The Massapequa Fire Department will hold its 17th annual Canoe 4 Kids Emergency Services Canoe Challenge fundraiser Aug. 13 at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa to benefit local families with critically ill children.
Registration for the charity canoe race, on a two-mile course that travels down Jones Creek to South Oyster Bay, begins at 8 a.m., with the day’s first race at 9:30 a.m. The fee is $100 per two-person canoe. There are different race divisions for firefighters, peace officers, fitness clubs, social clubs, corporations and seniors.
Following the races, a barbecue will be held at the park, at 4990 Merrick Rd., featuring food, refreshments and entertainment for children. Past events have raised as much as $30,000, said Tom McCarthy, one of the organizers.
This year’s event will benefit Eden II Programs’ The Genesis School, for those with autism, as well as a 19-year-old Westbury resident with a traumatic brain-stem injury. Last year’s recipient was the Pendergast Fund, established to benefit the severely ill children of local volunteer firefighters.
For more information, visit www.canoe4kids.com or contact McCarthy at 516-729-3701 or Pat Byrnes at 516-721-7942.