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Feb 05, 2007

Robbie's Run

  • The first annual Robbie's Run fundraiser, held in Merrick, N.Y., in April 2006, raised $35,000.
  • More than 1,250 people participated in the 5K Run and kids' fun run.
  • Planning is underway for the second annual Robbie's Run, to be held again in Merrick, on April 29, 2007.
  • Lead sponsors of the first annual Robbie's Run were Rothmann's Steakhouse, East Norwich, N.Y., Guess by Marciano and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).
  • C-Bass, LLC, New York, and Coleman Family Camps, Merrick, N.Y., have already committed to becoming corporate sponsors of the second annual Robbie's Run.

Supporters

  • Coleman Country Day Camp dedicated its 2005 summer camp recap video to Robbie, and the camp renamed its annual camp soccer tournament the "Robbie Levine Lightning Cup."
  • Two benches dedicated to Robbie's memory were installed near the baseball field on which he died at the Levy-Lakeside School, Merrick. The benches, funded by Levy-Lakeside School and N.Y. State Senator Charles Fuschillo, were dedicated during a special community-wide ceremony in September 2006.
  • The New York Islanders hockey team made an on-ice donation to the Robbie Levine Foundation.
  • Fidelity NY made a donation to the Robbie Levine Foundation during an on-the-field presentation to Jill and Craig Levine at Shea Stadium during a NY Mets game in September 2006.
  • The Nassau County Cub Scouts dedicated their annual Theodore Roosevelt Scout Walk at Eisenhower Park in April 2006 to Robbie's memory.
  • The South Shore Baseball Academy, Freeport, N.Y., created the "Robbie Levine Heart of the Team" award, to be presented annually to 12 members of the Merrick Little League.
  • The Merrick Little League 9-10-year-old baseball Travel Team won the 2006 New York District 31 Championship while wearing Robbie's #10 on their sleeves.
  • An annual scholarship in Robbie's name has been created for presentation to graduating senior baseball players at John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore, N.Y.
  • Elizabeth Donnelly, a member of the Mother's Artist Group in Long Beach, N.Y., created a unique portrait of Robbie. The portrait was exhibited during the summer of 2006 at the Long Beach Library.
  • The Merrick Nursery School of the Friedberg JCC-South Shore Y, located at the Merrick Jewish Center, dedicated its playground to Robbie with new equipment and a plaque during a special dedication ceremony in the summer of 2006.

Education/Outreach

  • The Robbie Levine Foundation has begun educational and financial outreach activities with little league organizations across Long Island. Initial activities include assistance in setting up Automated External Defibrillator (AED) programs and providing grant money for AEDs to organizations pledging to initiate such programs. Foundation founder Jill Levine spoke at a meeting of the North Bellmore-North Merrick Little League, which will be implementing an AED program. The Foundation is developing an educational video for distribution to local youth athletic leagues to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death and the need for AEDs at local sports fields. This project is scheduled for completion in February 2007.
  • Planning is underway for a heart screening program in conjunction with the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation.
  • The Foundation participated in and co-coordinated with Phillips Medical Systems an education/awareness program, "The ABCs of AEDs," held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, N.Y., in June 2006. The program drew attendees from Long Island businesses and organizations seeking information on defibrillators in their workplace/organization/league.

Donations/Training

  • The Foundation donated an AED to the South Shore Baseball Academy, Freeport.
  • Planning is underway for a "baseball learning and fun day" for a group of children from an underprivileged area in June 2007. The project is being designed to introduce young children to baseball.
  • The Foundation is sponsoring AED/CPR training for parents in the Merrick-North Merrick Little League.
  • Utilizing a grant from State Senator Charles Fuschillo, the foundation helped the Merrick Little League to coordinate the purchase of 12 Phillips FRX defibrillators and to coordinate training for board members, coaches and managers.
  • A grant was made to the Youth Service League in Brooklyn, fully sponsoring their nine-year-old baseball team and purchasing an AED for the league.
  • A grant was made to the Theodore Roosevelt Boy Scout Council for CPR/AED training for its leaders.

Legislation

  • Following Robbie's untimely death in 2005, and in an effort to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death in children and adults, N.Y. State Senator Charles Fuschillo introduced two pieces of legislation in the state Senate. One would direct that any state police vehicle on patrol shall be equipped with an automated external defibrillator and the second would require school districts to establish policies for the placement of automated external defibrillator equipment. These bills are currently under consideration by the Senate.

This release was published on Feb 05, 2007.
For more information, contact Jill Levine