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The Dream Team!: Students in the Summer Youth Program at Maimonides Medical Center donated their time to help staff and patients at the hospital.
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Get yourself a $5 coupon entitling you to big store discounts, and shop ’til you drop for a good cause when Macy’s at Kings Plaza Mall holds its annual March of Dimes benefit from Aug. 26 to 28 to help prevent prematurity, birth defects, and infant mortality. Shoppers purchasing the weekend savings pass will receive 25 percent off and all weekend on regular, sale, and clearance items — including home goods — with savings even offered on brands usually excluded. The savings pass also entitles you to electronics, watches, furniture, mattresses, rugs, and other floor coverings.

Standing O pal John Quaglione, co-chairman of the newly formed Brooklyn chapter of the March of Dimes New York, met with Macy’s store manager Gerard Guichard and assistant store manager Craig DiMonda at Kings Plaza last week to discuss strategy. John will be at the store on Aug. 27 helping staff sell the coupons.

He shared the sobering stats: More than 21,000 babies — or one in 10 — were born premature in New York last year.

“Prematurity is the No. 1 killer of babies in the United States,” John told the O.

Last year, Macy’s sold 1,870 coupons and raised more than $9,000 in a national partnership with the March of Dimes that raised $3 million nationwide to help babies get a healthy start in life.

The Downtown Macy’s is also participating, as well as stores in the Bronx, Queens, and the Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square.

Don’t be square — be there, and help out a worthy cause while getting in some very early holiday shopping Aug. 26 through Aug. 28.

Macy’s King Plaza Mall [5400 Avenue U at Flatbush Avenue in Mill Basin, (718) 253–3100].

Borough Park


Put your hands together for the members of the Summer Youth Program at Maimonides Medical Center. The 390 participants in the program were lauded at a recognition event on Aug. 16 for their 70,000-plus hours of service.

Throughout the summer the vollies worked alongside Maimonides staffers, assisting with clerical and clinical tasks, foreign-language interpretation, support services, and recreational activities for patients.

“The contributions made by our Summer Youth Program participants have a tremendous impact on everyone,” said Ken Gibbs, Maimonides president and chief executive officer.

The ceremony included remarks by Maimonides senior vice president Douglas Jablon, and guest speakers Borough President Adams, assistant commissioner of Youth Workforce Development-NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Daphne Montanez, and programs director at 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation Lynelle Mahon.

Additional highlights included a musical selection performed by the NYPD Police Band and a special video presentation showcasing the outstanding efforts of the Summer Youth Program participants.

This highly successful program is funded in part by the following sponsors: 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, and NYC Department of Education Work-Based Learning Resource Center.

Maimonides Medical Center [4802 10th Ave. at 48th Street in Borough Park, (718) 283–6000].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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