More than 140 American Red Cross volunteers from around the Long Island chapter gathered for a celebratory brunch at Windows on the Lake in Ronkonkoma, New York, March 16.
John Miller, Long Island CEO, and Josh Lockwood, Greater New York Red Cross regional CEO, thanked the volunteers for their selfless contributions to the Red Cross and their neighbors in need. Miller and Lockwood made special mention of the volunteers’ dedicated work before, during and after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast last fall.
Miller said, “Superstorm Sandy highlighted your generosity of spirit. Even as many of you struggled with your own issues in the aftermath of Sandy—whether it was flooding, damage, power outages, and concern for your own families—you never once hesitated to reach out a helping hand to others in need.”
Tom and Jeanne Gargiulo, whose family suffered significant damage from Sandy to their home in Babylon Village, N.Y, thanked the volunteers personally for the help they received from the Red Cross after the storm.
Jeanne Gargiulo said, “From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your strong shoulders, your countless hours, sleepless nights, and for your endless efforts to keep us warm and safe. It is a privilege and honor to share this day with you.”
NY State Senator Lee Zeldin also thanked the Red Cross volunteers for their dedication to the community and recognized LI Chapter CEO, John Miller for his strong leadership.
And Danial Khoshkehpazi, a Red Cross Youth Club member, received a round of applause for representing Youth Club members on Long Island.
Anthony DeRiggs, facilities manager at Greater New York Red Cross regional headquarters in Manhattan, then read a poem he wrote expressly for the volunteers, and a String Quartet from the Gemini Youth Orchestra provided music.
See a slide show of photos here: Long Island Flickr Page