Holiday Party – December 15th, 2012

As we approach the holidays, many people and organizations come together to give hope and joy to families in need. On Saturday, December 15th, 2012 families that have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy were invited to attend a free holiday party at The Vanderbilt at South Beach. Invitations to the party were extended to storm victims who were registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Meeting Santa & Mrs.  Claus:  Sandy Victims get a chance to meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus before picking out toys and coats.

Sandy Victims get a chance to meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus before picking out toys and coats.

The Borough President James Molinaro’s Holiday Party was sponsored by the Staten Island Advance and The Siller Tunnel to Towers Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.  Partnering organizations included The Pirate Toy Fund of Rochester NY, Staten Island Yankees, New York Yankees, St. George Theatre, Adidas, Arbys, New York City Department of Park and Recreation, Susan E. Wagner High School, the Garden Factory, and Corrigan Moving Systems.

Staten Island Yankees President and General Manager, Jane Rogers says a few words alongside Borough President, James Molinaro and Pirate Toy Fund President, Otto Harnischfeger.

Staten Island Yankees President and General Manager, Jane Rogers says a few words alongside Borough President, James Molinaro and Pirate Toy Fund President, Otto Harnischfeger.

All items dispersed to the families were donated from all sponsoring and partnering parties. The items that were distributed were backpacks, binders, pencils, promotional items, clothing and toys in addition to Shop Rite gift cards.

The Pirate Toy Fund drove all the way from Rochester, NY to bring hundreds of donated toys to Sandy Victims.

The Pirate Toy Fund drove all the way from Rochester, NY to bring hundreds of donated toys to Sandy Victims.

The following quotes were provided via the Staten Island Advance

Frank Siller, on behalf of the Stephen Siller Foundation:

“Christmas is a time for kids,” said Siller Foundation chair Frank Siller. “At a time when so much was stripped away from these families, it’s important for them to be able to celebrate and put a little normalcy back in their lives.”

Storm Victim:

“It’s really great to be able to get together with other families who went through the same thing and partake,” said Dia Vukovic, the mother of three children ages 9 months to 7 years old, who were forced from their New Dorp home for three weeks in the wake of the killer storm.

Borough President, James Molinaro:

Kids make a party. It is important for them to realize that they have a lot of people around them who love them and who want them to have a joyous holiday.”

New York Yankees Chief Operating Officer, Lonn Trost:

“It is a privilege to support the efforts of the Staten Island Yankees as they reach out to those who suffered such profound loss as a result of Hurricane Sandy.”

“For many in Staten Island and throughout the New York metropolitan region, the sounds of holiday reverie have been replaced with the strains of recovery and rebuilding. While our hearts continue to go out to those facing hardships, we remain inspired by their fortitude and the generosity of volunteers who have come to their aid.”

“We are also proud that the Staten Island Yankees and their ownership, Nostalgic Partners, have taken such an active role in supporting the residents of their borough. In the truest sense of Yankees spirit, they have embraced those in need and treated the entire community as their extended family.”

Volunteers brought each family through the piles of donated toys to pick out their perfect holiday gift.

Volunteers brought each family through the piles of donated toys to pick out their perfect holiday gift.

Thanks to our extended family at the New York Yankees, they provided storm victims with backpacks loaded with schools supplies and New York Yankees memorabilia.

Thanks to our extended family at the New York Yankees, they provided storm victims with backpacks loaded with schools supplies and New York Yankees memorabilia.

FEMA registrants were all given coats thanks to donations by Adidas.

FEMA registrants were all given coats thanks to donations by Adidas.

Staten Island Yankees Staff was proud to be part of brining holiday cheer to Staten Island families that were affected by Sandy. Left to Right (bottom): Jane Rogers, Jillian Wright, Melissa Loughran, Kerry Haley, John DeLuca, Mike KatzLeft to Right (Top): Mike Rogers, Tim Holder, Kevin Ertel, Zach Johnston, Steve McCann, Joe Mola, Bobby Brown, Matt Gulino

Staten Island Yankees Staff was proud to be part of bringing holiday cheer to Staten Island families that were affected by Sandy.
Left to Right (bottom): Jane Rogers, Jillian Wright, Melissa Loughran, Kerry Haley, John DeLuca, Mike Katz
Left to Right (Top): Mike Rogers, Tim Holder, Kevin Ertel, Zach Johnston, Steve McCann, Joe Mola, Bobby Brown, Matt Gulino

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