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Fundraiser featuring art by girl with cerebral palsy to take place at LIC Flea

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Photos courtesy of TJ Hodges

Long Island City will be coming together this weekend to celebrate a day filled with art and mingling, all for a great cause.

New York City-based events company Revolver Productions and the nonprofit Roses for Linda, which aims to help families with travel and medical expenses, is presenting the Roses & Rosé Summer Fundraiser Event on July 18 at the LIC Flea & Food, located at 5-25 46th Ave.

The charity event, which will run from 1 to 6 p.m., will raise money and bring awareness to families that have terminally ill loved ones and cannot travel to make that final connection with them.

According to Sasha Perelman of Revolver Productions, with this event they are aiming to create an environment where young entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals can get together, mingle and socialize while “celebrating a beautiful cause.”

She also added that they have received support from many local businesses and artists that will be dedicating their time on Saturday.

“The experience we had putting all of this together is really inspiring and moving and makes me feel like what I’m doing as an entrepreneur and small business is really helping out,” Perelman said.

Funds raised during the event will go to Roses for Linda, which was founded in 2011 by TJ Hodges after losing his loved one, Linda, to cancer. Family members could not afford to travel to see her before she died.

The event will feature live art created on site by artist Lynx Alexander, canvas photography by Amy McMullen’s D’Arte Collection, live poetry by Jeffrey Berg, a comedy performance by The Melting Pot Variety Show, original art by Jamie Stang Ellis, and more.

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Along with these activities, the charity will also include an auction of artwork featuring pieces from 4-year-old Lily Drake from Illinois. Lily was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was born and even though there were questions if she would be able to move, the toddler has shown she has a talent.

Hodges first heard of Lily through friends on Facebook and later reached out to her family to help them with expenses through Roses for Linda. He personally bought some pieces, and when he was contacted about doing a charity event, he knew he had to reach out to Lily’s family to ask if she could paint a few pieces to auction out.

“It was absolutely inspiring to see what she goes through,” Hodges said. “To just see the videos of her smiling with her art, to know that it helps not just with her morale but her muscle tone, is really inspiring.”

Although Lily’s family initially asked for the proceeds to go to families being helped through the nonprofit, Hodges said that any money raised from Lily’s pieces will go back to her family as a birthday present for Lily, who turned 4 on July 14.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, click here.


Queens-based Nepali soccer team raises over $4K for earthquake relief

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Photo courtesy of the New York Nepalese Football Club

Soccer teams from near and far put on their cleats this weekend to raise money to help rebuild a school that was destroyed after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal last month, leaving more than 7,000 people dead.

Members of the New York Nepalese Football Club (NYNFC) held a “HELP NEPAL” soccer tournament at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City this Sunday where money was raised to continue the group’s efforts in the South Asian country.

After the earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, the crowd helped organize vigils in Jackson Heights and Times Square, and also collected thousands in funds.

“Wherever we go, everyone says we did a very good job and they appreciate our job,” said Pralay Rajbhandari, a player and member of the New York Nepalese Football Club. “Even in Nepal, everyone has come to know about our club.

A total of $4,023 was collected during the May 24 tournament, called the Nepal Relief Soccer Cup, which featured 10 soccer teams – with some from Connecticut and New Jersey – and over 250 audience members.

The funds will go toward rebuilding a school in Khale in the Sindupalchowk region of Nepal, and also providing stationary, bags and uniforms for almost 150 students.

“We thought with being a soccer club, if we do some kind of sporting event it will attract more youth to this cause which was very successful,” Rajbhandari said.

At the end of the tournament, NYNFC came out the winners and took home a trophy.

The group is still selling T-shirts for $15 and bands for $5 in order to continue raising funds for victims in Nepal. For more information, contact Rajbhandari at 347-891-9841.


Woodside nonprofit raises nearly $25K through online campaign for victims of Nepal earthquake

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Photo by Cristina Furlong

Even though they might be far from home, members of one Nepalese nonprofit in Woodside have raised almost $25,000 in donations to help family and loved ones left devastated after this weekend’s earthquake in Nepal.

