Maureen's Hope beneficiary of Long Island parade

Recognition is growing for Maureen's Hope Foundation.

The local not-for-profit foundation was selected as one of three charities to benefit from the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade held in Long Island.

"My roots are in Long Island, so a family member had submitted Maureen's Hope to be considered during the selection process as a possible beneficiary," said Baldwinsville resident Susan Bertrand, founder of Maureens Hope Foundation.

Last August, Bertrand was invited to share the focus and mission of Maureen's Hope with the parade board.

"I think they were very impressed with what the foundation does," Bertrand said. "We received a call in September that we were chosen."

While relatively young in tradition (the first parade was held in 1997), the Rockville Centre Parade has become one of the best-attended and supported parades outside of New York City. It shares its success annually with three charities, one based in Long Island, one outside of Long Island and one with a focus on Irish heritage and culture. Known as "The Parade that Cares and Shares," the event has distributed $485,000 to 36 charities since its inception. Last year alone, the parade close to $100,000 to be split equally between three charities.

"The parade's board of directors takes great care and exercises tremendous due diligence in selecting our three charities every year," said Ann Marie Myatt, the Rockville Centre Parade committee president. "This year, we are very proud of the high quality of the three charities we will be supporting."

Bertrand said she hoped to have 200 supporters at this year's parade, which will be held Saturday March 21.

"Funds received from events like the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day parade help us to continue to fulfill our mission," she said.

About Maureen's Hope

Bertrand founded Maureen's Hope after her sister Maureen passed away from cancer.

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