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ADVENTURES IN LEARNING

65 High Street

Manhasset, NY 11030

516-365-7131

PRESS RELEASE

ADVENTURES IN LEARNING HOLDS ANNUAL FUND DRIVE

For further information, contact:

            Diana Holden: 516-767-2097, or

            Eleanor Lange:  516-627-1818

November 28, 2017 (Manhasset, NY) –  As the holiday spirit gains momentum, residents will be donating to various charitable organizations both locally and nationwide.  One of the most successful local nonprofits is Adventures in Learning.  During this festive season, Adventures continues its Annual Fund Drive. Donations are critical to its programs since their afterschool homework tutoring programs nurture 70 local Spinney Hill children who attend the Manhasset and Great Neck schools. Charitable donations are and have always been key to its success. 

Diana Holden, Executive Director of Adventures, noted that “with potential cutbacks in educational funding, we are now trying to build and secure a stronger financial base.  Our students thrive at Adventures, and local support and philanthropy make a huge difference.  As always, we are most grateful to the community and our supporters. During this holiday season, we would love to hear from you.”

Charitable contributions can be made via credit card or check.  For online donations, visit our website at www.adventures-in-learning.org.  Checks payable to “Adventures in Learning” may be sent to:  Adventures in Learning, PO Box 1054, Manhasset, NY 11030.

For further information, call Diana Holden at 516.365.7131 or email her at diana@adventures-in-learning.org.

Founded nearly 50 years ago by the Congregational Church in Manhasset, Adventures in Learning is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  It is an after-school education and enrichment program, located in the Hagedorn Community Center at the Manhasset/Great Neck 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 17, 2017

Michelle Cano
Michelle Cano

Michelle Cano, a student at Manhasset Middle School, has established herself as a major competitor at various Latin dance competitions.  With her dance teammates – Genelle, Stephanie, Melanie, Karen, Isabella, Gabriela, Sabina and Katherine – she recently won first place in the Salsa Junior Division at the World Salsa Summit 2017, one of the largest Latin dance competitions in the world.  It was held at the Miami Deauville Beach Resort Hotel on January 21st of this year.  Her team represented New York and the Mestizo Art Center, where she trains.

Medals keep piling up for Michelle and her teammates from one competition to the next.  It should be noted that not only is it their talent, but their dedication, practice and rehearsal that has made them so successful. Last October, Michelle and her team won first place in the Long Island Latin dance competition called “Fire in the Feet”.  While two years ago, Michelle and her team participated in the World Latin Dance Cup 2015/2016 and won first place in the World Champions of Salsa.

Michelle has been a student at Adventures in Learning, as well.  Diana Holden, Executive Director of Adventures, praised Michelle and her team.  “Everyone at Adventures is thrilled for Michelle.  There is no doubt that she is both an inspiring and magnificent representative of the Manhasset School District, Adventures, and, most especially, our community.  What an enormous accomplishment for Michelle and her team, and we send them our congratulations.  They certainly have earned a standing ovation! Bravo!”

Founded 48 years ago, 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 need of after-school care and instruction.

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

(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

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