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'Share Your Happiness': Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island sends thanks

Mon, Jan 6th 2020 03:05 pm

The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island thanks the hundreds of individuals and organizations who contributed to our successful 2019 holiday distribution. Fifty-three of your neighbor families were helped with food baskets and, where appropriate, gift cards for their children.

The Neighbors 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 2019 holiday season:

  • "Painting Night Special" at Adrian's Custard & Beef
  • G.I. Post 1346 American Legion
  • Several anonymous donors
  • Phyllis Baker
  • Jared and Barbara Barlow
  • In memory of Bud Figler by Marlowe and Deborah Beis
  • Raymond Billica
  • Bridgeview Garden Club
  • James Bruno
  • Tom and Margaret Butler
  • Salvatore Cardullo
  • In honor of Christine Cassert's birthday by Mary Herbst
  • Catrina Coffey
  • Dave and Karen Conboy
  • Faculty, students and staff at Connor Middle School
  • Dennis and Ann Dahl
  • Barbara Donnelly
  • Stan and Bay Ellson
  • Julie Estenoz
  • Payroll contributions by Grand Island school employees
  • Valerie Gaydosh
  • Eilene Gebrian
  • Robert and Joanne Gesl
  • Joseph and Cynthia Gioia
  • David Gottfried
  • Grand Island Farms Inc.
  • Ladies Auxiliary Grand Island Fire Co.
  • Some Good Folks at Grand Island Golden Age Center
  • Payroll contributions by Grand Island town employees
  • Jane Greer
  • Linda Hartman
  • Nancy Hayes
  • Mike and Rose Heigel
  • Lee and Mary Herbst
  • Mrs. Schauger’s fourth grade class at Huth Road School
  • Henry and Grace Kammerer
  • Lynn Kahn
  • Grand Island, Mary Star of Sea Chapter of Knights of Columbus
  • Peter and Beverly Kusczak
  • Christine Learman, CPA, PC
  • Kathy Lechner
  • Grand Island Lions Club
  • Michael Lockett
  • Tom and Nancy Luescher
  • Betty Marinell
  • Daniel McMahon
  • Veronica Connor Middle School dress down days
  • Mike Mongan
  • Ang and Rosalie Palamuso
  • Judy and John Pedlow
  • Frank and Coleen Perno
  • Michael Rayhill
  • Jodi Robinson
  • Gary and Carol Roesch
  • Dorothy Roswell
  • Debbie Sharon
  • Bob Shoemaker
  • Faculty, students and staff of Sidway Elementary School
  • Giving tree at Sidway Elementary School
  • Grand Island Snowmobile Club
  • Christmas show of “Joseph & Mary” by St. Martin's Episcopal Church
  • Parishioners of St. Stephen’s R.C. Church
  • Ron Stanke
  • Alice (and Brendan) Staub's yearlong collection
  • Pamela and Joseph Suszczynski
  • Mark and Dianne Tiede
  • Grand Island Tops Friendly Market
  • Grand Island donors to United Way of Buffalo & Erie Co.
  • Nicholas Vaylen
  • Greg and Paulette Voyzey
  • R B Watts
  • Grand Island Zonta Club

•Our thanks also to these people and organizations donating gift cards, food, turkeys or gifts for this 2019 holiday distribution:

  • Several anonymous donors
  • AFSCME employees at Town Hall
  • Beth Boron
  • Several Boy Scout troops
  • Samantha Buccini
  • David Conboy
  • Students and staff of Veronica Connor Middle School
  • Denny and Ann Dahl
  • Students of Grand Island High School DECA Club
  • Residents and staff of Elderwood Nursing Home
  • Diane Garey
  • Valerie Gaydosh
  • Members and staff of Golden Age Center
  • Faculty, students and staff of Grand Island High School
  • The women of Grand Island Town Hall
  • Faculty, students and staff of Huth Road Elementary School
  • Mrs. Schauger’s fourth graders at Huth Road School
  • Students of Grand Island Middle and High School Interact Clubs
  • Faculty, students and staff of Kaegebein Elementary School
  • Mary Star of the Sea Council Knights of Columbus
  • Kathy Lechner
  • Grand Island Lions Club
  • Grand Island Little League
  • Robert and Elaine Marinucci
  • Masiello’s Christmas Eve running group
  • Kevin Slachciak and Say Cheese Pizza
  • Faculty, students and staff of Sidway Elementary School
  • Parishioners of St. Stephen's Church
  • Tops Friendly Super Market – Grand Island
  • Lise Watt
  • Grand Island Zonta Club

•Our special thanks also to the very hardworking students from DECA and student council at Grand Island High School, plus Interact at high school and middle school, for their sorting help during our 2019 holiday distribution. Without their help, the distribution would not have happened:

  • Matt Aronica
  • Gabby Bergstrom
  • Abby Blair
  • Kaylee Butcher
  • Erin Cool
  • Luke Gworek
  • Jacob Hazel
  • Megan Lavis
  • Rose Meaney
  • Sebby Melendez
  • Makayla Montes
  • Caralyn Reynolds
  • Emily Reynolds
  • Mikayla Robinson
  • Sean Christian Rustowicz
  • Hannah Schiffmacher
  • Jackson Schmidt
  • Oliver Schmidt
  • Ben Spiesz
  • Ava Todaro
  • Cheryl Chamberlain, DECA adviser
  • Melissa Kosmoski, student council adviser
  • Caitlyn O’Rourke, student council adviser
  • Carley Antonelli, middle school Interact adviser
  • Crystal Barnes, middle school Interact adviser

•Let’s not forget other hard workers from the Neighbors Foundation and community who helped so much during our 2019 holiday distribution:

  • Beth Boron
  • Samantha Buccini
  • Dave Conboy
  • Linda Clark
  • Denny and Ann Dahl
  • Marlene Dueble
  • Colleen Furnia
  • Valerie Gaydosh
  • Diane Garey
  • Grand Island school maintenance staffs
  • Nancy Hayes
  • Lynn and Bob Henschel
  • Hank Kammerer
  • Dave Khreis
  • Peter Kusczak and all the K of C workers
  • Arlene Larry
  • Kathy Lechner
  • Angelo Palamuso
  • Dr. Tom Sheehan
  • Larry Slovick
  • Amanda Thompson
  • Lise Watt

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