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Photos courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Glendale
Samantha Aiello (left) and Dave Fitzgerald (right) are both recovering from tragedies that left them in poor health.

The Kiwanis Club of Glendale and the Kiwanis Club of Ridgewood, NY 3-2-1 are teaming to host an end-of-summer party to raise money for two member families that have been affected by recent tragedies.

The “End of Summer Bash” will take place in the auditorium of St. Pancras Church in Glendale on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. featuring live music from local band Risky Business, door prizes and prize baskets, as well as $50 and $100 prize grids.

The proceeds from the event will be split between the families of Samantha Aiello and Dave Fitzgerald, who were both recently struck by afflictions that took a toll on both clubs and their families.

Aiello, whose father Joe Aiello is a longtime member and past president of the Glendale club, was involved in a severe car accident in July. She suffered facial injuries, loss of hearing, bruised ribs and bleeding in the brain during the accident and has a long road to recovery, according to current club president Kerrie Hansen. Aiello is an adjunct math and computer sciences professor at Queensborough Community College and an emergency department technician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bethpage.

Fitzgerald is also a very active and longtime member of the Glendale club, and his wife Elizabeth is the first president of the newly reformed Ridgewood club. A few days after Aiello’s accident, Fitzgerald suffered a major stroke that sent him to the intensive care unit at Lenox Hill Hospital for several days. Fitzgerald has now been transferred to the stroke unit and has begun physical and occupational therapy, but his road to recovery is a long one as well, Hansen said.

The fundraiser was already planned before these hard times fell upon the clubs, and it was a unanimous decision to turn it into a benefit for these families, Hansen said.

“We’re all devastated, these two individuals, Joe and Dave, are very active and have been members for a long time and it just hit home really hard,” Hansen said. “The fact that we can help in any way to show support is helping us get through, and the families are greatly appreciative of all the support and well wishes.”

Tickets for the fundraiser cost $30 per person and include sandwiches, hot dogs, soda and water, but guests are also allowed to bring their own beverages. Prizes for the various drawings will include a flat screen television, gift certificates to many local businesses and restaurants and much more.

Those interested in purchasing tickets in advance should contact Hank Kraker at 718-386-7302, J.R. Velepec at 917-270-5829, or Bill Rennison at 347-891-2835.

Courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Glendale

Courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Glendale

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