L-R: Manny De Freitas with his son, Manny; Jesse Linder, Manager of Community Relations for the Jets; and Mr. De Freitas' brother-in-law, Rob McCormick with his son, Bobby.
Winthrop's "First and Goal Challenge" contest winners recently were given a personal invitation to watch the New York Jets practice up close and personal.
Earlier this year, for a $100 commitment benefiting the Hospital's Child Life Program and Pediatric Services, entrants crossed their fingers in hopes of winning great prizes, compliments of the New York Jets.
Two lucky grand prize winners, Roslyn resident Brian Goldstein and Oyster Bay resident Manny De Freitas, were invited to a highly anticipated training session held in early August at the Jets' Long Island training facility on the grounds of Hofstra University. The second prize winner, Steven Eisenstadt of New York City, won a round trip, complete with tickets and transportation, to a Jets 2006 away game. And the third prize winners, Susan Braccia of Brooklyn and Dennis Sheridan of Glen Head, won tickets to a Jets 2006 home game. Other prizes included autographed jerseys, autographed footballs and mini helmets.
"My son and nephew were so excited to watch the team practice, and later meet with and talk to the players," said Mr. De Freitas. "It was a memorable experience for my family.
"Personally, I am proud to contribute to and help Winthrop whenever I can because both my children were born there," he continued. "I am delighted to see how many awe-inspiring ways the fundraiser benefits the Hospital's young patients."