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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Food Collection: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 3-4 pm at Carle Place Red Lobster

To help thousands of Long Islanders in need enjoy a brighter and healthier holiday season, the Islanders are teaming up with Island Harvest at its community food collection rally at the Carle Place Red Lobster, 211-217 Old Country Road, Carle Place on Tuesday, November 21 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro will greet fans and sign autographs from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. while helping Island Harvest collect turkeys, food and cash donations to assist Island Harvest in its mission of ending hunger and reducing food waste on Long Island.  DiPietro will also be joined by Islanders general manager Garth Snow. Any fan that brings down a turkey, nonperishable items, or monetary donations will be able to get autographs. Broadcasting live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. will be KJOY 98.3 FM morning show co-host, Kim Berk with prizes and giveaways for generous Long Islanders stopping by to make donations. 

"We're privileged to partner with a great charity like Island Harvest to help families in need, especially around the holidays," said DiPietro. "I hope to see Islanders fans out in full force on Tuesday."

All fans that come down and donate one turkey or more will be entered into a raffle to take home an autographed Rick DiPietro jersey.  All fans who come down and make a monetary donation of $150 or more will get the chance to win four tickets to a future Islanders game for the 2006 2007 season.  Donate $50 or more and get the opportunity to take home an 8-pack of movie tickets courtesy of KJOY and the Long Island Radio Group.

Families and individuals can also support the campaign by stopping by one of the numerous supermarket food collection events, bringing non-perishable food donations to local drop-off locations including Citibank, The Bristal Assisted Living, and Panera Bread (frozen turkeys only), donating a turkey or their supermarket turkey coupon.  Monetary contributions are also welcome to help support Island Harvest's year-round food donation programs. 

For more information about the campaign, to find out how to get involved, or to find additional drop-off locations, contact Island Harvest at or (516) 294-8528.

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