2009-04-30 / Other News

Auto Club Hoopsters Jump High For A Friend

The guest of honor says thanks to all! The guest of honor says thanks to all! The residents of Sumner Houses in Bedford Stuyvesant all have their hearts in the right place. The moment they found out that their friend and neighbor Tabitha Mullings was being released from the hospital last February after a stay of five months, they decided they'd throw a big fund raiser in her honor.

Tabitha, 32, a single mother with three children went into a hospital in September, 2008 with a bad case of stomach pains. After being released, she became ill again, fell into a coma for two weeks and eventually contracted gangrene, resulting in the amputation of her arms and legs.

As her story became known, due to newspaper and TV reports, Tabitha's strength and determination to overcome such tragedy led her Sumner neighbors to take heed. One of her neighbors, Kenny Cooper, CEO and president of Grand Lost City Auto Club, said, "It is our responsibility as members of this community to ensure that Tabitha's three boys receive the necessary support while she goes through this ordeal."

It's "Jump Ball" as auto clubs do their thing for a good cause. Photos by Bennett Silverman It's "Jump Ball" as auto clubs do their thing for a good cause. Photos by Bennett Silverman As a result, they scheduled a basketball tournament for last Saturday at Canarsie High School and played their hearts out to a fantastic audience.

The event also featured presentations from other auto clubs and a half-time show with pals from Sumner Houses and others.

Preceded by a convoy of cars, the entourage pulled up in front of the school at about 10 a.m. and the event lasted until late afternoon. The best part of the successful event, though, was seeing the smile and the emotion on Tabitha's face. She knew that the best of everything consisted of the love she received from her friends. Charles Rogers

Nice crowd of well-wishers fill up the C.H.S. gym. Nice crowd of well-wishers fill up the C.H.S. gym. Dance Factory and Fully Focused pose and give the event that professional touch. Dance Factory and Fully Focused pose and give the event that professional touch.

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