Islander Greats Hit the Ice With Local Hockey Alumni Team

Charity game raises $17,000 in honor of Sara Grace Foundation and Frank J. Rizzo Memorial Scholarship Fund.

It certainly wouldn't be a stretch to sayteam was a success; this year Kevin Barattini and friends performed a hat trick.

Not only did they raise more money than they did last year, attendance to the event was just slightly better and the team was narrowly beat by just one goal.

"It was unbelievable," said Barattini, who organized the event for the second year. "We lost 6-5 with two minutes to go."

Barattini organized the game in honor of friend and former teammate Frank Rizzo who was killed in a car accident two years ago on his 30th birthday. A scholarship fund, was named for Rizzo soon after.

The Sarah Grace Foundation became part of the event after Barattini met the Weippert family, who lost their daughter to leukemia, at a Christmas event.

"You can’t put a price tag on watching the parents memorializing their kids," said Barattinin. "Lot of people packed out place to see their heroes and donate money to great causes."

Rizzo's jersey, number 68, was retired and raised in a ceremony preceding the game.

Kings Park's own Alysson Gannon sand God Bless America, while former American Idol contestants, Robbie Rosen and Alessandra Guercio closed out the event in a duet of "So Glad You Came", that brought the crowd to their feet.

Barattini said the Islanders are already on board for next year.

"The Islanders were so glad to contribute," said Barattini.  "They can't wait to do it next year. It just keeps getting better and better."

John J. Gallagher April 20, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Who was the youngster (apparently being honored on the ice).....and was Jim Pavese an Islander ?
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Pavese played for the NY Rangers. He is seen with Christian Jean-Pierre. Christian is a 9 year old boy who was diagnosed with Actute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
John J. Gallagher April 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Here I am again, trying to identify one of our neighbors. Thanks Jenn for WHOPPING NEWS that Jim Pavese is a past RANGER.....he and I got to know each other through the St. Patrick's Day Parade as well as his establishment's ST BALDRICK's event this year.....I never knew this about him.....I started putting your pictures together and "put this together" in my mind. Now for the next....Christian Jean-Pierre....is he in any way related to one of our recent candidates who entered our Knights of Columbus FOURTH degree (his name is Jean-Paul Edmond and I think he resides in Commack. )


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