Long Islanders Show Their Support For Michael Magro Foundation’s Annual Car Show
Amid sunny skies on a hot, summer evening during a pandemic, the Long Island community came out to show its support for the Michael Magro Foundation(MMF). The August 24th event, held at Cold Spring Country Club, featured more than eighty cars – classics, exotics, and other unique vehicles on display for the evening’s crowd. Chaired by Tom Galati and Larry Ruisi, the event was held to support Michael Magro Foundation’s programs, all of which support local families with a child battling pediatric cancer. In addition to the Mustang and Ferrari Exotic Car Clubs, each of which threw their support to the Foundation, the New York Islanders were on hand with give-away items for the attendees.
“I am blown away, once again, by the outpouring of support from so many different car clubs and car enthusiasts showing up to support the Michael Magro Foundation Annual Car Show,” said Galati when asked about the turnout amid the pandemic. He went on to say, “We were so fortunate to have a ton of beautiful cars on display, including some really rare American Muscle cars and exotics. These are challenging times, but Long Islanders show up. I can’t wait to see you all next year!”
Ruisi, a long-time car enthusiast, was effusive with his praise for all of those who came out to support the Foundation and see the remarkable vehicles on display. “I want to thank my friends who attended and generously gifted their time and money to this wonderful cause. I would also like to thank all of the event sponsors and vendors for their continued support. And special thanks to all of the friends and families who volunteered to make this event a huge success. Every dollar raised makes a real difference in the lives of the families supported by Michael Magro Foundation.”
Michael Magro Foundation offers its profound gratitude to this year’s sponsors: AI Media Group, Allstate Zubin Agency, Garage 224, National Crime Scene Cleanup, Personal Touch Car Wash, SQ4D, and Vanderbilt Financial Group. Our thanks, too, to food sponsors and vendors Dolce & Gelato, Long Island Wine & Cheese Experience, and Roadside Kitchen, as well as media sponsor 102.3 WBAB. Special thanks to Designs by Chris for the MMF auto-themed face masks, designed and made just for this event, as well as Alex Wolf of Concierge Photography of Long Island for the drone who donated his time and talent for the drone photos and photography donated for the evening. Lastly, MMF offers its thanks to the donors who provided raffle items for the evening and the volunteers whose efforts made the event possible.
The event has raised over $8500 for the Michael Magro Foundation programs, shy of the $10,000 goal. The link for the event remains open for those unable to join the fun due to COVID-19. For those wishing to support the event, please visit: https://michaelmagrofoundation.com/product-category/donation/
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.