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Nassau PBA members to interact with children

Police officers will be getting dunked in water at a Nassau County Police Benevolent Association (PBA) sponsored picnic for children with special needs in Hempstead Town's ANCHOR Program.

"Giving back to the community is a key priority of the PBA," said James Carver, PBA President. "The look of joy on the faces of the young people of Camp ANCHOR makes this event as rewarding for members of the PBA as it is for the campers."

Supervisor Kate Murray is to attend the picnic, which begins at noon at the town's Lido Beach Park at 630 Lido Blvd.

"I am excited to spend a day of fun and festivities with ANCHOR campers who embody The spirit of summer and are the 'heart and soul' of our township," said Murray, who also praised the PBA.

The picnic will take place amid Camp ANCHOR'S carnival-themed tents, and children will be able to sit in a police helicopter, dunk officers in a tank, enjoy barbecued food and dance to the music of Party Marty.

"Working with Camp ANCHOR and its director, Joe Lentini, to provide the picnic is always a pleasure," said Carver. "It really warms my heart to see the youngsters enjoy this well-deserved extravaganza."

ANCHOR stands for: Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation.

It is a comprehensive year-round program serving 1,600 children and adults. About 750 youngsters attend its six-week, weekday summer program.

For more information about Camp Anchor, visit

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