The Safe Center LI, an advocate for survivors of abuse and neglect, held its annual gala and largest fundraising event of the year on Oct. 18, honoring the people who have dutifully supported the center’s mission—to help people throughout the community to find a safe place.
Honorees at the Every Home A Safe Home gala included Anton Media Group publisher Angela Susan Anton, community activist and board member Lillian McCormick and board member and plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono. According to the center’s executive director Cynthia Scott, each honoree was lauded for individual selfless contributions to the center’s cause.
“When we started here in 2015, one of the things we desperately needed because of budget restrictions was the donation of advertising,” said Scott. “Angela has provided us with advertising for up to three events per year, and that is incredibly generous.”
Community activist and advocate for human rights, Lillian McCormick, 93, has been instrumental in organizing the community to help establish the first domestic violence shelter on Long Island in Manhasset in the back of a church.
“She filled cots with people who needed a safe place back when no one was doing that and it took an extreme act of courageousness on her part to take that risk to help people,” said Scott. “It has inspired so much of what we do. That’s just the kind of lady she is.”
Lastly, Andrew Jacono, MD, FACS, is a board certified plastic surgeon and global authority in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Jacono’s work as a pro bono surgeon for victims of domestic violence has been life changing, giving survivors a fresh look on life and an escape from their abusive past.