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MARCH 2021: Starlight camper, Alex Kirsch collected 121 caps for his Mitzvah project with donations from friends, The New York Redbulls and New York Mets! Alex used Amazon’s “Wishlist” to help spread the word! Great job, Alex!

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November 2017: At the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida former camper and Junior Jacob Haaker (Starlight 2006-2014) organized a Stack the Caps event. He is a brother of Alpha Sigma Phi and the Community Service Director for the Association of Greek Letter Organizations (AGLO). He was passionate about bringing the event to campus as Brielle was from his hometown, Livingston, New Jersey. With the Greek and University of Miami community, Jacob collected over 60 hats during AGLO week which is week for Greeks from different councils to meet new people. He was proud to represent Starlight and plans to hold another Stack the Caps event in the future!

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June 2017: At Mount Pleasant Elementary School (Brielle's school) in Livingston, NJ, the students collected over 450 hats to be donated and stacked them high at a school wide assembly in Brielle's honor. Pictured here are MPE students who are also Starlighters and future Starlighters.

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September 2016: Justin Gordon, a who is going to be Lower Senior at Camp Starlight in 2017 along with home town friend Jared Ilan were hosts to a fantastic "Stack the Caps" event in Armonk. From obtaining permission to hold their event in the town square, to promoting their event through social media and emails to selling and collecting hats the boys were able to host a very successful event, collecting 280 caps. Justin and Jared donated the collect caps to Hassenfeld Children's Center at NYU - a center for children with cancer and blood disorders.

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May, 2016: I hosted a Stack the Caps event at my school, Pine Crest, in Florida. I have been going to Camp Starlight since I was 7 years old so I have witnessed Stack the Caps happening for many years. I saw a window of opportunity to conduct a Stack the Caps event at home. I talked to the Head of Community Service at my school and she helped me organize the event. It was posted on my school website and I announced it in my classes so the word was spread. I also put it on some of my social media. The option to bring hats was only open to 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade. I went and talked to 5th grade and brought the pole to them a week in advance because I wanted them to have a larger time span to bring in hats. The middle school had two days to bring hats. I stood with the pole out in carline so students who brought a hat would be able to put them on the pole in the beginning of the day. I made signs with the Stack the Caps logo on them and held them so parents would also see them when dropping their kids off. I got 1 of the 5-foot poles filled completely and a half of another 5- foot pole as well. It was a great learning experience and so fun to do. I am also proud to bring this wonderful charity to my community and I hope that I have raised awareness for the people at my school. The event was very successful and Miami Children's Hospital will be excited to get all of these wonderful hats. -Marlie Kahan

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April, 2016: A Stack the Caps event was held at Horace Greeley High School in Westchester, NY run by Madison Klein (a returning CA), Haley Stein, and Greg Karr (who are both former campers). They collected 87 caps, which reached 7 feet 4 inches. The hats that were collected will be donated to Blyethdale Children's Hospital. Madison, Haley, and Greg are so thankful for the opportunity to contribute to Stack the Caps's mile-high goal. They would like to wish a special thank you Jessica for all help in organizing the event!

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December, 2015: It was fantastic to see one of Camp Starlight's campers, Sam Seltzer, host "Stack The Caps" Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, NY!

He collected over 200 new and unused baseball hats that he will be donate to kids with cancer.

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November, 2015: Olivia and Liza Melamed celebrated their B'not Mitzvah in November. When deciding on a Mitzvah project they knew right away it had to be something related to camp. The love they share for Camp Starlight is a special bond they have. They participate in Stack the Caps every summer at camp and to them it was something they both had in common and felt compelled to do together. For the weeks leading up to the event they shared status' on social media and told their friends and family about Stack the Caps and invited their guests to bring hats to the party to "stack" on custom made pink poles to in turn donate to Miami children's hospital. This has been a wonderful and rewarding experience for the Melamed sisters.

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Stack The Caps - Jackson Elementary School in Jericho, NY

June, 2015: Stacy Schwartz from Jackson Elementary School in Jericho, NY was proud to deliver to Cohen's Children's Hospital over 100 hats and $500.00! They were so appreciative! Thank you to everyone for your generosity. Special thanks to the Peer Leaders who donated their time, ideas, and creativity to help make this event a success.

