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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 2011

Eat, drink and be merry was the imperative for our guests on the splendid Sunday of October 2 at the Friends Annual Gala.  The guest list was considerably shorter than in the past, but it was a joyous and successful event nonetheless.  Thanks to the support of  many generous donors, our auctions and raffle were brimming with valuable and beautiful prizes—from magnificent wood carvings, framed original art, limited edition prints, and photographs to guided fishing outings, a carriage ride that included lunch, and stable cleaning services.  Volunteer auctioneers Richard Remmer and Gil Bergen with great skill and entertaining humor matched bidders with prizes so effectively as to interest them in bidding for a tray of delicious brownies, donated by Pat Costello, at $10 a piece.  Their effort and that of the many volunteers as well as the generosity of all donors that made this event possible, raised over $10,000 that will be applied toward programs and projects for 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
  • Applebee's Restaurant, East Islip
  • Audrey’s Bakery, Sayville
  • Bar Boy Products Inc., Farmingdale
  • Bijoux Giselle, Islip
  • Captain Bill’s Restaurant, Bay Shore
  • Cazanove Opici Wines, Plainview
  • Clare Rose, Patchogue
  • Cull House Restaurant, Sayville
  • Deer Lee Beloved Custom Flies, Westbury
  • Fatty McGee’s, E. Islip
  • Francesco’s Trattoria, E. Islip
  • Idle Hour Deli, Oakdale
  • Irish Coffee Pub, E. Islip
  • Jackson Hall Restaurant, East Islip
  • J. King’s Food Service, Holtsville
  • JR’s Tent Renting & Party Supplies, E. Islip
  • Kingston’s Clam Bar, W. Sayville
  • Mama’s Pizza, Pasta & Seafood, Oakdale
  • Martino’s Pizza, E. Islip
  • Mary’s Pizza & Restaurant, Islip Terrace
  • Modern Bakery, Oakdale
  • Nicky’s Clam Bar, Bay Shore
  • Oakdale Pizzeria, Oakdale
  • Orvis, New York City
  • Orvis Sandanona, Millbrook
  • Panera Bread, North Babylon
  • Peninsula Chinese Restaurant, Bay Shore
  • Pera Bell Food Bar, Patchogue
  • Puente de Oro, Central Islip
  • Sal's Pizzeria, Sayville
  • Shandon Court, E. Islip
  • Snapper Inn, Oakdale
  • Spring Farm, Sag Harbor
  • Stanley’s Bakery, E. Islip
  • Sysco Food Services, Oakdale
  • Tai Show East Restaurant, Oakdale
  • Terrace Garden Deli, Islip Terrace
  • View Restaurant, Oakdale
  • Vinnie’s Mulberry Street, E. Islip
  • Viva la Vida Restaurant, Oakdale
  • White Cap Fish Market, Islip
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, Oakdale
Artists, Craft Persons and Exhibitors
  • Great South Bay Audubon Soc., Sayville
  • Tom Hubbard, Pine Plains
  • Just Good Friends
  • Amy Kasten, Oakdale
  • Edward H. Legg, Lake Grove
  • Tom Lowe, Central Islip
  • Steven Mikle, Deer Park
  • Wesley Mudford, Amityville
  • Jamie Reason, Mastic Beach
  • Robert Van Lindt, Elmhurst
  • Don Winter, Dobbs Ferry
Individual Donors and Volunteers
  • Dorothy Andersen
  • Gil Bergen
  • Elizabeth Bloom
  • Desiree Burns
  • Pat Costello
  • Richard Dahlia
  • William Daley
  • Steven D’Amato
  • Jim & Diana Davies (Just Good Friens)
  • Judy Davis
  • Emily Efstration
  • Ginny Fields
  • Dennis & Christine Hartman
  • Bill Hempel
  • Linda Hopkins
  • Pamela Hunter
  • Stanley & Annette Kallenbach
  • Linda Kasten
  • Sarah Kasten
  • Edward Kelleher
  • Craig Kessler
  • Rich & Marianne Kinane
  • Robert Labuski
  • Randee Lambert
  • Jim Lally (Just Good Friends)
  • Kenneth & Annette Leitch
  • Emma Levesque
  • Fran Levesque
  • Robert Luneska
  • Annie & Bob McIntyre
  • Helga & Larry Merryman
  • Joseph Mikulas
  • Al Morrison
  • Steven & Karina Morrison
  • Larry Paul
  • Max Remmer
  • Richard Remmer
  • Carolyn Romaine
  • George Rosenthal
  • Dave Schiller
  • Randy & Aimee Schmitt
  • Lauren Schnal
  • Cindy Schultes & Family
  • Greg Smith (Just Good Friends)
  • Keith Snedecor
  • Alison Spano
  • Larry Sribnick (Just Good Friends)
  • Richard Steinberger
  • Giselle Torres
  • Jerry & Rita Trapani
  • Jennifer Wilvert
  • Bob & Edith Wilson

See photos and recaps from past Galas:

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