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LI Business Owner Named Volunteer of the Year
By the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

BAY SHORE, NY — October 22, 2008 – Andy Calimano, co-owner of Starfish Junction Productions, was honored as Volunteer of the Year by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Madelyn Fugazy, Associate Executive Director of the Greater New York Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presented the award to Mr. Calimano on October 21, 2008 in a ceremony held at the Fox Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY.

"Volunteers are the backbone of our success,” said Karen Blank, Director of Special Events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “Andy Calimano is one of our amazing volunteers. He continuously gives of his time to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raise much-needed funds to find a cure. He shows true heart and dedication to helping others. We are so thankful to Andy for all that he does and are proud to call him our Volunteer of the Year," added Ms. Blank.

Last night’s event was designed to thank volunteers and pay tribute to some special Great Strides walk-a-thon team leaders, and a special award was given to Andy Calimano, honoring him as the 2008 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Volunteer of the Year. Andy Calimano is co-owner of Starfish Junction; a Long Island based award-winning event production company. “We always partner with a charity for each event we produce,” said Calimano. “While it is a great honor to have been selected as Volunteer of the Year, we don’t work with the charities to obtain special recognition, we partner with them to help them with their efforts to increase awareness and raise funds. It is a team effort here at Starfish Junction, we all share in this great honor,” added Calimano.

Starfish Junction partners with at least one charity for every event they produce. “Starfish Junction to date, has helped raise over $50,000 for our charity partners,” said Edward Duhon, co-owner of Starfish Junction. “We will continue to expand upon our efforts helping those who are in need,” he added.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (www.cff.org) is a nonprofit donor-supported organization working tirelessly to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The Foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. It has more than 80 chapters and branch offices nationwide and funds and accredits 115 CF care centers across the country, including 94 adult care programs, which provide patients and families with vital treatment and other CF resources.

Starfish Junction Productions (www.StarfishJunction.com), is an award-winning event planning, production and management company located in Bay Shore, NY.

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