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New York Mets Bring Smiles to Children’s Faces
New York Mets players Zack Wheeler and Travis d’Arnaud paid a visit to Cohen Children’s Medical Center to cheer up some of the patients. The players spent time with the kids in the afternoon, playing games and signing autographs for countless patients. Mr. Met was the biggest hit among the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the location of the missing Mrs. Met.
Blue Crew Meets Rangers Fans
During the New York Rangers battle with the Los Angeles Kings at the Stanley Cup Finals in June, the Rangers Blue Crew traveled to Cohen Children’s Medical Center to pump up some excited young Rangers fans. Decked out in brand-new Rangers gear, the young enthusiasts belted out a resounding “Let’s Go Rangers” chant. The Blue Crew was working in conjunction with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit charity that works with all areas of the Madison Square Garden Company to make dreams come true for children dealing with adversity.
Kids Take a Cupcake Break
Jayliana Soto, Akaylah McEwan and Nelson Cabrerra decorated cupcakes with Mr. Met and Kelly Recker, wife of New York Mets catcher Anthony Recker, during a recent visit at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. The Mets players’ wives joined with Mr. Met to cheer the children at the hospital with cupcakes and gifts. The wives handed out goody bags with Mets items as they went room to room visiting children before going to the playrooms to help patients decorate cupcakes.
Delta Golf Classic Supports Cohen Children’s Programs
Kevin McGeachy, executive director, Cohen Children's Medical Center (right) congratulates Henry Kuykendall, vice president, Delta Air Lines/ JFK (left) at the "5th Annual Delta Golf Classic" at Muttontown Country Club. The Delta/JFK Golf Team and their generous supporters have raised $1,000,000 to benefit critical programs at Cohen Children’s.
“Seussical” Comes to Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and their families enjoyed a unique theatrical experience thanks to the John W. Engeman Theater of Northport, which held a full-blown production of “Seussical” in the hospital’s lobby.
The production, which featured a multitalented troupe of actors in full Seuss regalia, was sponsored jointly by Bethpage Federal Credit Union and the medical center. The hospital’s lobby was transformed into an intimate theater setting, complete with a working stage and theatrical lighting.
Following the one-hour production, cast members signed colorful playbills designed especially for children. And for those patients unable to leave their rooms, the entire performance was telecast live throughout the hospital.
“We are so grateful to the John W. Engeman Theater and our good friends at Bethpage Federal Credit Union for bringing this wonderful show to our hospital,” said Kevin McGeachy, Cohen Children’s executive director. “All you have to do is look at the faces of these children to understand how much this means to them. We look forward to a close association on many more wonderful productions.”
Many of the youngsters in the audience had never seen live theater before. When asked for her thoughts, one young lady (who sat open-mouthed throughout the entire production) gave the following rave review: “I really like all the actors. When are they coming back?”
Read the next article in the Winter 2015 issue of Kids First: Foundation Updates