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July 28, 2006

Farmingdale State Flyers on the Run for Marcum & Kliegman Long Island Workplace Challenge


Judi Cestaro with her "Farmingdale Flyers"
Judi Cestaro with her "Farmingdale Flyers"

On Tuesday, July 25, 2006, Farmingdale State University of New York participated in the inaugural Marcum & Kliegman Long Island Workplace Challenge at Jones Beach State Park. Marcum & Kliegman LLP replaced JP Morgan Chase as the title sponsor of Long Island's largest participatory sports event designed to foster fitness and camaraderie in the workplace. This year, over 100,000 people participated in similar events across the United States, Australia, England, Germany, and South Africa.

The Farmingdale State team, led by Associate Director of Community Relations Judi Cestaro of Bayport, had over 30 participants representing the campus community. Members of the "Farmingdale Flyers" wore a custom designed team tank top during the 3.5 mile run/walk. In addition, the 5,442 Challenge participants representing over 175 companies also receive a Marcum & Kliegman Long Island Workplace Challenge t-shirt. Awards are given out in categories for men, women, CEOs, and individuals. The fastest female "Farmingdale Flyer" was Small Business Development Center Business Advisor, Ritu Wackett of Setauket, with a time of 28:00. Of the men, Physical Plant's Marty Schneider of Deer Park had the fastest time of 34:25.

Team Captain Cestaro has nothing but praise for the Challenge and what it brings to the college. "It is really inspiring to me to see my teammates walking and running on campus in preparation for this event. We motivate each other all year long to maintain our exercise schedules. It's a gift we give each other".

A portion of the proceeds of the event will be donated to Children's Medical Fund of New York and Skills Unlimited. Children's Medical Fund of New York advocated for a dedicated children's hospital and raised the funds necessary to open Schneider Children's Hospital. CMF remains the hospital's largest supporter, raising millions of dollars to advance the medical care, increase technological capability and improve the lives of seriously ill children and their families. Skills Unlimited provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities and mental illness.