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March 13th, 2013

NFA Varsity Crew Team ready for season

Rebecca Levinstein, along with Larry the Leprechaun, packages merchandise for the Silent Auction that will be held at the NFA Varsity Crew Team’s upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser.

NEWBURGH – The NFA Crew Team’s 2013 season started with tryouts on March 11th and a team will be announced on March 15th. In the meantime, last year’s team members and this year’s hopefuls continue to raise funds by gearing up for the Multi-Cultural St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser on March 17, 2013 to be held at Youngest Brother Restaurant from 12 pm – 4 pm. On Saturday, rowers and parents gathered to get merchandise ready for sale and to package and tag Silent Auction items.

"Somehow, we just keep getting great donations for the Silent Auction," said NFA Varsity Crew Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo. "We have items that include Tax Preparation services from Liberty Tax of New Windsor and Newburgh, a math tutoring package, a brand new 12-cup Cuisinart, a Wine Basket from Vino 100, and a month of Salsa lessons. The total value of merchandise donated is worth over $3,500.00, and there are some ‘priceless’ items like original artwork and photography by well known local artists and jewelry designers. The fun item this time will be two crew oars, which will be signed by the 2013 NFA Crew Team. Remember, the team is being announced on March 15th, so their first official act will be to sign the oars!"

"This is a very special crew season coming up," said Coach Ed Kennedy, Head Coach of the NFA Varsity Crew Team, "for a number of reasons. "First, we have some great athletes returning and some great athletes are expected to try out this year. And, after all the athletes and parents have done in the off season to raise money to fund the team, it’s going to be a very special season. As I have always said, nothing worth having comes easy."

In addition to training during the off season, preparations for the fundraiser on March 17th is keeping the rowers and parents plenty busy, said Team Mom LoBiondo. "We are pleased to announce we have some additional entertainment to add to the lineup. Joseph Roy, a bagpiper and retired City of Newburgh Fire Department Captain, will be making his debut on the pipes at our fundraiser. And Connor Schafer, a long-time rower in his senior year at NFA, who has substantial theatre experience, will be singing Irish tunes for us. We still have Irish Step Dancers from the Farrell School of Dance, thanks to Michael Farrell, and the principal dancers from ‘Mas Salsa K2,’ who also generously donated a package of dance lessons. We will have Italian food alongside homemade corned beef and cabbage, and Adams Fairacre Farms in Newburgh and Wappingers have each donated a dozen loaves of Irish soda bread, for our ‘unlimited Irish soda bread bowl.’ We are delighted to have Mayor Kennedy, Newburgh Fire Chief Vatter and his wife, and Police Chief Ferrara, along with Board of Ed President Dawn Fucheck, and Vice president Pamela Resch joining us as our guests. And look for the Team Mom and the Head Coach to be in costume," said LoBiondo.

There will be free coffee and cookies for Friends of Newburgh Crew, which is donors and family, from 3 pm - 4 pm, said LoBiondo.

"It will be a great way for the whole family to spend St. Patrick’s Day, with all the cultures of Newburgh coming together, just like Ellis Island," said Coach Kennedy.

The Crew Team is the only 100% community-funded varsity team at NFA, and 100% of net proceeds will go to fund the team. The entertainers have all donated their time, said Team Mom LoBiondo.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door and there will be a cash bar. For tickets or to learn more information, contact Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo at or Coach Ed Kennedy at (845) 541-2313.

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