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Making Dreams Come True
The Neighbor Newspapers North West Suffolk Edition / January 12, 2011


MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE: Pictured: Chris Erckert, Co-Chair of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionsals group; Mary Pallotta, Founder and President of The Guardian Brain Foundation and Courtney Bynoe, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Member Relations Associate.

Members of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals group donated close to 100 toys to The Guardian Brain Foundation as part its Business Blender and Holiday Party held at the Elks Lodge in Huntington.

"To be able to combine our Young Professionals Business Blender and Holiday Party with the spirit of giving says something special about this group of young businessmen and women," said Michael Agnes, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Board Member.

Several bags of toys were presented to Mary Pallotta, Founder and President of The Guardian Brain Foundation, during the festive event by Christopher Erckert, chair of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals group, along with approximately 30 of its members.

"It was an honor and a pleasure to be able to give so many toys to such a worthy organization," Erckert said. "To know that our generous donation is going to provide children with something they may not have otherwise had and to brighten their holidays embodies the whole meaning of the holiday season.

Pallotta said she was thankful for their kindness. "I think that it is a wonderful way to make the holidays very special because it's all about giving," Pallotta said. "I want to thank the Young Professionals group for taking the time to think about all of our children that need help. They truly appreciate all of the packages. The gifts were amazing."

Jack Safarik of the Elks Lodge said he was happy to be able to host the Young Professionals event. "The Elks Lodge is honored to host such touching charitable events that make such a great difference like this. It is truly a privilege."


This article was also featured in the Long Islander News, titled Young Professionals Committee of the Huntington Chamber Makes Holiday Dreams Come True for The Guardian Brain Foundation