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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

Friends of Connetquot Gala Celebration 2014

Dr. Carl SafinaThe Friends of Connetquot held its 2014 Gala Celebration at Captain Bill's in Bay Shore, NY. Dr. Carl Safina, was honored and the event was a huge success. Dr. Safina's work explores how the durability of human dignity will depend on survival of the natural world. Dr. Safina has helped lead campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets, overhaul U.S. fisheries law, achieve a United Nations fisheries treaty, and reduce albatross and sea turtle drownings on commercial fishing lines. Along the way, he became a leading voice for conservation. His six books include Song for the Blue Ocean, and The View From Lazy Point. He is host of Saving the Ocean on PBS television. He is founder of Blue Ocean Institute at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Safina's writing has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, and others. Audubon magazine named him among the 100 most influential conservationists of the 20th Century. He has won Pew and Guggenheim fellowships, and his various laurels include the John Burroughs Medal, National Academies' Science Communication Award, Lannan Literary Award, Orion Book Award, and a MacArthur "genius" Prize.

Watch a video about Carl Safina

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The Friends would like to thank our wonderful supporters of the 2014 Gala Celebration. Thanks to their generosity, the evening was a great succes! Sincere thanks to all the supporters for making a difference.

Donors: Individuals

  • Dorothy Andersen
  • Franz Bacon
  • Muriel Bening
  • Eliot Bloom
  • Elizabeth Bloom
  • Arthur Connolly
  • Ginny Connolly
  • Vincent Daley
  • Judy Davis
  • Patrick Davis
  • Ginny Fields
  • Simaan Gaffary
  • Pamela Green
  • Alice Heller
  • William Hempel
  • Tom Hubbard
  • Pam Hunter
  • Linda Kasten
  • Ed Kelleher
  • Robert Labuski
  • Mahlon Lantz
  • Emma Levesque
  • Fran Levesque
  • Annie McIntyre
  • Robert McIntyre
  • Helga Merryman
  • Joseph Mikulas
  • Steve Morrison
  • Robert Ploetz
  • Richard Remmer
  • Carolyn Romaine
  • Aimee Schmitt
  • Randolph Schmitt
  • Lauren Schnal
  • Becky Schneider
  • Keith Snedecor
  • Patty Stafford
  • Richard Steinberger
  • Carol Swedborg
  • Jerry Trapani
  • Rita Trapani
  • Robert Van Lindt
  • Bob Wilson
  • Edith Wilson
  • Don Winter

Donors: Artists, Photographers, and Crafts Persons

  • Brian Behonick
  • Thomas Hubbard
  • Robert Labuski
  • Robert Van Lindt
  • Don Winter

Donors: Businesses and Organizations

Please help us support our generous donors by patronizing their businesses.

  • Acme Auto Radiator & Glass Works
  • Andrew Goetz's Sons Inc.
  • Argyle Grill
  • Arthur Murray Dance Studio
  • Aspatuck Gardens
  • Beechtree Café
  • Bohlsen Restaurant Group
  • Blue Point Brewery
  • Brownyard Group Insurance
  • The California Diner & Restaurant
  • Candlelight Diner & Restaurant
  • Captain Bill's Restaurant
  • Cazanove Opici Wines
  • Chuck's Auto Repair Service, Inc.
  • Claws Seafood Market
  • Clare Rose, Inc.
  • Connetquot Chiropractic, P.C.
  • Dahab Associates
  • Dawn Electric
  • Down the Rabbit Hole Boutique
  • Dragon Gate Martial Arts Academy
  • Dylan's Computer Repair
  • East lslip Lumber
  • Elements Massage
  • Fish and Wildlife Unlimited Taxidermy, Inc.
  • Francesco’s Pizza and Pasta
  • Friendly’s
  • Great South Bay Audubon Society
  • Hoi Ming
  • Hometown Cafe
  • Idle Hour Fly Fishers
  • Irish Coffee Pub
  • Island Replacement Parts & Faucets
  • lslip Family Dental
  • Jan Hird Pokorny Associates
  • Jerry Trapani Farrier
  • JFA Auto Collision & Towing
  • John Guelfi Wheel Alignment Inc.
  • Joseph's Garden and Greenhouse
  • Law Offices of Eliot F. Bloom, P. C.
  • Madden Automotive
  • Mary's Pizza and Pasta
  • Melville Delicatessen
  • Mlikulas Electric, Inc.
  • Municipal Land Survey, P.C.
  • Nassau-Suffolk Horsemen’s Association
  • New York Natural Equestrians
  • New York State Parks
  • New Technology Automotive, Inc.
  • O'Reilly's Restaurant & Pub
  • Overton Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Panera Bread
  • Papa's Farm
  • Parks & Trails New York
  • Pizza Network
  • Raan Pharmacy
  • Rambling Rose Florists
  • Rider's Choice Saddlery
  • The Safina Center
  • SAM Fund Raising Solutions
  • Scissors Edge
  • Shandon Court
  • Snapper Inn
  • Trout Unlimited, L.l. Chapter
  • White Cap Fish
  • Wild Birds Unlimited

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