“North Shore Guidance Center Hosts Trivia Night,” Garden City News, August 22, 2019

“North Shore Guidance Center Hosts Trivia Night,” Garden City News, August 22, 2019

Garden City residents were well represented at the Guidance Center’s Trivia Night. Pictured left to right: Paul Vitale, Lauren McGowan, Jane McGowan, Jack McGowan, Michael McGowan, Danielle Lalehzar and Maria Arianas.
Garden City residents were well represented at the Guidance Center’s Trivia Night. Pictured left to right: Paul Vitale, Lauren McGowan, Jane McGowan, Jack McGowan, Michael McGowan, Danielle Lalehzar and Maria Arianas.

It was a night filled with friendly competition, great conversation and lots of fun as North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center held its first-ever Trivia Night!

The event, which was held at Gino’s Trattoria and Pizzeria of New Hyde Park, raised money for the Guidance Center, the leading mental health non-profit organization on Long Island. The Guidance Center’s mission is to promote the emotional wellbeing of children and their families all across Nassau County.

Many of the people who took part in Trivia Night were Garden City residents, including Danielle Lalehzar and Maria Arianas. “It was a super fun night, but what was most important is that the funds raised support the Guidance Center’s work to help young people who are experiencing issues like depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges,” says Lalehzar, who has been a committee member on several Guidance Center events in the past. “It’s a real blessing to have this incredible resource.”

Another Garden City resident who attended and spoke at Trivia Night was Paul Vitale, the president of the Guidance Center’s Board of Directors. “Many years back, when I first learned that one in five children or teens will experience a mental health issue, I was stunned,” says Vitale. “It’s crucial that we get the message out that there is help for these kids that truly can be lifesaving.”

The Guidance Center clients, who come from every Nassau County community, range in age from newborns to 24-year-olds and their families. The organization’s long list of services include help for children and teens who are experiencing bullying, substance use, divorce, school refusal, suicidal thoughts, depression and trauma of all kinds. Mothers with postpartum depression also find healing through the Guidance Center’s programs.

“When one child or family is helped, the entire community benefits,” says Lauren McGowan, a Garden City resident and Director of Development at the Guidance Center. McGowan brought her husband and two teenagers to the event, and everyone enjoyed the spirited competition. “It was a terrific night, and we will definitely do this again next year,” she says, adding, “We are grateful to all those who support our work, which makes the difference in thousands of lives each year.”

To contact the Guidance Center, call (516) 626-1971, or visit www.northshorechildguidance.org.