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Hurricane Fundraiser Set for Saturday at Sportset

Two-hour boot camp to help raise funds for local groups.

Trainers from The Pilates Absession, Sports Performance Group and Sportset will be holding a boot camp fundraiser Saturday to support the St. Agnes Parish Center and Sandy Help LB in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The fundraiser will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sportset, located at 60 Maple Ave. in Rockville Centre.

Particpants must be at least 8 years old and admission is $20. Patrons may come and go as they please. Groups will be rotated among a group of trainers every 15 minutes.

Karen Riccio, who has helped organized the fundraiser, said donations are going to St. Agnes and the Sandy Help LB group because of the tremendous work they were doing after Hurricane Sandy.

"Suzanne Sullivan has spearheaded a donation site at the St. Agnes Parish Center," Riccio said. "They are there every day of the week and it is extremely organized. ... She consistently posts on Facebook when they will be there to accept donations and the specifics of what they're looking for."

"Bryan Murphy began the Sandy Help LB initiative right after the storm.  He has a business and home in LB but is residing in RVC with his mother during this time," Riccio added. "[The webpage] informs you exactly where to meet each day, the teams of people are going into people's houses and helping them with rip out, sand removal, etc."

Riccio said she has never actually met Sullivan or Murphy, but appreciates the work they are doing to get information out to the public.

"They are both incredible, selfless people," Riccio said.

Those who cannot make the fundraiser can send donations to The Pilates Absession, 40 Maple Ave., Rockville Centre, N.Y. 11570.

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