Bayport teen hosting breast cancer fundraiser at Off Key Tikki
Dozens of bras spread across the lawn of Okiah’s Gillette Avenue home as a statement for breast cancer awareness.


Bayport teen hosting breast cancer fundraiser at Off Key Tikki


For the third annual event, Bayport-Blue Point High School student Okiah Makely is hosting another breast cancer fundraiser this year at the Off Key Tikki in Patchogue on Saturday, Oct. 5 in hopes of helping to find the cure.

This year’s theme is “Pirates of the ‘CURE’-ibbean”; tickets are $20pp or $10 per child ($5 more if purchased at the door) and will include a dinner by Satelite Pizza, dessert, a cash bar, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Also, a $100 cash prize will be awarded to the best pirate dressed in pink! Sponsors include Off Key Tikki, Satelite Pizza, the Flat Leavers and DMP.

Makely, a sophomore, began hosting the fundraiser after her grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and uncle with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She said she is committed to helping not only her family, but also the community and future generations affected by the disease. She hopes others will help her in her efforts by supporting her event, purchasing tickets or making a donation. As of now, she is seeking wrapped gift baskets for the Chinese auction.

All the proceeds will benefit the Stony Brook Cancer Center’s breast cancer programs. Also this month, she has hosted an event to paint bras at Off Key Tikki and has been collecting clothes, shoes, bedding and towels to sell to Savers to donate for the same cause.

“My daughter is selfless and when she is truly passionate about something she stands up for it,” said her mother Sal Makely, who also helps organize the event. “This is a multifaceted fundraiser she works on each year with a lot of community involvement. She sets self-goals and tries really hard to accomplish them. I’m extremely proud of Okiah, but better yet, I see how proud she is.”

Okiah’s goal is cancer awareness, helping others and making a difference. She said knowing she and the community are helping people in need is a wonderful feeling.

“I do it to show our support to all the strong women, men and children, and their families battling cancer,” she added.


WHEN|Saturday, Oct. 5, 3-7 p.m. WHERE|Off Key Tikki; 31 Baker Place, Patchogue FOR INFO/TICKETS|