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Moonjumpers

Charitable Foundation, Inc.


July 14, 2014

NEWS

R. Benson

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Moonjumpers Charitable Foundation takes its mission seriously. The organization supports initiatives designed to improve the quality of life of children and families, injured war veterans and others in needs. The group recently raised thousands of dollars to send needy local youth to the Huntington YMCA's summer camp and donated another $3,000 to Tri-CYA to purchase computers for use in after school programs.

Moonjumpers hosted "An Evening for the YMCA" at the Cinema Arts Centre. There was soothing entertainment by Valerie Sauer and Jeff Mucciolo, delectable foods and eye-popping raffles along with a rare showing on the big screen of National Lampoon's 1983 cult classic "Vacation."

All the proceeds from the event were donated to the Huntington YMCA and earmarked for providing summer camp sessions to boys and girls in the community who would not otherwise be able to afford such an experience.

A large crowd turned out at the Cinema Arts Centre for the fundraiser. "We were really gratified with the support we received from the community and local businesses," Moonjumpers President Robert Benson said. Kids love summer camp and because of the generosity of folks in this town, many more boys and girls will be able to have a great time at the YMCA this summer."

Moonjumpers has been a regular supporter of the Tri-CYA's programs, too. The group helped paint the interior of Tri-CYA's facility located in the Big H Shopping Center and has repeatedly donated computers, food and other items to the organization for use by the young people who flock to the site for homework help, tutoring, recreation and other activities.

"We are very happy to support the good work that Tri-CYA is doing in the community," Mr. Benson said. Moonjumpers also presented Tri-CYA with a gift basket that contained a certificate to attend the YMCA camp for free along with certificates to use the swimming pool and fitness facilities and various other YMCA items.

Moonjumpers also raised thousands of dollars at a fall fundraiser for the Jordan Kushnick College Fund. Mr. Kusnick is the son of Larry Kushnick, a Moonjumpers founder that passed away suddenly in June 2013. He was 51. A second contribution of $5,000 was made to Leadership Huntington to establish the Larry Kushnick-Moonjumpers Scholarship Fund. Leadership Huntington develops community leaders from all walks of life.

Last winter Moonjumpers spearheaded the collection of 200 brand new toys and additional funds to purchase more goods for the Family Service League and Tri-Community and Youth Agency's Project T.O.Y. (Treasures Our Youth) initiative. Moojumpers collaborated with Nicky's of Centerport for a special night that featured three sets of mind-blowing rock-and-roll by Peter Mazzeo & the Hit Squad, one of Long Island's top bands. Mr. Mazzeo was the founding president of Moonjumpers.

Mr. Benson said plans are taking shape for several future Moonjumpers' events. Information about the organization can be found on its website at www.moonjumpers.org.

Moonjumpers Charitable Foundation is a registered New York State non-profit and IRS approved 501(c) tax-exempt organization. It is comprised of local residents from many different walks of life. Members of the group have a similar interest in helping those in the community who need it most.

We are very happy to support the good work that Tri-CYA is doing in the community," Mr. Benson said. Moonjumpers also presented Tri-CYA with a gift basket that contained a certificate to attend the YMCA camp for free along with certificates to use the swimming pool and fitness facilities and various other YMCA items.