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LI Business Owner Receives Outstanding Service Award From the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

BAY SHORE, NY - September 29, 2009 – Andy Calimano, co-owner of Starfish Junction Productions, was honored for outstanding volunteer service by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Madelyn Fugazy, Associate Executive Director of the Greater New York Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presented the 2009 Outstanding Service Award to Mr. Calimano on September 23, 2009 in a ceremony held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY.

“We are so grateful for Andy's generosity and continued support,” said Karen Blank, Director of Special Events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “His volunteerism goes above and beyond and he is truly a shining star to the CF Foundation. We are so proud to honor him with the 2009 Outstanding Service Award this year," added Ms. Blank.

Last week’s event was designed to thank volunteers and pay tribute to some special Great Strides walk-a-thon team leaders. A special award given to Andy Calimano honors him, for the second year in a row, for his extraordinary efforts volunteering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Mr. Calimano is co-owner of Starfish Junction; a Long Island based award-winning event production company. “We always have a charity partner for every event we produce,” said Calimano. “While it is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the CFF, we partner with them to help increase awareness and raise funds, not to obtain special recognition. 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 $65,000 for our charity partners,” said Edward Duhon, co-owner of Starfish Junction. “We will continue to support local and industry-inspired charities who assist those 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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