Kiwanis Making A Difference In The Community

Kiwanis Club presents a check for Officer Michael McNulty to Scott Wood and members of the Port Washington Police Department

The Kiwanis International Club of Manhasset Port Washington continued its mission in promoting altruistic service by raising monies through their efforts of ringing the bells during the holiday season for the Salvation Army. Club members and Key Club students were stationed at Stop & Shop in Port Washington and King Kullen in Manhasset areas ringing the bells for donations. The Kiwanis Club was able to present a check for $2,000 to Salvation Army Officer Major Doug Jones.

Early in April, the Kiwanis Club held its first annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Schrieber High School. The raffles from the event were earmarked for Port Washington Police Officer Michael McNulty who was severely injured while on duty. The Kiwanis Club, along with a matching grant from the Kiwanis Foundation, presented a check to Officer Scott Wood on behalf of the injured officer and his family. Retired New York City Detective Carl Lalena made the presentation.

A number of Port Washington Police Department personnel are members of the Kiwanis Club, including Police Commissioner Angela Lawlor Mullins and Police Chief Salerno.

The Kiwanis continues to work with the community and for children. The regular cooking of food for the Ronald McDonald House is led by Lalena and crew each month. John Lalena spoke about the Outstanding Class Achievement Award being done at Munsey Park Elementary School and the upcoming golf fundraiser to be held on July 17 at North Shore Country Club. The Kiwanis Club of Manhasset Port Washington meet regularly on every second Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at Port Washington Yacht Club for lunch and every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. There is a fee for the meal.

For more information on the club or to join, contact Jeff Stone at 516-570-5410.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community newspaper" several years in a row.

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