I would like to thank all committee members.    We would like to thank Kerry Angilletta for her committee work and and Dom Angilletta for lending us the barbecue and to Dom for being the “cook” for the entire day.    We would like to thank Lisa Cannata for entertaining the kids with Glitzy Chicks and her donation of her staff’s time and all her supplies.   We would like to thank April Scanio for her organization of the nurse stations, all her supplies and her committee work.  We would like to thank Seema Pisciotta for manning one of the workstations as well.   We would like to thank Marian Messina for her distributing of flyers on 12th avenue and her hanging of Street Closing signs and her committee work.  We would like to thank Lisa Mangano for selling tickets for the Glitzy Chicks that day as well.  We would like to thank Stephanie Politano for selling raffles for us the entire day.  We would like to thank Joe Girgenti for his wonderful speech and all his introductions.  We would like to thank Danny Mangano and Jerry Campanella for their work on the 50/50 raffle. 

Finally, we would like to thank the following Knights Board Members 

Cliff Keeling, Tom Mangano, Mike Baglivo, Jim Wilson, Jim Pisciotta, Jerry Campanella, Joe Donohue, Santo Galbo, Dan Mangano, Bob Tarallo, Lisa Maher, Angela Castiglione, Joe Castiglione, Vin Chirico, Bob Gentile, Graceann Soave, Ralph Danna, Joe Amatore, and Chris Lamonica that met that morning to setup the school yard for the event and for cooking all day long and for all their help running all the activities for the entire day. 

The Knights organization wants to thank all our following sponsors that donated to this wonderful event. 

 

13th Avenue Florist

86th Street Meat Market   

Andrea Ciccone

Aviator Sports & Recreation

Bachman Foods Inc

Bay Ridge Dojo

Bay Ridge Toyota

Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corporation

Bella Luna

Ben-Bay Realty

Blue Diamond Fuel Oil Co.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Brooklyn Cyclones

Caesar’s Wines and Liquors

Carvel Ice Cream on 86th Street

Casa Calmari

Century 21

Chelsea Court Meat Market

Chelsea Piers

Classic Tile

Clem Snacks, Inc.

Costco

Crest Office Products

Da Tommaso Restaurant

Dennis McCarthy

Edible Arrangements

Faicco’s

FPL Foods, Inc – C-Town

Gargiulos Restaurant

Home Depot

Island Heights Pediatrics

Jimmy’s Place

Joe Leopoldi Hardware Store

Kraft & Kennedy, Inc.

L& B Gardens

Lioni’s

Marty Golden

Medieval Times

New Dimension

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Nets

New York  Giants

New York  Jets

New York Liberty

New York Yankees

NY Hall of Science

Pastosa

Patricia Laudano Realty

Pepsi

Puritan Restaurant

Ralph Aievoli & Sons

Red Bulls

Rippe and Kingston

Rocco’s Café

Romantique Limousines

Rosa Pizzeria

Sarta Realty

Scarpaci Funeral

Silverman Sclar Shin & Byrne PLLC

Sirico’s

St. Bernadette Home School Association

Staten Island Yankees

Tasty Bagels

The Ljubich family

Torregrossa Funeral Home

U.S. Coffee

Upper Deck Silk Screening

U-T-Z Potato Chips

Vegas Diner

 

May 10th 2009

Attached is a video that is on YOU TUBE that has received over 27,000,000 hits so far.

It was prepared by a 15 year old Lizzie Walker

http://www.youtube.com/v/ervaMPt4Ha0&autoplay=1

Here is a excerpt that will appear in the Home Reporter this week:

What is the Freedom is Not Free Marathon all about

The Knights organization believes that Respect, tolerance, responsibility, honesty, self-restraint, family commitment, civic duty, fairness and compassion are the moral landmarks that guide a successful life. And we should help teach them to our children with confidence and we should help teach them with conviction. The Knights organization and the St. Bernadette school choose this marathon to assist in the goal of preparing our children for community service with some of these landmarks in mind. Today our kids are focused on community service for a good reason -helping somebody else gives purpose and meaning in life. The funds raised here today can have a positive impact on the lives of those in need. Our military have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedom we enjoy each and every day. Our kids understand that our freedom had a price and it was paid (and is still being paid today) by many of our military families. We feel that there is no better way to thank those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country then to try to make sure their children have a better life and are provided for. The Freedom is not Free Marathon honors our military and their families and gives our kids a way of doing something for them to say thank you.

All About The Marathon 

The DHAA\ST. Bernadette Organization is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization which primarily focuses on the organization of sports programs for our community.  Our civic purpose is to foster community service amongst the youth in our area.  With our greatest efforts, we also try to focus our attention to strengthen and ultimately empower our children’s sense of civic engagement and nationalism as they progress through adolescence.  In order to promote this in our children, the Knights Organization continues to sponsor community events during each sports season to raise money\ goods for various causes.   

