“Cheer for a Cure” Raises $6,000 for Charities


The Hampton Bays Varsity Cheerleaders raised $6,000 in one night during their “Cheer for a Cure” fundraising event in February. The money raised during the event, which also included cheer teams from other local schools, will benefit the Cohen Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

The inspiration for “Cheer for a Cure” came during football season when seniors Marlee Riebenfeld, Emily Davis, Deb Carlin and Steph Akten--in response to an idea put forth by the Booster Club--came up with the event an opportunity to promote community service in a fun, non-competitive way. Their coach, Katie Miedema, and the rest of the squad quickly came on board.

The money was raised in $5 increments for general admission to the “Cheer for a Cure” event, as well as from donations via gift certificates from local stores. Additionally, donations of food, cleaning supplies and household goods were also collected.

“We wanted to give back to the community,” Deb Carlin explained during the Hampton Bays School Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 8, as she and her fellow cheerleaders presented a check to Christina Oliverio of the Ronald McDonald House. “This mini-showcase was also about showing that we love the other cheerleaders, not like they’re the competition.”

Ms. Oliverio said that she was grateful not only for the donation, but also for the girls’ inspirational efforts. “What wonderful role models,” she said.