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Billy Baldwin: Thanks For Meeting ‘Goal’ 

Jim Wright, South Huntington School District athletic director; George Tsangaris, a member of the Northport Cow Harbor United Soccer Club board of directors; Margaret Fullam, soccer club director; Joe Bonifazio, soccer club vice president; Billy Baldwin; and Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund Director Dr. Brian O’Hea pose with a $32,000 check to advance breast cancer research.

Getting Billy Baldwin to record a YouTube video thanking the Northport Cow Harbor United Soccer Club was one thing, but event organizers showed just how dedicated they were to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund when they got Baldwin to appear at the Northport Soccer Field last Saturday.

Baldwin, who flew in from Santa Barbra, Calif. for the New York City Marathon on Sunday, came to Long Island a day earlier to accept a $32,000 check to his mother’s cancer research foundation, based at Stony Brook Medical Center.

“I want to thank the Cow Harbor Soccer and Northport community… I really admire the civic-mindedness of the club and the community to reach out and give service, and give something back,” Baldwin said.

The check was handed over to Baldwin and researchers at the foundation three weeks after the soccer club’s Columbus Day weekend tournament, which drew over 350 teams and 3,000 athletes from across North America to the Northport area.

Dr. Brian O’Hea, director of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, said the money raised by the tournament and through private donations will add to the unlimited potential of research for a cure.

“We are making gains and tremendous success, and these advances are only possible through research. We thank you for your dedication and support,” O’Hea said.

George Tsangaris, who sits on the board of directors of the Northport Cow Harbor United Soccer Club, said Baldwin’s presence speaks volumes about the character of the community that has come together in support of a great, overarching cause.

“It definitely means a lot; it will bring more awareness on Long Island and to the area regarding cancer and research,” Tsangaris said.

The tournament, which ran the weekend of Oct. 12-13, was held at over 70 different fields throughout the South Huntington, Harborfields and Northport School Districts.

“These are exactly the type of values that we as parents and Long Islanders want to instill in our children. The Northport community is way ahead of the curve… My hat’s off to you,” Baldwin said.

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