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December 12th, 2012

NFA Varsity Crew Team to hold last event of 2012

Rowers from the Newburgh Free Academy Varsity Crew Team and members of other teams came together at the Newburgh Rowing Club Boathouse to get ready for the special holiday event. From left are Cora Stepakoff, Brianna Schafer, Lexi Ellingson, Steven Patterson, Rebecca Levinstein, and Samantha Santiago. Photo: Stephanie Santiago

NEWBURGH – Friends of Newburgh Crew, Inc., the 501(c)(3) formed to assist with Community Funding for the NFA Varsity Crew Team, will hold a Holiday Buffet, small arts auction, gingerbread house raffle and more at the River Grill on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The guest list is set to include Senator and Mrs. Larkin, Mayor Judith Kennedy, Chief Ferrara, Chief Vatter and his wife, Board of Education President Dawn Fucheck, and several other local luminaries and supporters of the NFA Varsity Crew Team.

During the event, Dr. Geoffrey Brackett, Executive Vice President of Marist College, will serve as Master of Ceremonies, along with his wife Danyelle Means, an independent contractor with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The couple, who have a son on the NFA Varsity Crew Team, will announce whether or not the organization has met their goal of raising sufficient funds to maintain Crew at the same level as prior years.

The Crew Team has been funded by the very generous community of Newburgh and its environs over the past several months.

"The rowers and their parents have been working tirelessly to raise funds while simultaneously training for the upcoming season," said Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo, Co-Chair for the event. "The purpose of this event is twofold: to announce the results of our fundraising efforts, and to give back to those who have supported our team. That is why a portion of the event, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m, will be free, with coffee and cookies for all, we simply ask that anyone who wishes to attend the free event get their name on the guest list."

During the event, the winning "Mega Raffle Ticket," will be drawn. Thousands of raffle tickets have been sold throughout the area, and one lucky first prize winner will receive a 51" plasma television, while a second prize winner will be taking home an Apple ipad.

For more information on the buffet/art auction, for which tickets are available, or for further information on the free coffee and cookies event, please contact Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo at or (845) 569-7600.

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