Southampton resident Donna Christina Oliverio was recently honored as a hero of Hurricane Sandy by the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach last month.
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Oliverio, founder of non-profit organization Kids Stock the House, was one of 10 individuals named a winner. She received the honor for arranging for 15-year old cancer patient, Justen Doney, to receive his "wish" for a weekend in New York City, despite the disruptions of the super storm.
Because of Oliverio's efforts, Justen got to see his grandmother in New York City and meet Miss Teen USA the day after the storm, before he had to return home to Montana. Oliverio was nominated as a community hero by Jim Hayden, a New Jersey resident and Justen's uncle.
The Southampton resident was recognized at a planeside reception at Republic Airport with Bethpage Air Show performers and the GEICO Skytypers. In addition to the reception, Oliverio received a $250 Visa gift card, VIP tickets to the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach Reception held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, and tickets to view the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach from Bethpage's VIP tent.
To help celebrate the occasion, Oliverio had Justen and Kids Stock the House children volunteers attend the events.
"We're so proud to honor Donna and these 10 individuals for their amazing acts of heroism- whether it was saving a life, helping rebuild a home, or simply purchasing gas for neighbors-each winner touched the lives of someone in a profound way," said Linda Armyn, Senior Vice Presidnet, Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
"This year's entries were so touching and heartfelt, it was a true reminder of the spirit of Long Island," she said.