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Wantagh Charity Raises Money for Children at Annual Casino Gala

Fundraiser to benefit the John Theissen Children's Foundation Back to School Drive.

Hundreds of supporters filled the Woodbury Country Club last Thursday evening for the  (JTCF) annual casino gala.

JTCF founder John Theissen survived a battle with a brain tumor in his final years at MacArthur High School in Levittown two decades ago. Today, Theissen of Seaford helps thousands of sick and underprivileged children across Long Island through the foundation's back to school drive, holiday toy drive and fun center on 1881 Wantagh Ave.

WNYW Fox 5 news anchor Jill Nicolini, who was elected to the organization's Board of Directors last year, is a regular supporter of Theissen's work.

"I've been friends with John for about eight years," said Nicolini, who was honored at last year's JTCF casiona gala. "He does such a great thing helping so many children. He's an inspiration and his own personal story really effects everyone. He has a great story to tell and he's using it to help all thse children throughout Long Island. It's an honor to come here and support him."

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the JTCF's annual Back to School Drive being held through the summer to help underprivileged children obtain a wardrobe and supplies necessary to kick off the new school year. Donors can sponsor a child online for $150.

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