Nassau County PBA and Murray Host Summer Bash for Kids with Special Needs

The children of Hempstead Town’s Camp ANCHOR are sure to enjoy a fun-filled day of sunshine and activities during the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association (PBA) sponsored picnic, which will take place at noon on Friday, July 17th.  ANCHOR is a comprehensive, year-round program that serves children with special needs.  From July 6th through August 14th, Camp ANCHOR offers its Summer Program at Lido Beach, which serves approximately 750 children with special needs throughout the summer.  The highlight of the ANCHOR summer program, the picnic offers food, fun, recreation and entertainment to campers who attend the beachside program.

“I am excited to spend a day of fun and festivities with ANCHOR campers who embody the spirit of summer and are the ‘heart and soul’ of our township,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “I want to thank PBA President James Carver and all of the members of the PBA who make this event so enjoyable and memorable for young people in the ANCHOR Program.”

At the picnic, which will take place amidst Camp ANCHOR’s carnival-themed tents, children will be able to sit in a police helicopter, ride atop a police motorcycle, dunk officers in the dunk tank and enjoy great barbequed food.  Also, campers will enjoy dancing to the music of DJ ‘Party Marty.’

“Giving back to the community is a key priority of the PBA,” said James Carver, PBA President.  “The look of joy on the faces of the young people of Camp ANCHOR makes this event as rewarding for members of the PBA as it is for the campers.”

The ANCHOR Program offers recreational, social, entertainment and nutritional programs to 1,650 young people throughout the year.  The program recently saw the completion of the $6 million Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center at Camp ANCHOR.  The facility offers a host of activities and services including sports, technology programs, a heralded theatre program and meal services, among other activities.

“Working with Camp ANCHOR and its director, Joe Lentini, to provide the picnic is always a pleasure,” stated Carver.  “It really warms my heart to see the youngsters enjoy this well-deserved extravaganza.”

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