December 20, 2006
Islanders Open Hearts for Patrick
Patrick Kelly, who was born with myotubular myopothy X-linked, a rare genetic disorder, is getting help from a team of supporters. The young Hampton Bays boy and his parents need a new handicapped-accessible van to help him get around.
After an announcement that the Hampton Bays Mothers' Association will hold a benefit for the boy next month, the New York Islanders and the New York Dragons teamed up with the HBMA to provide a van for the family by donating a huge selection of auction items. A full list of auction items will be disclosed on the HBMA website shortly at hbmothersassociation.org.
According to Kerry Wilkie of the HBMA, when Wayne Morris, TV and radio broadcaster for the New York Dragons, heard about Kelly's illness, he contacted Kerri Griesbec, media relations coordinator for both teams. Together, the pair got the ball rolling. Donations include Islanders and Dragons memorabilia, season tickets and suites, as well as donations from area businesses. Appearances by team members are also scheduled for the event.
Locally, La Parmagiana owners Rudy and Lisa Gambino plan to help host the benefit in the memory of their little girl. The Gambinos will make a donation from the Gabriella Ashley Gambino Scholarship Fund. Area schoolchildren have pitched in, too, with the Pennies for Patrick drive.
The benefit for Patrick will be held January 14 at Buckley's Inn Between in Hampton Bays. A Chinese and silent auction will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., with live music from 8 to 12. A $10 donation will be collected at the door. For more information or to make a donation to the Patrick Kelly Fund, call Kerry Wilkie at 723-1716. Donations can be mailed to the HBMA, 177B Springville Rd, Hampton Bays, NY 11946. Please make checks payable to The Patrick Kelly Fund.