Gershow Recycling Supports Winner of Long Island Championship Pumpkin Fling
Top row (left to right): Steven Walis and Ryan Maziarz, Members, Islip High School Catapult Team. Center row (l to r): Dan Croteau, Justin Feiler, Sam Meyer, Andrew Ginnegar and Kyle Ness, Members, Islip High School Catapult Team. Bottom row (l to r): Jonathan Abrams, Manager, Gershow Recycling; Jessica Abrams, Mr. Abrams' daughter; Ken Phalen, Coach, Islip High School Catapult Team; Robert Phalen, Mr. Phalen's son; Max Kurka and Jack Needham, Members, and Dave Maziarz, Coach, Islip High School Catapult Team.
Gershow Recycling generously donated materials to the Islip High School catapult team for improvements to its catapult, named the "Jack-O-Splatter." Gershow supplied the team with much-needed replacement parts such as a steel rod and metal bearings to help launch the pumpkins further and more accurately.
The team won its division at the Long Island Championship Pumpkin Fling, which took place at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank on October 24, 2015, with a distance of 1,327 feet (more than 0.25 mile). This broke the team's own Long Island record of 1,049.9 feet and the world record in its division by almost 100 feet. The pumpkin was flung at a speed of 160 miles per hour.