SOMERS, N.Y. – The eighth annual Softball Tournament and Family Fun Day in honor of Stephanie Crispinelli was held on Sunday, July 9, at Reis Park.
Crispinelli, a 2008 Somers High School graduate, died in 2010 while on a humanitarian mission to Haiti. A student at Lynn University, she was among the many victims of the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people.
From the ashes of that tragedy, Crispinelli’s family found a way to build hope. Since then, they have continued to carry out her mission of helping the planet’s most impoverished citizens by building “Steph’s Place” schools in Jamaica. To date, seven have been constructed.
Each home costs about $50,000 to build and is done through the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund (AKA Stephanie’s Mission), which was established in 2010 in partnership with the Westchester Community Foundation. The Softball Tournament and Family Fun Day is the fund’s largest fundraiser.
Crispinelli first traveled to Jamaica in January of 2009 on a humanitarian mission. She felt a strong connection with the country and its citizens. Crispinelli kept a journal while on one of her mission trips to Jamaica and wrote, “I went to Jamaica to help the poor and the poor ended up helping me.”
A plaque of Crispinelli is inside every “Steph’s Place” school that is built, informing students about Stephanie and her accomplishments.
At the softball event, which featured men’s and co-ed tournaments, there was a free barbecue and lunch for all to enjoy. Ronald Reggae provided live music throughout the day and there was games, activities and inflatables for the entire family. There was also a gift basket raffle with over $1,000 worth of prizes.
There are many ways to help out with the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund, which also creates and donates Steph’s Comfort Kits to the American Red Cross. The fund also awards annual scholarships to a Somers High School student and funds summer camp opportunities for children who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity.
For more information on the fund, including upcoming events, visit stephaniesmission.org and instagram.com/stephaniesmission.