March 22, 2013

Bulldogs to Take Part in Hurricane Sandy Benefit Game Apr. 13 on Long Island

Game Will Raise Funds for Oceanside Community Service

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team will take part in a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief when the Bulldogs take on Columbia in an Ivy League game on Saturday, Apr. 13 at 3:00 p.m. at Oceanside (N.Y.) High School. The game is part of the "Lax Loves LI" event, and organizers hope to raise $75,000 to benefit Oceanside Community Service (OCS). To date, OCS has raised and distributed more than $100,000 to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Island Harvest will also participate in the event.

Tickets for the game will be available at the site, with a suggested minimum donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students. The day also includes an NCAA Division II game featuring Molloy and Southern New Hampshire at 11:00 a.m., with entertainment in between games. There will also be a barbecue, a lacrosse scrimmage and clinics for elementary school-aged girls, music by popular Long Island bands Mystic and Permission to Launch, a U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard and giveaways for people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Oct. 29, 2012. It resulted in more than 130 deaths on the U.S. mainland and 305,000 housing units damaged or destroyed in New York, according to the New York Times. Its estimated cost in New York and New Jersey is $71 billion according to the Times. The Apr. 13 event will benefit those in the hard-hit south shore Long Island towns of Oceanside, Island Park, Long Beach and other surrounding areas.

There are 13 players from New York on Yale's roster, including senior defender Adrianna Amendola (Manorville, N.Y.), sophomore midfielder Cathryn Avallone (Manhasset, N.Y.), freshman midfielder Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.), junior attacker Jen DeVito (Wading River, N.Y.), sophomore attacker Kerri Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.), sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson (Northport, N.Y.), junior goalkeeper Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.), sophomore goalkeeper Erin Mullins (Garden City, N.Y.), freshman defender Courtney Reilly (Manhasset, N.Y.), senior attacker Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.), freshman midfielder Kelly Anne Sherlock (Huntington, N.Y.), junior defender Katherine Sherrill (New York, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Tori Virtue (Rye, N.Y.).

OCS was organized in 1949 to act as a coordinating agency and clearinghouse for the needy of Oceanside. In addition to relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, the organization's volunteers also assist other families in need of clothing, food or fuel; visit the aged and homebound to determine their needs; supply food to local pantries; secure medical equipment and assistance for those in need of medical treatment; direct families and individuals to proper agencies for legal and family counseling; sponsor holiday programs; act as liaisons to many county agencies; and publish a yearly Community Organization Directory. 

Island Harvest is the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island. Its volunteers and staff "rescue," or collect, good surplus food from more than 800 local restaurants, caterers, farms and other food-related businesses and distribute it to a network of close to 570 soup kitchens, food pantries and other places where those in need can access it. Island Harvest also conducts educational programs to increase hunger awareness and inform the public how they can get involved in the organization's mission to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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