In 2008, through several different fund raising events (and your generosity), the Knights raised over  $ 27,000.00.  These funds were distributed to many wonderful causes in our community and a good portion of these funds were donated to our military heroes through the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.   This year will be no different as we will strive to again raise money for these wonderful causes in 2009.  Our first big fundraiser will again be a runners’ marathon for children to be held on Saturday May 16th, (Armed Forces Day**) on 12th Avenue, starting from 9:00 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m.  It will mark our third "Freedom is Not Free III" marathon that will be sponsored by NEWS 12 will focus on honoring our fallen heroes of this war on terror.  Each runner will wear a t-shirt to honor and commemorate the fallen heroes for all the soldiers who lost their lives defending our freedom.    Each runner will also wear a G.I. band which will state on it, " SOME GAVE ALL".  or "DEFENDING FREEDOM". The funds raised from these bands along with other funds to be \raised by the Knights Organization, through raffles, t-Shirt sales, refreshment sales, marathon sponsors  and business donations, will be donated to the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund . 

The Children  of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that was founded in October 2003 as a means of providing College Grants and Financial Assistance to surviving children and spouses of our U.S. military service members who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.   If you visit their web site at www.cfsrf.org, you can read all about their organization and accomplishments to date.  I met the founder of the Children’s fund, Rebecca Campbell, last year when she came to our first marathon and I have spoken to her on numerous occasions.  I admire Ms. Campbell for all her hard work and I believe this is a great cause for the Knights’ organization to support. 

The most important lesson we are trying to teach our children is that freedom is not free, and the only natural thing we can do for these men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty, is to remember them, and to honor them.  We do not need to honor war with this event and we’re not here to do so, but we do need to honor those who serve.  Don’t take them for granted.  These young men, like all veterans, have fought and some have died for AMERICA and her values ever since the founding of the country.   Try to imagine what AMERICA might be like, if there had not been veteran warriors, who willingly go into combat for their country.  War is not something that anyone wants or promotes.  Our hope is that no American son or daughter would ever have to go to war again, but FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!!, and the price has to be paid.  Freedom is not a gift, we give ourselves.  It is GODS’ gift to man and it is a Right each man has to protect and preserve or we will risk losing it.  Freedom exists within every human being.  It is the natural yearning of the human spirit.    Let us remember:

 "Only two people have ever offered to die for you.  One was Jesus Christ, and the other is the American G.I.  One died for your soul, the other died for your freedom.

 The race will consist of boys and girls, ages 5 through High School, who wish to give something back to the community in which they live, as well as to honor these fine soldiers.  Each child will obtain sponsorships of at least $ 40.00 for the run.  All the runners will start on 82nd Street and 13th Avenue – go to 66th Street and 12th Avenue and then back again.   Participants may also walk instead of running.  Adults are welcome to participate.  The Avenue will be lined with Knights volunteers and we ask all the parents to lend a hand as well.  We ask that the children actually raise the money for the marathon.  They should ask friends and relatives to sponsor them for the event.   They can obtain a sponsor for a fee per mile or just a flat fee donation is fine as well.  We will have trophies for the top finishers in each age bracket.    In the "eyes" of the Knights, everyone will be considered a winner who supports this worthy cause regardless of where they finish. The Knights will sponsor a post marathon celebration with entertainment for the children in the St. Bernadette school yard.  There will be a food court for lunch as well.   Thank you for your continued support of the DHAA Knights organization and the civic events it offers to the Community. You can register online for the Marathon - just go to our website at www.knightsaa.org and go to Marathon and registration. The pledge form and registration forms are attached to this e-mail.

Thank you

Peter McCarthy

President - Dyker Heights Athletic Association

** President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense

May 17th 2008 - DHAA ST. BERNADETTE

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE II CHILDREN'S MARATHON DRAWS 290 KIDS

