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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

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FOC Newsletter, Chairman's Letter,  Fall 2018

Another successful Gala behind us!

  • A huge, huge thank you to Rita Trapani who put together the majority of baskets (BEAUTIFULLY, I might add);
  • big thank you to Jerry Trapani (and Rita) for getting so many great ads for the Journal;
  • a big thank you to Kathy Ewart for also soliciting in East Islip for many ads and for the basket;
  • and to all those who gave wine or baskets (Tom Casey actually built three great crates);
  • thank you to Sue who gave us some of Gil Bergen's belongings and were a really nice touch;
  • thank you to those who got ads for the raffle;
  • thank you to Keith Snedecor for the gift certificates;
  • thank you to David Reisfield for the case of wine;
  • thanks to Richard Remmer for the generous donation of booze, beer and gift certificates to the Snapper Inn, and, Richard was able to get a $1500 rod for the Live Auction which retrieved $450;
  • Thank you to those who helped set up: Rita, Jerry, Kathy, Liz Bloom, Liz Record, Tom, Mike Simonetti, Ed Kelleher, Joe Mikulas, and Carol Swedborg.
  • My deep appreciation to those who solicited money during the event or checked people in at the Registration table: Joe Mikulas, Ed Kelleher, Liz and Chris Record, Kathy Ewart, Carol Swedborg, my husband Wally, my friend Tammy Jaggi;
  • A huge thank you to Terri Simeone who sat at the table selling raffle tickets almost all night long, gave us a gift certificate and was such a big help;
  • big thanks to Sallie Kachel who also sold raffle tickets, a great job by Ed Kellher and Joe Mikulas for manning the card table most of the night, and thanks to Tom Casey for taking pictures, along with Rita Trapani. The video was extremely well-received - People said it was like having Gil with us.
  • Alby our DJ did a good job once again and Capt. Bill's food was great and the service was terrific.
  • Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter stopped by in the beginning and dropped off a beautiful Citation for us and S.C. Legislator Tom Cilmi, the Legislator for Connetquot River State Park Preserve, bought a ticket, paid for an ad, bought raffle tickets (and won a basket), swore in our new Board Members, and also stayed for the entire evening.

Artist Elaine Thompson also has our gratitude for working so closely with us to get the beautiful framed canvas of Gil and Johnna Rudolfer (on behalf of her late husband Stephen), who donated the perfectly beautiful boulder. I also want to acknowledge Frank Giaquinto, Doodle Dog Graphics, who did our beautiful Journal and put some extra special touches in it – thank you!

Our deep appreciation to those who bought tickets and attended and if I've forgotten someone or left them out, my apologies. Thank you everyone! It was a team effort! Thanks again, this fund raiser was to honor Gil Bergen, raise money for our memorial boulder, bronze plaque and framed canvas print of Gil. It was a great evening.

Ginny Fields

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