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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

19th Annual Friends of Connetquot Gala Celebration

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Friends of Connetquot Cordially Invites you to join us at our 2016 Gala Celebration

The Friends' will hold their annual Gala Celebration, November 7th, 2016 at Captain Bill's in Bay Shore.  This year we'll posthumously honor Fran Levesque, long-time advocate and active supporter of Connetquot River State Park Preserve as the recipient of the the Gil Bergen Preservationist Award.  Dinner, dancing, open bar, with live and Chinese auctions. Only $75/person.

Reservations must be purchased no later than October 31st.  We looks forward to seeing you at the Gala!

Register, Sponsor, or Donate Using the Online Form Below

Payment will be submitted via PayPal. Please note that you do not need to have a PayPal account to make a credit card payment via PayPal.  When you're redirected to the PayPal page, simply choose the option to "Pay with a debit or credit card, or Bill Me Later."

If you prefer to mail in your registration, sponsorship or journal ad information, please you may do so by downloading this form

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Contribute an Item for the Auction or Raffles

We hope to see you join the fun of this entertaining event. As this is our main fundraiser of the year, everyone’s support is extremely important. You can also help us make this year’s event a success by contributing a desirable new item for our auction or raffles. Below are some suggestions:

  • Attractive gift baskets of all types, including those geared for children.
  • Gift Cards or Certificates from local restaurants or other merchants.
  • Electronic items, such as digital cameras, tablets, etc.
  • Men’s or women’s jewelry and other fashion accessories.
  • Art objects, such as framed photographs, prints, original paintings, wood carvings and collectibles.
  • Decorative objects for the home or garden.
  • Hunting and fishing equipment and related items.
  • Or any other object you think will be attractive to our Gala guests.

Please bring your prize contribution to the Environmental Office at the Connetquot Preserve or contact us to arrange for a pickup (By phone, Edith Wilson at 631-667-6710)

How to Support the Gala, the Preserve & the Friends...

The Friends of Connetquot is a 501(C) 3 charitable organization dedicated to the preservation, conservation and continuation for future generations of the 3,473 acre Connetquot River State Park Preserve. What began as a small group of people who wanted to maintain the integrity of the Preserve has become a successful organization that is spearheading several restoration projects at the Preserve, offers dynamic educational programming, and contributes to the overall well-being of the community.

Each year, we host an Annual Gala Celebration which helps to fund the Friends' various projects. This year's Gala will be held on November 7th, 2016 at Captain Bill's in Bay Shore. We ask if you would consider participating. You can become a benefactor by making a (tax deductible) contribution, donating a gift certificate or other prize to our raffle and auction. Or, you can choose to be a Sponsor or purchase a Journal ad (or by using the form above.) Any donation will be recognized the night of the event, in all event-related press, and in the Journal. Many of our almost 1,000 members and the many thousands of attendees who pass through Connetquot River State Park Preserve who are photographers, hikers, runners, birders, horseback riders, fresh water anglers, sportsmen or history buffs would be happy to see participation from your business as they shop at your company.

The Gala is our main fundraising event each year, making your support crucial if we are to continue our many initiatives that help to improve and maintain the Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Past Galas have helped fund a variety of projects: installed an "OnCell Program" where you can take a walking audio tour of the Preserve using your own cell phone (to learn the history behind the landmarks, bridges, Ice House and more), the Friends' Scholarship Program, the Lecture Series, Birding and Breakfast programs, Photography Workshops, and the restoration of the many historic structures on the Preserve’s grounds. The focus of this year’s Gala is the restoration of the historic Colonial Grist Mill and the work needed to re-open the Fish Hatchery. When complete, we anticipate both will be major tourist attractions for the area, which will no doubt benefit others in the community as well.

The Friends of Connetquot

See photos and recaps from past Galas:

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

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