Bigger and better. That was the mantra at the 4th annual Jason Krause Kick Cancer Scholarship Fundraiser at Kennelly’s Grill House in Congers, N.Y. this Saturday afternoon. A crowd of over 300 people came out to support the fund in memory of Krause who was a local soccer star that succumbed to brain cancer in 2008 at the age of 33.
Joining the supporters were former stars from the New York Mets and Yankees that included David Cone, Cecil Fielder, Jim Leyritz, and Mickey Rivers, as well as former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney.
The retired athletes spent almost two hours signing autographs and posing for photos with the attendees. Their grace with the children and adults alike fit right in with the family atmosphere of the event.
“It was just great meeting all of these people and helping out,” said the 57-year-old Cooney. “I had a blast.”
The patrons were treated to a full BBQ buffet, while children enjoyed face painting, arts and crafts, magic acts and other games. A lucky supporter walked away with two tickets for "The Big Game," in at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey February 2, 2014.
John Knuth, one of the organizers of the event, said that it was their biggest turnout to date and expects it to be their most successful fundraiser. The proceeds from the event supported two initiatives. The first was scholarship in his name for a soccer player at Clarkstown North High School. This year’s recipient was Tony Oprisek, who is now attending SUNY Stonybrook. The remainder went to the Jason K: A Matter of Hope Fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which furthers brain cancer research.
For more information on how you can contribute, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/JasonKrauseKickCancerScholarship.