Enjoying a nice day at the Mitch Kraeling Fundraiser on the Nautical Mile in Freeport. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Friends, family, and supporters of Long Island children’s charity KiDS NEED MoRE  gathered Sunday to celebrate the life of Mitch Kraeling with food, drinks, and football on the Nautical Mile at Halfway Down in Freeport. 

Mitch lost his battle with cancer at the age of 22 on Oct. 11, 2013, and together with KiDS NEED MoRE, the Kraeling family hosts fundraisers each year in the hopes of helping other families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses.

This year’s Mitch Kraeling Fall Fundraiser raised $10,231 for KiDS NEED MoRE, whose mission is to bring fun and friendship into the lives of children and families coping with serious illness.

The event is coordinated by Mitch Kraeling, Sr., who is now battling cancer himself, and a long time supporter of the charity. The proceeds raised will provide substantial support toward helping many children and families in the community who are also struggling with this terrible disease.

The raffle baskets at the event were lovingly prepared & generously donated by Donna Esposito and Debra Carpenter of Carleena I You Fundraising. Donna & Debbie are sisters with a mission to help children coping with life-threatening illness in memory of Donna’s daughter, Carleena, who passed away as a child.

Fundraiser at the Halfway Down in Freeport. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Mitch Kraeling. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Dr. Joseph Mills and Johnny Ray. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Remembering Mitchell Kraeling. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Melissa Firmes-Ray from Kids Need More. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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