Kids Party for A Cure
Family fun was had by all at the 9th Annual Kids Party for a Cure. The event brought 425 guests together from all over Long Island at Dave and Buster’s at the Mall at The Source in Westbury on Sunday, March 25, 2012 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm to benefit the DRI. The Kids Party raised $90,000 for research to find a cure for diabetes.
The Kids Party Co-chairs and committee members were pleased to welcome very special guest Jake T. Austin. Jake donated $2,500 to the DRI and was on hand to take photos with the children and autograph photos, Teddy Bears and cell phones for his fans! Jake played the role of ‘Max Russo,’ the youngest wizard on The Disney Channel’s Emmy Award winning series, “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Whether appearing on TV/film or lending his voice to animated characters, Jake T. Austin is a multitalented actor who has showcased his talent across the board in the entertainment industry. Jake is also one of the star's in "New Year's Eve"!
Kids and parents alike were busy from the second they arrived – playing video and arcade games and jumping on inflatables, bowling, playing pool and more. Amidst the revelry, attendees enjoyed a wide selection of food and beverages to please all palates. Participants purchased sweepstakes tickets, bid on exciting items offered in the silent auction and all kids received goody bags on their way out the door.
Leading the event were Kid’s Party Co-chairs René Checchia and Frankie Lam. "Each and every year the Kid’s Party exceeds our every expectation, and each year we see more and new friendly faces. We couldn't be happier with our specaial guest Jake T. Austin. He is a wonderful and giving young man. His compassion for children with type 1 diabetes and to finding a cure is to be commended," said Rene`.
Our goal has always been to get people involved and engage them in the fight to find a cure. The Kid’s Party does that by combining fun and a very important message of hope and support for diabetes research,” said Frankie.
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors
Debra & John Carrion • Finaly General Contractors - Edward & Laura Pitre
Super Shot Sponsors
ACC Construction • Alliance Building Services • Kim & Chris Cesario • The Donaldson Organization • Chief Ray Downey Family • The Frisoni Family • Roberta & Larry Helfant & Family • The Lostritto Family • Joseph & Rosemarie Lucatorto • Michael Rodriguez •
The Silverman Family • Robert Silvestri •
Arpielle Equipment Co. • JLJ Enterprises • James Marrone • Joseph Sano & St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters
Dance Dance Revolution Sponsors
Crestwood Country Day School • Ferran Enterprises Inc. • The Fruchtman Family • The Gonzalez Family • The Horowitz Family •
Joyce & Bob Jonap • Medtronic Diabetes • Melrose Credit Union • The Saunders Family • Paul & Dawn Spano and Family •
Joan & Leonard Weisbrot • The Weisbrot Family • Wild Maney & Resnick LLP
Joe Marzo Photography
Kids Party for A Cure Co-chairs
Rene` Checcia • Frankie Lam
Francine & Richard Banyon • Julie & Richard Blau • Sheri Donaldson • Iris Feldman • Elizabeth & Rob Frisoni • Michelle Geller •
Cathy Gonzalez • Jenn & Ben Hatz • Paula Juliano • Melissa Levine • Ronda Maultasch • Allison Parks • Margaret Pellizzari •
Marla Resnick • Ann Seligson • Tracy & Rob Silverman • Steve Weisbrot • Jacqueline Yu •
Photos by Joe Marzo Photography
LtoR: DRIF LI Region Chairman of the Board Allan L. Pashcow with event
Co-chairs Rene` Checchia and Frankie Lam receiving check from teen star Jake T. Austin.
LtoR: Matthew Donaldson, Grace Checchia and Jared Lam present award of appreciation to Jake T. Austin(holding award).
Lots of fun had by all!
Jake T. Austin with Kids Party for a Cure fans.
The Frisoni Family waiting to meet Jake!
So much to choose from!
I won, I won!
Something for everyone!