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$79,000 Raised For Diabetes

Glen Cove had a fourth successful “Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock” car show  earlier this month. The annual fundraiser, held on Sunday, Sept. 8, is one of several local efforts that raise money for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation ( DRIF). 

Martino Auto Concepts/MAC Auto Couture again presented Bimmerstock. Nassau County Legislator and DRIF board member Delia DeRiggi-Whitton has helped make this event happen for four years in a row. 

 

The car show and related fundraising materials helped bring in just under $80,000 for the DRIF. Over the last 4 years, this event has raised over $260,000 for the DRIF. And the total local efforts including golf outings, a dinner and the car

show have helped the Glen Cove area raise almost $780,000 for diabetes research. 

 

Joe LaPadula said, “We are pleased to report $79,000 was raised for the cure-focused research at the DRI. This event has grown into one of the largest automobile shows on the Eastern Seaboard. It attracts sponsors, vendors and car enthusiasts from around the country and with our DRI relationship we know that everything we do helps fund the effort to find a cure for diabetes. 

 

“I sincerely appreciate everyone’s help in making this year’s event such an amazing success,” he continued. “All who are associated with the event are grateful to our wonderful friends, sponsors, journal supporters and everyone who registered and displayed a vehicle, new and old, for being a part of this special day.”  Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said, “I am proud to announce that after this year, our combined local efforts to raise money for diabetes research have hit

$779,000! Once again everyone at Martino Auto Concepts, especially Joe LaPadula, organized an amazing event, and helped us raise money to find a cure for diabetes. I would also like to thank the Glen Cove police, EMS, department of public works, auxiliary police and Mayor Suozzi and the city council for assisting with this event. As a mom with a daughter with this condition it means so much to see our city come together like this.”

 

Delia and DRIF LI Regional Director Anthony Childs presented Mayor Suozzi with a citation in thanks for Glen Cove’s continued support of this important fundraiser.

 

Tom Suozzi presented a special award to both Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer. 

 

Seeing unique cars is a big part of the attraction of the event and car enthusiasts were happily posing for pictures next to some of the more dazzling automobiles, such as a Lamborghini “art car.”

 

Another car that drew a lot of attention was a refurbished 1941 Dodge Business Coupe, which was restored by Henry Putre of One Stop Truck and Auto Collision in Deer Park. Putre said it was his first time attending the event and was pleased with the turnout.

 

“It’s a great event. We will be back again next year,” he said.

News

A visit to the Village Wine Merchant in Sea Cliff is more of a learning experience than merely a shopping outing. The staff aims to help customers find exactly what they are looking for, and is happy to educate and eager to develop a relationship with customers to better serve them. The wine store on Sea Cliff Avenue just celebrated its one year anniversary, considered a significant landmark in Sea Cliff.

 

“It’s a tradition in Sea Cliff to not hold a ribbon cutting until a business has hit the one year mark,” said Mayor Bruce Kennedy. “Otherwise, we’d be holding them all the time...too many don’t make it. If you can make it a year, you can make it 30 years.”

Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC.  On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino

Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.


Sports

At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.

 

In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.

Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.

 

The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League. 


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Soccer Parade - September 13

Rotary Day - September 13

Bimmerstock - September 14


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