By Jake Brown
Another night and another successful fundraiser in the books for Craig Carton and the TicTocStop Foundation.
This St. Patrick’s Day marked the start of the NCAA Tournament as well as another step in the right direction for Carton’s TicTocStop foundation with its Next Generation Event at NYY Steak in Manhattan. Over 200 people attended Thursday’s event, and all the money from the event and all of TicTocStop’s events fund Camp Carton as well as research to help find a cure for Tourette’s.
Camp Carton is a summer camp for children with Tourette’s Syndrome. This summer, the camp runs from July 10-16 in upstate New York and will have around 50 kids in attendance. The money raised from Thursday’s fundraiser will pay for all the kids to go. It’s nearly $2,000 for each kid, and their families won’t need to pay a dime.
The money also helps to fund research, including a study being done at the University of Tennessee, which has created a mouthpiece to help stop the tics that those children with Tourette’s suffer from. TicTocStop has completely changed the game in funding a way to help these kids. While the study is still in the process, the mouthpiece success rate has increased dramatically to around 44 percent.
“It’s a life-changing moment in this world for all people with Tourette’s,” said Carton.
The underlying goal of TicTocStop is awareness for Tourette’s and helping to give those that suffer from it a better life. It has had 15 events since it started in 2013. The next event will be another golf outing at the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor on June 28. There will also be a gala in October. I have got to be a part of many of the events, and every single one has an incredible turnout of people who truly care about supporting a great cause.
The foundation has raised around $1.5 million since it all began in 2013 and is changing those with Tourette’s lives every day. Thursday night was just another step towards findin a cure. NYY Steak was very gracious in allowing Carton and TicTocStop to use the place.
Marlowe Bamberger, the TicTocStop executive director, along with Melissa Klafter and Emily Keinz, the TicTocStop co-chairs, were both instrumental parts of making the event and all their events happen. Both did a tremendous job in selling tickets, running the auctions with great items and continuing to get the Foundation closer to its goal.
You can make a donation to TicTocStop by visiting its website, TicTocStop.com.