Michelle O'Neill Foundation
P.O. Box 478
Long Beach, NY 11561

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The Michelle O'Neill Foundation

to Benefit Children with Cancer and Special Needs

Volleyball XXIII Annual Fundraiser - Laurelton Beach, NY

September 7, 2019

Dear Foundation Friends:

The Foundation just celebrated life at our 23rd annual fundraiser to benefit children with cancer and special needs.  I can say without any reservation that "IT WAS THE BEST EVENT EVER!"

Days prior to our weather-dependent volleyball tournament, we had our worries, but we were spared the effects of Hurricane Dorian and had an almost perfect weather day!  We like to say that the weather is Michelle's job, and she came through with "flying" colors.  The sun was shining, the breezes cool and the surf glorious! 

If you weren't able to attend, try to imagine the atmosphere of positive energy that spread across 3 ½ beaches populated with players and spectators enjoying the natural blessings of the beach and ocean under God's sky -- having fun and helping others.  If you were there, I suspect you felt the same way I do - grateful. 

The rewards were many.  Eight families that we've been able to assist through the Foundation came down to the beach to say thank you.  Gavin, Danny, Peyton & Paige, Viviana, Vincent, Ciaran, Joey and Kaitlyn - all courageous heroes who are trying to enjoy their childhoods and wear smiles while battling a disease no one, especially a child, should endure.  We raised an incredible amount of donations which will enable us to continue helping families who need our help, as well as organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Ronald McDonald House of LI, Big Sky Kids, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis, SNACK and Frances Pope Memorial Foundation, among others.

            Our event slogan this year is "Dream Big."  My dream is the same as our Danny's dream -- that someday no child will have cancer.

 

With gratitude,

 

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Carol O'Neill, President

The Michelle O'Neill Foundation