Our Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser Revved Up the Crowd.

touch-a-truckOur first annual Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser, on Saturday, October 8, was a rousing success …for children, for the community and for the Society. Even the weather cooperated.

Over 750 children, parents and grandparents arrived at the Vanderbilt’s South Beach parking lot ready for a hands-on adventure, where they experienced how various vehicles protect, build and serve the community. Kids were in awe as they climbed in and on a Rescue 5 firetruck, ambulance, tow truck, police van, construction equipment, and more. The SI MakerSpace STEAM Wagon was also on hand to provide an interactive experience for children to learn about a 3-D printer, computers, woodworking tools, an embroidery machine, and a vinyl cutter.

Visitors were also treated to face painting by Staten Island emerging artist ErinKelli Kilbane, crafts, a climbing wall, and other activities, and enjoyed food from Pier 76 and the South Fin Grill. Musical entertainment was provided by 2016 “Battle of the Bands” winner “Gifford’s Lane,” the singing trio “Fern, Mike and Les,” who warbled ‘60s and ‘70s folk tunes, with Fern (aka Fern Zagor, president and CEO of SIMHS) also tickling the harmonica, and Staten island’s youngest musical prodigy, DJH20.

Ms. Zagor noted that the Touch-A-Truck event was a “healthy and fun way” to introduce the community to the variety of programs and services offered by SIMHS. Also, to remind people of the serious side to the event, information tables were stocked with pamphlets and other material about the services that the SIMHS and its partner health and wellness organizations offer to children and families challenged by special needs.

The Society wants to recognize everyone, especially staff members, friends and supporters, who volunteered, the organizations that donated tables, tents, generators and other needed equipment – including the Richmond County Kiwanis Club, KCM Plumbing and Flagship Brewery – the companies that sponsored various aspects of the event, and the team from JMT Media who took the lead in planning, preparing and participating in every facet of the day’s activities.

We also want to thank the media that pre-publicized and covered the occasion, including the SI Advance, which carried stories and photos in print and on-line; New York 1 News, which broadcast a segment on its “Staten Island Neighborhood News” on Sunday and included the video on its website; and DNA.info, MommyPoppins website. To view more photos, thanks to the brilliant camera-work of SIMHS IT Director Joseph Torres, please visit www.simhspictures.shutterfly.com/2810

The Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser was the first of what the SIMHS hopes will be a yearly event to benefit the Island’s children directly with a day of fun activities, and indirectly by raising money to continue our important services without interruption.

Kudos to all of our Touch-A-Truck sponsors:
· Fund for the Advancement of Mental Health
· McDermott & Thomas Associates, LLC
· KCM Plumbing
· John Hogan & Family
· Northfield Bank
· JMT Media
· Catholic Charities
· J&J Towing
· Victory State Bank
· Alexander Pouch
· Elizabeth Palagiano
· Peter Raff
· David Rosen
· The Koudier Family
· Aaron Plumbing and Mechanical Systems
· The Gambale Family
· John Tapinis & Family
· Fern Zagor
· Eden II
· Scaran
· Child Mind Institute
· Camp Good Grief
· Camelot
· Project Hospitality
· Project One
· Kearny Bank
· SI Partnership for Community Wellness
· Greenburg Traurig
· Peter B. Cannell
· Richmond Elevator Co. Inc.
· Senator Diane Savino
· Van Alphen Brothers
· Karen Sorensen
· Anguili & Gentile
· Maria Gobris
· Victoria Drumbakis
· Anne Shanaphy
· Daisy Milk Co. Inc
· DMAS Inc.
· John Delfino

Click to donate or call 718-442-2225.