Children’s Meeting For Charity

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Grown-ups hold meetings all the time, conferences where they discuss problems and set goals.

Roslyn is legendary for its charitable giving, and now, the young people of the village are being asked to come together for their own meeting on how to contribute to the Sheldon A. Sinett Basics Fund, an organization that assists in numerous social service programs.

On Sunday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m., Roslyn resident Adam Liebowitz will chair a Children’s Auction Committee pizza luncheon at the Sid Jacobson JCC. The purpose is to learn more about the committee and what it can do for those same causes. Those interested should RSVP to Adam at: auction@sjjcc.org.

The money raised at the event, as noted, benefits the Sheldon A. Sinett Basics Fund, one designed to assist groundbreaking social service programs. Over the past six years, over 30 new programs have been funded, most of which are now self-sustaining and many of which are now model programs around the country.

The array of programs the fund assists with is impressive. It includes Camp Kehilla for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special needs, a new vocational training program and employment center for teens and young adults with special needs and a camp inclusion program for children with diabetes.

And that is not all. Also receiving funding is Shooting Stars, a basketball program for children and teens with special needs; SNAP, A special needs aquatics program; a Family Depot support group for families of individuals with special needs; the Let’s Do…Series support services for adults diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other neuro-degenerative disease; support groups helping families cope with life-altering events such as a cancer diagnosis, loss of a job, substance abuse, divorce or death of a loved one; music, art and pet therapy for individuals who have developmental delays, autism, speech delays, Down’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s and psychiatric disorders and, finally, a Friendship Circle program for people stricken with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other related dementia’s. Funding these and other programs has enabled Sheldon A. Sinett to assist people in need and the involvement of civic-minded young people can only make their endeavors even more successful.

For more information on the Nov. 16 luncheon, contact Bridgette Adair, development associate, Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center.
The JCC is at 300 Forest Drive, East Hills. Contact 516-484-1545, ext. 141, www.sjjcc.org.

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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.

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