GLEN COVE, NY – A crowd of more than 200 people made up of community members and staff from Glen Cove Hospital enjoyed a fun-filled evening at the Glen Cove Mansion on Sept. 21 sampling gourmet signature dishes from 35 local restaurants to raise $20,000 for the hospital.
Organized by the Auxiliary at the Glen Cove Hospital and its staff, the event also included fine wine tasting hosted by Marquis Wines and Spirits in Locust Valley. More than 100 raffle prizes donated by area merchants and businesses -- ranging in value from $50 to $1,000 -- dazzled event-goers. The money raised by the generous supporters will pay for hospital equipment and patient services.
“This event was spectacular – it exceeded my expectations,” said Susan Kwiatek, DNP, the hospitals executive director, who noted this was the Auxiliary’s sixth culinary fundraiser. “I am humbled at the outpouring of support and how generous the community has been. The event was truly over the top.”
Friends, neighbors and hospital staff mingled, visiting various food stations sampling savory cuisine ranging from lasagna, sushi, Thai noodles, Swedish meatballs and Glen Cove Hospital’s own grilled lamb chops and Israeli couscous salad to temping desserts such as cupcakes, carrot cake, pastries, tiramisu and home-made chocolate chip cookies.
Attendees, standing on the steps of the Glen Cove Mansion’s entrance, were treated to the heartfelt music of the nine-person Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band, which played under the stars in the courtyard.
Mike Grella, who plays on the New York Red Bulls soccer team, and his wife Jessica, residents of Glen Cove, shared the evening with fans and friends and family. Mr. Grella was especially delighted to attend the event with his mother, Grace Grella, who has worked for 35 years in the hospital’s Diet Office checking menus before they are delivered to patients.
Much of the credit for planning and turning out a successful evening goes to Julie Albin, a member of the Auxiliary for 42 years and a lifelong resident of Locust Valley.
“I think the community is glad the hospital is operating and doing well,” Ms. Albin said. “The turnout for the event was unbelievable. Shopkeepers donated in a big way. The community has put its heart and soul into this event and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”