The nonprofit Adhikaar, which means “rights” in Nepali, started an Indiegogo Life online campaign to raise funds to provide immediate relief for survivors of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake which has claimed over 4,600 lives.

Some members of the organization have lost family and friends after the earthquake, and they have heard news that victims are in need of food, tents, and more trained personnel to conduct rescue operations.

The campaign’s goal was set at $21,000 and the group surpassed that goal, raising $24,937 in just three days. Adhikaar has also raised $8,000 in cash donations with the number growing by the minute.

“It’s great to see so many people reach out to us and helping us during this time,” said Yangal, a program and administration assistant at Adhikaar, whose family lives Nepal. She added that it was difficult to contact her relatives for the first couple of days but now they call every day. 

People can still donate to the campaign by clicking here

All the funds collected by the nonprofit will be sent to volunteers who the organization has remained in contact with in both India and Nepal. The money will then be used to purchase the most basic and necessary resources victims need. 

Cash donations and checks, made out to Adhikaar and specified for the Nepal earthquake, are being accepted at the organization’s Woodside community center located at 71-07 Woodside Ave.

A candlelight vigil, with only electric candles, is scheduled to take place in Times Square on Friday from 8 to 10 p.m.


$24K raised at Jackson Heights candlelight vigil for Nepal earthquake victims

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Photos by Pralay Rajbhandari

Jackson Heights and the surrounding communities have come together to show the victims of this weekend’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal that they are not alone.

Members of the Queens Nepalese community and the New York Nepalese Football Club have begun a fundraising campaign to collect money that will buy necessary items for families left devastated after the earthquake hit the country on Saturday, claiming more than 3,200 lives.

“Whenever these things happen, we get together,” said Pralay Rajbhandari, a player and member of the New York Nepalese Football Club. “We are all united for this great cause.”

Rajbhandari, who has been living in Jackson Heights for eight years, has his whole family in Nepal and spent hours trying to contact them after the earthquake hit. He was finally able to contact his father and found out that his home in Nepal had partially collapsed and his family is currently staying at a shelter.

“It was heartbreaking,” Rajbhandari said. “After I heard the news I was trying to find [my family] but finally after a few hours I talked to my father. There is panic everywhere and the fear is still there. The whole country is in pain right now.”

Photo by Cristina Furlong

Photo by Cristina Furlong

On Sunday, close to a thousand people gathered in Jackson Heights to hold a candlelight vigil and pray for loved ones in Nepal. By the end of the day, $24,000 was collected.

“I was surprised. So many people came, so much support,” Rajbhandari said. “It was not only Nepalese people. All people donated generously and the figure is still going up.”

Councilman Daniel Dromm also attended the Sunday vigil to show his support.

“My heart goes out to the thousands of families who have lost someone in the catastrophic earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday,” Dromm said. “On Sunday, I joined many of my constituents in Diversity Plaza as a show of support for the earthquake victims. Many established organizations such as Adhikaar, the Red Cross and UNICEF need our support in the form of cash contributions. This is the best way to help right now.”

The organizers of Sunday’s vigil are currently still set up at Diversity Plaza, located at 73rd Street and 37th Road, and are accepting monetary donations as well as clothes or other items.

The president of the New York Nepalese Football Club, Wangla Lama, traveled to Nepal after the quake and is visiting shelters and writing down what people need.

Rajbhandari said that people in Nepal are in dire need of food, water, tents and blankets, and that any kind of donation would help. He also encourages people to donate to the Red Cross.

Photo by Cristina Furlong

Photo by Cristina Furlong

He added that some members of the club have also applied to head to Nepal to volunteer and are just waiting to get the permission to travel.

Assemblyman Francisco Moya, who represents parts of Jackson Heights, is also opening his office for any members of Queens’ Nepalese and South Asian communities who are in need of assistance.

“To New York’s Nepalese community, I send this message—the family of New York is behind you and we will support you in your time of need,” Moya said. “All of New York mourns with you in this moment of sadness.”

