Former "Hell's Kitchen" contestant and Big Cheese food truck owner Chrissa Schmerler, of Bellmore, is hosting a fundraiser on Friday for a 5-year-old Long Islander battling neuroblastoma.
In 2012, Austin Spencer, of Hicksville, was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, the third-most-common type of childhood cancer. Like many children his age, Austin loves everything Disney, from toys and clothes to shows and games. He’s also facing many obstacles and challenges as he undergoes cancer treatment.
Shortly after Columbia University filmed Schmerler as a spotlight chef and posted the video on Facebook, the Merrick Girls Weekday Recipe Facebook group, with more than 12,000 members, reached out to Schmerler to host a meet-and-greet. Together, they decided to create a fundraising event for Austin.
The event takes place at St. Francis Church in Bellmore on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Schmerler will be preparing some of the food along with two Bellmore businesses, Piccolo's and My Hero. Red Door Spa will be on site hosting a Red Carpet Glam Squad, providing makeovers with beauty advisors and more. The first 100 people who stop by the Red Door Spa booth will receive a beauty gift bag.
There with be more giveaways, too, including a full day of beauty from Red Door Spa, as well as gift cards and baskets from local businesses including Bracco's, Bigalows, San Remo, East Meadow Car Wash, MGD Real Estate and others.
Tickets are $30 and include food and drinks, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Spencer family for Austin's treatment. You can order your tickets here, and read more about Austin on Amazing Austin’s Journey Facebook page.