East Hills, NY - September 12, 2014 - The Over 50 Fair held a Facebook contest recently for two free exhibitor booths for worthy non-profit organizations at its upcoming event. Fair Director Barbara Kaplan has announced the winners by popular demand as The Butterfly Effect Project and the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program. This is the fifth year for the Over 50 Fair, which will feature 90 exhibitors and 30 classes covering a variety of disciplines relevant to adults age 50+. It will take place on Sunday, September 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Melville Marriott. Free valet parking, health assessments and hearing screenings will be available.
The Butterfly Effect holds meetings in the basement of the Riverhead Free Library to teach young girls about self-confidence, living life to its fullest and staying out of trouble. The group’s organizer is Riverhead native Tijuana Fulford, a former Girl Scout who learned these same lessons nearly 20 years ago under the guidance of now-retired Riverhead Town Historian Justine Wells. Now 30, Ms. Fulford is an office manager at East End Rheumatology in Riverhead, the mother of three and offers The Butterfly Effect program free of charge. Funds are raised through donations. It is a volunteer-based group which aims to empower young girls to make good decisions in school and at home while eliminating obstacles like cultural differences and financial issues.
The Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program has been helping breast cancer patients and survivors for over 30 years. Adelphi University has a longstanding record of responding to needs in the community. In 1980, the first post mastectomy group began at Adelphi’s School of Social Work. The women in the support group, all of whom felt extremely isolated when they were diagnosed, found comfort in sharing their fears, questions, and experiences with others who were experiencing the same feelings. At a time in history when breast cancer was not even discussed publicly, members of this group, along with staff, faculty and interns at Adelphi, started the “Woman-to-Woman Hotline.” The program started with nine volunteers. Today it has over 100 trained volunteers who run a hotline and website and provide counseling, education and advocacy programs.
Complete information on the Over 50 Fair is available at Over50Fair.com. Fair Director Barbara Kaplan can be reached at 516-621-1446.