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted the second annual  children’s runners’ two mile marathon this past  Saturday May 17th, on 12th Avenue.    There were over 290 kids that ran in our Freedom is Not Free II marathon that was held in honor of our fallen heroes of this war on terror.  Each runner wore a t-shirt and wrist band to honor and commemorate the fallen heroes.   The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised were to benefit the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund and the Duker Heights Athletic Association fund raising activities.   The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund was founded in October 2003 as a means of providing College Grants and Financial Assistance to surviving children and spouses of our U.S. military service members who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.   Monsignor Romano, Senator Marty Golden, Councilman Vincent Gentile & Brooklyn Boro President, Marty Markowitz were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause it truly was.   Each gave brief speeches about the struggles that our great nation has endured during our history to secure our freedom and the continuing struggle that is going on today to protect what we take for granted day in and day out.   Marty Markowitz also stressed the importance of exercise in our daily life and Councilman Gentile expressed his joy about what a wonderful community event this was and how it makes the Dyker Heights community so special.  There were several soldiers present on Saturday to run with the kids.   1st Sgt Gormley, Sgt Brito and Staff Sgt Earle joined the kids in their run.    Also present was Colonel Roy Campbell from Xavier High School with several of his ROTC cadets.     Colonel Campbell’s Xavier High School raised $ 2,000.00 for the event for the Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.   Christine Brunetti did a spectacular job singing the National Anthem.  The race was from 82nd street and 13th avenue down 12th avenue to 66th street and back to 82nd street.  The kids ran according to the grades.  Winners of the 8th, 9th and 10th grade group were Jonathan Pineiro (12:10), Julian Morelli (12:58) and Alex Raffa (12:59) Winners of the 6th and 7th grade group were Anthony Deluca (13:52) Manny Giurato (14:31) and Monica Mangano (16:35)  Winners of the 4th and 5th Grade group were Cameron Kakuk (15:25) Michael Galbo (15:26) and Lenny Genovese and Richard Napolitano tied (16:47).    Winners of the 2nd and 3rd grade group were Matthew Mangano (15:09) Daniel Torres (16:38) and Nicole Sparacio (17:06).  Winners of the K and 1st grade were Michael Cordi (8:52) Nicholas Angilletta (9:12) and Nicholas Cona (9:27) News 12 was present as the event media consultant and interviewed some of the children as to what this day meant to them.  Sandy the Seagull was there from the Brooklyn Cyclones.  There were many raffles for sports memorabilia donated by many of the New York sports teams for the event.   Home Depot donated two barbecues and did wood shop lessons with all the kids.  Party Pets and King Henry were on hand to entertain the kids.    This was truly a great day for the kids. 

MAY 12th  2007

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted a children’s runners’ two mile marathon this past  Saturday May 12th, on 12th Avenue.   

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted a children’s runners’ two mile marathon this past  Saturday May 12th, on 12th Avenue.    There were over 240 kids that ran in our Freedom is Not Free marathon that was held in honor of our fallen heroes of this war on terror.  Each runner wore a t-shirt and wrist band to honor and commemorate the fallen heroes.   The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised were to benefit the St. Bernadette church and the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund
 

The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund was founded in October 2003 as a means of providing College Grants and Financial Assistance to surviving children and spouses of our U.S. military service members who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.   Monsignor Romano, Senator Marty Golden, Councilman Vincent Gentile & Brooklyn Boro President, Marty Markowitz were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause it truly was.   Each gave brief speeches about the struggles that our great nation has endured during our history to secure our freedom and the continuing struggle that is going on today to protect what we take for granted day in and day out.   Marty Markowitz presented the Knights with a Proclamation declaring May 12th Dyker Heights Athletic Association “Freedom is Not Free” Children’s Marathon Day in Brooklyn commending all the young runners who had come here today in service of others.  

There were several soldiers present on Saturday to run with the kids.   1st Sgt Mannion, Captain Sullivan and Staff Sgt Devito.  joined the kids from the from the 773nd TC.   Captain Rivera, Sgt Dominquez and Specialist Rodriguez joined us from Fort Hamilton army base.  Each chose a group of kids to run with.   Also present was Colonel Roy Campbell from Xavier High School with several of his ROTC cadets.     The Xavier cadets along with Arielle Tramontano led the kids in singing the National Anthem. 

The race was from 82nd street and 13th avenue down 12th avenue to 66th street and back to 82nd street.  The kids ran according to the grades.  Winners of the 8th, 9th and 10 grade group were Julian Morelli, Anthony Congiusta and Dominick Congiusta.  Winners of the 6th and 7th grade group were Steven Lowe, Joseph Watson and Frank Bellia.  Winners of the 4th and 5th Grade group were Jonathan Rando, Manny Giurato and Ralphael Ventra.  Winners of the 2nd and 3rd grade group were Tyler Hunter, Matthew Mangano and Nicole Sparacio and the winners of the K and 1st grade were Bianca Cannata, Raymond Donohue, Gianna Mastrapasqua, John Prestipino, Nicholas Angilletta and Daniel Vittiburga. 

News 12 was present as the event media consultant and interviewed some of the children as to what this day meant to them.  WKTU radio thanks to Vito Bruno sent down a crew to host a post marathon party to raise additional money for the Children’s fund.  Glitzy Chicks led by Lisa Cannata also joined WKTU for the post marathon festivities.   There were many raffles for sports memorabilia donated by many of the New York sports teams for the event.   This was truly a great day for the kids. 

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