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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 2007

The tenth Annual Gala at Connetquot River State Park Preserve brought together over one hundred Park supporters on Sunday, October 7th to enjoy the festivities and the beautiful natural setting.

Brief opening remarks by Richard Remmer and Gil Bergen were followed by the equestrian parade of Rough Riders Marvin Glassman and Pete Columbo; Islip Horsemen’s Association members Wendy Burling, Ken Yanke, Jimmy Wonzor, and Joanne Gould; the Wilvert family driving their Hufflinger and minis; and Lorraine Burke with a dressage exhibition. Unfortunately, this year, a mishap with Jerry Weisman’s trailer prevented him from providing the carriage rides through the Preserve that are a favorite feature of all Gala attendees.

On the new wrap-around deck, Little Toby Walker kept toes tapping with his ragtime-blues and country rhythms, while under the tents everyone dined on a delectable array of sea foods, chicken, pasta and other gourmet dishes and refreshments donated by local restaurants and beverage merchants. Guests’ will power was tested by tempting desserts contributed by local bakeries and Mitzie Giffen, whose home-made apple pie is a traditional favorite. Throughout the event, Jamie Reason demonstrated his remarkable decoy carving skills and Tom Lowe displayed his Harris’s hawks and enlightened the curious on the subject of falconry. Walter Hollien, preservation architect for the Mill, was on hand to explain phase two of the mill restoration aided by a detailed model he constructed. Inside the main building, Stan Kallenbach entertained in the Billiard Room with his string quartet. In other areas of the building, Richard Steinberger brought the art of fly tying to life with his skillful hands while Bob Labusky showed his beautiful photographs of the Park in his media presentation. Also, a display of Robert Vetter’s collection of old and contemporary cultural objects made by woodlands people underscored the historic significance of these people who were the first to live and hunt along the banks of the Connetquot River.

In the main dining room, New York State Assemblywoman Ginny Fields honored Richard Remmer with a formal Proclamation for his dedicated service to the Friends. Later, during the live and silent auctions, several paintings, woodcarvings, antiques, fine jewelry, fishing equipment and other valuable articles donated by our supporters kept many participants bidding, under amiable prodding from the auctioneer team of Remmer and Bergen.

Thanks to the many new and past loyal supporters of the Friends, the Gala was a resounding success.

The Friends express sincere thanks for the generous support of the restaurants, merchants, organizations, artists, individual donors and volunteers listed in the table below.

Restaurants & Merchants
  • A-1 Realty, Farmingdale
  • Audrey’s Bakery, West Sayville
  • Bar Boy, Farmingdale
  • Bayport Flowers, Bayport
  • Camp-Site Sport Shop, Huntington
  • Cazanove Opici Wines, Plainview
  • Clare Rose, Patchoguee
  • Collins & Main, Sayville
  • Steve Davino, Newburgh
  • Empire Merchants, Astoria
  • Fatty McGees, East Islip
  • Francesco’s Trattoria, East Islip
  • Idle Hour Deli, Oakdale
  • Irish Coffee Pub, Islip
  • J&H Sports Outlet, Oakdale
  • J&R Tents, East Islip
  • Kay Cameron Jewelers
  • Kings Wok, Islip
  • Kingstons Clam Bar, Sayville
  • Mama’s Pizza, Oakdale
  • Martino Pizza, East Islip
  • McGoverns, Oakdale
  • Modern Italian Bakery, Oakdale
  • Nicky’s Clam Bar, Bay Shore
  • Oakdale Flowershop, Oakdale
  • Orvis, New York City
  • Orvis, Greenvale
  • Parkwood Outfitters, Bohemia
  • Pet Bowl Pet Foods, Deer Park
  • Riverview Restaurant, Oakdale
  • Sayville Inn, Sayville
  • Snapper Inn, Oakdale
  • Southern Liquor, Syosset
  • Sysco Food Service, Rocky Hill, CT
  • Tai Show East Restaurant, Oakdale
  • Taylor Rental, Hauppauge
  • Thos. Cornell Galleries, Patchogue
  • Vanderbilt’s Wharf, Oakdale
  • Vindagra USA Inc., Dix Hills
  • Viva La Vida, Oakdale
  • White Cap Fish Co., Islip
Artists, Organizations, Individual Donors & Volunteers
  • Frances Albert (In memory of Joseph J. Albert)
  • Dorothy Andersen
  • Claudia & Brian Behonic
  • Gil Bergen
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gary Besmer
  • Bettina Brownyard
  • Lou Buonomo
  • Lorraine Burke
  • Wendy Burling
  • Ronnie & Nancy Bush
  • Peter Columbo
  • Pat Costello
  • George Dagher
  • Bill Daly
  • Diana P. Davies
  • Debbie Demeusy
  • Lizzie Demeusy
  • Kyle Geoghan
  • Bob & Mitzi Giffen
  • Marvin Glassman
  • Bill Gordon
  • Joanne Gould
  • Great South Bay Audubon Society
  • Pamela J. Greene, Esq. (In memory of Wayne W. Nester)
  • Tom Hubbard
  • Chris Hull
  • Pam Hunter
  • Islip Horsemen’s Association
  • Linda J. Kasten
  • Bob Labuski
  • Edward H. Legg
  • Deborah Libaire
  • Tony Lorio
  • Long Island Flyrodders
  • Morgan Macwhinnie
  • Pat McCarthy
  • Paul McCain
  • Larry & Helga Merryman
  • Steve Mikle
  • Nissequogue River State Park
  • Dennis & Marie O’Doherty
  • Planting Fields Arboretum
  • Jody Ratner
  • Jamie Reason
  • Richard Remmer
  • Pam Raymond
  • Bob Rumplik
  • Christopher E. Simonetti
  • Alida Thorpe
  • Jerry & Rita Trapani
  • Trout Unlimited L.I. Chapter
  • Lee Weil
  • Jerry Weisman
  • Robert & Edith Wilson
  • Kathy & Ken Wilvert
  • Jennifer & Emily Wilvert
  • Megan Wilvert
  • Don Winter
  • Jimmy Wonzor
  • Ken Yanke
  • Mike Yannelli

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