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2023

We thank Roosevelt Field--a Simon Mall; all our sponsors; our invited guest organizations; volunteers (we are all volunteers), and everyone who attended.  This event would not have been possible without the help of so many. 

 

We'll see you at the Buddy Walk(R)!

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Port Washington
School District

(Supporting Francesca and her friends)   
$424.00

Raising Funds
Special Fundraisers

West Babylon HS
Leo Club  
$25
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Dan, The Man, The Artist
and his family

(scroll to see his works below)
$100.00

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St Aidan Parish School
(Supporting Kellie McAuliffe)   
$435.00

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Church of St Jude
(through Lauren Gomez-Nieto)
$1,200.00

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Brittany's Baskets of Hope
 
($1.00 donation per bracelet sold at event) 
$21.00

Memorare Council 3476, Knights of Columbus 
$1,000.00

Purchase our new 18-mo. calendar.

It will be shipped to you.  

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Raising Awareness

At Lani's School

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At Rosevelt Field

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The ACDS Let's Groove Zumba Performers under the direction of Vera Finkelstein rocked the mall. 

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Board Member Yelena Nemirovskaya with son Noah.  With husband Eric, also a Board Member, they manned the Alexander's Angels table.

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Self-Advocate Brittany Schiavone, founder of Brittany's Baskets of Hope received 20 WDSD onesies for her baskets from Alexander's Angels.

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Co-President Kyle Erickson addressed the audience while Co-President
Lauren Gomez-Nieto greeted her fellow Civil Air Patrol cadets who, once again, helped with our event. 
NER-NY-288 LT. QUENTIN ROOSEVELT CADET SQUADRON

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Bob and Eileen McAuliffe, captains of the team Kelley Koalas & very active since 2007, celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary with us.  Their daughter Kelley enjoyed the Star Wars characters. 

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Shane Stepinsky (Shane Shining Stars) chats with the Star Wars characters.  His brother Anthony Cuccia is responsible for making our newsletter look professional, 6 times a year! 

Enjoy the video of the Star Wars dancing with our guests. DJ Chris is sponsored by Daniel Walsh's East Neck Insurance at our two major annual events. 

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Self-Advocate John Cronin, who with his father Mark are the founders of John Crazy socks, entertained the participants.

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Francesca Sottile, (Francesca's Dreams team since 2007) Co-VP of Alexander's Angels Youth/Self-Advocates competing with a Star Wars character.

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Not only did the NY Islanders mascot Sparky delighted our guests, but the Islanders also provided a table filled with prizes to make our event really special. 

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You are never too young to become a Star Wars fan.  Little Noah seems mesmerized by the creature in front of him.

The Rodriguez Family (Team Carlani) take a break from overseeing the Arts & Crafts table.

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Co-Presidents Kyle and Lauren get ready to depart the mall after a very enjoyable event.

But... there is more! 
An integral part of the event was an informal DOWNrightART exhibition. 
See the participating artists with their amazing artwork below.

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Dan Makar, a.k.a. Dan, the Man, the Artist

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Kyle Erickson

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Christa Papalia

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Brittany Schiavone

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Brendan McElwee, Photography

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Alexander Gomez-Nieto

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Mary Mathis

Nicholas Walker

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