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(Manhasset, NY) March 16, 2016

– On Friday, March 4th, Manhasset residents Laura and Paul Petras and Kim and Jon Kaiman of Great Neck were honored at Adventures in Learning’s 6th Annual Wine and Tasting Soiree at the Village Club of Sands Point.  This annual fundraiser supports Adventures in Learning’s after school academic program for children in the Spinney Hill area of Manhasset and Great Neck.

Thanking Adventures for this distinctive honor, former North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman said, “Kim and I had a great time at this wonderful event, and we also congratulate Paul and Laura Petras.  So many people came out to support Adventures in Learning, a true testament to an organization that does important work really making a difference in the lives of children in our community.”

Paul and Laura Petras also thanked Adventures for this special honor, stating that “we are so grateful to be honored with Kim and Jon Kaiman at this year’s event and to celebrate the support, caring and compassion this community always offers.  We are truly blessed to be part of a close-knit town that comes together to enrich each other’s lives and to support each other in times of need.  We appreciate Adventures in Learning’s overwhelming support and its mission in our community from all of this special evening’s recipients.”

Diana Holden, Executive Director, noted that she was very pleased to hear comments, such as “The Wine Tasting is always the best event of the year.”  She continued, “The guests who attend the Wine Tasting are all such wonderful people, and they never want to miss this event because it is so different and special.”

As guests strolled leisurely through the Village Club’s elegant Mansion, they admired the magnificent décor provided by Debbie and Steve Boehl of Westhampton’s Honeysuckle and Roses.  While the terrific Meade Brothers played music in the Music Room, they also enjoyed delectable wine and tastings pairing, and had to the opportunity to pose in the ultra-cool photo booth.

Adventures’ guests were highly impressed with the multi-faceted artwork by Manhasset High School’s AP art students, remarking about the students’ originality, technique and talent.

Robert Keizer, an Adventures’ Alumnus, spoke about the important academic start and support given him by Adventures.  After receiving a Masters Degree in Education from Western Governors University, he was a Special Education Department Teacher’s Assistant at Manhasset’s secondary school for six and a half years where he was also Coordinator of the Middle School’s Bridge Program, an after school program based upon Adventures’ educational model.  Currently, he teaches 2nd grade at PS316 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and also coordinates their afterschool health and fitness club called KeizerFit.

Adventures’ Executive Director, Diana Holden, thanked one and all, noting the high attendance.  In addition, she said that Adventures had a wonderful surprise this year receiving a matching challenge grant from anonymous donors.

“On behalf of everyone at Adventures, I thank everybody for this generosity,” she said.  “As we know, raising funds is not easy, but our community’s support and dedication is invaluable.  I would also like to mention that our goal-driven fundraising committee is a hardworking, dedicated, cohesive group of volunteers.  They are not only exceptional, but unique, as is Adventures’ incredible staff.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you one and all. See you next year!”

Founded 46 years ago, Adventures in Learning is an after-school education and enrichment program, located at the Hagedorn Community Center at the Great Neck/Manhasset EOC building at 65 High Street, Manhasset, dedicated to improving the lives of children in Manhasset and Great Neck in need of after school care and instruction.

For further information, contact: Diana Holden: 516-318-1345 or Eleanor Lange: 516-627-1818

(Manhasset, NY) April 16, 2015

On Friday, March 27th, Margo and Roger Coleman of Plandome and Manhasset residents Elliot and Lori Fleishhacker were honored at Adventures in Learning’s 5th Annual Wine and Tasting Soirée at the Village Club of Sands Point.  

This annual fundraiser supports Adventures’ after school academic program for children in the Spinney Hill area of Manhasset and Great Neck. 

As guests strolled from room to room through the magnificent décor provided by Debbie and Steve Boehl of Westhampton’s Honeysuckle and Roses, they not only sampled the delicious wine and tastings pairings, but also had delightful fun posing mockingly in the photo booth, as well as enjoying the amazing exhibits on display.

One and all were astonished by the magnificent photographic portraits exhibited by Deborah Feingold of Manhasset.  She is internationally known for her famous portraits of President Barack Obama, actress Sarah Jessica parker, the late poet Maya Angelou and many other celebrities.