A candlelight vigil is expected to be held this Friday at 8 p.m. in Times Square. Anyone who is looking to donate or who has any questions on how they can help can contact Rajbhandari at 347-891-9841.


Volunteers wanted for Relay for Life events in Queens this spring

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Those looking to put their best feet forward in the fight against cancer are encouraged to join Relay for Life events scheduled across Queens in May and June.

The relays benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS) and include teams of volunteers from families, businesses, churches, synagogues, mosques, schools, civic associations and other groups walking or running laps around a course to raise funds for cancer research and treatment.

New York City played host to 27 Relay for Life events last year, raising more than $1.4 million combined, a goal the ACS hopes to eclipse in this year’s relay events.

“The Relay for Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action to finish the fight once and for all,” ACS Relay for Life Senior Manager Ben Messner said. “Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Each new team that registers brings us one step closer to saving more lives.”

Each Relay for Life kicks off with the “Survivors’ Lap,” as local cancer survivors take the first steps on the course, symbolizing their resiliency and strength. Once the survivors complete their circuit, the fundraising teams take the track; at least one member of each team must be on the track for the relay’s duration, into the night and following morning.

Team members camp out trackside and, when not on the course, get to rest and enjoy games, music and entertainment.

After nightfall, volunteers hold a luminaria lighting ceremony, when candles lining the course are lit in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who died of its complications.

The Relay for Life for the communities of Broad Channel, Breezy Point and the Rockaways takes place on Saturday, May 16, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning at the Broad Channel Athletic Club, located at 125 Cross Bay Blvd. For more information, contact Carol Palacio at 631-379-4924 or carol.palacio@cancer.org.

Bayside will hold its Relay for Life on Saturday, June 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning in Alley Pond Park. Those interested in participating can contact Marlene Medina at 646-318-7636 or marlene.medina@cancer.org for additional information.

One week later, the Howard Beach Relay for Life will kick off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, at Frank M. Charles Memorial Park, located on 165th Avenue near 83rd Street. To learn more, contact Meghan Neary at 631-300-3458 or meaghan.neary@cancer.org.

Lastly, the Middle Village Relay for Life will take place two weeks later on Saturday, June 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next morning at Juniper Valley Park’s Brennan Field, located off the corner of 71st Street and Lutheran Avenue. Contact Marlene Medina as the previously listed email and phone number.



Kiwanis koalas to ‘tie knot’ at ‘beary’ sweet Maspeth fundraiser

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Photo courtesy of J.P. DiTroia

Kiwanis Queens West is hosting a special “mascot wedding” fundraiser to support the Eliminate Project, which hopes to end maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) by providing immunization shots to mothers and infants in need. The fundraiser will take place at O’Neill’s Restaurant in Maspeth on Saturday, March 21.

“Our Kiwanis members of Queens West are fun-loving and have very big hearts,” said Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Queens West J.P. DiTroia. “We are hoping to draw 50 or more [attendees] since all the net proceeds will go to Project Eliminate to save babies.”

The theme of the evening’s fundraiser will be the wedding of the Kiwanis Queens West mascot, Kiwally the Kiwanian, and his girlfriend Kiwanna, both stuffed koala bear dolls.

There is a $65 donation that includes dinner and entertainment at the event, with all proceeds going to the Eliminate Project.

“I always set my goals high. If we raise $2,000 It would be great. But we would be happy with $1,000 as well,” DiTroia said of the fundraiser. “That would save 500 babies since it costs $2 to give a baby the shot for tetanus.”

Each year, an estimated 60,000 babies and a large number of women die from this disease. The disease causes the newborns to have repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.

“That’s what Kiwanis does with UNICEF, they get the babies the needed shot to protect them,” DiTroia said.

In order to stop MNT, over 100 million mothers and their children must be immunized. That will require vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, the services of skilled staff and much more.

