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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

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.

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.”


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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