GCHS Steps Up for Another Great CAUSE

More than 1,000 people gathered at Glen Cove High School on April 7, 2013 to help out young Nicholas Pedone, a seven-year-old Glen Cove boy who was diagnosed with the children’s cancer Nueroblastoma back in November. Thanks to many dedicated runners and walkers, as well as 36 influential students from GCHS’s CAUSE club, the Nicholas Pedone 5K Run/Walk raised more than $20,000 to help the Glen Gove youngster in his fight against the disease.

Earlier in the school year, GCHS head custodian Ralph DiMaggio approached CAUSE teacher Susan Poulos about taking up his nephew Nicholas’ ‘cause.’ Nicholas’ older cousin, Anthony Famiglietti, is also enrolled in the CAUSE (Community Action Using Student Empowerment) club, in which students participate and/or organize various fundraisers to benefit non-profit organizations that touch their hearts. As a result, the class was inspired to help coordinate the 5K event. Anthony, his mother Theresa and uncle Joe Greco performed much of the legwork, arranging meetings with the Mayor’s office to secure auxiliary police, EMS, street closure and all proper permits. They also contacted Finish Line Road Race Technicians to create, time and help plan the details of the day which included registration, creating the course, appropriate water stations and snacks for the runners and a children’s “fun run.”

Several CAUSE students and good friends of Anthony stepped up to help, including GCHS Student Senate member Paolo Cuelho, who attended many meetings with Anthony, including one with Land Rover of Glen Cove which resulted in a sponsorship of $2500. The event would not have run smoothly without Paolo and the tremendous support of students Lorenzo Sfoggia, Kayla Basile, Will Kasar, Gabby Erammarino, Stephanie Kasuto, and Antwan Brown, who made phone calls, held meetings, organized registrations, created an excel spreadsheets of all registrants, and picked up bananas and water bottles, as well as some additional heavy lifting to help make the event a reality. Paulo also recruited his fellow GCHS Student Senate members to help the day of the run.

Jimmy Peck of Huntington took first place in the run with a time of 18:55. In a heartwarming gesture, Mr. Peck presented his first-place trophy to Nicholas.

“The event demonstrated the strong bond Glen Covers have for one another and its power to create positive change,” said Ms. Poulos. “I hope this event strengthens the mental, emotional and spiritual well being of all who were involved and touched!”

For more information on how you can help Nicholas, log onto his website at www.nicholaspedone.com.

To view GCTV’s coverage of the Nicholas Pedone 5K Run/Walk, please click below:
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Below are the names of CAUSE, Student Senate and Anthony’s friends that volunteered the day of the event.

CAUSE students
Anthony Famigletti
Paulo Cuelho
Stephanie Kasuto
Lorrenzo Sfoggia
Gabby Erammarino
Rebecca Morales
Kayla Basile
Joe Rivera
Daniele Pilla
Cristina Facciolo
Danny Betabeurt
Tia Henderson
Lauren Montefusco
Gabby Papa
Maria Pita
Jenna Decarlo
Tanisha Williams
Caterina Ienopoli
Nicole Abbodondolo
Essence Fowler

Student Senate
Briana Leon
Caroline Suozzi
Natalie Tenke
Michelle Melfi
Catherine Hatala
Andrew Gerin
Jenn Ingengo

Anthony’s Friends
Antwan Brown
Elsie Goodman – photographer and videographer
Will Kasar
DeJon Taylor
Samantha Bosworth
Max McCrindle
Nick Cavallone
Antonio Grasiozi
Assata Perkins