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Cars and Community Turn Out for Michael Magro Foundation Car Show

Severe, but passing storms couldn’t keep car aficionados or supporters of the Michael Magro Foundation from the annual Car Show on August 19th benefiting children with cancer and their families. The event, now in its new home at Cold Spring Country Club, had nearly 150 exotic and classic cars on display for the members of the community that came to support the beloved, local nonprofit organization. Event chairs, Larry Ruisi and Tom Galati, were delighted to see the steadfast support from both car owners and spectators – even in the face of inclement weather. “The love and respect for the work of the Michael Magro Foundation is clear.” said Ruisi. He went on to say, “We are grateful to the LI Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America, Club 3C, and the Mustang Club, as well as members of other clubs that came out to show their support. We are hopeful that car clubs all along Long Island will come out for the 2020 event so this event can continue to grow.” They noted that the combination of coming together as friends and car aficionados while benefitting children with cancer or other catastrophic illnesses is bringing together the best of both worlds.

Food and ice cream trucks were on hand for the event, as were face painters for the youngest attendees. One thing was certain – people stayed and had a great time. At the end of the evening, funds were raised for Michael Magro Foundation programs and new people were made aware of the mission.

The 2019 car show was presented by AllState. Sponsors for the event include: 3C: Cars, Community Caring, AI Media Group, Dream Ride Experience, Garage 224, Hometown Foundation, Long Island Detailers, Martino Auto Concepts, Perfect Choice Staffing, Personal Touch Car Wash, Prestige Worldwide Industries, S-Squared 3D Printers, Vanderbilt Financial Group, Vintage Auto Body, and X Rack.

Information on the 2020 event will be available on the organization’s website shortly.

Michael Magro Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Paul and Terrie Magro to honor the life of their son Michael, who passed away from leukemia at the age of 13. The Foundation works with the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Cancer Division, and other Winthrop and Stony Brook pediatric specialties where treatment of chronic diseases is ongoing, as well as with the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Southwest Florida. The core programs offered are: Life Essentials [helping families struggling financially during their child’s treatment with non-medical expenses]; Project SOAR [providing support for childhood cancer patients, families, students and teachers when the patient returns to school following long illnesses]; and Bonding With Baby [helping siblings of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) communicate and bond]. In partnership with The Spencer Foundation, the organization has added Operation Playcation, an initiative to provide inpatient pediatric hospital patients with Playstation 4 units and an array of gaming choices.

For more information on the Michael Magro Foundation, or to make a contribution, visit www.michaelmagrofoundation.org or email info@michaelmagrofoundation.org.

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