Gershow Donates $2,000 for Sixth Annual Play for Peace Soccer Tournament

Annual Event Brings Community Together through Sports

Pictured (left to right):Jonathan Abrams, Robert Calarco, and Pastor Jerry Bonfiglio.

Gershow Recycling sponsored and donated $2,000 to help defray the costs of putting on the sixth annual Play for Peace/Jugando Por La Paz Soccer Tournament, which was held August 9 at the Patchogue-Medford Youth Soccer Complex in Medford.

Approximately 500 spectators came to this free event. Twelve teams — eight men’s teams and four women’s teams — participated in the tournament. In the men’s division, Suffolk County Federal Credit Union was the winning team. The winner of the Women’s Division was The Village Idiot Bar & Grill. In addition to the tournament, members of the New York Cosmos hosted a soccer clinic for the children in attendance.

The goals of Play For Peace were to bring together diverse nationalities within the community for a full day of World Cup-style soccer and to use sports as a way for people from different ethnic backgrounds to find common ground. This year’s tournament was organized by the office of Suffolk County Legislator Robert Calarco.

“Gershow Recycling is pleased again to support this year’s Play for Peace tournament. We salute former Legislator Eddington for establishing this event and Legislator Calarco for continuing it, as an effort to bring members of our diverse communities together and build understanding through sports,” said Kevin Gershowitz, president of Gershow Recycling.

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