Year In Review: Community Efforts And Charitable Endeavors

From left: Lillian McCormick, Angela Susan Anton, Josephine Hodge and Honoree Dr. Andrew Jacono (Photo by Tab Hauser)

Philanthropy has always been of the utmost importance to Anton Media Group, particularly to its publisher, Angela Susan Anton. The past year saw those efforts continue, with the prolific publisher working to give back to the community in multiple ways, while also attending many artists’ events and publicizing the fundraising efforts of many different important organizations.

North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, the preeminent nonprofit children’s mental health agency on Long Island, recently raised more than $68,000 to support the mission to restore and strengthen the emotional well-being of children and their families at its annual spring luncheon. The event, which took place at Glen Head Country Club, began with exciting games of Mahjong, Canasta and Bridge, along with unique shopping boutiques from some of Long Island’s trendiest and most charitable small business owners, including Dale’s Novelty Knits, Dash, Designs That Donate, iThrive, Kostume Klassics, Museum Coffee House and RFC Fine Jewelry, among others.

Nassau County Museum of Art trustees Harvey Manes and Meryl DeeSeuer (Photo by Tab Hauser)

Later in spring, Belmont Child Care Association hosted its third annual Spring Fling Hat Luncheon and Fashion Show at The Garden City Hotel on May 31. The gala event, attended by 265 guests, raised funds to contribute to the care and education of the sons and daughters of New York thoroughbred racing backstretch workers, who would not otherwise have the means for trusted and quality child care.

The honorees at this year’s Spring Fling Hat Luncheon were Nancy Kelly and Roberta Doheny. Kelly was the 2018 BCCA Thoroughbred Horse Racing Industry Honoree. For more than 30 years, the Westbury resident has raised awareness and funds for charities associated with industry. Formerly with The Jockey Club and New York Racing Association (NYRA), she has been a board director of BCCA since its inception in 1998. Doheny was the 2018 BCCA Community Honoree. The life-long Point Lookout resident is an owner and operator of a fifth-generational business, Scotty’s Fishing Station on Reynolds Channel, and the Buoy Bar Waterfront Grill, providing a unique and memorable experience for BCCA children to learn about fishing techniques and water safety at the annual Scotty’s Fishing Fun Event.

Rita Castagna, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Angela Susan Anton, publisher, Anton Media Group. (Photo by Tab Hauser)

Then, in July, the Jazz Age Exhibition came to Nassau County Museum Of Art. The exhibit kicked off with an opening gala last month, showcasing powerful paintings and sculpture, intimate drawings (some never before exhibited), bold posters, sheet music, fashion, eye-dazzling jewelry, sleek furniture, and musical instruments (including Victrola turntables and a piano playing Gershwin’s own piano rolls).

In October, the Safe Center LI, an advocate for survivors of abuse and neglect, held its annual gala and largest fundraising event of the year, 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.

Roddy (left) and Nazee Klotz of Mill Neck at the Land Alliance

And finally, the ninth annual Children in Bloom Luncheon, “Blue Skies,” took place in October at Old Westbury Gardens in support of environmental education. Mike Keenan, the regional vice president of Wells Fargo was the honoree and Linsey David, a correspondent for ABC News, was the guest speaker. Over the past eight years, the Children in Bloom Luncheon has raised more than $225,000 for Old Westbury Gardens, which is committed to children’s education, welcoming more than 3,000 low-income students annually from pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade for complimentary seasonal visits. The beautifully preserved site is the perfect setting for an outdoor classroom, where children can explore the science behind trees, seasons, plants and wildlife.

Steve Mosco
Steve Mosco, the former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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