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September 19, 2002

Kiwanis Fishing Trip A Hit

By Stewart S Lilker

The Eighth Annual Arnold B. Levy Memorial fishing trip, held this past July 30 was the "best ever" according veteran trip organizer and chairman, John Helfrich, of the Lynbrook Kiwanis Club. The annual event is sponsored by the Lynbrook Kiwanis Club and underwritten by the Levy and Falk families.

This year's trip was aboard Capt. Frank Rizzo’s 72 foot the Miss Freeport V. Mr. Helfrich said, "The boat was as clean as a whistle. The crew aboard Captain Frank’s ship was stupendous. This seems to be truly a labor of love for Captain Frank and he went out of his way to make sure all the children on board had a trip to remember."

Fifty-six children participated on the sun filled day of fishing. The children came from Freeport’s Church of Christ - Little Zion; Operation Pride; Moxy Rigby Community Center; Roosevelt Kiwanis, and some just came from the community. There was no charge to any of the children.

Mr. Helfrich said, "We all had a great day. The children ate sixty sandwiches, four dozen bagels and drank eight cases of Mystic National Fruit beverages."

Mr. Helfrich couldn’t say enough nice things about Capt. Frank. "He was especially aware of the children. When one of them got sea sick, he turned the boat around and went back into the bay."

The big fish of the day, a 21 inch fluke, was caught by Robert Murray of Roosevelt.

Capt. Frank told FNYN, "The weather was perfect and the day was perfect. Watching the children smile on this trip is one of the points of my season. The day went off without a hitch and John Helfrich’s dedication to the children is uplifting to all he comes in contact with."

Captain Frank Rizzo (under the "S") watches the fishermen and women disembark after a perfect day on the water.


Photo's courtesy of John Helfrich


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