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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

16th Annual Friends of Connetquot Fun Trail Ride - 2013

The sun shone brightly and a cool breeze made riding or hiking through Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Many new and old friends came to share a good time with like-minded folks and have a great lunch and win some great raffles. The saying that it takes a village to raise a child takes a twist and it takes many volunteers to make a successful fundraiser. Gil Bergen, Jessica Anderson-Ruiz and the dedicated staff at Connetquot came together to clean and prepare the old stable so we could have lunch and raffles inside. Many Friends board members gave of themselves both in time and donations to help our cause. Rita and Jerry Trapani, Aimee and Randy Schmitt, Ginny Fields, Liz Bloom, Bob Wilson, Bob Labuski, Fran Levesque and Keith Snedecor were all aboard. Great volunteers Tom and Nina Conroy, Ken and Annette Leitch picked up the great food donated by a cadre of generous businesses around the preserve. John Linitz pitched in and Jacob Levesque was there to guide the many trailers to their spots.

Many generous sponsors supported us with donations: Smithtown Hunt, Huntington Dog Grooming, East Islip Lumber, EMS Equine Veterinary Services, Dawn Electric, Edith and Bob Wilson, Shyacre Farm / the Schmitts, Shadbelly Farm / the Trapanis, Christopher Pratt Landscaping, Paumanok Driving Club, Connetquot Chiropractic and United Rehab of Bohemia, Acme Radiator, Green Rose Farm and John Fasolo. Many folks got the word out: The Friends of Connetquot, LI, Horse Directory, Nassau Suffolk Horsemans Assn., Islip Horsemans Assn., East End Livestock and Horsemans Assn.., Talkin’ Horses, Newsday, New York Natural Equestrians, Sonny Garguilo, Kathleen Kleinman, Aimee and Randy Schmitt and Jerry and Rita Trapani.

Breakfast was supplied by Islip Terrace Bagels and Bakery, Stuff A Bagel and Dunkin’ Donuts both of East Islip. Coffee donated by Aimee and Randy Schmitt, teas and more by Rita Trapani. The great luncheon was led by Snapper Inn’s award winning bisque and Rita’s meaty and veggie chili and served by Gil himself. Heros and salads from Handy Pantry of Bohemia, Paninnis, sliders sandwiches and antipasto from Nonna Maria, Francesco’s Trattoria, and Martino’s Pizza all from East Islip. More sandwiches and panninis from Puente D’Oro and Mary’s Pizza of North Great River. Wraps from B&G deli in Westbury. Keith Snedecor donated a chicken hero and made tortellini salad. Fancy cookies came from Audrey’s and Stanley’s bakeries and Rita made her great cakes.

Thirty seven baskets of goodies, mostly created by Rita and filled by our most generous donors. The Tack Shoppe, the Scalzo’s, Studio 69 Tattoos, Minieri’s Parkview and Sweet Hills Stables, Mars Auto, Pillow Perfect, Pam Stokes, Dawn Roth Equine Massage, Chestnut Vale Feed, The Hay Loft, Jerry and Rita Trapani, Wendy Hodor, Indian head Ranch, Good Shepherd Farm, Dover Saddlery, Greenlawn Equestrian Center, Aurora Cold Laser Therapy, Country Farms Equestrian Center, East End Livestock Assn., Pet Bowl, Riders Choice Saddlery, Janet Ferrato, Sonny Garguilo, Stable Mates Equestrian Center, Paula Rodenas, Aimee and Randy Schmitt, Barbara Chuvalas baskets, Papa’s Farm and Greenhouses, Mary Ann Flanagan and Total Pet Care, Horse Directory, Farriers Formula, Doggy Style Grooming Salon, The Hitchmaster, W.E.S. Trailer Sales, Go West, Bill Pirozzi, Great River Hardware, Blackhorse and Sundeer, Karen Connolly, Janice Kryl/ LI Horse properties, Michelle Labriola, Elaine Cordingly, Tom and Nina Conroy, Huntington Dog Grooming, Agway of Port Jefferson, Andrew Goetz Feed, Stony Hill Equestrian Center, Beth and Patty Erbe / Reiki Therapy, Deirdre O’Mally, Outlaw Acres, Paul and Andrea Emmert, Bernadette Deerkoski, and Diamante Jewelers.

Put the first Sunday in May on your calendar for next year to join us and don’t miss out. All the proceeds stay in Connetquot for the many programs and improvements. Thanks again to everyone who sponsored, donated, volunteered and came out to support The Friends Of Connetquot. Besure to check the calendar page for more upcoming events.

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