Megan Babbino, 16, a junior at Hauppauge High School, raised...

Megan Babbino, 16, a junior at Hauppauge High School, raised about $7,000 to purchase a plaque with the names of three local special-needs students, now deceased, for display at The Children’s Center at UCP Suffolk. Credit: Babbino family

A Hauppauge teenager with cerebral palsy paid tribute to three local special-needs students, now deceased, by raising funds to purchase a plaque bearing their names for display at The Children's Center at UCP Suffolk.

Megan Babbino, a junior at Hauppauge High School, raised about $7,000 for the project last summer through a dinner event at Del Fuego Restaurant in St. James, where her father is a chef.

The butterfly-style plaque engraved with the names of the late Grace Bellontine, James Bonneville and Taylor Gutierrez was unveiled during an Oct. 15 ceremony at The Children's Center in Commack. All three attended the center.

"The center helped make me the person I am today," said Babbino, 16, who attended the center's preschool. "They have done so much for me, so I wanted to do something for them."

The fundraiser attracted more than 100 people and raised money through donations and auctions. It was done as part of the community service component for Babbino's Gold Award, the highest achievement for a Girl Scout.

"It feels amazing that one of our former students was so touched by the program that she would come back and dedicate her time and efforts for the school," said Sherri Glazer, the center's president.

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