Valentine’s Day bake sale honors teenage tennis player killed in crash

Wednesday's bake sale raised around $5,000 for the Drew Hassenbein Foundation.

Kevin Vesey

Feb 15, 2024, 1:18 AM

Updated 62 days ago

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On the surface, it looked like a typical Valentine’s Day bake sale.
But the room was filled with broken hearts.
The event at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in Greenvale honored Drew Hassenbein, a 14-year-old from Roslyn who was killed in a crash with a suspected drunk driver.
Drew’s tennis teammate Ethan Falkowitz also died in the crash.
Proceeds benefit the Drew Hassenbein Foundation, an organization that helps aspiring tennis players navigate the financial challenges of the sport.
Many of the baked goods were donated by local shops. Others were homemade by Drew’s friends.
Drew’s parents Jaime and Mitchell Hassenbein attended the event, along with his 16-year-old sister, Sydney.
Following the loss of her brother, Sydney co-founded a support group for teens coping with grief. The group meets at the Jewish Community Center in Greenvale.
Drew’s mother thanked those who supported her family and the foundation.
Hassenbein became teary-eyed as she said, “I appreciate everyone who’s here helping out today and keeping Drew close to their heart. I just know that we’re making him proud.”
The bake sale raised around $5,000 for the Drew Hassenbein Foundation.


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