While a member of the executive board of Great Neck Historical Society, I suggested that the Society and Lighthouse committee undertake a 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness and promote the need to restore Stepping Stones Lighthouse.
While at the same time raise needed funds towards the restoration of this Town of North Hempstead asset.
I was asked to take the lead in making the event happen and with the help of many; we accomplished our goals.
So many were responsible for the success of the 5K, in no special order; I want to thank all our sponsor/partners who helped us raise in excess of $25,000.
The Great Neck News and its parent Company, Blank Slate Media, for their many advertisements in multiple additions of their newspapers and almost weekly news articles that appeared in the Great Neck News about both the Lighthouse and 5K Run/Walk.
Other sponsors included Nuclear Cleaners, Bagel Mentch, Vigilant Fire Company, Jack Blaha, Saltlife Marine Service, Lalezarian Development, Inc. The Andrew Hotel, Great Neck Chamber of Commerce, FCE Group, Great Neck Diner, Harris, Bloom & Archer LLP, Edna Mashaal Reality, Nemat Homes, Inc., North Shore Prosthodontics Associates, Norman Collision Works, Taiming Perlman Realtor, Marienbad, Rotary Club of Great Neck/Roger Chizever, Systematic Control, Elona & Richard Weiner, Inn of Great Neck, Alert Fire Company, Great Neck Auto Tech, Ira Ganzfried CPA, PC, Women’s Health and Wellness and Bagel Hut and Best Bagel.
Thanks to the almost 200 participants that signed up to be a part of our initial 5K run/walk, including almost 50 percent coming from Great Neck.
Special thanks to The Town of North Hempstead, Supervisor Bosworth and their print shop for their support and the many versions of our promotional brochures, posters, banner and large signs that they printed.
To Patricia Schneider for her design and many changes made to our printed materials. Thanks to the Nassau County Police and Auxiliary Police and especially the Village of Kings Point police, who contributed to the event’s success and the safety of the participants. Our appreciation to Vigilant Fire, who stood by with their EMS volunteers, in case of emergency. As well as to the Great Neck Park District’s staff, which made everyone welcome to Steppingstone Park.
Thanks to the volunteers from the Historical Society and Rotary Club of Great Neck who helped on the day of the event along with the committee that helped make many of the event decisions easier.
Thanks to JFK elementary school, to their principal, PTA, parents and students, for their continued support of Steeping Stones Lighthouse.
Special thanks to Commissioner Robert Lincoln, Cookie Blaha, Alice Kasten, Ann Finkelstein, Taiming Perlman, Tony Marulli and myself for our effort in obtaining the many sponsors that made the Stepping Stones Lighthouse 5K event a financial success and our appreciation to Eventpower LI and Vicki Ventura, our event managers for their contribution to our successful event.