With autumn descending upon us, albeit quite slowly this year, it’s clear that we never got to properly reflect on the Mommy Nearest Summer Challenge. The Challenge was our focus for much of the summer and while I won’t rehash many of the specifics of the promotion, the grand prize for “winning” the Challenge was awarded to the most active local parenting group.
Of the many parenting groups that got in on the fun, Bay Ridge Parents in Brooklyn, set themselves apart as the most active and inspiring group. With Heather Tomoyasu, a Mommy Nearest Expert Mom, leading the charge, the community came together, worked hard and emerged victorious. We couldn’t have been happier that Bay Ridge Parents won because of how deeply-rooted the community of Bay Ridge is. This particular neighborhood clearly looks out for one-another. These Brooklynites have each other’s back, through and through. This was especially evident in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when members of the community got together and decided to start a non-profit called Bay Ridge Cares. The non-profit describes itself as:
“an organization of neighbors dedicated to making our community a better place by doing all the good we can, in all the ways we can, for as many as we can.”
The group, despite being run by all volunteers, has been able to do so much good for the community in such a short time. Besides helping those who struggled after Sandy, the group has organized neighborhood-wide cleanups, community service projects and much more. Because of this dedication to the community, the Bay Ridge Parents group decided to dedicate their victory in the Mommy Nearest Summer Challenge to a cause being championed by Bay Ridge Cares. It just so happens that the cause they wanted to help with was also very much aligned with what we aspire to at Mommy Nearest; helping parents, especially parents of young children.
Photo courtesy of Bay Ridge Cares via Facebook
One of the smallest members of the Bay Ridge family is Sally Kabel. Despite being on this Earth for such a short period of time, Sally has had to endure far too much pain. In July, at only 10 months old, Sally was diagnosed with leukemia and is one of only 200 infants nationwide who suffers from the disease. Not surprisingly, when Bay Ridge Cares heard about Sally and the Kabel family’s plight, they wanted to get involved and host a fundraiser for Sally. Tomorrow is that fundraiser for Sweet Sally Sunshine.
It is truly inspiring to see a group of strangers, who just happen to live close to one another, come together to form a community. In New York City, where most people would prefer to completely ignore a neighbor rather than lend a hand, tomorrow’s fundraiser speaks volumes to the character of Bay Ridge. So, it will truly be our pleasure to announce Bay Ridge Parents as the winners of the Summer Challenge.
Mommy Nearest has been deeply touched by the spirit of the community of Bay Ridge and so we will be making a few exciting announcement at tomorrow’s fundraiser. Suffice it to say, tomorrow will be a day of reflection, strength and courage and we will do our best to honor Sally Kabel and the entire Kabel family.
Photo courtesy of Matt Kabel via Brooklyn Daily Eagle
If you would like to show your support, please click here for more information. Tomorrow’s fundraiser will run from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Wicked Monk, at 9510 Third Avenue, rain or shine. The whole family is welcome and kids under 12 get in free, with a donation of $10/$5 requested from adults/kids over 12. Admission includes one drink ticket, light refreshments, entertainment, a gift auction, raffle and games for the kids. All proceeds go towards supporting Sally and her family’s medical and other related expenses.
Tomorrow, we look forward to meeting new friends, seeing old ones and doing “all the good we can, in all the ways we can, for as many as we can.”
We hope to see you there.
Until next time,
Josh Milstein, CEO, Mommy Nearest