Fundraising Success From Craft/Gift Fair

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The East Islip High School Parent Teacher Student Association presented their 25th annual Craft & Gift Fair at the high school on November 19 and 20. “This was our most successful event to date in raising money to benefit the PTSA Scholarship Fund” said co-chairperson Sue Diesu. The PTSA awards scholarships, funded by the fair, to graduating high school seniors based on their academic excellence and community service.

This year’s fair, which was held indoors, offered visitors a huge array of crafts and gifts from over 100 diverse exhibitors, including photographers, potters/ceramicists, jewelry designers, fabric crafters, candle and chocolate makers and gourmet food creators.

“Each year, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our community members as well as local businesses for their helping hands and donations that make this event so successful,” said co-chairperson Dina Salemo. “Through all of their efforts, we are proud to be able to help many of our students pursue their future academic goals."

“We are grateful for the strong community support and look forward to next year,” added organizer Cathy DePasquale. The next PTSA Craft & Gift Fair is scheduled for Nov. 17-18, 2012.