Huntington Foundation’s Annual Gala at OHEKA

The Huntington Foundation's gala is returning to OHEKA in March 2017.

January 18, 2017

The Huntington Foundation’s Reach for the Stars gala is set for Thursday, March 2 at historic OHEKA Castle. Proceeds from the event will fund the organization’s efforts to enhance education, the arts and athletics in the Huntington School District.

Huntington Foundation President Alice Marie Rorke said this year’s gala promises to be a memorable evening. The affair will consist of sumptuous appetizers during the cocktail hour, a delicious hot meal, music, dancing and dozens of raffles. Since its inception, the Foundation has funded more than $1 million in educational grants in the district.

Seating for the gala is limited. Tickets are priced at $150 per person. Last winter’s gala was sold-out. Contact Kimberley Steinberg at ksteinberg14@hotmail.com or Mrs. Rorke at alicemarierorke@aol.com for more information.

Interested in spending the night at OHEKA and extending your “castle” experience? The Huntington Foundation has negotiated a special rate of $125 per room, double occupancy for the night of the gala. It’s an impressive bargain considering such a room typically goes for more than $400 per night.

An invitation to the gala, response card, sponsorship flyer and additional information can be found on the Huntington Foundation’s web page at www.hufsd.edu (go to Main Navigation on the top left and then click on HFEE under the School Community section) or by visiting the Huntington Foundation’s website at www.huntingtonfoundation.org.

Numerous levels of sponsorships for the gala are available and all come with tickets to the affair and other perks. Contact Amy Girimonti at AJG1015@optonline.com for more information.

Tickets can be purchased through PayPal directly from the Huntington Foundation’s website. Raffles, tributes and sponsorships can also be secured via the website at www.huntingtonfoundation.org.

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2016 Spirit Award recipients Brian Reynolds and Andrew Fiorillo
at last year's gala. (Cliff Weissman photo.)

“The Huntington Foundation is so grateful for the parents, teachers, administrators, local businesses, corporate sponsors and benefactors who have supported our work through the years to make our children’s educational experience the best it can be,” Mrs. Rorke said. “HFEE continues to grow every year and with the generous support of the community, we have awarded grants that have in one way or another enhanced the education of every child in the district. We continue to seek support to help us fund the many innovative and creative grants submitted by our awesome teachers. The entire HFEE team, including board members and our youth board is a most dedicated and talented group of volunteers who do an amazing job and I am so honored to work with all of them. The gala is our premier fundraiser and an amazing evening not to be missed.”

During the gala the Huntington Foundation will honor Huntington High School social studies teacher and Associated Teachers of Huntington President James Graber and 1987 Huntington High School alum and Atlantic Auto Group partner/owner Michael Brown with the group’s Spirit Award in recognition of their outstanding service to the school community.

Over the past 14 years the Huntington Foundation has presented its Spirit Award to Michelle Marino, Barbara Cutrone, John J. Finello, Doris Quintilian, Vicki Mingin, Beverly Wayne, Lou Giani, the district’s nursing staff, Eunice Marchi, Joan Fretz, Christine Bene, Patricia Dillon, Cathy Cain, Christopher Mitchell, Andrew Fiorillo and Brian Reynolds.

Raffles and live auction items at the gala are expected to be “exciting, extravagant, spectacular and most coveted,” Mrs. Rorke said. “They will certainly rally the crowd.”

Sensational jewelry compliments of Libutti Diamond Jewelers will serve as one of the evening’s grand prizes. This year’s grand prize raffle is a 24 month lease with an option to purchase for a 2017 Lexus IS 300 or $5,000 in cash, courtesy of Atlantic Auto Group.

The contributions of donors and local businesses and the support of individuals, combined with the unending work of Huntington Foundation members continues to allow for ground breaking educational initiatives in all eight school buildings in the district.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. Its annual report may be obtained upon request from the Foundation (P.O. Box 552, Huntington, NY 11743) or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau (120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271).