Lace up those sneakers and get ready to walk for a cure.
On Saturday, June 4, the International Society of SS. Cosma & Damiano will present the Third Annual Howard Beach Walk to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
With special guests, costumed characters, face painting, free breakfast and lunch, tattoo and balloon artists, and even mascots Mr. Met and Sparky, the walk will kick off in the schoolyard of the Ave Maria Catholic Academy, at 158-12 101st Street, Howard Beach, at 10:30 a.m. (registration begins at 9).
Last year’s event, which raised $150,000, drew celebrities such as Goomba Johnny from radio station KTU; Joe Causi from 101.1 WCBS FM; Tony Sirico, a.k.a. “Paulie Walnuts,” from “The Sopranos;” Ike Davis, number 29 from the New York Mets; and former “American Idol” contestant Pia Toscano, Howard Beach’s own, who sang the National Anthem.
“This has an incredible impact for Juvenile Diabetes,” said Goomba Johnny last year. “It’s raising thousands of dollars for research.”
“If we match last year’s goal, we’re ahead of the game,” said Joe De Candia, President of the society.
He has pledged his continued support of the cause, and urges those who have not already, to sign up.
For further information or to register, go to https://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=113425.