It’s no secret that this past year goes down in history as one of the most difficult and challenging years on record. As we look back and reflect on what we’ve learned, we continue to be inspired by our community.
Over the last few months, we have worked hard at adapting and reinventing the role our programs and events have in the lives of local and national audiences. This past fall and winter we aimed to cultivate life-long learners and adventurers whose desire to discover and grow never ceases. From the Virtual Master Classes to the classic events the Ward Melville Heritage Organization hosts each year like the Scarecrow Competition, the Holiday Tree Competition and Visits with Santa, to our Annual Jewels & Jeans Fundraiser, we have reinvented and rethought how to adapt and preserve during the Coronavirus pandemic.
It is with great pleasure we show you how we’ve done so in this special winter edition of The Eagle.
Click HERE to see the 2021 Winter Newsletter.
The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) will host a New Beginnings Online Auction to benefit the restoration and maintenance of T. Bayles Minuse Mill Pond Park in Stony Brook Village between October 19th and November 16th. The auction will include east-end getaway packages, priceless experiences and extraordinary private tours.
The New Beginnings Auction is as easy as eBay and will feature items starting at $50 to items that have a priceless value. Included in the auction are a six-hour, private six-person fishing charter, dinner for four at Duryea’s Orient Point, rare liquor, pizza every month for a year, an exclusive champagne toast and drinks for six at the Explorer’s Club with President Richard Wiese (pictured above), and a variety of other items and experiences.
A travel package sponsored by the RJG Group includes seven (7) Resort Accommodation Certificates – each certificate’s value ranges from $2,100 – $3,800. Each Certificate provides resort accommodations for seven nights for up to two or three rooms, depending on the resort (the number of rooms is specified on each Certificate). Destinations include Antigua (pictured below), St. Lucia, Barbados, the Grenadines, and Panama. Ron Gonzalez CEO of RJG Consulting Group says that his group, “is an information technology company located in Stony Brook Village committed to giving back to the community. RJG Group believes that the mission of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization is critical to the local community and Long Island. WMHO provides educational and cultural programming, they also preserve our local historical sites and wetlands. These sites are part of our identity as a community. Preserving them as well as providing culturally diverse events and education are the pillars of our company’s core values at RJG Group. As a reflection of our shared vision, RJG Group is providing various Resort Accommodation Certificates in approximate total value of $24,250 to the WMHO. As CEO, Ronald Gonzales is proud to support community organizations, especially during this difficult time”.
There is FREE ADMISSION to register to bid on the auction items, and credit cards of the highest bidders will not be charged until November 16th, when the auction closes. Participants will be notified when they have been outbid.
On November 12th, the New Beginnings Virtual Party will take place with live entertainment, interactive games, special guest stars and the chances to win a live auction item. Tickets for the New Beginnings Virtual Party are $125 per person, and for the first 50 donors, each virtual celebration ticket includes a luxury gift bag with wine, provisions, over $500 in gift certificates and more. Patrons who register past the first 50 will be eligible for entry into the exclusive “12 Different Experiences at 12 Different Restaurants” raffle prize.
For more information on the New Beginnings Benefit events and sponsorship opportunities, please call 631-751-2244. To register for the New Beginnings Online Auction and the New Beginnings Virtual Party, please visit https://wmho.org/the-ward-melville-heritage-organization/virtualbenefit/.
Over 45 scarecrows of all shapes and sizes have been erected throughout Stony Brook Village Center for the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s 30th Annual Scarecrow Competition. Winning scarecrows will win cash prizes based on the number of votes they receive from the public.
Ballots can be found in all shops in Stony Brook Village Center. Once completed, ballots should be returned to any shop to be counted in for voting. Voting is open until Monday, October 26th.
On October 30th at 3:00pm, the winners of the Scarecrow Competition will be announced in a Zoom meeting with all competition participants, as well as posted on the Stony Brook Post Office Community Board.
The sponsors of the 30th Annual Scarecrow Competition are as follows: The Main Event sponsor The Suffolk Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy, the Main Event sponsor, Dr. Robert Quilty, Ph.D., the Goblins and Ghouls sponsor, Dr. Samuel Taube, LCSW, BCD., the Great Pumpkin sponsor, and Carissa Millet, LCSW, Psychotherapist, the Candy Corn sponsor.
