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, 13 September 2014 00:00
Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC. On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino
Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.
Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00
As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on
Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.
In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.
The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League.