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The Long Island Social Diary: March 22, 2013

For the past 16 years, I have been the publisher of Anton Community Newspapers. My mission was and continues to be focusing on our local communities, tell their stories and help by supporting worthwhile causes. The Long Island Social Diary will do just that. Each month with this column, I’ll be focusing on all the good things we can all get involved with to help each other. The column will feature charities and events all geared toward supporting good causes in and around our communities.

The charity kicking off this inaugural column also happens to be the first charity I ever got personally involved with—EAC (the Education and Assistance Corporation). My dear friend Phyllis Kreitman introduced me to Hilary Hartung, the now-retired Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for EAC.

This not-for-profit human service agency that was founded in 1969 has a network of 70 programs throughout Long Island and New York City. Its programs protect at-risk children, support senior citizens, help people with mental health and substance abuse problems, educate people seeking financial independence, assist individuals who are under or unemployed, mediate disputes and work with families in crisis. Casting a fairly wide net regarding the people they help means that many of the more than 70 programs that EAC runs are constantly in need of funding. And given the lean economy and the fierce competition the organization faces from other charities and non-profits, the need to work with other grassroots entities becomes all the more crucial.

“We have to scratch and claw for whatever funding we may get. We’re not a large national charity that has a big budget for commercials or massive mailings to get the word out,” explains Hartung. “So it only makes sense that local outlets like Anton Community Newspapers have such a positive effect on our outreach programs because of the communities and readers they serve.”

The next EAC event is the “Light of Hope” luncheon on Wednesday, April 10 at the Crest Hollow Country Club where the guest speaker will be Katie Beers, co-author of Buried Memories: Katie Beers Story. Proceeds will support EAC’s aforementioned network of programs that helps children who have been abused, seniors needing support, people struggling with substance abuse or mental illness and families in crisis.

Another very worthwhile organization that I also happen to be a board member of is the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center. This not-for-profit children’s mental health agency was founded in 1953 and works with kids (ages 0-24) who deal with difficulties ranging from developmental delays and depression to anxiety and various family crises. Its role in the community is a crucial one according to Amy Gordon, who has been the Director of Development for the center for the past 14 years.

“Currently celebrating its 60th anniversary, [North Shore is] primarily an out patient facility that serves roughly 7,000 individuals annually,” Gordon explained. “It’s dedicated to strengthening the emotional well-being of children and families.”

On Thursday, April 25, the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center will host its Achievement Luncheon at the Cold Spring Country Club. This year’s honorees will be retired congressman Gary Ackerman, internationally acclaimed author Nelson DeMille and Joan Smith founder of Joan Smith Flowers. This annual event celebrates personal or professional achievements of individuals, businesses or organizations that have contributed non-profit work to our community.