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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 2010

There is much to celebrate about Connetquot River State Park Preserve and at its thirteenth Annual Gala on Saturday, October 3rd, the Friends decided to focus attention on a special feature of the Preserve, its birds. Over eighty guests didn't allow the chill in the air to cool their spirits. They came to enjoy the beauty of Connetquot's landscape and the lively Blue Grass and traditional country music of Smith & Co. and the Red River Ramblers. Their joyful sound had guests singing along while dining under the large tents where a vast array of culinary delights was offered featuring the fine cuisine of contributing establishments whose names appear below. Salads, seafood bisque, chicken francese, shepherd's pie, and sushi are some of the dishes our guests enjoyed, along with a delicious assortment of breads and deserts from pastries to apple pie and more.

After the traditional Equestrian Parade, Judy Davis, Carol Janch, Helga Merryman and Steve D'Amato from Great South Bay Audubon Society were on hand with their exhibit and fielded all bird-related questions Gala guests posed to them. Falconer Tom Lowe again brought his Harris's hawks to demonstrate how some raptors can be trained to hunt game in this ancient sport.

Cathy Wilvert was there with some of her birds to inform Gala guests about her Quail release program at the Preserve. While her daughters, Megan and Jennifer, who have volunteered many hours assisting the Friends were presented with a shared scholarship award by Friends’ President, Bob Labuski.

The traditional carriage rides by Jerry Wiesman again offered everyone interested a brief tour of the grounds and Jamie Reason’s decoy carving demonstration was supplemented at this event with two other exhibits by carvers Ed Legg and Wes Mudford. Both Jamie and Ed again generously donated one of their beautiful carvings which were hotly contested in our Live Auction but in the end made two bid winners very happy. Many other guests went home with smiles on their faces when their tickets won one or more of the festive baskets and other beautiful and useful prizes in the Gala’s Chinese Raffle.

Thanks to the generosity of all who joined in the fun of this event, the Friends were able to raise over $10,000 that will be applied entirely to the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

The Friends greatly appreciate the generosity of all the contributors to the Gala.  All the individuals, organizations, artists and businesses on this list donated food, beverages, prizes, money, and/or their valuable time. Thank you for making this event a success.

Businesses and Organizations
  • Audrey’s Bakery, Sayville
  • Bayberry Café, Islip
  • Bar Boy Products Inc., Farmingdale
  • Captain Bill’s Restaurant, Bay Shore
  • Cazanove Opici Wines, Plainview
  • Cavalier & Associates PC, Ronkonkoma
  • Clare Rose, Patchogue
  • Fatty McGee’s, E. Islip
  • Fireside Angler, Smithtown
  • Francesco’s Trattoria, E. Islip
  • Idle Hour Deli, Oakdale
  • Irish Coffee Pub, E. Islip
  • Islip Horsemen’s Assn.
  • J. King’s Food Svc., Holtsville
  • JR’s Tent Renting & Party Supplies, E. Islip
  • Kingston’s Clam Bar, W. Sayville
  • Mama’s Pizza, Oakdale
  • Martino’s Pizza, E. Islip
  • Mary’s Pizza, Islip Terrace
  • Modern Bakery, Oakdale
  • Nicky’s Clam Bar, Bay Shore
  • Oakdale Flowershop, Oakdale
  • Orvis New York, NYC
  • Pamela Lerner Antiques, Bellport
  • Panera Bread, North Babylon
  • Peninsula Chinese Restaurant, Bay Shore
  • Puente de Oro, Central Islip
  • Riverview Restaurant, Oakdale
  • Shandon Court, E. Islip
  • Sayville Inn, Sayville
  • Snapper Inn, Oakdale
  • Stanley’s Bakery, E. Islip
  • Sysco Food Services, Oakdale
  • Tai Show East Restaurant, Oakdale
  • Terrace Garden Deli, Islip Terrace
  • Thos. Cornell Galleries, Patchogue Vlg.
  • Vinnie’s Mulberry Street, E. Islip
  • Viva la Vida Restaurant, Oakdale
  • White Cap Fish Market, Islip
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, Oakdale
Artists and Exhibitors
  • Evette Alti, Equestrian
  • Dear Lee Beloved Custom Flies, Westbury
  • Great South Bay Audubon Soc.
  • Wendy Hodor, Equestrian
  • Martine Howes, Equestrian
  • Connie Jacobs, Equestrian
  • Edward H. Legg, Lake Grove, Carver
  • Tom Lowe, Falconer
  • Tom Mele, Equestrian
  • Steven Mikle, Deer Park, Carver
  • Wes Mudford, Amityville, Carver
  • Jamie Reason, Mastic Beach, Carver
  • Smith & Co., Musicians
  • Robert Van Lindt, Elmhurst, Artist
  • Jerry Weisman, Carriage Rides
  • Wilvert Family, Exhibitors
  • Don Winter, Dobbs Ferry, Artist
  • Lisa Wolf, Equestrian
Individual Donors and Volunteers
  • Dorothy Andersen
  • Kristen Andersen
  • Gil Bergen
  • Joseph Brodtman
  • Pat Costello
  • George Dagher
  • Richard Dahlia
  • William Daley
  • Steven D’Amato
  • Jim & Diana Davis
  • Judy & Warren Davis
  • William Gordon
  • Pamela Greene
  • Christine Hartman
  • Betty Hirt
  • Tom Hubbard
  • Pamela Hunter
  • Dennis James
  • Carol Jansch
  • Linda Kasten
  • Sarah Kasten
  • Edward Kelleher
  • Marianne Kinane
  • Loy Kren
  • Robert Labuski
  • Kenneth & Annette Leitch
  • Fran Levesque
  • Laurie Mangano-Chionchio
  • Angela Marco-Trigiano
  • Lauren Martin
  • Mollie Maul
  • Jeremiah McGiff
  • Helga & Larry Merryman
  • Joseph Mikulas
  • Robert Moux
  • Richard Remmer
  • Paula Rodenas
  • George Rosenthal
  • Janet Ross
  • Robert Rumplik
  • Randy & Aimee Schmitt
  • Lauren Schull
  • Amanda Smith
  • Greg Smith
  • Keith Snedecor
  • Richard Steinberger
  • Pamela Stokes
  • John Sullivan
  • Anne & Ron Swanson
  • Jerry & Rita Trapani
  • Jennifer Wilvert
  • Megan Wilvert
  • Bob & Edith Wilson

See photos and recaps from past Galas:

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