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Long Island Charity Hosts Fundraiser
By
Evelyn J. Mocbeichel

The sprawling lawn of Montauk's Suffolk County Park Third House Museum was the site for the Long Island Communities of Practice (LICoP) first annual barbeque and picnic. This wonderful organization's mission is to "enhance the quality of life for individuals with all disabilities, disadvantaged youth and their families through the utilization of a unique forum, a "community of practice.  All stakeholders come together around a shared vision, addressing family education, recreation and support needs."  Over 200 guests attended this sumptuous fest that consisted of lobster, shrimp, grilled fish, pasta, salads and burgers, ribs and hotdogs. The food was generously donated by local restaurants and stores, said Programs Director, Lisa Carlesco.

In her welcoming remarks, President/Founder Helen Fallon talked about making children with disabilities "feel good about themselves".  LICoP is trying to expand from Long Island to state to national in its recognition and growth.  So far this year over 30 events for the children have been held that include bowling, kayaking, and attending movies. 

There were two musical groups playing for the guests listening and dancing pleasure as well as raffle drawings with prizes donated by area restaurants, hotels and shops.  To find out more about LICoP call (631) 668-4858, FAX 631 668-6079 or visit www.LICoP.org  or infor@LICoP.org  The organization welcomes all inquiries and requests to be part of their worthwhile causes.

 
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