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Grand Island: Neighbors Foundation gives thanks

Fri, Jan 4th 2019 04:50 pm

The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island thanks the hundreds of individuals and organizations who contributed to our successful 2018 holiday distribution. Over 50 of your neighbors were helped with food baskets and, where appropriate, gift cards for their children.

The foundation is a small, all-volunteer organization; we don’t do this ourselves, we depend on the community to recognize the need around us, and to respond generously. Even in pleasant, suburban Grand Island, there are needs, and you have helped.

Thanks to all of you!

Our thanks to these people and organizations who donated to our Share Your Happiness fund drive, perhaps on the internet, in the 2018 holiday season:

  • Grand Island Post 1346 American Legion
  • Several anonymous donors
  • Phyllis Baker
  • Jared and Barbara Barlow
  • Paul and Judith Bassette
  • In memory of Bud Figler by Marlowe and Deborah Beis
  • Eric and Susan Berger
  • Eric Berger Insurance
  • Annette Boies-Lobl
  • Salvatore Cardullo
  • Mrs. Lenora Carroll
  • David and Jane Chervinsky
  • Faculty, students and staff at Connor Middle School
  • Marlene and Laura Coughlin
  • Nicholas Dukat
  • East Park Garden Club
  • Stan and Bay Ellson
  • Christine Ferguson
  • Payroll contributions by Grand Island school employees
  • Valerie Gaydosh
  • Eilene Gebrian
  • Robert and Joanne Gesl
  • Joseph and Cynthia Gioia
  • Grand Island Golden Age Club
  • Grand Island Farms Inc.
  • Ladies Auxiliary Grand Island Fire Co.
  • Some good folks at Grand Island Golden Age Center
  • Faculty, students and staff of Grand Island High School
  • Grand Island Snowmobile Club
  • Payroll contributions by Grand Island town employees
  • Lee and Mary Herbst
  • Holy Name Society
  • Pat and John Hurld
  • Casual Dress Days, Huth Road Elementary School
  • Faculty, students and staff of Huth Road Elementary School
  • Island Prescription Center
  • Faculty, students and staff of Kaegebein Elementary School
  • Henry and Grace Kammerer
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Kenneth and Linda Koch
  • Beverly and Peter Kuszczak
  • LDC Construction
  • Christine Learman
  • Don and Evelyn Lewis
  • Grand Island Lions Club
  • Tom and Nancy Luescher
  • Shirley Luther
  • Betty Marinell
  • Robert and Elaine Marinucci
  • Michael Mongan
  • Dolly Mukhopadhyay in memory of mother
  • Angelo and Rosalie Palamuso
  • Judy and John Pedlow
  • Frank and Coleen Perno
  • Gary and Carol Roesch
  • Rose Liquor Store
  • Louis and Marilyn Scozzaro
  • Debbie Sharon
  • Tom and Janet Sheehan
  • Faculty, students and staff of Sidway Elementary School
  • Giving Tree at Sidway Elementary School
  • Ron Stanke
  • Alice Staub’s yearlong collection
  • Lenore Tetkowski
  • Mark and Dianne Tiede
  • Grand Island Tops Friendly Market
  • United Way Donors on Grand Island
  • Robin Vertino
  • Greg and Paulette Voyzey
  • Dave and Victoria Wilkinson

 

•Our thanks also to these people and organizations donating gift cards, food, turkeys or gifts for this 2018 holiday distribution:

  • Several anonymous donors
  • Ann Taylor Factory Store in Fashion Outlets of Niagara
  • Bible Fellowship Center
  • Several Boy Scout Troops
  • Students and staff of Veronica Connor Middle School
  • Ellden’s Restaurant (River Oaks Club House)
  • Residents and staff of Elderwood Nursing Home
  • Grand Island Chiropractic
  • Faculty, students and staff of Grand Island High School
  • The Women of Grand Island Town Hall
  • Members and staff of Golden Age Center
  • Gail Gorenflo
  • Faculty, students and staff of Huth Road Elementary School
  • Island Kids Child Care Centers
  • Faculty, students and staff of Kaegebein Elementary School
  • Nursing, support staff at Kenmore Mercy Hospital
  • Gerald and MaryAnne Kippley
  • Mary Star of the Sea Council Knights of Columbus
  • Don and Evelyn Lewis
  • Grand Island Lions Club
  • Grand Island Little League
  • Annalea Masiello Christmas Run participants
  • Niagara Sailing Club
  • Notaro Chiropractic
  • Brooks and Brenda Rimes
  • River Oaks Golf Clubhouse (Ellden’s)
  • Jodi Robinson
  • Kevin Slachciak and Say Cheese Pizza
  • Christine Schwinn
  • Faculty, students and staff of Sidway Elementary School
  • Parishioners of St. Stephen R.C. Church
  • Religious Education Department at St. Stephen R.C. Church
  • Special toiletries collection from St. Stephen R.C. Church
  • Thompson Farms and Market
  • Tops Friendly Market, Grand Island
  • AFSCME employees at Town Hall
  • Grand Island Zonta Club

•Our special thanks also to the very hard-working students from DECA and student council at the high school, Interact at Grand Island High School and Connor Middle School, for their sorting help during our 2018 holiday distribution; without their help, the distribution would not have happened: Gabby Bergstrom, Joe Botticello, Kaylee Butcher, Nicholas Carey, Alexa Chiarenza, Erin Cool, Jake Corrao, Lexi Diaz, Lindsey Diehl, Faith Gworek, Jacob Hazel, Luke Hess, Allison Hill, Libby Koyn, Abigail Krull, Grace Kucinski, Emily Kurtzhalts, Anna Kurtzhalts, Amanda Lawrence, Rhys Mendel, McKenna Prochaska, Mikayla Robinson, Dylan Russo, Eric Scalise, Laura Schultz, Jackson Schmidt, Julia Slayzk, William Soos; Cheryl Chamberlain, DECA adviser; Melissa Kosmoski, student council adviser; Caitlin O’Rourke, student council advisor; Carley Antonelli, middle school Interact adviser; Crystal Barnes, middle school Interact adviser.

•Let’s not forget other hard workers from the foundation and community who helped so much during our 2018 holiday distribution: Beth Boron, Dave Conboy, Ann Dahl, Marlene Dueble, Colleen Furnia, Valerie Gaydosh, Grand Island schools maintenance staff, Nancy Hayes, Lynn and Bob Henschel, Hank Kammerer, Dave Khreis, Peter Kuszczak and all the K of C workers, Lisa Noe, Angelo Palamuso, Gary Roesch, Larry Slovick and Ron Stanke.

Do you know who the Neighbors Foundation officers and directors are? Most are listed in various ways above; here is the complete listing:

  • David Conboy, president
  • Dennis Dahl, vice president
  • Lynn Henschel, treasurer
  • Valerie Gaydosh, secretary
  • Beth Boron, director
  • Linda Clark, director
  • Ann Dahl, director
  • Marlene Deuble, director
  • Nancy Hayes, director
  • David Khreis, director
  • Kathleen Lechner, director
  • Angelo Palamuso, director
  • Janet Sheehan, director
  • Larry Slovick, director
  • Linda Tufillaro, director
  • Henry Kammerer, director emeritus
  • Shirley Luther, director emeritus

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