Selden, N.Y. – On Friday, April 1, cheerleading and dance teams from East Coast Conference members and other Long Island institutions performed in the ECC’s Seventh Annual Spirit Showcase to benefit Make-A-Wish.
"Our 2016 ECC Spirit Showcase was a great success," said ECC Commisioner, Dr. Robert Dranoff. "We had to change things when our original date was snowed out but it was no surprise that most of the participating teams were still excited and looking forward to being part of this annual event. The talented young men and women who performed, and the coaches and the friends and families who support them were outstanding once again, providing us a great show and helping us raise money for this amazing cause."
As it is every year, the event was started off with a former wish recipient, provided by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, speaking to the crowd. This year’s speaker was Briana, from Long Island.
At three weeks old, Briana was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, fluid buildup in the brain. As she got older and after many stops in the hospital, she decided she would pursue nursing and is currently attending Adelphi University. This past summer she received her wish, taking a cruise with her family to Bermuda
After Briana addressed the crowd, the cheerleaders and dancers took to the floor to perform their routines.
Although focused on participation from member institutions, the East Coast Conference opened the showcase up to local Metro New York squads. Performers included cheerleading squads from Adelphi, LIU Post, Molloy, and Suffolk County Community College as well as dance teams from Adelphi, LIU Post, Mercy, Molloy, Queens, and Suffolk County Community College.
Through ticket sales, raffles, and concessions, the East Coast Conference raised over $3,200 to donate to the foundation. The event has now raised over $25,000 for Make-A-Wish in its seven-year history.
Dranoff also stated, "The ECC, like so many of our fellow Division II conferences, is very proud of our commitment to Make-A-Wish. Last year, the ECC was the first DII conference to ever raise enough funds to provide a wish sendoff, which was presented during our basketball championships held at UDC a few weeks ago. The Spirit Showcase is just part of the effort the ECC and our member schools make to giving back to the community."
Dranoff wraped up his statements by saying, "As always, we give our special thanks to Suffolk County Community College and its athletic program, especially Dance and Cheer Coach Gina Caputo, for partnering with us to host this event. Gina and her squads, as well as the SCCC baseball team, helped make the Spirit Showcase run smoothly and become another big success."