MHS charities make a difference in our community

An evening at “the beach”: Students sit on beach towels and enjoy the local tunes.

This year, MHS has kept with its tradition of hosting various successful fundraisers for students.

Through both traditional and new fundraisers along with daily events, the school is more active than ever with chances to give back to various causes.

Each fundraising event has captured the spirit and diverse talents of MHS students.

Catch-A-Wave, which was organized this year by senior Austin Nudelman, was the first benefit concert to showcase this talent.

Adopting a summer theme, students at MHS transformed the main hallway into a boardwalk of all different kinds of foods and activities to raise money for cancer patients at the Winthrop University Hospital. Culminating in an end of the night concert in the gymnasium, the crowd listened to different varieties of music from students and local bands.  

While successful in raising awareness for patients with cancer, Catch A Wave received a considerable wave of profit, over $3,500 from those who attended, in spite of unfortunate weather conditions.  

Another benefit concert at Massapequa High School this school year was 5 Alive, which was hosted by ECHO Club.

“5 Alive benefited the community by raising awareness, and $3,000 in funding for children with cancer, as well as building partnerships with the Massapequa Hall of Fame, the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce, and Supervisor Joseph Saladino to help ECHO make a significant impact to our community over the long term,” Advisor of ECHO Club Mr. Hempel said

Some performers at 5 Alive were the same as Catch A Wave, and its proceeds went towards the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital as well. It is the largest outpatient facility in Nassau County that treats children with cancer and blood disorders.

Spectators enjoyed covers of popular songs like “Riptide” as well as some original songs written by students. AP Art students hosted a raffle and painted henna tattoos.

Aside from the benefit concerts, Chiefs Challenge hosted a basketball tournament called Hoops For Hope. $3000 was raised and it is going towards the Jacob Brice Memorial Scholarship Fund. Financial awards are granted to seniors through this fund.

“Hoops For Hope is a great way to remember a very special young man who was taken from this world too early, and Chiefs Challenge is honored to remember him in this way,” Chief’s Challenge advisor Mrs. Joanne Waters said

“It’s a fun event where everyone can get together and enjoy the two things Jake loved most, basketball and pizza, while raising $3000 for a great cause in his memory,” Vice President of the Chiefs Challenge club Lauren Glaser said.

In addition to this, a host of bake sales for various causes have been hosted in the main lobby throughout the course of the school year.

Whether it be for a sports team or for a club, bake sales can be found almost everyday in the lobby outside of the gym.

“Bake sales were beneficial in sending our guys to meets,” junior track team member Will Kleemann said. These bake sales not only go towards purchasing sports equipment, but also act as many entry fees for club competitions, sports meets, and games.

With a host of different fundraising events such as this, it is evident that the community offers a wide variety of opportunities for supporting important causes in interesting ways. Looking towards a seemingly bright future, MHS will continue to give back to the community.

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