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QUEENS LEISURE / Wheelchair Charities All-Star Game in Sept.

In 1974, Al Tjader Fogle was in the wrong place, at the

wrong time.

Fogle was caught in the crossfire of a shootout in Queens and was left

paralyzed from the chest down. A positive byproduct of the incident, though,

was born that year when his friend Hank Carter started Wheelchair Charities to

raise money for paraplegics and quadriplegics.

Carter has helped raise more than $7 million for the charity, with 95

percent of the proceeds going to Goldwater Memorial Hospital, a facility on

Roosevelt Island that provides in-patient care for 912 paraplegics and

quadriplegics. In past years, funds have been used for buses, computers,

special beds, a weight/exercise room and a greenhouse.

"The worst thing to happen to Tjader was the best thing that happened to

me," Carter said.

On Sept. 16, Wheelchair Charities will hold the Pro All-Star Basketball

Game at Madison Square Garden, with proceeds going toward the purchase of a

television with cable service for every patient at Goldwater. The cable setup

will cost about $700,000, according to Carter, chairman and chief executive

officer of Wheelchair Charities. NBA players who are expected to participate in

the game include Allan Houston, Mark Jackson and Reggie Miller.

The current period of economic uncertainty hasn't dampened Carter's spirit

for fund-raising.

"We'll make more than last year," Carter said Monday at the New York Stock

Exchange Luncheon Club on Wall Street, where 17 motorized wheelchairs were

presented to Goldwater residents. "We'll take in over a million dollars for the


Sponsors, including Dan McGowan, president of Health Insurance Plan; and

Scott DeMatteis, executive vice president of Leon D. DeMatteis Construction

Corp., were on hand to meet with the recipients of the customized wheelchairs.

Specialized Sports Camps

The countdown to fall may be ongoing, but there still is time to

manufacture some summertime memories. The Cross Island YMCA in Bellerose is

offering tennis and basketball day camps beginning Aug. 13 for ages 5 to 13.

Each session runs for two weeks and costs $295. Children will be grouped

according to age and skill level. Bus transportation for children living in

Queens is available.

Apart from drills, campers will have access to arts- and-crafts sessions

and swimming instruction.

"This is the most well-rounded camping experience a kid could have," said

Bernadette Lee, director of resource development at the Cross Island YMCA. It's

an opportunity to make lasting memories."

The Cross Island YMCA is at 238-10 Hillside Ave. For more information on

these programs, call 718-479-0505.

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