November 13, 2014: Lucas chose to work with Stack The Caps in honor of his youngest Brother Andrew. Andrew has battled Stage 4 neuroblastoma since he was 3 1/2. Andrew lost his hair due to chemotherapy several times over the years. He would love to wear fun hats during this time. Lucas wanted to help other children in their battle against pediatric cancer and to bring awareness to their fight.

Lucas held a cap drive at The Harvey School in Katonah NY, he wrote To the NY Yankees - they donated 12 dozen caps, and asked his family to help out. He collected 325 caps, over 10 feet. He donated them yesterday November 12, 2014 to the pediatric department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where Andrew has been treated. Lucas attends Camp Westmont during the summer. Ross Moscowitz, the director also donated to the cause even though it was a Camp Starlight Initiative.

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Evan Schuster

November 9, 2013: Evan Schuster hosted a Stack the Caps event at his Bar Mitzvah celebration and it was a big success. Evan collected over 100 caps from guests as well as generous donations from the New York Knicks and the New York Giants. At the end of the collection, all of the caps stacked 9 feet high!

Evan donated the caps to the children's cancer center at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. Evan and his family even able to give some caps to children who were receiving outpatient care.

June 5, 2013: Michael Cavanuagh and his 5th grade class at Loring Elementary in Sudbury, Massachusets collected 109 hats for the children at Boston's Children Hospital! Through Stack the Caps, they chose to have this be part of their class gift before they "graduated" in June.

"Sweet Caroline" was blaring and more than 100 kids from Kindergarten through 5th grade came up to stack their donations. The kids had a ton of fun and many parents and teachers commented on how incredible the experience was.

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Sam Blum

February 2, 2013: Sam Blum's Bar Mitzvah was on February 2, 2013 at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, Aventura, Florida

The project was very meaningful for Sam, and he spoke about it in his Bar Mitzvah speech during his service. The guest speaker for our synagogue that day was a soldier from the IDF, and when it was his turn to speak, he told the congregation that he was so moved by the project that he was sending caps from the IDF to be included, which they were.

All hats are being donated to the cancer units at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Sam chose these two hospitals because they were two hospitals in which he was a patient , and he said that he remembers how often times he was one of the few patients in the waiting room that had hair.

In addition to guests bringing hats, he wrote to sports teams to ask them to contribute a nominal amount of caps to his project. The Miami Dolphins contributed a dozen , and the Yankees donated 200 baseball hats!

November 23, 2011: A fun and helpful donation - Wearing ball caps has been in fashion for more than two decades, but "Stack the Caps" has only been done for the past four years, however, with the amount of enthusiasm generated for the event at Woodmere Middle School on Nov. 16, it could have staying power.
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November 23, 2011: Woodmere Middle School hosts event last Wednesday to educate in a fun way.

November 16, 2011: A fun and helpful donation - Students take part in 'Stack the Caps' from Woodmere Middle School on Nov. 16th. Click here to view

June 12, 2011: Alyssa Miller and her classmates collected over 200 caps at the Israel Loring Elementary School in Sudbury, MA.

February 19, 2011 & March 12, 2011: Ally Saltzman and Rachel Warshaw collected over 200 caps for their Mitzvah projects. The caps were donated to The Children's Inn at the National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C.

October 12-22, 2010: Charlotte High School, Punta Gorda, Florida: Chris Constance is hosting a 10-day "Stack" event

September 11, 2010: Kyle Margolis held a "Stack" event at his Bar Mitzvah where over 6' of caps were Stacked!

March, 2010: Stack the Caps at The Benjamin Upper School

February 19, 2010: The Benjamin School: Upper School Campus (Hosted by Hayley Miller and Jamie Corey) as part of "Chillin' and Grillin' Week!
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January 15, 2010: Great Neck South High School - Great Neck, NY - (Hosted by Juliette Reiss, Mariel Reiss, Amanda Greenspan and Jordyn Nyer)

December 3, 2009 @ 6:30 pm: The Taft School - Watertown, CT - (Hosted by Blake Turner)

November 16, 2009: The Benjamin School: Stack the Caps Helps Kids with Cancer
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November 13, 2009: The Benjamin Middle School - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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