To do this, “Kiwanis International has set a goal to raise $110 million in five years. We are in our fifth year and internationally, we…have raised over $72 million,” DiTroia explained. “In our New York State Kiwanis District we have raised over $1 million, and in my great district Queens West Kiwanis, of which I am the proud lieutenant governor, we have raised over $32,000, and that is in addition to all the other worthy projects that our 17 Kiwanis clubs perform for the communities that they live in.”

For more information on Project Eliminate, click here.


Sunnyside comedy group to hold fundraiser for LIC community farm

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Images courtesy of Sunnyside Comedy

A Sunnyside comedy organization is hoping laughter can help one Long Island City community farm grow.

Sunnyside Comedy, a group that brings stand-up comedy from throughout the city to Queens, is getting together with Long Island City urban community farm Smiling Hogshead Ranch, located at 26 Davis Ct.,  to put on a stand-up comedy fundraiser called “Funny by Nature” on March 27 at the Flux Factory located at 39-31 29th St. in LIC.

The event will serve as a benefit for Smiling Hogshead Ranch, as all proceeds from the show will go toward funding the farm’s infrastructure improvements, insurance and free programming in 2015.

“Smiling Hogshead Ranch helps cultivate community by gathering people around shared interests,” said Gil Lopez, co-founder of the Ranch. “Many of these interests are outside of gardening, and this comedy show is a perfect example. We hope to discover other common threads and encourage guests to explore the art on the gallery walls, our newly published zine ‘The Feed’ and talk to our members to learn more about what Smiling Hogshead Ranch is all about.”

The fundraiser, which starts at 8 p.m., will feature acts from a lineup of New York City comics, many of whom live in Queens and have appeared on late night shows such as “Conan,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and specials on Comedy Central.

The comedians taking part in the event are Ted Alexandro, Aparna Nancherla, Joyelle Johnson, Charles McBee, Harrison Greenbaum, Frank Liotti and Katherine Williams. The show will be hosted by Liz Magee.

The night will also feature themed raffles and prizes, and refreshments from city craft breweries.

“The whole point of Sunnyside Comedy is to bring laughs and promote all that’s wonderful in western Queens,” said Colin Anton Samuel, who co-founded Sunnyside Comedy with Lindsay Goldwert. “This fundraiser is the perfect embodiment of everything Lindsay and I want to do.”

Tickets for the show are $20 online at www.SunnysideComedy.nyc or funnybynature.brownpapertickets.com and $25 at the door, which opens at 7:30 p.m. on March 27.


Woodside fundraiser to help 4-year-old boy with leukemia

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Photos courtesy of Victoria Panos

Over a year ago, Lauren and Joseph Williams heard four words that changed their lives: “Your son has cancer.”

Now, as the parents struggle to remain strong for their 4-year-old son battling leukemia in a California hospital, they are getting much-needed support from friends back home in Queens.

Benjamin Williams, one of five children, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2013 after visiting the doctor for a regular checkup. At the time, his mother, Lauren, was pregnant with her fifth son.

Although the Williams family moved out of New York before Ben was born, and are now residing in San Diego, California, as Ben receives treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital, they are still feeling the love from the Big Apple.

Benjamin Williams

Benjamin Williams

Victoria Panos, of Woodside, has been friends with Ben’s mother, a Jackson Heights native, since they were children, and she knew she had to do what she could to help out the family.

Panos is organizing a fundraiser for the family on Feb. 28 at the Big Six Towers shopping center, located at 60-10 Queens Blvd. in Woodside, to raise money to help with any medical expenses.

Along with supporting the Williams family, Panos said the fundraiser also aims to raise awareness to the topic of childhood cancer.

“No one really hears about [childhood cancer],” said Panos, who is also Ben’s godmother. “I want to bring it to light and I want to help out Ben and his family because it is really rough with having a child that is sick and had to go through all that treatment. Raising awareness is my main goal, other than helping out my friend.”

Panos added that many people are not aware the leukemia awareness ribbon is orange, and the ribbon for childhood cancer awareness is gold.

“You don’t really understand what it is until it hits close to home,” Panos said. “I just need people to know that it is real. It does happen. Cancer doesn’t discriminate.”

