Requests Donations To Her Favorite Charity In Lieu of Birthday Gifts
SEAFORD, NY, Aug. 15, 2007 – - Figure skating protÃ©gÃ© Jacklyn Kate Corsitto will celebrate her 11th birthday on Monday, August 27, with 30-40 of her closest friends and relatives at a pool party at her Charles Court home in Seaford, NY.
Thereâ€™s nothing out of the ordinary about that, but the soon-to-be sixth grader at Seaford Middle School certainly is unusual in many other ways.Â On the ice, she performs a myriad of remarkable tricks, such as juggling and walking on her hands . . . and away from the rink she is equally as extraordinary and special.
In her nearly five dozen birthday party invitations to friends and family, Jackie requested that in lieu of birthday presents, that her guests make donations to her favorite not-for-profit organization – - The Heritage Foundation of 9/11, which endeavors to not only remind youngsters about the attacks of 9-11-01, but to share and educate future generations of Americans about the numerous heroes who came to the rescue of our citizens that day.
â€œThe Heritage Foundation of 9/11 is in financial distress,â€ said Jackie, â€œwhich may not allow it to put on its signature event this year, the Stars, Stripes & Skates IceTravaganza, where I have formed friendships and bonds with dozens of other kid skaters.Â It would be a tragedy if the event couldnâ€™t be held this year.â€
Stars, Stripes & Skates has been held every year since 9/11, three times in Nassau Coliseum, once in Madison Square Garden and one time at Cantiague Park on Long Island.
Noted Tara Modlin, originally of Great Neck, NY, who is the founder and president of The Heritage Foundation of 9/11 and producer of Stars, Stripes & Skates: â€œThe children get a sense of satisfaction by being a part of something so big and by giving back to the community – - and this gesture by Jacklyn is her personal way of making a difference.Â The youngsters use their athletic skills for a good cause, and also get to meet and befriend stars of all kinds, including their skating idols like Nancy Kerrigan and Oksana Baiul, in addition to community officials like former and active firefighters and police officers.
Jacklynâ€™s parents Barbara and Jack and her sister Carly, age five, are firmly behind her in this endeavor.Â â€œWe are so proud her talents and especially Jacklynâ€™s altruistic attitude.Â It should be the best birthday party ever!â€
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