History


COOKIE SWAP FOR A CAUSE

Cookie Swap for a Cause was founded four years ago by three Somers moms; Laura Roublick, Hope Mazzola and Donna Martone. Cookie Swap works on behalf the community of Somers as well as other local charities. Laura’s young daughter, Nicole struggles with a rare illness called Autoimmune Lymphproliferative Syndrome (ALPS). Cookie Swap’s main focus has been to raise money to give back to the charities and organizations that have helped the Roublick family over the course of Nicole’s disease.

 

These three moms have always focused their attention on Community. A scholarship fund was created to award college bound seniors additional funds to help with tuition and books. Each year an essay is required to enter the competition. This program called Somers Mom’s Scholarship Fund was founded by Hope Mazzola to serve the people of Somers by providing cooperative information and community spirit through social networking. Somers Mom’s Scholarship Fund has awarded five scholarships over the past three years with funds raised at our Cookie Swap for a Cause rallies.

 

In the first year, a portion of the proceeds donated were given to Camp Sunshine in Maine. Camp Sunshine is a retreat for families who have a child suffering with life threatening illness. Nicole and her family spent several weeks at the camp. The Cookie Swap helped to purchase a brick on the walkway representing Nicole and her ALPS family.

 

In 2015, half of the proceeds collected were donated to Cures Within Reach. “Cures” was instrumental in getting Nicole in a medication trial program. Without this medication, Nicole would still be receiving transfusions, Chemo and have to experience lengthy hospital stays.

 

In 2016, proceeds and gifts were donated to NYU Hassenfeld Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and to 9E at NYU Tisch Hospital. Nicole has received some of her treatments at the NYU Hassenfeld Center and spent much of her childhood as a patient at the Tisch Hospital. We were able to fill a treasure chest for the clinic and buy wagons for the 9th floor. (One of Nicole’s favorite things to do while in the hospital).

 

This year we are excited to be donating half of the proceeds to Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley. We will also be collecting Disney themed toys to be donated to the Wish House. Nicole was fortunate enough to receive a wish when she was 8 years old. As a family, the Roublick’s traveled to Disney and stayed in Give Kids the World.

 

We are looking forward to our 5th Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause this November 2018. We are proud and honored to be able to help others both inside as well as outside of community. We are grateful to Donna Martone and her family for generously donating the beautiful Crystal Hall at Somers Community Center year after year to hold our event. The Crystal Hall is located at 34 Hillandale Road, Yorktown Heights, NY, and is the perfect venue to hold all kinds of special events. Completely renovated top to bottom, the Crystal Hall holds up to 130 guests with updated Kitchen facilities and two handicap accessible bathrooms, a private room with fireplace, television and free Wi-Fi off the main hall.  All located on a beautifully landscaped setting with plenty of parking. 

 

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