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Volleyball teamwork serves up a meaningful donation

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Long Beach athletes raise $1,906 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Long Beach High School boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams joined forces and turned their competitions into charitable fundraisers on Sept. 28. The two teams were each scheduled to play their friendly rivals from Massapequa, and took on the doubleheader as an opportunity to collect proceeds for the battle against Cystic Fibrosis. 

Team members, captains, parent volunteers and coaches Bill Gibson and Kerri Rehnbeck were instrumental in organizing this event. Athletes and spectators alike wore purple to represent Cystic Fibrosis awareness. Through sales of baked goods and raffle tickets, $1,906 was presented to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Development Manager Kerry McKibbins. Those involved in the effort gathered on Oct. 11 to make this rewarding contribution.  

The students took on this initiative as a way to support classmate and fellow volleyball player Eddie Roesch, who was joined by his mother and two sisters at the donation gathering. Team members were successful in promoting the effort on social media and throughout the building with posters, which resulted in a gymnasium packed with friends and family members wishing to help the cause.