Hundreds of local residents stepped up to the plate to help a Commack mother-of-three battle breast cancer at on Saturday.
Hauppauge Youth Organization's women softball teams raised more than $25,000 for Commack resident Kelly Feeney, 44, Saturday through a pick-up tournament, basket raffles and food sales. The money will be used to help the Feeney family cover expenses not paid for by medical insurance.
More than $15,000 of the total money raised was donated at Saturday's event. The generousity of local residents overwhelmed organizers, who thought they had set their hopes high at raising $7,000 to $8,000.
"I'm speechless, I started crying," said event organizer Alissa Zipperian, one of Kelly's best friends. "When we told Feeney the total, she nearly fell to the floor."
Both Zipperian and Feeney thanked the community for coming out and showing their support in the battle against breast cancer.
"There were people there that I haven’t seen in so long who just came to show their support, Even if they were there for 10 minutes to buy a raffle ticket or 50/50 ticket," Zipperian said.
Yet, donations continue to pour in. Zipperian said she received a phone call on Sunday from a a donor who wished to send a $500 check. Donations will continue to be accepted through the Kisses for Kelly website.
Zipperian thanked Hauppauge High School and middle school students who pitched in throughout the day to make Kisses for Kelly a success by selling raffle tickets, T-shirts and bracelets.