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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

Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured with students at the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove. The students had prepared a showcase of their projects for a “World Day Celebration.”  They spoke to the guests about the many different cultures and languages spoken around the world. 

 

“The administration, faculty, and staff at the School for Language and Communication Development provide the students with an exceptional education and I am very proud that they are a part of our great city,” said Mayor Spinello. 


The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

 

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

 

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.


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