During each fall season, Miller Place High School’s students host benefit athletic games and facilitate numerous fundraising opportunities to raise money and awareness for different charities. This year, the high school’s girls volleyball, boys soccer, and girls soccer teams; and student government raised an impressive $10,000 for five different organizations through t-shirt and bracelet sales, bake sales, raffle baskets, plant sales, and local business donations.
“Each year, Miller Place community members never cease to amaze us with their passion, willingness to open their wallets and pocketbooks and take to heart the message and goals of each charity,” said Superintendent Marianne Cartisano. “I would also like to recognize our students, coaches, and families for their collective efforts that allowed us to raise over $10,000 for so many different causes this year. Our students’ ability to focus on academics and athletics while also working diligently to make a difference in the lives of others is a true testament to their character and the values our District looks to impart in our students every day.”
The Miller Place Panthers girls volleyball team took home two wins at the Dig Pink benefit game, an initiative of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to defeating the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats, the team raised a cumulative $3,660 dollars to benefit two organizations: North Shore Neighbors Breast Cancer Coalition, and Side-Out Foundation. North Shore Neighbors Breast Cancer Coalition is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing funds to families with a family member combatting the disease. The Side-Out Foundation is an organization devoted to cutting-edge breast cancer research.
The Miller Place Panthers boys soccer team was determined to “Kick Out ALS” at their benefit match against the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats, who they conquered 2-1. Collectively, the boys were able to raise a total of $2,300 for the Ride for Life Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The MPHS student government also contributed to the Ride for Life Foundation this year. During Spirit Week and Homecoming weekend, the high school raised an additional $3,300 to donate to the organization.
The Miller Place Panthers girls soccer team played in their annual Kicks for Cancer game, a local initiative for athletic programs to raise money for various cancer research organizations. This year, the lady Panthers raised $750 for the American Cancer Society, a nationwide and community-based health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us.