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(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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