Rockland County – Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation was dealt a winning hand courtesy of the 300 plus attendees of the annual Apples Poker Run charity event in New City, NY on Sunday, March 2, 2014. The run raised over $11,000 for the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation.
The run was completely organized and run by Elaine “Apples” Apfelbaum. Each year, Apfelbaum dedicates the run to a community charity of her choosing.
This is the second time Elaine has chosen the Foundation,” said Hilda A. Kogut, Chair of the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation. “We couldn’t be any more grateful to Elaine and all of the people who supported this event.”
Apfelbaum began hosting treasure hunts and then poker runs for charities back in 1985. Since then, over $200,000 has been raised by this event and donated to many charities in Rockland County.
Apfelbaum said that she chose Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation because of its continuing and inspiring work in improving the resources of the Helen Hayes Hospital in terms of projects, programs and research.
“I have been awed by all the projects made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Foundation – the amazing Smart Apartment, “ReWalk” featured in the hospital’s new Neuro Boot Camp, and soon to come a cutting edge piece of equipment to help to diagnose and provide treatment solutions for balance disorders. I am happy to know that my support helps to make these projects possible.”
The event began when 54 teams of four met at D&D’s, an Irish pub, at 12:00 pm. From there, the teams traveled to four other restaurants in New City at their own pace. At each restaurant the team captain received a playing card in a sealed envelope.
From D&D’s, the pub crawl traveled to La Terrazza, The Clubhouse, Castle Inn, and Austin’s before returning back to D&D’s.
Participants remarked that the atmosphere of each restaurant was warm, inviting and friendly. All five restaurants went “above and beyond” and provided something special for the participants. Teams were required to return to D&D’s by 4:00pm where the envelopes were opened and the poker hands were marked on a chart by team number. The top seven teams that had the best poker hands received prizes. The winning hand for the event was four queens held by a team from Helen Hayes Hospital with Captain JoAnne Bolack, Kathy DiNuzzo, Nancy Brennan and Regina Scaglione.
The event raised money by charging $30 for each person to register. Event organizers also sold raffle tickets to all participants, one for a 50/50 drawing and the other for a “Basket of Cheer”.
Also in attendance were Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Rockland County Legislators, Chris Carey and Barry Kantrowitz, Clarkstown Town Councilmen Frank Borelli and George Hoehmann.
As one of the country’s first physical rehabilitation facilities, Helen Hayes Hospital is widely recognized as a leader in physical rehabilitation medicine and research, enabling their patients to move on to active and independent lives.
The Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit organization 501(c) (3) that relies upon charitable contributions to address the needs of the hospital that are not met by traditional funding sources. This includes special equipment, seed money for research, support groups, patient equipment loans, adaptive sports and other items/services that promote physical rehabilitation medicine.
For more information on the Apple Run or the Foundation, visit http://www.hhhfoundation.net or call 845-786-4365.
Hilda A. Kogut, Chairperson Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation and Barry Kantrowitz, Rockland County Legislator