Manhasset High School’s AP art students also showed their multi-faceted artwork.  Adventures’ supporters could be heard remarking about the students’ sophisticated level of creativity, technique and talent.

Two Adventures’ alumnae, sisters, also spoke about the life-changing impact that Adventures had on their lives.  They emphasized the significant academic start given them by the Adventures’ staff, especially since they came from a non-English-speaking household.  The teachers fostered their love for reading and scouting, too.

Adventures’ Executive Director Diana Holden thanked everyone for coming.  She also noted that this year’s soirée grossed significantly above its target.  Ms. Holden said that Adventures had a wonderful surprise this year with the addition of two noteworthy private donations.

“On behalf of everyone at Adventures, I don’t know where to begin thanking everybody for their generosity,” she said. “As we know, raising funds is not easy, but our community’s support and dedication is invaluable.  I would also like to mention that our goal-driven fundraising committee is a hardworking, dedicated, cohesive group of volunteers.  They are not only exceptional, but unique, as is Adventures’ incredible staff.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all.”

Founded 45 years ago, Adventures in Learning is an after-school education and enrichment program, located in the Hagedorn Community Center at the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC building, 65 High Street, Manhasset, dedicated to improving the lives of children in Manhasset and Great Neck in need of after school care and instruction.
 

For further information, contact: Diana Holden: 516-318-1345 or Eleanor Lange: 516-627-1818

(Manhasset, NY) June 15,2015

Adventures in Learning celebrated the end of the school year with a rousing visit at the EOC gym from Town of North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, Town Clerk Wayne Wink and Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman.  They presented certificates of recognition to this year’s 22 high school volunteers honoring their outstanding accomplishments for and contributions to Adventures.  These Manhasset and Great Neck high school volunteers created a myriad of exciting and remarkable projects throughout the year.  

Among those volunteers recognized were two Manhasset Girl Scouts whose projects were part of their Girl Scout Gold Awards.  Stephanie Palma’s project was entitled, “The Power of Dance in Easy Steps”.  She created a dance program to encourage children to become more physically active.  Girl Scout Regan Lavin, whose Gold Award project was the development of weekly science workshops for third and fourth grade students, also coordinated with the Science Museum to bring its programs to Adventures on Fridays. Alec Wadhwani, another Manhasset student, taught students karate once per week.

The volunteers enthusiastically accepted their certificates from the public officials to rousing cheers from Adventures’ students, staff, parents and guests.  Afterwards, they munched on hamburgers and hot dogs that were flipped by Manhasset Master Chef Kurt Kiess and served by many Adventures’ board members.  

Diana Holden, Adventures in Learning’s Executive Director, offered her thanks. “First of all, I wish to thank Councilwoman Kaplan, Town Clerk Wink and Receiver Berman for attending our Volunteer Recognition Ceremony today.  I would also like to show my appreciation for our fabulous volunteers who take time out of their busy schedules to mentor and help our students.  Each one gives something unique to our program, enriching our students’ lives.  The gleeful student’s faces were the absolute highlight of our party. They had so much fun, thanks to our staff and our committed board of directors who truly are the most loving, giving board an organization can have!  We really have the cream of the crop when it comes to people involved with our organization.  I can't believe how wonderful everyone is!  Again, thank you!”

Councilwoman Anna Kaplan urged the students to “dream big, work hard, and make your dreams come true,” while Councilman Wink commented, “When you are older, I encourage you to give back to Adventures as a volunteer. Thanks to each of you for your hard work.  After all, you are the ones who have made the daily effort and commitment.”  Receiver Charles Berman. .

 
Founded 45 years ago in 1969 by the Congregational Church in Manhasset, Adventures in Learning is an after-school education and enrichment program, located in the Hagedorn Community Center at the Great Neck/Manhasset EOC building at 65 High Street, Manhasset, dedicated to improving the lives of children in Manhasset and Great Neck in need of after school care and instruction.
 

For further information, contact: Diana Holden: 516-318-1345 or Eleanor Lange: 516-627-1818

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