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Susan Lucci Supports Our Kids

So does Nelson DeMille, even in absentia

“I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a night,” said Ralph Fumante, an Oyster Bay Cove trustee.  He had a point. The Bahniks, Lori and Roger, brought together a group of like minded people to work for the good of Oyster Bay-East Norwich’s children at the gala at the Metropolitan Club in Glen Cove on Oct. 19. Once again it proved to be a delightful venue and a great place to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich.

They always have a surprise for guests; this year Lori Bahnik introduced Susan Lucci, who offered a copy of her new book All My Life and a lunch with the highest bidder. Ms. Lucci, star of the longtime running TV soap opera All My Children, and the one everyone loved to hate, said she wrote the book at the urging of her son Andreas.

Ms. Lucci said many people had asked her to write a book but she thought of herself as a “private celebrity.” When she asked his opinion he said, “Mom, you should write a book.”

“Why?” she asked, “I’ve never had a run-in with the law?” She saw her personal life as quiet and not making headlines in the press. .

Andreas said, “For one thing, all the girls I date want to know how you did it and how you do it.”

That was all she needed to sit down and tell her story that opens with her dad looking up at the stars and telling her, “the sky’s the limit.” He inspired her life with those words.

And she does have a story to tell about her famous career including her 21-year trip to claim her first Emmy, that she made a fun event for everyone. She mentioned her stint on Dancing With the Stars, and her Broadway debut with the help of Marvin Hamlisch; and the stars she has known including Regis Philbin and Sammy Davis, Jr. “I crossed paths with so many famous people,” she said.

The book has pictures from her family albums. As she said that, she added for the auction winner, “I’ll throw in a lunch for two and a picture with Susan,” herself. Ms. Lucci earned the children of Oyster Bay-East Norwich $3,600. Grace Haggerty, a benefit committee member, was the winner.

Nelson DeMille is a regular at the Boys & Girls Club galas, but he couldn’t attend. Instead he sent a video that was shown on a giant screen where he said, “Lori, have a fun night and I’ll see you next year.” In absentia he raised money for the club.

Lori said, although had he tired of using a name for a character in his books to benefit a cause, “He made an exception for us. I was a character in a bestseller. I was the girlfriend of Harry the detective but they killed him.”

The naming-spot in the next book by Nelson DeMille went for $3,600 to Scott Kalish.   

Mr. DeMille also sent four copies of his new book Panther as well as a first edition that was in the silent auction.

(More photographs of the event will be in an upcoming issue of the Enterprise Pilot.)

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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