Suffolk Legislators Susan A. Berland and Tom Donnelly came together recently to recognize three local students for their efforts in volunteerism and fundraising efforts with not-for-profit KiDS NEED MoRE.
Emily Sullivan of Half Hollow Hills High School West, Gianna Tantillo of Half Hollow Hills High School East and Julia Johnson of Saint Anthony’s High School raised over $6,000 for the Amityville-based organization that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, families and young adults coping with cancer and life-threatening illnesses.
Last year the three girls held their inaugural “Fit for a Cause Fundraiser,” running a sold out TRX/Cycling class at a local gym that raised $2,200 for KiDS NEED MoRE. This year’s “Fit for a Cause” event was a kickboxing class at a local gym and nearly doubled last year’s proceeds, raising $4,350.
“It is always an honor to recognize young people in our community who are doing amazing things for others,” Berland said. “Emily, Gianna and Julia’s incredible efforts will benefit children and young adults who are coping with cancer and other illnesses and their contribution to our community is laudable and deserving of praise.”
“In raising an astonishing $4,350 through their innovative ‘Fit for a Cause’ fundraiser, Emily, Gianna and Julia are inspiring examples of how a desire to give back, combined with the willingness to work hard to achieve that, can make a huge difference in others’ lives,” Donnelly said.