Glen Cove’s ninth annual fundraiser dinner for DRI, the Diabetes Research Institute was a huge success. After Monday’s dinner, total local fundraising has reached around half a million dollars, according to event chair Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, who is also Nassau County legislator for the area.
The 2012 “Cooking for a Cure” event honored Mr. and Mrs. Greg Trunz of The Swan Club along with “special guest” Glen Cove City councilman and diabetes survivor Anthony Jimenez.
Long Island’s own Kevin Covais of American Idol fame – who is living with diabetes himself – provided special entertainment.
Event chair DeRiggi-Whitton said, “Our honorees, and special guests made this night a truly inspirational event. Having Kevin Covais, the American Idol finalist, join us was a great surprise. I am so thankful for the continued support of our committee and the community, and I truly believe that our efforts will help the DRI to one day find the cure for diabetes.”
The honorees, Jeannie and Greg Trunz, met at Rider University in 1981 and married in 1984. They reside in Hauppauge where they raised their four children. Greg and his brothers are owners of The Swan Club in Roslyn Harbor. After their daughter Allison’s death in 1997, they became active fundraisers for the Making Headway Foundation, which services children with brain and spinal cord tumors. When their daughter Katy was diagnosed with diabetes during the summer of 2004 their focus began to switch toward diabetes research. They have been active members of the Kindred Spirits support group at Winthrop Hospital. Being their daughter’s advocate at school and keeping abreast of technological advances in diabetes care has become a bit of a passion. Both support Katy as she takes on the roles of counselor in training at diabetes camp, member of her dance studio’s dance company, NYSSMA pianist and vocalist, honor student and budding thespian! They are the proud parents of a very healthy diabetic teenager.
Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00
The weather outside was frightful, but the gala inside was delightful as 250 guests braved the cold, driving rain to celebrate the centennial of Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. The house was decked out in its finest, with an enormous Christmas tree at the entrance. As guests walked past lighted garlands, waiters with silver trays of chilled champagne flanked both sides of the hallway leading to the great room, where music filled the house from the newly restored Steinway piano.
While guests from all parts of Long Island and even New York City admired the decorations, hors d’eouvres of shrimp, lamb and quiche were passed around and Japanese chefs prepared different types of sushi and sashimi for tastings. Outside, Richard Daly of Ice
Melodies carved a replica of Coe Hall in one and a half hours using only a postcard as a visual guide.
Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00
If you’ve ever thought about immortalizing your pet with a high quality portrait, Yvonne Dagger is the artist to go to. The animal lover/activist has a knack for capturing the essence of each animal she paints, and her work is on display at The Painted Pet, the gallery that recently opened in Locust Valley. The portraits on display are mainly of at-risk shelter animals who Dagger felt “needed a voice” and decided to keep their stories alive and relevant through the oil paintings.
“I wanted to elevate them to a status of fine art, give them a chance to have something better, even if it’s just to be in a painting.”
Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00
Sal Farruggia, founder of LI Kick, Glen Cove’s co-ed adult kickball league, “can’t stop thinking about kickball” and apparently neither can the league’s devoted members.
With a successful fall season behind them, more than 100 players gathered on Saturday, Nov. 16, to battle it out on the John Maccarone Memorial Stadium playing fields in the first annual Kickball Turkey Bowl. The all-day event drew players from existing teams as well as those trying their luck at kickball for the first time. Even some of the referees, who are usually in the fields making the calls, got a chance to play.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
The Midget Cardinals team has brought home the Super Bowl trophy with a 14 – 6 win over Brentwood.
Even with the temperatures below freezing and the wind making it worse – the stands were packed with the Cardinals fans cheering on the Midgets as they played against Brentwood for the Division 1 Championship title game.
Glen Cove Cardinals started out strong and the second play of the game Damon Garner Jr. ran 65 yards to score a touchdown. Mario Fischetti ran and scored the extra point. Then it was the defenses turn to show all they had by not letting Brentwood gain enough yards to make it to the end zone. At halftime the game was 7 – 0.
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