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Locustwood / Gotham Civic Association
Elmont, Long Island, New York 11003

Next Meeting:

December 18
7:30 PM



HOLA To Hold Second Annual Fundraiser


HOLA of Garden City invites you to their Second Annual Fundraiser to enjoy the wonderful music, food and auctions while we help to raise funds for The Race Track Chaplaincy of America-N.Y. Division to support their youth members in achieving their highest potential and offer them hope for a brighter and better future.

This special event will be held at The Inn at New Hyde Park on January 19th, starting at 8:00 p.m.

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America-N.Y. Division is a non-profit organization that ministers to the personnel on the "Backstretch" of all three N. Y. Racing Association race tracks. In Belmont Race Track alone, there are over two hundred families living inside the track. The common denominator of the hot walkers, grooms and foremen is their love for horses, pride in their work and around the clock dedication. Unfortunately, living conditions are at, or below, the poverty level. While we cannot upgrade the quality of life at the tracks, our goal at this year's fundraiser is to alleviate some of the need of the Youth Group of the RTCA at Belmont Race Track.

The Youth Group is comprised of more than 50 teenagers who fall between the ages of 12 and 17. They attend nearby public schools that surround Belmont Race Track, such as Sewanhaka and Elmont. It is after school, weekend and vacations that the RTCA does its best with very limited resources to keep the teenagers on the right track by offering organized play, local trips and events. Due to lack of funds, only 15 or so of these teenagers, at a time, can participate. To many this is the only outlet they have from their very limited surroundings. This Youth Group offers deterrence from the grim world of gangs and drugs. These teenagers have assimilated to the general population and many are over achievers. In the past, the RTCA has been called upon to assist in funding basic things like: graphing calculators required for higher level math courses; paying for a trip so a teenager, who through his good grades and hard work was awarded the opportunity to attend a conference of the Future Business Leaders of America; or for a teenager who through diligent instrumental practicing, won the honor of attending the N.Y.S. Scholastic Music Association competition.

If you are unable to attend you generous donation can be send to HOLA of Garden City P.O. Box 325, Garden City, NY 11530 or if wish to attend call HOLA at 516 -280 -0397.

HOLA of Garden City is a not-for -profit organization founded by a group of Spanish speaking individuals of Garden City who wished to have a social and cultural club in our community. Our mission and purpose is to preserve the language and culture of all Spanish speaking countries in, educational ways, with an exchange of ideas at monthly meetings, social and cultural events through out the year, a commitment to charity work in the community around us.


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