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'Best Babes' in Melville raise
$123,000 for cancer research
Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern (D-Huntington) awarded “The Best Babes” with proclamations at the September General Session of the Legislature for organizing fund-raising events, including golf, tennis, bridge, canasta and mah-jonng tournaments, raising more than $123,000 for cancer research.The Best Babes, a group of more than 60 residents of The Greens at Half Hollow in Melville, are named in honor of golf legend Babe Didrikson Zaharias, who died of cancer. Each year, organizations across Long Island team with the American Cancer Society to hold “Babe Didrikson Zaharias Memorial Tournaments” to raise funds. The “Best Babes” have been hosting “Babe Didrikson” tournaments since 2004 and have raised more than $300,000 over the past five years. “When I was a kid, polio was the scare of the century, and now most younger people don’t even know what it is,” Elayne Fastenberg, chairwoman of the tournament said. “I would love in my lifetime for someone to say, ‘What is breast cancer or prostate cancer?’” In addition to the American Cancer Society, the Best Babes also raise funds for Camp Adventure, a week-long sleep-away summer program for children with cancer and their siblings. “I am proud to recognize the Best Babes and the entire Greens community for their incredible dedication, generosity, hard-work and commitment to helping find a cure for cancer and for providing support to cancer patients and their families,” Stern said. “Their efforts have been remarkably successful and will provide real hope that one day soon, we will be free from the scourge of cancer. I applaud the efforts of the Best Babes, thank them for their caring and wish them continued success in the future.” Deborah Harris is an aide to Stern