Two friends, one awesome Mitzvah Project.
Drew Lerman of Merrick, New York and Morgan Mass of Bellmore, New York, are 7th graders and great friends.
Drew and Morgan came up with a fun way to combine their Mitzvah Projects to include their friends and raise money for pediatric cancer.
Their project is called Mitzvah Mash. It will take place on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Bellmore Jewish Center in Bellmore, New York. Both families are proud members of the Bellmore Jewish Center and Drew and Morgan will have their upcoming Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies there.
The Mitzvah Mash will raise money for The Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York, where close friend Sadie Freifeld was treated.
Pictured L-R: Morgan Mass and Drew Lerman.
We learned more information about this terrific idea directly from Morgan and Drew. Please read below to see how you can be part of the fun and support a great cause:
MM: Can you give us details about your Mitzvah Project?
Morgan/Drew: It’s a party that none of our parents can make! After 13 years of friendship we have decided to work together on a Mitzvah Project that is close to our hearts. We wanted to host a really cool hang-out with all our friends from both our communities who are in 7th grade. It is really hard to get a big group of kids together for a hang out, so we thought about having a two hour social called a “Mitzvah Mash.”
Morgan and Drew as young friends
MM: Why did you decide to take on this particular project?
Morgan/Drew: A close family friend was diagnosed with cancer four years ago. It was a very overwhelming experience helping her through such a hard time. She battled for close to a year and we were there to support her every step of the way. We are so happy to say that she is in full remission and doing what every seven year old girl should be doing.
MM: Does your project have a start and end date, if so what are they?
Morgan/Drew: Our project will take place on Sunday, October 12, 2014, from 8-10pm at The Bellmore Jewish Center in Bellmore, New York. We asked that admission costs be sent in advance to help the party get started in a timely fashion. We will have a great time, there will be music, snacks and lots of fun.
MM: In your own words, what does it mean to you to do a Mitzvah Project for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
Morgan/Drew: Doing a Mitzvah Project for our upcoming Bar and Bat Mitzvahs makes us feel special. Our Mitzvah Project is very close to our heart and it makes us feel good inside that we are doing something important for other children with cancer. We hope that with the money we raise and donate they will come closer to finding a cure to fight this horrible disease.
MM: If it involves a donation, what are you doing to spreading the word?
Morgan/Drew: We have created flyers, posted them on social media sites, and we have emailed our family and friends.
Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital is an organization that will always welcome donations.
MM: Is there anything else we need to know about your Mitzvah Project?
Morgan/Drew: This is an event for only 7th graders in the Bellmore/Merrick communities, regardless of religion. Admission is $20.00/person and we would appreciate it being sent in advance of October 12, 2014. Our DJ is Ben, who is known as DJBEKRO!! He is a community member and high school student. He is volunteering his time for this amazing cause. For any questions please contact our moms, Andrea Mass at 516-313-4986 or Jenn Lerman at 917-648-4952.
If you are interested in making a donation in honor of this Mitzvah Project, please contact Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital.
We thank Morgan and Drew for sharing this special Mitzvah Project with our readers and wish them good luck with their event!