More than 100 Port residents and youth performers filled the Dolphin Bookshop café on Sunday April 29, for a fundraiser for Summer Together, a summer camp scholarship fund. The event brought monies raised to date to more than $5,000, with the goal of sending between 30-40 school-age children from Port Washington families in need of economic assistance to a local summer camp for one week.
Cami Midrano, senior class president at Schreiber High School, served as emcee and introduced more than a dozen acts featuring local youth singing, dancing and sharing other diverse talents. The performers were Amy Baxter, Mikey Capobianco, Iann Fine, Isabella Garcia, Micha Golan, Denise Lozado, Alex Maass, Emely Martinez, Natalie Martinez, Aneesha Mirza, the Navatman School dancers, Matthew Prudenti, Ella Rowe, Sarabeth Schiff, Abby Smith and Piper Woods.
“We are so grateful to all the young people who shared their talents to help raise money so their fellow children can have access to summertime opportunities,” said event organizer Sonia Arora, who added thanks to Durga Jaiswal of Henna Designs for participating. “We owe big thanks to Dolphin Bookshop for generously offering its café space, and to Bach 2 Rock’s Elana Hayden and Nicki Winzelberg for providing the keyboard and other musical equipment, and for encouraging their students to participate.”
Summer Together is comprised of local organizations Long Island Together, The Community Synagogue Social Action Committee, Temple Beth Israel Social Action Committee, Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, Port Together, St. Peter of Alcantara Social Ministry and Our Lady of Fatima Outreach.
Camps participating include Bach to Rock, Berest Dance Center, Camp Invention, PYA/NY Baseball Academy, and Unlimited Sports Action.
To meet its goals, Summer Together is continuing to raise funds, but time is running out. To make an online donation or for check mailing instructions visit summertogether.longislandtogether.org. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For further questions call Allison White at 917-848-4861.