More than 400 people turned out for the first-ever Long Island Spooktacular Foodie Market hosted by Dine-LI at Social Play Haus, the region’s newest venue, all to benefit three local nonprofit organizations: Michael Magro Foundation, Hair We Share and Kids Need More.
All three charities help those coping with childhood cancer with an array of services. Upwards of 30 local vendors were on hand to serve myriad products ranging from artisanal breads, baked goods, and juices to empanadas, honey, dog treats and more. The event featured raffles, entertainment and information on these crucial nonprofit organizations.
All proceeds are being divided between the beneficiary nonprofits, all of which experienced fundraising impacts and increased need during the pandemic.
Dine-LI, a Facebook Community started in July 2019, has a mission of aiding the restaurant, hospitality and food & beverage industry by bringing together consumers and owners under one platform.
The brainchild of Alyssa Guidice, Dine-LI strongly believes every positive review helps a place stay in business one more day. The volunteer-based group operates not to make a profit but rather to help this industry that has suffered greatly due to the effects of the pandemic closures. Dine-LI has signed on more than 30,000 members in its short 19 months of operation. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/dineli for more information on Dine-LI.
Kids Need More is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, families and young adults coping with cancer and life-threatening illness. Visit www.kidsneedmore.org for additional information.
Hair We Share makes custom-designed wigs for medical hair loss using donated ponytails. Visit https://hairweshare.org to learn more about Hair We Share.
Michael Magro Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Paul and Terrie Magro to honor the life of their son Michael, who passed away from leukemia at the age of 13. The foundation works with the Cancer Center for Kids at NYU Langone Long Island Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Cancer Division, Cohen’s Children’s Hospital and other regional pediatric specialty offices where treatment of chronic diseases is ongoing.
—Submitted by the Michael Magro Foundation