I’m told that more than 100 students danced the night away during the second annual “Heart Ball” held at Westhampton Beach High School on Friday evening. The event was organized by students Casey Fuchs and Haley Schoeck and helped raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA). With the money collected, the AHA is naming a research grant in memory of both of their fathers who passed away after suffering heart attacks.
The John Schoeck and Harry Fuchs Clinical Research Grant will provide funds for research that will be done locally at Stony Brook University Medical Center. The girls raised an astounding $85,000 last year and are hoping to surpass their goal of raising $115,000 so that the research grant can be fully funded. If you would like to help them with a donation, visit www.heart.org or call Barbara at 631-734-2804. Nice job, ladies!
Congratulations go out this week to a few Westhampton Beach High School graduates in recognition of their academic achievements. Kyle Higgins, who attends the State University of New York at Albany, Kyle Horn, who attends the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and Kelsey Boeshore, who attends Marist College in Poughkeepsie, were all named to the dean’s list. Tyler O’Rourke, a senior economics major attending Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, was named to Omicron Delta Epsilon, a chapter of the national economics honor society. Nice job guys!
It is time to sign up for the Westhampton Beach School District Adult Continuing Education program for the spring semester. Classes and workshops both begin on Monday, March 5, and end on Thursday, April 5. You can check out the courses and register online at www.whbschools.org.
February 21 is known as “Fat Tuesday” and it is the day that Mardi Gras begins down in New Orleans. To me, it signifies that both spring and the Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee’s annual fundraiser are right around the corner. This year’s fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 25, at Casey’s on Montauk Highway. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and there will be plenty of raffles. Don’t forget about the $100 per ticket raffle; only 300 tickets will be sold and there will be 13 winners. For more information, visit www.whbstpats.com.
Finally, don’t forget to swing by the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center over the next two weekends, February 17-19 and February 25-26, if you missed any of this year’s Oscar-nominated films. The PAC will be showing many of the flicks over the next two weekends. While there is no charge to attend, tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. For movie titles, showtimes and additional details, visit www.whbpac.org or swing by the box office on Main Street.