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Dancing For The Boys & Girls

During the winter solstice, skies get clearer and stars in the night sky are supposed to glisten brighter than during any other season. The twinkle in the stars, however, could not have been more brilliant than on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 when Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House hosted their 37th Annual Fundraising Gala, Dancing Under the Stars, honoring one of its brightest stars, Liz Berens. 

 

Berens began her commitment to the children of Glen Cove in 1984, serving as Vice President, then President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club. Today, she is an active member of the club’s Honorary Board. Berens received the 2013 Champion of Youth Award at the gala, the highest recognition bestowed by the club’s national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

 

The gala was held under a tent at the Meadow Brook Club and bottles of exquisite wines were served thanks to the gracious donation of Banfi Vintners of Old Brookville. The décor by Party Up Productions was elegantly simple and unassumingly chic, focusing on the stars of the night, both overhead and in the room, and there were plenty of stars to be seen everywhere. 

 

The evening’s program recognized Betsy Gibbs, owner of Worth Repeating in Locust Valley and the enthusiastic force behind the success of the organization’s Club Closet Tag Sale and Club Closet Shopping Spree, with the Liz Durante Community Service Award. The club’s Youth Program Director Sara Laskow was recognized as Professional of the Year for her unwavering commitment to the club.  Both Gibbs’ and Laskow’s dedication have made a significant and positive difference in the lives of the club’s members.  

 

The gala also remembered and celebrated a very special star, Christine Pell, board member and event co-chair who recently passed away. Board President Deborah Brisbane and board member Patricia O’Kane also co-chaired the event with the assistance of a long list of committee and junior committee members. Tent walls were lined with pictures of the littlest stars –club members who benefit from the proceeds from the gala. 

 

Another dazzling star of the evening was auctioneer CK Swett, who according to The New York Times has “managed to shake up the staid world of auctioneering…,” and NBC News referred to as a “colorful character in the usually reserved world of charity fundraising.” Swett did an outstanding job auctioning fabulous getaways procured by Live Auction Chairs Aimee Eberle and Julie Zarou to places like Montauk, Sun Valley, Nantucket and Bermuda, but his stellar performance came with the Max Out the Miracle campaign, a gift-matching challenge by an anonymous donor who will match every dollar donated to the club with $2, effectively tripling the value of each donation. After the auction, guests danced the night away to music by the Groove Shop of Silver Pro Entertainment.

 

The success of the gala was made possible by the many volunteers, sponsors, advertisers and donors who supported the event which helps raise a significant portion of the club’s annual budget. To see the list of these generous stars, visit www.glencovebgc.org.

 

To find out how to support the club, contact Executive Director Melissa Rhodes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-671-8030 ext. 103.  


News

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

 

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

 

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.

Several local artists are featured in an exhibit hosted by LIU Post, now through Aug. 27, titled “Endless Summer – Visions of Long Island.” The exhibit is a fundraising event for the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior (NCF-OWW), a non-profit organization centered on providing much-needed items to the wounded men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

 

 Photographer Roni Chastain of Glen Cove is one of the featured artists.

 

“I am thrilled to be participating in an exhibit to support the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior,” says Chastain. “Our war veterans deserve to be supported for the work they do to protect the USA. I do believe in giving back and have volunteered to photograph several fund raising events over the past few years. This includes Komen Walk for the Cure, Hope in Motion, Kids Triathlon. I will be photographing the walk for Gift of Life in September.


Sports

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.

Sailing fans from Glen Cove are invited to the 32nd Knickerbocker Cup, or K-Cup, Race, hosted by Port Washington’s Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, which will include three of the top-10 world-ranked match racing skippers. 

 

The racing competition will be preceded by an opening ceremony and welcome cocktail party, followed by an All-American BBQ Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. 


Calendar

Good Reads - August 13

Sunset Serenades - August 14

Wine Tasting - August 15


Columns

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