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Letter: LVFD OWW Pasta Dinner

Finally and fittingly in the midst of this season of giving, we would like to inform all of our supporters that we now have a final figure from our 4th annual Operation Wounded Warrior pasta dinner. As unbelievable as it may be, we have once again surpassed our previous year’s total, as this year’s total after expenses is $31,000!

Words cannot express our gratitude and indeed our awe at the generosity shown by our neighbors and friends from both Locust Valley and neighboring communities from Glen Cove to Bayville to Oyster Bay and to those that came from even further away to attend our 4th annual Operation Wounded Warrior Pasta Dinner.

At about the time you will be reading this, 50 + firefighters from Nassau County including five from Locust Valley will be on their way to Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune and Bethesda hospital with U-Haul trucks full of gifts for our injured troops. Again, words cannot relay the gratitude we are shown by our young men and women, so many of whom have suffered life-changing injuries, upon our arrival with gifts for them. They all become very emotional once they learn that these gifts are the direct result of the generosity of the people of Long Island. Again, on behalf of Operation Wounded Warrior and the members of the Locust Valley Fire Department, we thank you all most sincerely.

This year we owe a special debt of gratitude to our friends at the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Managing Director Ata A Kashanian, for their very generous donation of rooms and meals to some visiting injured troops and their families. This was all made possible through the help we received from the Glen Cove Mayor’s office and Mayor Ralph Suozzi and Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos. The injured troops and their families were so touched by the welcoming they received by the city of Glen Cove, the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and by Glen Cove’s Matinecock Rod & Gun Club that they all said they hope to make a return visit some day.

As usual, our event would not be successful or possible if it were not for the generous donations of local and neighboring businesses and also some very generous close friends of OWW. We hope that you will take another minute to read the following names and consider availing of their services in the near future. Please thank them for their continued support of our injured troops.

A special thanks to the following; our friends and big supporters, Simon and Alexis B., Creek Club member, Jane K., John B. Jr. and John B. Sr. of Bayville, Pete Morris. Thanks to the Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club and LV Reformed Church for tables & chairs. Thanks to the Locust Valley High school Interact Club members Caoimhe Stafford, Carly Kinta, Annarose Settepani, Preston Tansill for their much appreciated help during the event & Christina Boutros for singing our national anthem. To the numerous other individuals who personally donated gifts and prizes, thank you.

To the chiefs and the members of LVFD and their spouses and families, thank you for your hard work in the days and weeks leading up to the event. Thanks for the help and donations from our fellow firefighters with Bayville Fire Comp., Glen Cove, Glenwood, Hempstead, Sea Cliff , and Syosset Fire Departments.

Thanks to the following businesses for their continued support & donations; Alcapp Glass, Anker Electric, Bagpiper Robert Lynch, Baiting Hollow Vineyard, Bath & Body Works, Bayville Beverage, Big Valley Nursery, Bob Harrington Lobsters & Clams, Brittons Hardware, Brookville Electric, Buckram Stables, Burn Center Foundation,Chez Capelli, Cosmo Tile & Stone, Country Plaza Deli, Cove One Hr Photo, Delicious Pizza, Downtown Café, Forest Ironworks, Gigi’s Hair Affair, Glen Cove Printery, Glenco Liquors, Graziose Plumbing & Heating, Happening Health, J McLaughlin, Joe’s Garage, Kimba Jewellery, La Cantina, LV Bagels, LVI Bistro, LV Convenience Store, LV Delicatessan, LV Florist & Browsery, LV Bistro, LV Market, LV Rotary Club, Mario Fischetti Nursery, Martin Viette Nursery, Matinecock Rod & Gun Club, Meridian Kitchen, North Shore Rotary, Oak Neck Athletic Association, Oster Jensen Antiques, Oyster Bay Auto Parts, Page One Restaurant, PC Richard & Son, Petals Floral & Party Design, Petruccelli Beauty Products, Poland Spring, Popei’s Clam Bar & Restaurant, Popzstars, Professional Car Detailing Ltd, Rent & Fix, Richard P.Deegan & Sons Plumbing & Heating, Rothkamps Farm, Secret Scents Inc., Soundview Restaurant, Sweet Scents, The Atria, The Pool Store of Long Island, Twin Harbors Restaurant, Wall’s Wharf, Wonderland Tree Care.

Apologies for anyone we may have overlooked or missed.
Paul Long, Paul Marecki, Brian Plumb, OWW Pasta Dinner Co-Chairs