Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00
The Old Westbury College Foundation, Inc. recently welcomed more than 800 alumni and friends recently to celebrate the 11th Annual Summer Polo Match and Lawn Party to support SUNY College at Old Westbury.
The championship polo event was a fundraiser to support academic and programmatic enhancements at the college, while also honoring those who advocate for the preservation of Long Island’s open spaces. The event, which featured a match provided by the historic Meadowbrook Polo Club in the surroundings of Hickox Field in Old Westbury, grossed more than $80,000 in support of the foundation.
“The grand success of this event serves as evidence that the Long Island community is responding to the efforts being made by the Old Westbury College Foundation to support the mission of SUNY College at Old Westbury,” said College President Calvin O. Butts, III. “We were proud to welcome so many friends and alumni of the college. At the same time, we were pleased to be able to honor the good works of our honorees, Ms. Katie Kilcommons-McGowan and Ms. Mary D’Antonio.”
Ms. Kilcommons-McGowan was awarded the Ed Wrigley Horsemanship Award in recognition of her work as the founder and executive director of HorseAbility, a not-for-profit organization that offers therapeutic riding and other services for children and families with special needs. Ms. D’Antonio, a 1994 graduate, was recognized with the Alumni Leadership Award for her 13 years of service as president of the SUNY College at Old Westbury Alumni Association and her ongoing commitment to the college’s success.
The college and College Foundation offer special thanks to the 2012 Presenting sponsor of the event, Land Rover Long Island. Thanks also to sponsors TD Bank, Abyssinian Development Corporation, Chartwells, Thompson Hospitality, Meadowbrook Polo Club, The Albanese Organization, Doshi Diagnostic Imaging, Dr. Magdy Shady, Smithtown Hunt, SUNY College at Old Westbury Alumni Association and Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP.