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Islanders & TD Bank Honor LI High School Club as February Hometown Hero

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

After raising money for essential cardiac surgeries, and saving the lives of 25 children, the Syosset High School Interact Club was honored as February’s TD Bank’s Hometown Hero.

The club, a group of selfless and compassionate Long Island high school students, was honored during the Islanders-Toronto Maple Leafs game on Feb. 27 for their charitable work with a global reach.

Over the past 10 years, the Interact Club has raised over $140,000, via their Blue Jeans for Babies fundraiser, with all proceeds going to Gift of Life International, which funds cardiac surgeries for children around the world.

“It is undoubtedly the most special and most meaningful responsibility that I can pour my passion and creativity into for a phenomenal cause,” co-president Sylvie Durlacher told the Syosset-Jericho Tribune in December.

The 300-member club, supervised by Carisa Steinberg and Debbi Hunter, collects money during the annual fundraiser, which encourages students and faculty to wear blue jeans in support of the cause.

The students don’t expect anything in return, but often meet the children after they receive their successful surgeries.

“The Hometown Hero program gives us the opportunity to recognize people in the community for the heroic work that they do,” VP of Suburban New York Marketing at TD Bank said. “That’s why we initiated this program with the Islanders. They are our hometown heroes, regular people doing really great things and tonight is the definition of that.”

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