Monster's Kids Second Annual Woodstick Alumni Event raises funds for Autism

Garden City High School recently hosted Monster's Kids Second Annual Woodstick Alumni Event to benefit Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center (CCMC) of New York. Lacrosse players from Garden City and Manhasset took to the field, with a final victory for Manhasset. All participants walked away winners, as the teams helped raised $39,650 for the Center for Autism at CCMC.

 “After watching the game, I realized how lucky I am to be a part of this long standing tradition between two great towns,” said Tim Goettelmann, a professional lacrosse player and founder of the charity event . “This event allowed many of us to catch up with old friends and make many new memories.”

Monster's Kids was an idea that Goettelmann dreamed up while reading Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak to his children. While reading, he thought about how fortunate he and his wife were to have healthy children. Inspired, he decided to start a charity that would help children in need of medical care. What excites Tim about Monster's Kids is that he was able to take two things that he is very passionate about, children and lacrosse, and combine them into a successful charity.

A player for the Long Island Lizards, Goettelmann decided to donate his entire salary to make the Monster’s Kids a reality in 2009. Additionally, the Long Island Lizards organization and Major League Lacrosse provided significant support to get the charity up and running. Over the last three years, Monster's Kids has raised nearly $125,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Child Life and the Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Unit at CCMC.

This event was a tremendous success and kick starts the goal of raising $100,000 this year. Monster’s Kids next event will be a cocktail party on December 7th at Fresh Meadows Country Club in Lake Success. So mark your calendars now and get ready for another “MONSTER” event.

About the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York

For the fifth consecutive year, US News & World Report has ranked the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York as among the nation’s best children’s hospitals.  Cohen Children’s Medical Center is the preeminent children’s hospital on Long Island and is the largest provider of pediatric services in the New York State.  Established nearly 30 years ago, we have evolved continually to keep pace with a growing pediatric population. Our vision is to become a national leader and be recognized for providing outstanding family-centered, quality-focused and academically-based care while conducting research committed to finding cures and innovative treatments for childhood diseases. For more information, visit .

About North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation
The North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation’s mission is to serve the best interest of the community at-large and the Health System by providing the inspiration, opportunity and meaningful direction for donors, patients and leaders to link their vision, dreams and philanthropic support with our most worthy causes from the underserved and uninsured to the latest frontiers in medical technology and research. For more information, visit

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