To learn more about the Scarecrow Competition or the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, call 631-751-2244.
L-R: Callie Brennan, Owner, Crazy Beans; Angela Kaziris, Owner, Premiere Pastry; Brian Barton, Owner, Penny’s Car Care; Joan Dickinson, Director, Community Relations, Stony Brook University; Bernice Fehringer, Owner, Chocolate Works; Dr. Richard Rugen, Chairman, Ward Melville Heritage Organization; Dan Laffitte, General Manager, Three Village Inn; Suresh Renganathan, Chief Technology Officer, Teachers Federal Credit Union; Inna Sprague, Chief Experience Officer, Teachers Federal Credit Union; Congressman Lee Zeldin; Chris Kaziris, Premiere Pastry; Gloria Rocchio, President, Ward Melville Heritage Organization, Gary Contes, Owner, Village Coffee Market, Margo Patatinis, Owner, Sweet Mama’s; Claude Cardin, Owner, Fratelli’s Italian Eatery, Marios Patatinis, Owner, Sweet Mama’s
Stony Brook, NY: Teachers Federal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in the United States with $7.5 billion in assets and more than 340,000 members, today continued its local Long Island community giving efforts with a charitable donation in support of Stony Brook Village / Stony Brook University Hospital Healthcare Meal Program.
Inna Sprague, Chief Experience Officer, and Suresh Renganathan, Chief Technology Officer of Teachers Federal Credit Union, presented Dr. Richard Rugen, Chairman and Gloria Rocchio, President of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, with a $5,000 donation in support of the Stony Brook Village / Stony Brook University Hospital Healthcare Meal Program benefitting the extraordinary work and sacrifices of local nurses, doctors and healthcare personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“From employees, to members, to neighbors, the foundation of Teachers has always been our community,” said Brad Calhoun, President and CEO of Teachers Federal Credit Union. “During these unprecedented times, our organization is channeling our passion for the communities we serve by supporting our healthcare professionals on the frontlines of COVID-19 and the local small businesses that have been financially impacted.” To date, Teachers has now donated more than $25,000 to Suffolk County downtown districts in an effort to keep the local economy in motion and support local healthcare workers.
“Our communities’ small businesses are stepping up to the plate when their neighbors need them most, feeding our brave healthcare and frontline workers as they battle coronavirus on the ground,” said Congressman Lee Zeldin. “Now the Teachers Federal Credit Union is stepping up to support these businesses, helping to ensure they can continue to serve our frontline workers and emerge on the other side of coronavirus stronger than ever.” Gloria Rocchio commented, “This example of coming together in a time of crisis and giving freely of yourself is the true definition of community. We thank Teachers Federal Credit Union for coming forward with their contribution to this important program.”
Stony Brook Village restaurants including Three Village Inn/Lessing’s, Fratelli’s, Crazy Beans and Sweet Mama’s have delivered over 6,000 meals to these dedicated heroes so they can literally have that meal, on the go. Considering there are some 7,000 employees at the hospital, this is the ultimate example of service. Other Stony Brook Village shops participating include The Crushed Olive, Village Coffee Market, Chocolate Works, Premiere Pastry, Brew Cheese and Penny’s Car Care who have delivered snacks, cheeses, pastries, cookies, drinks and much more. Monetary donations are also coming in each day from the community and beyond. Joan Dickinson, Director of Community Relations at Stony Brook University, says “We appreciate the incredible support from the community. Every donation makes a difference.”
During this ongoing effort, we can all help and show our support for our healthcare professionals. You can donate to Stony Brook eateries or you can send your donation to the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, founded in 1939.
Your donation is fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and every dollar will go to this cause. For further information or to donate via credit card, call 631-751-2244. Checks should be made payable to WMHO. Please specify on the check memo which eatery your donation should go to, or it will be applied to the general Stony Brook University Hospital Meal Program account. Please mail checks to WMHO, P.O. Box 572, Stony Brook, NY 11790.
Photo Credit: Peter Ganley