We are now celebrating the beginning of the Holiday season and at the same time, I am so grateful for the many blessings we enjoy throughout the year. With all the media coverage of crazed bargain shoppers on Black Friday all rushing to spend their money, we are happy to see retail sales were up for the Thanksgiving weekend thereby boosting the economy and consumerism, however temporarily. Hype does go a long way.
However, we see stories time and time again about the many unfortunate families and individuals here on Long Island who are living on the edge of poverty. Thousands lack basics for adequate housing and nutrition as they fall through the cracks and reach closer to despair. And, the situation doesn’t seem to be improving, rather the opposite seems to be true.
Our philanthropic institutions have been picking up the slack for years, but now many are no longer able to keep up as the needs increase and resources decrease all across our country. I think we must all attempt to find novel solutions to engage new donors and reach out our hands to do what we each are able to do to help. If we can donate our time, money and efforts to help those in need, even in the smallest way, we can make a phenomenal difference. Margaret Mead said, “There is no doubt that a few committed people can change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Long Islanders are well known for their generous giving to many charities and worthy causes. There are so many dedicated individuals who support organizations helping the less fortunate. We are blessed to have good people who truly care and contribute to the fabric and welfare of our community.
Networking® magazine is again publishing Long Island’s United Way’s Holiday Wish List compiled from requests from their member agencies in Nassau and Suffolk County. They ask for donations of toys, clothing, foods, volunteer time and other services to benefit needy individuals and families. And the need for these services extends year round, not only limited to the the holiday season. The Wish List begins on page 10.
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Networking® magazine features an inspiring cover story about Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a man who has had a world-changing influence over the welfare of mankind. You will enjoy reading the piece written by Networking® magazine contributing editor Christine Giordano.
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We mourn the passing of our long-time good friend and David Award committee member Deanna Morton, founding partner of Infinitech Public Relations with her partner Robert Simkins. Please read more about her and some of her accomplishments on page 25. Our greatest sympathy goes to her husband Joel and her sons, Evan and Leonard and two grandaughters.
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We are just a few weeks away from the eleventh annual David Awards and we are deep into preparations. As in years past we have terrific honorees, true leaders and Renaissance men. The David Awards Breakfast will be held on January 19 beginning at 7:30 am until 10 am at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Together with our 80 previous Davids, our new honorees represent the best of the best of Long Island New York metro leaders. We look forward to celebrating these good men who not only excel in their professions but have led the way in philantropic causes. What would we do without such visionary leadership? Get a table together and join us for a most inspirational morning. Bernadette Castro will be our master of ceremonies and partial proceeds will benefit East End Hospice.
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Write to us. You, our readers, are our inspiration! Have a wonderful and loving holiday season and a happy New Year.
Christine Conniff Sheahan