The Easter Bunny Hops to Host Egg Hunt for Kids with Special Needs

Apr 12, 2023 | Easter, In The News, Peters Clam Bar


Town Officials & Peter’s Clam Bar Bring Beloved Rabbit to ANCHOR Program 

Celebrating the joys of Easter was a heart-warming and meaningful experience for some children with special needs at Hempstead Town’s ANCHOR Program.  Thanks to Town Supervisor Don Clavin and Members of the Town Board, along with Butch Yamali, the owner and President of the famous Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park, a group of young people engaged in a pre-Easter egg hunt, sat on the Easter Bunny’s lap and received baskets filled with seasonal treats.  Joining Clavin, Yamali, the Easter Bunny and a group of enthusiastic children were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilmen Dennis Dunne, Chris Carini, Tom Muscarella and Councilwoman Missy Miller and Laura Ryder, as well as Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver Jeanine Driscoll.

“There are very few things that are as rewarding as the joy on the faces of these young boys and girls during a visit from the Easter Bunny,” said Clavin.  “What’s more, the annual Easter egg hunt is a great way to kick off the spring season.”

“I love the special young people of the ANCHOR Program,” said Yamali.  “That’s why Peter’s Clam Bar is a proud sponsor of this event, which brings our favorite furry rabbit together with fun-loving children.”

“I want to thank Butch Yamali and the ANCHOR Program for making this special event possible,” said Goosby.  “This program is the heart and soul of the Town of Hempstead, and I am a dedicated supporter of all of the activities at the ANCHOR facility.”

The children who attended the Easter egg hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny had an opportunity to visit with everyone’s favorite furry rabbit.  Additionally, the Bunny brought a basketful of fun for every child in the form of treat-filled Easter baskets.  The high point of the day for most of the kids, however, was the Easter egg hunt, which featured dozens of kids eagerly hunting for hundreds of candy-filled Easter eggs.

The ANCHOR Program is run by the Town of Hempstead, offering recreation, socialization and a host of life-enhancing activities to young people with special needs.  ANCHOR runs year-round programing and is well known for its seaside summer camp. 

“The Easter Bunny visit and egg hunt delivers a basketful of joy to a group of deserving youngsters,” said Dunne.  “I look forward to the ANCHOR Easter egg hunt every year because it brings smiles to the faces of young people, their parents and everyone involved,” added Carini.

“The ANCHOR Easter egg hunt is just one of the many events that makes me reflect on the meaning of this joyous season,” announced Muscarella.  “As mother of someone with special needs and complex medical issues, I am an ardent advocate for the life-enhancing activities and programs that are offered to the children involved in the ANCHOR Program.”

“I am so proud of the ANCHOR Program as the mother of a daughter with special needs,” said Ryder.  “Activities like the Easter egg hunt are so rewarding for the young people who participate in ANCHOR.”

“Once again, I would like to thank Butch Yamali and the people of Peter’s Clam Bar for making today’s event possible,” concluded Clavin.  “I wish everyone a Happy Easter and a joyous Passover, especially the children of the Town’s ANCHOR Program.”

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