S.T.A.R.S. Is Busy FundraisingThe Forum Courier of South Queens
March 10th - 16th, 2004 - page 8
S.T.A.R.S. youth organization hosted its first Wine Tasting Fundraiser, at The Liquor Cabinet in Howard Beach on March 4th. A great night, with a combination of unlimited wine tasting, music and atmosphere.
Approximately 65 people showed their support as they sampled many cheeses five different wines from various regions: two from California, a Merlot from Chile, a Chardonnay from South Africa, and a Shiraz from Australia. "Everyone had a good time and we appreciate their support, commented Peter Delucia Jr., Vice President of S.T.A.R.S. If you missed it, the group expects to hold a second wine tasting in late April or May.
The children at S.T.A.R.S. enjoyed the second annual Hearts & Shamrocks Dance on Friday, March 5th, 2004. From 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. the youth center was transformed into a mini-dance club for preteens and teenagers. This was definitely the place to be if you are still too young to go to a club, but are not too young to dance, dance, dance! The S.T.A.R.S. dances are not only a fun way to raise money for the center, it is also an alternative to the streets on a Friday night for these young people.
That is what this vibrant group of volunteers at S.T.A.R.S. do best. They spend their time giving back to the youth of the community in the form of various educational, recreational and self-development programs. The reason for all the fundraising? The group is trying to raise funds to continue their mission and make some much need improvements to the facility. "The anticipated renovations will cost approximately $20,000," stated Frances O. Scarantino of S.T.A.R.S. "We have got a lot of fundraising to do." Repairs to the building will include a handicap ramp and a handicap accessible bathroom among other minor restorations.
Throughout the past 8 years S.T.A.R.S. has not only helped countless young people, they have also initiated and participated in an abundance of neighborhood improvement projects, such as many graffiti clean-ups, and the building of the Hamilton Beach Playground.
For more information on S.T.A.R.S. visit the web site at http://www.starsyouthcenter.com or call 718-845-6956.
This press release was submitted by S.T.A.R.S. and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Forum Courier