The heated, fast-paced contest was a see-saw battle featuring many lead changes before ending regulation deadlocked at 64-64 and the teams decided to play overtime to decide a winner. The Glen Cove five was sitting on a 70-68 lead and iced the game with 1.3 seconds left in the three-minute OT period with a free-throw.
David Battinelli, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, coached the visiting Glen Cove team, and Marc Bilbrey, associate director of the GBBGC, led the home team.
The game is one of the highlights of a year-long effort by both organizations to promote children’s’ health. Thanks to the commitment and generosity of the Glen Cove Hospital staff, this year’s game turned into an extremely successful fundraiser. This was the second consecutive year the game was held as a fundraiser thanks to the suggestion of the hospital staff. To help raise funds, the Club hosted half-time contests including a half-court shot competition and an “around the world” competition.
Also at halftime, Glen Cove Hospital’s Medical Staff Society surprised the crowd by presenting a $1,000 scholarship check to Arielle Castano-Cala, a junior at Locust Valley High School who has been a Club member since the third grade. Ms. Castano-Cala, 17, also a member of the Keystone Club, recently participated in Glen Cove Hospital’s career shadow day and expressed an interest in studying to become a physician assistant.
William Bennett, MD, director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, Santhosh Paulus, MD, associate director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, and Winnie Mack, RN, regional executive director of North Shore-LIJ were on hand to congratulate Ms. Castano-Cala.
On top of fundraising, the game was also an extremely successful community event, with more than 100 club members, club staff, hospital staff, and family members in attendance. After the close finish, both teams and their families took part in a relaxing and delicious dinner in the club’s Games Room, with 75 people coming together and enjoying food donated by a number of local businesses.
The hospital’s Family Medicine Center leads an adolescent wellness program at the club. The annual event promotes physical activity among all ages and community partnership.
Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club and North Shore-LIJ would like to thank Locust Valley Market, Locust Valley Inn, Locust Valley Deli, Locust Valley Pizza, and La Ginestra for their generous donations and delicious food.
Terence Dorman, GBBGC
516-676-1460, ext. 23/30