Littig House Executive Director Lynette Batts announced that the Port Washington Tennis Academy has donated $5,000 to the Littig House Community Center. According to PWTA President Dick Zausner, the donation came as a direct result of reports in both Port Washington newspapers which he felt gave unsatisfactory explanations for the exclusion of established and worthy local non-profit minority groups from sharing in the distribution of "drug bust" monies recently doled out by Port's Police Department. He also noted that the Academy acted swiftly to rectify at least a portion of what they considered to be a significant and politically motivate injustice.
The Port Washington Tennis Academy (itself a non-profit charitable institution established in 1966) is dedicated to an overall mission of getting kids through college by providing them with lifelong skills and activities to keep them off the streets and out of trouble. Established in 1951, Littig House's goals are almost identical, using educational tutoring, athletic and social activities to keep the children that utilize their facilities headed in the right direction.
Dick Zausner, president of the Academy, was quoted as saying "we realize that the Academy cannot offer every child in our community. Therefore, we try to offer financial assistance to help other local similar-minded charities to reach out to those children we may miss.
"Having met with Lynette Batts and then Littig House Board Chairman John Belanich last week to look at their operations and financial records and to discuss their needs, I am convinced Littig House meets the Academy's criteria for support. It's interesting to note that though we have literally been neighbors on Harbor Road for over 31 years, it took two newspapers coverage of a 'sensitive' issue to bring us together. I suspect further dialogues will be held between us in the future."