Thursday, May 24, 2007


See the above picture? That's the look of thousands of dollars being raised for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University at last weekend's L. Lodico Walk for Celiac Disease. "We had about 90+ people and raised over $5900 (pledges are still coming in)," wrote organizer Lina Lodico on the message board of the New York City Celiac Disease Meetup Group. Congrats to Lina, who organized the walk with the support of the Long Island Celiac Sprue Support Group Chapter #23. She hopes to do even better next year.

The New York City Chapter of CSA/USA continues to hold its dinner get-togethers, with the next dinner scheduled for Gus' Place on Thursday, May 31, at 6:30 pm. Leaders Merle Cachia and Mary Ferry state that reservations must be made by Tuesday, May 29 and recommend arriving at 6:15 pm "in order to make a leisurely choice from the menu." For more information, call Merle at 212-662-2464 or Mary at 212-304-1026.

North of the city, there's another walk coming up on Sunday, June 3. This annual event, one of a nationwide series of walks overseen by the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, will take place at Rockland Lake State Park (Parking Lot #1) in Congers, New York. Registration is at 9 am; the walk starts at 10 am. Proceeds will go to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research and the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia. Erin's got the skinny at Gluten-Free Fun.

And coming up on the afternoon of Sunday, June 24 is the 9th Annual Family Picnic of the Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group. It's scheduled for Sleepy Hollow's Kingsland Point Park, which adjoins Metro North's Philipse Manor Station. Phone 845-486-7088 if the weather is iffy. (There is no rain date.)

Photo: Lina Lodico

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