By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A Bay Ridge-based charity group formed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy is still providing comfort and support to people in need long after the hurricane blew out of town.
Viking Love NYC, a non-profit organization founded by a group of friends that included Ean Evers, a local resident, and Jason McDermott, the owner of the Pour House, a bar-restaurant on Third Avenue, recently hosted a fundraiser at the Pour House for the PATH Family Center, a Staten Island program for children with autism.
The event, which Viking Love NYC co-hosted with the Evers Family, raised $12,000 for the PATH Family Center. The check presentation took place at The Art Room, a school-gallery owned by Viking Love NYC members Justin Brannan and Leigh Holliday Brannan, on Jan. 12. Ean Evers is president of Viking Love NYC.
The money will be used to assist families in economic hardship receive the treatment offered at the Path Family Center, according to a statement from Viking Love NYC. Located at 1779 Richmond Ave., the center was founded in 2008 by Dr. Michael E. Gabriel, a pediatrician.
The facility is a clinical center that offers integrative and nutritional interventions for individuals diagnosed with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, food allergies and other related conditions. The doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and special educators discover the underlying problems through a series of lab tests. The team then creates a custom plan for each client.
For more information on the PATH Family Center, call 718-494-4120.
Viking Love NYC whose members brought food and rebuilding supplies to residents on Staten Island in the weeks and months after Sandy, has expanded its mission to help other families in need, according to a statement from the organization.