Run – or walk – to help the children of Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Seamen’s Society for Children and Families, a St. George-based non-profit organization, will be hosting a 5K run or walk event in Clove Lakes Park on September 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. , good weather, bad weather.

The event will raise funds for the Seamen’s Society’s Robert and Barbara Fitzsimmons Children and Family Fund, which provides experience opportunities for children and families served by the organization, marking its 175th anniversary this year .

Registrants can sign up as individuals or as part of a team, and they can run or walk the course. Registration fees are $ 30 for adults (18 years or older); $ 15 for children / youth (17 years old or under). Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Sponsorships are available by contacting Andrew Miller at the Seamen’s Society at 718-447-7740 ext 4269.

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“This inaugural event will bring the community together to commemorate the wonderful dedication and service of Mr. and Mrs. Fitzsimmons – and will provide opportunities and experiences for the children and families in our care that they could not otherwise afford,” said the President and CEO of Seamen’s Society. David W. Gaskin. “These experiences include a summer camp, sports activities, and art and music lessons.”

Since its inception in April, the Fund has given nine youth the opportunity to attend a summer camp or participate in recreational activities.

Barbara and Robert Fitzsimmons

“There are many more children and families who need support,” said Laura L. Volsario, outgoing chair of the Seamen’s Society board of directors and daughter of the late Robert and Barbara Fitzsimmons. “The children and families served by the Seamen’s Society meant a lot to our parents. This fund and event will continue their legacy while providing meaningful experiences. “

“Our parents had a community spirit and were community oriented,” said Robert Fitzsimmons Jr., son of Robert and Barbara Fitzsimmons. “This event brings the community together to help pick up those in need of help and, thanks to the Fund, provides opportunities to strengthen children and families.”


Robert Fitzsimmons with his son Robert and daughter Laura Volsario.

Founded in 1846, the Seamen’s Society serves over 1,250 children and 500 families through foster care, adoption, family support services, health and wellness services, management services home care, domestic violence / intimate partner services, after-school tutoring and college / vocational scholarships.

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