After a previous fundraiser was held for Ben, Panos said Lauren was in tears knowing that the family was receiving support from loved ones. The idea of this current fundraiser was kept a surprise to the family until recently because Panos did not want them to worry about any details or organizing it.

Benjamin Williams (far right), 4, with his brothers, parents and grandmother.

Benjamin Williams (far right), 4, with his brothers, parents and grandmother.

“It’s super humbling. I really don’t have any words,” Lauren said a day after finding out about the fundraiser. “When you’re in a situation like this, anything helps. It’s wonderful. I can’t be thankful enough.”

Even with facing the struggles of fighting leukemia, Panos said the family has stayed positive through it all, including Ben.

“His older brothers are always helping out, whatever Ben wants he gets,” Panos added.

The fundraiser, also being organized by the Towers Play N Learn Center at 60-10A 47th Ave., will feature a bake sale, raffles, face painting by local artist The Cheeky Chipmunk and Brooklyn-based artist Onalee Rivera, and other activities.

“Even though the benefit is going to be a fun time, I want people to realize that they are there for something that is so devastating,” Panos said. “’Your child has cancer.’ Those four words can change your life in three seconds.”

Ben’s fundraiser is on Feb. 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. Updates on Ben’s battle with leukemia are on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamBen2010.


Online fundraisers set up to help Astoria roommates after fire destroys home

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Photos by Duncan Pflaster

In less than half an hour Andrew Rothkin, Kim Jones and Duncan Pflaster lost the place they have called home for more than five years after a fire ripped through their Astoria apartment early Wednesday afternoon.

Pflaster, an administrative assistant and also a playwright and photographer, said he received a call from Jones at around 1 p.m. Wednesday telling him he needed to come home because as she was out running errands their 35th Street apartment had been engulfed in flames.

Their roommate, Rothkin, had been home alone and his space heater caught on fire, Pflaster said. Rothkin was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with severe second- and third-degree burns and smoke inhalation, but was released Friday and will recuperate with his family in Baltimore.

According to the FDNY, a call for the fire was received at 10:48 a.m. and about 60 firefighters arrived at the two-story home with the fire at the rear of the first floor. The blaze was under control at 11:20 a.m. One firefighter sustained minor injuries.

“When I saw the mess, the state of everything, it was just this horrible sinking feeling. When I was allowed to go up and see, it was just terrible,” Pflaster said about what he saw once he got home.

According to Pflaster, the apartment is destroyed, and every window had to be broken by the FDNY. There are holes in the ceilings and walls, and Rothkin’s room was “gutted,” causing him to lose everything — even his cat, Pepper.

“I think I was in shock for a bit. A lot of it was strangely beautiful: holes in the ceiling give a lovely light,” Pflaster said. “There was a lot of just standing around not knowing how to even begin to clean up.”

Yet, even in these tough times a light has shone through the darkness for the three roommates from online fundraisers, started by friends, that have raised thousands in just one day.

Three separate accounts have been created on gofundme.com for Rothkin, Jones and Pflaster to help them recover from the fire and also raise enough money to sign a lease on a new apartment. In total the fundraisers have raised more than $25,000 since Friday.

“It is just wonderful. People have been so generous. People I haven’t seen in years, people I think didn’t really like me, everyone has done what they can,” Pflaster said. “It’s incredibly moving and I keep tearing up when I think of so many people who have helped out.”

Pflaster, who was able to recover some clothes and other items, is staying with friends in Astoria until he finds a new place. He also said he has had offers of furniture, clothes and gift cards.

When asked what he would tell all those who have been helping them out during this time, Pflater said, “Thank you so much. It’s been such a relief in this horrifying time. We all appreciate your support so much.”

To donate to the gofundme campaigns, visit www.gofundme.com/andrewrothkin, www.gofundme.com/jvt5oc or www.gofundme.com/jwpczs. A Facebook page has also been created for the friends.


Community comes together for Astoria boy with rare blood disorder

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Photos courtesy of Dana Naughton

What Dana Naughton and Jaime Santini first thought was just a virus in their son became every parent’s worst nightmare — a rare, life-threatening blood disorder. But, with the support of their local Astoria community, the parents have been able to find hope amid their grief.

