Montauk Canyon Challenge Benefits the Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center

MONTAUK, NY  – For the past two years, the Montauk Canyon Challenge has helped raise $8,000 for the Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center, part of the  North Shore-LIJ Health System, the health system announced today. 

Proceeds from a raffle and donations from people taking part in the annual off-shore fishing challenge help offset patients’ costs typically not covered by insurance providers.. These include buying specialized equipment, such as Haberman Feeders and feeding plates, which ease the difficulties children born with clefts or other craniofacial disorders often experience during feedings.

Haberman Feeders are specially designed for babies with impaired sucking abilities and are provided free to families. The plates are customized for each patient. Funds have also been put toward the purchase of specialized nasal molding devices that help realign the nose, often reducing the amount of surgical correction required.

 “Children with craniofacial disorders require many services that are considered non-essential by insurance providers,” said Stephen Sachs, DDS, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the Hagedorn Center. “Having the support of Rich Lucas and David O’Halloran, who organize the Montauk Challenge every year, provides an invaluable service to children.”

 This exceptional two weekend tournament has attracted 200 sport fishing enthusiasts and hopes to attract more in upcoming years. The 2014 tournament presented by Staten Island Yacht Sales will take place July 18 through July 27. For more information, contact Rich Lucas at [email protected] or David O’Halloran at [email protected], or 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.

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