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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 2008

Once again, supporters showered the Friends with their generosity. While, thankfully, Mother Nature did not shower us with rain, but did contribute a splendid day for the Gala festivities. Friends’ president, Bob Labuski welcomed those in attendance and the traditional equestrian parade followed.

In recognition of the importance that the hatchery and trout fishing hold for the Park, this year the Friends’ board chose to highlight these features at the Gala (even though when this decision was made, the impending closing of the hatchery was not yet an issue of which the Friends were aware). To help us with this program, we enlisted the help of several fishing clubs that generously responded by setting up interesting fly-tying, fly casting, and other fishing-related demonstrations. Two chapters of Trout Unlimited sent presenters: George Costa and Gil Miller from the Art Flick Chapter; Jay Mooney and Peter Harris from the Long Island Chapter. Presenters from other clubs were: Wolfgang Porte and Herman Abrams from Long Island Flyrodders, as well as Arthur Prevette and our long-time friend Dr. Richard Steinberger from Idle Hour Fly Fishers.

Everyone took full advantage of the available activities. Some people were interested in the hay-wagon ride to the hatchery (contributed by The Hay Loft and driven by Jerry Trapani and Ken Wilvert), while others opted to take the horse and carriage ride around the Park’s grounds (provided by Authentic Carriage Co.). Loyal friend and carver, Jamie Reason was there with his carving demonstration. Also falconer, Tom Lowe brought his Harris’s Hawk for a return engagement.

Under the dining tent, appetizers of various cheeses, fresh fruit, smoked goose and other delicacies whetted the guest’s appetite for the large array of gourmet dishes that restaurants—such as Snapper Inn, Irish Coffee Pub, Riverview, Viva La Vida, and others (please see complete list that follows)—magnanimously contributed. For the diners’ pleasure, Little Toby Walker set a lively atmosphere with his snappy music. For the dessert course, the tone turned serene with the repertoire played by the string quartet of Stan Kallenbach, Shelly Berner, Harvey Hoffman, and Jody Ratner; the quartet’s selections included Schubert’s piano quintet “The Trout” (transcribed for string quartet by the group.)

Board member and acting auctioneer, George Dagher, assisted by Gil Bergen and Jerry Trapani, deftly matched skills with eager bidders for the many valuable treasures donated for our Live Auction: an original trout painting by Don Winter; two beautiful carvings, one of a Eurasian Wigeon by Jamie Reason and the other a Redshank by Ed Legg; a knife hand-crafted by Steve Mikle; and a miniature Trout carving by Tom Hubbard; as well as antiques and other desirable items. Our Silent and Chinese auctions sent many guests home with arms full of beautiful gift baskets, framed photographs and limited edition prints, as well as many other great prizes.

We thank all who attended. Your continued support is vital to the success of the Friends.

It takes a great many people to bring about the success of this important fund-raising event. The tables below list the names of our supporters. All these individuals, organizations, artists and merchants generously contributed food, beverages, prizes or their time.  We ask that you please act as our ambassador by patronizing the merchants, restaurants and artists listed here and thank them for their support of the Friends.

If we inadvertently omitted anyone from this list, please accept our apologies and be assured that we greatly appreciate ALL our contributors.

Restaurants & Merchants
  • American Antiques, Southampton
  • Audrey’s Bakery, West Sayville
  • Authentic Carriage Co., Centereach
  • Bayberry Cafe, Islip
  • Bar Boy, Farmingdale
  • Beechtree Restaurant, Islip Terrace
  • Camp-Site Sport Shop, Huntington
  • Cazanove Opici Import Corp., Plainview
  • Clare Rose, Patchogue
  • Collins & Main, Sayville
  • El Puente de Oro, Central Islip
  • Empire Merchants, Astoria
  • Fatty McGees, East Islip
  • Fish & Wildlife Unlimited, Oakdale
  • Francesco’s Trattoria, East Islip
  • The Hay Loft, Coram
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Idle Hour Deli, Oakdale
  • Irish Coffee Pub, Islip
  • JD Pages, East Islip
  • Kingstons, Islip
  • Mama’s Pizza, Oakdale
  • Martino Pizza, East Islip
  • Mary's Pizza, Islip Terrace
  • McGoverns, Oakdale
  • Modern Bakery, Oakdale
  • Norton's Restaurant, Oakdale
  • Oakdale Flowershop, Oakdale
  • Orvis, New York City
  • Orvis, Greenvale
  • Parkwood Outfitters, Bohemia
  • Peninsula, Bay Shore
  • Ramsey Outdoors, Ramsey, NJ
  • Riverview Restaurant, Oakdale
  • Sayville Inn, Sayville
  • Snapper Inn, Oakdale
  • Southern Liquor, Syosset
  • Stanley's Bakery, East Islip
  • Sysco Food Service, Rocky Hill, CT
  • Vanderbilt’s Wharf, Oakdale
  • Vindagra USA Inc., Boca Raton, FL
  • Vinnie's Mulberry Street, East Islip
  • Viva La Vida, Oakdale
  • White Cap Fish Co., Islip
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, Oakdale
Artists, Organizations, Individual Donors & Volunteers
  • Herman Abrams
  • Dorothy Andersen
  • Dan Azzato
  • Claudia & Brian Behonic
  • Gil Bergen
  • Shelly Berner
  • Bettina Brownyard
  • George Costa
  • Pat Costello
  • George Dagher
  • Peter Gambitsky
  • Bob & Mitzi Giffen
  • Great South Bay Audubon Society
  • Pamela J. Greene
  • Peter Harris
  • Harvey Hoffman
  • Tom Hubbard
  • Chris Hull
  • Pam Hunter
  • Islip Horsemen’s Association
  • Stanley & Annette Kallenbach
  • Amy Kasten
  • Linda J. Kasten
  • Sarah Kasten
  • Edward Kelleher
  • The Kinane Family
  • Bob Labuski
  • Edward H. Legg
  • Marilyn Levy
  • Long Island Flyrodders
  • Tom & Sofie Lowe
  • Morgan Macwhinnie
  • Paul McCain
  • Jeremiah McGiff
  • Steve Mikle
  • Joe Mikulas
  • Gil Miller
  • Jay Mooney
  • Nissequogue River State Park
  • Dennis & Marie O’Doherty
  • Planting Fields Arboretum
  • Wolfgang Porte
  • Arthur Prevette
  • Jody Ratner
  • Warren Ray
  • Jamie Reason
  • Kathleen Remmer
  • Richard Remmer
  • Pam Raymond
  • The Rough Riders
  • Dan Shazuk & Mike Schlitz
  • Keith Snedecor
  • Dr. Richard Steinberger
  • Pamela Stokes
  • Jerry & Rita Trapani
  • Giselle Torres
  • Trout Unlimited, Art Flick Chapter
  • Trout Unlimited L.I. Chapter
  • Lee Weil
  • Robert & Edith Wilson
  • The Wilvert Family
  • Megan Wilvert
  • Don Winter

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