Saturday, November 6, 2010

Benefit held to help Tommy Fund

Academy of Kempo reaches out

NORTH HAVEN - A recent benefit held at Lanphier Day Spa raised more than $2,500 for the Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer, organizers said in a statement.
The event, dubbed an “Evening At The Spa” was a fundraiser to held through the Academy of Kempo’s "Help a Child Initiative," the statement said.
"People came from all over the state to experience Lanphier Day Spa’s exceptional services and pamper themselves while helping children with life threatening diseases," the statement said.
"The Lanphier Day Spa’s staff of caring professionals made the evening enjoyable and memorable for all who came to support this great event and raised over $2500 dollars for the Tommy Fund based out of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital."
The spa also collected 117 arts and craft kits and toys for the children undergoing their cancer treatments, the statement said.
There was a representative from the Academy of Kempo and some of their students there helping to spread the word about the ‘Help a Child Initiative’ and they put on a little demonstration during the event, the statement said.
There were representatives from the Tommy Fund at the event to help answer any questions about the organization.
"Part of the success of the evening was due to the people and businesses that supported the event. Thank you to the Youth Activity Center at Healthtrax for the babysitting," the statement said.
Food and beverages were donated by Eli’s on Whitney, Whitney Donuts, DiSorbo’s Bakery, Hindingers Farm, Mount Carmel Wine and Liquor, and Maria Santos.
The Lanphier Day Spa, Academy of Kempo, Mark Puglise Jewelers, Chico’s, White House Black Market, J.P. Dempsey’s, Flirt Boutique, Eli’s Brick Oven Pizza, Marjolaine Fine Pastries, DiMatteo’s Pizza, Taste Restaurant and Lounge, and J. Roo’s donated raffle prizes.
A full list of sponsors is available at

For more information on the Academy of Kempo’s "Help a Child Initiative" contact the Academy of Kempo at (203) 288-9990, or visit

Shown in the photo: Dee Stefanou, assistant manager at the Lanphier Day Spa handing a check to Frank Ciarleglio of Academy of Kempo Martial Arts, from the “Help a Child Initiative” to be donated to the Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer.

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