Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00
Amy Hagedorn, president of the Hagedorn Foundation, and co-founder and past president of Sustainable Long Island, will be the honored guest and principal speaker at the annual fall fundraising lunch hosted by the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset on Sunday, Nov. 22. The LWV event will take place at the Sands Point Village Club Mansion at 11:30 a.m.
The Hagedorn Foundation is part of the Long Island 2010 Census Initiative – “Count Me In, Ten for ’10.” The goals of this collaborative initiative are to ensure a complete count in 2010 by improving the mail response rates and to target areas on Long Island that the U.S. Census Bureau has labeled “hard to count.” Through this effort, local nonprofits, social service and civic organizations, and businesses will reach out to their communities to encourage everyone to be counted. As president of the Hagedorn Foundation, Ms. Hagedorn will discuss her role in and the importance of this “Complete Count” effort – an accurate federal census count in the year 2010.
The importance of an accurate count can’t be overstated, says she, since government representation, as well as federal funding for infrastructure, health and human services, education, and many other services are dependent on the count, which happens only every 10 years. Another good slogan to remember is “Every Person Counts; Count Every person,” says Jane Thomas, local LWV president.
The League of Women Voters is a civic, non-partisan organization dedicated to building citizen participation in the democratic process and to fostering government that is responsive to its citizens. It takes positions on issues but supports no political candidates or parties.
The actual address of the Village Club is One Thayer Lane, off Middle Neck Road but look for the sign announcing the club. The price for the event is $60 per person, of which $20 is tax deductible. The brunch buffet will include omelet station, carving station, salads, breads, fruit, and dessert. Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be served. The Village Club property is the former estate of Solomon Guggenheim; The Mediterranean-style mansion was the family’s country home and many original pieces of furniture are still there. It is not necessary to be a league member in order to attend the lunch and learn how you can help to make this an accurate census. For reservations, call 767-1897 by Nov. 19.