With the help of Hampton Bays students, the first annual to benefit the non-profit Kids Stock the House organization was held on Saturday with nearly 300 people in attendance and two teams taking home top prizes.
Held at in Hampton Bays, the event featured 10 softball teams from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties; a BBQ, provided by the and an awards ceremony.
"Overall, I have received dozens of texts, emails, and Facebook messages, all emphasizing that everyone had a blast at the games and looks forward to participating next year," said Donna Christina Oliverio, the founder and program supervisor of Kids Stock the House "I’m certain that the event will continue to generate the spirit of volunteerism and future proceeds for the House."
During the event, which was inspired by Billy Dzanoucakis, an eighth-grader at , Oliverio named several students, who were all instrumental in bringing the softball-a-thon to fruition, to lead the student initiative for Kids Stock the House. They are: Daniela Gutierez, Kim Castro, Alex Lane, Erica Kane, Ronald Aucapina, and Jocie Aucapina.
Also recognized was the Sunday Sudz team, which won the Word Series event and the Batters for the Brave team, which won the youth division.
The following is a list of the teams that participated in the event: All Stars with a Cause, Hitters for Hope, The Knuckle Ballers, Batters for the Brave, the Lady Baymen, the Westhampton Warriors, High Hopes, LPD Lighting, Sunday Sudz, Champion for Children, and the Batters for the Brave.