Six-year-old Gabriel Santini Naughton was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare, life-threatening autoimmune blood disorder, in September after going through days of high fevers that started on his first day of school.

Early this year, Gabriel had also been sick but because he got better, his parents thought it was just a virus going around.

After being tested, doctors found that Gabriel had HLH and started him on chemotherapy. His body has been receptive to the treatment; however, doctors are waiting on results to see if the disorder is genetic or environmental.

If the disorder is environmental, then it could continue to be treated with chemotherapy or medication, but if it is genetic, Gabriel would need to receive a bone marrow transplant. Starting this week, doctors will begin to start looking for a match for Gabriel.

“He’s responding well. He’s just been amazing,” Naughton said about Gabriel’s energy through the treatment. “He’s been a trooper. He’s not crying about it, he has just been amazing.”

Before Gabriel’s diagnosis, his mother had given birth to his second sister and was on maternity leave from her job as an attorney for the city’s Administration for Children’s Services. In order to continue to care for Gabriel, Naughton is still on leave. Her husband, who is a professional chef, has also had to hold back from working full time.

“We had this system and it was supposed to work and this happened and it was impossible for us to have jobs, commitment when we have to take care of everyone,” Naughton said.

However, even though these past months have been tough on the family, they have felt an overwhelming support from the community that they have called home since 2001.

Gabriel with his parents and sisters.

Gabriel with his parents and sisters.

“There are times that I’ve wanted to break down and I am walking to the supermarket and I get a smile from a neighbor. It’s made me stronger to be able to take care of my son,” Naughton said. “It’s kept the ability to have some normal with the grief that comes with this.”

According to Naughton, neighbors have gone so far as to bring them food, help babysit and in one case help organize an upcoming fundraiser to help them with medical bills and other expenses.

One of the owners of The Quays, located at 45-02 30th Ave., Dee Flattery, and friends of the family, will be hosting a “Gabriel’s Fight” fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 7, at noon with live music, a magician and face painting for children.

Naughton says she passes the corner pub on the way to the Astoria Heights Playground, and the owners have watched her children grow up through the years.


“It’s just about love and compassion and seeing a family struggling and helping out, even with the little things. That’s made the biggest difference. Sometimes that’s all you need to take another breath and keep walking,” Naughton said. “We have never felt once that we were in this alone.”

Naughton has been keeping an online blog at posthope.org/gabriels-fight with updates on Gabriel’s treatment and also sharing photos of the family, including Gabriel’s sisters Juliette and Cecilia.

The family hopes that after dealing with the treatment and getting through this together, they can give back to the community that has helped them through the difficult time and also help other families going through the same situation.

“There are children that get through this. All I can do is be optimistic that we will be one of those families, and then we will spend time volunteering and help other families get through this,” Naughton said. “When we are out of this mess we want to give back and help families with the little things.”

To make a donation, visit posthope.org/gabriels-fight.


Fundraiser to help dog who was thrown from car

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Photo courtesy of Project Woodhaven

She was wrapped in a sleeping bag, thrown from a car in Glendale and left for dead.

Dasher, a young Rottweiler, had a bleak chance of survival when she was left at the intersection of Vermont and Cypress Avenue next to the Jackie Robinson Parkway on the night of Nov. 20, according to published reports.

But a quick response may have saved her life. She is currently seeking treatment at the New York City ASPCA but medical bills are racking up fast.

A firefighter at the scene decided that if Dasher survived he would adopt her.

To help the first responder pay for the medical bills, one local restaurant is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday.

Nier’s Tavern, located at 87-48 78th St. in Woodhaven, along with K9 Korral Inc. will be hosting the event from 5 to 9 p.m.

The event is called the “Let’s bring Dasher home fundraiser,” and a flyer is asking people to “Please come help this poor girl get better so she can get home.”

There will be food, raffles and entertainment throughout the night, and proceeds will help make sure Dasher finds her way home.

