2005-06-10 / Community

Buckley’s to Kennedy’s Charity Run Raises $100K

The kids had a fun time on the slide and in the Star-Walk.The kids had a fun time on the slide and in the Star-Walk. The weather was cool with a light, on and off rain, but that didn’t stop 640 runners from taking to the streets for the 25th Annual Buckley’s to Kennedy’s 6-Mile Reunion Run. Runners began at Buckley’s Restaurant in Marine Park and headed through the streets, across the Marine Parkway Bridge to Riis Park.

All proceeds from the race benefited HeartShare Human Services of New York, a nonprofit organization that helps 16,000 New Yorkers annually. This year’s race was in memory of Paul Kavanagh, Bea Casey and Frank Attardi, all friends of the HeartShare family.

First place finishers Ken Bohan and Megan Holden.First place finishers Ken Bohan and Megan Holden. Following the race was a family picnic at Riis Park. The staff ofBuckley’s Restaurant and Kennedy’s Restaurant in Breezy Point, Queens, prepared food for nearly 1,000 people. Celtic Cross and DJ Suds provided the musical entertainment that kept people of all ages dancing throughout the afternoon. This year’s race raised a record-breaking $105,000 for HeartShare’s programs which serve children and adults with developmental disabilities, support people affected by HIV/AIDS, and provide counseling and after-school programs, as well as foster care and adoption services, to children and families.

The race works each year because of the volunteers who work so hard all year.The race works each year because of the volunteers who work so hard all year.

640 Runners took to the streets for this 6-mile run.640 Runners took to the streets for this 6-mile run.Everyone was happy to see the finish line.Everyone was happy to see the finish line.Volunteers spent the day cooking over the hot grill to feed everyone.Volunteers spent the day cooking over the hot grill to feed everyone.It’s volunteers like Joe Leahy, Rich Bollman and Tom Farr that make this event possible.It’s volunteers like Joe Leahy, Rich Bollman and Tom Farr that make this event possible.Nearly 1,000 runners, family, and friends enjoyed the day at Riis Park.
Nearly 1,000 runners, family, and friends enjoyed the day at Riis Park. HeartShare President and CEO Bill Guarinello with Jim Buckley Jr., his father Jim Buckley, and Borough President Marty Markowitz before the race.HeartShare President and CEO Bill Guarinello with Jim Buckley Jr., his father Jim Buckley, and Borough President Marty Markowitz before the race.

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