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Smithtown Lax Tournament Raises $10K for Charity

Lax for Me 2013 raised funds for The Maurer Foundation and the Girls Athletic League of Smithtown.

LAX for ME & the GALS event coordinators present Maurer Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hecht with $5000 donation. (Courtesy photo)
LAX for ME & the GALS event coordinators present Maurer Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hecht with $5000 donation. (Courtesy photo)
Donations raised through a Smithtown girls lacrosse tournament have been counted and tallied, raising $10,000 to benefit two charities. 

The Smithtown Lax For Me tournament held in St. James on Oct. 27, 2013, raised $10,000 to benefit the breast cancer non-profit The Maurer Foundation and the girls lacrosse non-profit Girls Athletic League of Smithtown. 

Both charities teamed up for the second year to promote physical activity in young girls. The tournament drew more than 22 teams from across Long Island, New York City to the East End, with each time playing four games and winning teams a championship game for prizes. 

"Our goal is to make women aware of the facts regarding breast cancer and early detection, and it is just as important for girls and teens to know about the preventative measures they can take now, such as exercising and getting proper nutrition nutrition," stated former Maurer Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hecht. "The Foundation was honored to be part of this athletic event, which promoted physical activity-a lifestyle choice known to help reduce the risk of breast cancer."

The event was organized by Co-Chairs Gina and Rob Coletti, Val Manzo and Emily De Marinis worked with Girls Athletic leaders Billy Smith and Rob Coletti,and students from Smithtown High School East. More than 30 DECA students and volunteers helped make for a successful event. 

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