A Huntington Station student used his upcoming bar mitzvah as an opportunity to raise money for a good cause.
Ethan Shapiro, a seventh-grader at Henry L. Stimson Middle School, raised more than $1,500 this fall for Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism in Garden City through a bowling-themed fundraiser at AMF Plainview Bowl. The event attracted 75 family members and friends.
The charity-minded preteen connected with the center through his neighbor Tina Moreno, who is the center’s director of community relations.
“I found out that in most cases, people are generous by nature and if they could help, they would,” said Ethan, 12, whose birthday is on Jan. 16. “I also found out how lucky I am to have wonderful parents and a wonderful home to live in.”
The fundraiser, which was promoted via word of mouth and Facebook, included two hours of open bowling with raffles and food. Among the raffle items were 40 gift baskets with such things as games and gift certificates that Ethan and his parents, Mark and Vita, solicited from local businesses.
Ethan, who began bowling when he was 3, is the youngest student on Walt Whitman High School’s bowling team. He also plays bass in Stimson’s orchestra and piano in the jazz band.
In addition, he plays baseball and basketball in local leagues.