“We want to help get this dog a new home,” said Loycent Gordon, a firefighter and owner of Neir’s Tavern. “If we are not able to take care of pets that is a direct reflection of how we take care of each other.”


Anonymous donor gives Flushing Town Hall fundraiser challenge

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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An anonymous benefactor has given a proposal to Flushing Town Hall: If the arts center can raise $35,000 in donations by Feb. 28, 2015, the donor will match that amount, meaning that it could receive $70,000 in donations if the challenge is met.

Flushing Town Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek says they are excited to take on the challenge. “It’s not every day that an institutional supporter presents such an offer,” she said. “We’re confident that many of those people — from Queens and beyond — who have enjoyed Flushing Town Hall over the years will step up to the plate and pitch in.”

A member of Flushing Town Hall’s board of trustees served as a channel for the donor’s proposition. The undisclosed donor describes Flushing Town Hall as a hidden gem that will further shine through the generous donations of others. “I truly believe in this institution — and I hope that this challenge will motivate others to open their wallets and hearts, thereby enabling this gem to be brighter than ever, enriching the culture of this diverse community,” the anonymous donor said.

Donations to the “Challenge Grant” must be newly accepted or increased contributions time stamped from Sept. 8 until Feb 28. For more information about the grant or to make a donation, visit www.flushingtownhall.org/35challenge.


Funds being raised for burial services for 8-year-old boy killed in Fresh Meadows

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Jerry Kenmoe’s family

The community is coming together to collect donations to help pay for burial services for an 8-year-old boy who was killed in Fresh Meadows last month.

Jerry Kenmoe was found dead in his home on June 29 after his father, who has been charged with his murder, strangled him, according to officials.

Funds are being raised to help his mother pay for funeral services and to have her son’s remains brought back to Douala, Cameroon, her native country, for burial, according to Kathryn Como, whose son went to school with Jerry at P.S. 107, where he was a fourth-grader.

Donations will be collected on Saturday in front of the school, located at 167-02 45 Ave. in Flushing between, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Funds are also being accepted through the site crowdrise.com, and can be made here.





Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 51. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 41.

EVENT OF THE DAY: MicroChip Fundraiser to Benefit Sidewalk Angels

Camp Bow Wow of Queens in Long Island City is hosting a low-cost microchip fundraiser event on Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Haute Vet Clinic of Queens is providing the chips, available at a discount of 60 percent in an effort to get as many dogs chipped as possible. All of the proceeds from the event go to Sidewalk Angels pet foundation. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Transit union, MTA announce contract deal

Both sides have announced a tentative contract settlement with the union that represents about 38,000 subway and bus workers in New York City. Read more: NBC New York

Bill would raise state minimum wage to $15 for big businesses

New York’s large retailers and chain stores would be forced to share the wealth with their workers under a bill that would set a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Read more: New York Post 

Chuck Schumer rips Con Ed bill spike

The price of electricity is too darn high, says Sen. Chuck Schumer. Read more: New York Post

Pastors accuse Mayor de Blasio of lack of diversity in appointments

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Macy’s initiative to boost funds for two Queens parks

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This month, Macy’s shoppers can spend some green to keep Queens green.

Two parks in the borough — Cunningham and Queens Botanical Garden — have been selected for the major department store’s “Heart Your Park” fundraising initiative that raises money for upkeep and improvement projects.

More than 550 parks in the nation were chosen for the program.

From March 7 to March 31, customers can make donations at three Macy’s locations in Flushing, Douglaston and Queens Center Mall.

Macy’s will match the total up to $250,000 and give the proceeds to the city’s Parks Department.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Friends of Cunningham Park President Marc Haken. “We’re constantly improving the park.”

Haken said his parks support group, which is funded through City Council and state assembly grants, has spent at least $100,000 over the last few years to maintain the Fresh Meadows park.

The much-needed help from Macy’s would go toward cleaning up hiking trails and fixing many eroded parts of the park, Haken added.

“It’s like owning a house,” he said. “There’s always stuff to do, equipment to be purchased.”