Hats for Heroes – Veterans Day 2017

Each year it gives me great pleasure to thank all those who participated in the Hats for Heroes program that UUP sponsors at the Long Island State Veterans Home and this year is no exception.  We again helped to cover the cost of military service caps supplied to our veterans in the LISVH, both residents and those in the Adult Day care program.

I thank all of you who individually donated, those of you who collected within your departments, and the UUP Community Services Committee who helped to get the word out about this wonderful cause.  For some departments I did not receive individual names to thank so please thank all those in your area who gave.  I would like to thank Eileen Zappia who connected us with the National Corvette Restorers Society of Metro Long Island who was one of our major sponsors this year; thank you to NCRS members Mark Tulley and Frank Erbio;  thank you to NCRS member Bob Spinicchia who attended the ceremony.  It is because of the efforts of all of you that we are able to do what we do.

Joan Dickinson and myself had the honor of helping to hand out hats to each veteran as they arrived at the LISVH Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, 11/13/17, and thanking them for their service.
Our UUP West Campus/Southampton Chapter President Kevin Moriarty spoke and presented your donations to Jonathan Spier, the Deputy Executive Director of LISVH.  Kevin expressed how so many of you tell us how dear our veterans and this program are to them, and how much we all thank our veterans for their brave service to our country.  We also thanked the wonderful LISVH employees who make LISVH a home where our residents receive the care and respect they deserve.  They really made this day special for our veterans and included several musical selections beautifully done by the 5th grade classes from New Lane Elementary School which were enjoyed by all.

As always we are grateful to Fred Sganga, Executive Director of LISVH, and Jonathan for allowing us to sponsor this wonderful program.

With Thanksgiving almost here I am thankful to be able to join all of you to help our veterans and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

Nancy Gaugler

Hats for Heroes – Veterans Day 2016

Help make this Veterans Day a great day for our US veterans who reside at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook.Your $5 donation will purchase a military service hat for one of our US veterans residing at the LISVH. Let’s remember our veterans and show them our appreciation for all that they have sacrificed! Cash, or Checks written to “Stony Brook Foundation/LISVH” and note in the Memo “Hats for Heroes program, SBF account 285040”.

Mail or deliver donations to be received by Nov. 4th  to: Nancy Gaugler, c/o UUP West Campus Chapter Office, S5415 Melville Library, zip=3388

Any questions contact Nancy.Gaugler@stonybrook.edu or 632-6241.

Spread Some Holiday Cheer 2015 – All items must be received on or before December 18th.

Please join the UUP Community Services Committee to spread some Holiday Cheer among the pediatric oncology patients in the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital by donating new unwrapped gift items. Items most needed include infant rattles, teething toys, clothes, Fisher Price toys, Playschool or Little Tikes toys, plastic baby dolls, Disney Princess dolls, Thomas the Tank Engine cars, anything Frozen, Lego sets, diaries and blank journals; gift cards to Itunes, Target, Barnes & Noble; Play-doh.

Please see http://www.stonybrookchildrens.org/get-involved and click on Support Child Life Services Wish List  (pdfs on bottom of website) for additional age-appropriate item suggestions.

Please check below for a list of volunteer/contacts or call Nancy Gaugler at 632-6241.

Locations for Donation Drop-offs:

Arthur Shertzer  – UUP West Campus Office
S-5415 Melville Library
Phone:  632-6570
Email:  Arthur.Shertzer@stonybrook.edu

Nancy Gaugler – Computer Accounts Office
100 Computing Center
Phone:  632-6241

Diane Rodriguez – Biochemistry & Cell Biology
450 Life Sciences Building
Phone:  632-1474
Email:  Diane.Rodriguez@stonybrook.edu

Margaret Abbatiello – Charles B. Wang Center, Suite 302
Phone:  632-1132
Email:  Margaret.Abbatiello@stonybrook.edu

Jan Tassie – Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services
Administration Building, Suite 180 (on the first floor)
Phone:  632-6891
Email:  Jan.Tassie@stonybrook.edu

Catherine Verdi – University Communications
Administration Building, Room 138
Phone:  632-6313
Email:  Catherine.Verdi@stonybrook.edu

Regina Lento – Campus Planning, Design and Construction
R&D Support Services Building
Phone:  632-3148
Email:  Regina.Lento@stonybrook.edu

Carolyn Osiecki – Campus Operations & Maintenance
126 Service Building
Phone:  632-6329
Email:  Carolyn.Osiecki@stonybrook.edu



Hats for Heroes 2015 – Thanks to All

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays rapidly approaching, it was very gratifying to take the time to attend the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Long Island State Veterans Home on Friday, November 6th.    UUP members Alissa Betz, Margaret Abbatiello, Jessica Rotolo, Robin McCarthy, Kevin Moriarity, and Jeanmarie Ricciardi helped to distribute the Hats for Heroes to the LISVH resident veterans as they entered the LISVH All Purpose Room for this ceremony.

Because of your generosity and the wonderful assistance of our UUP Community Service Committee members, our UUP President Arthur Shertzer presented a total of over $2200 along with a letter from UUP thanking LISVH for all that they do for our veterans.  We were able to supply military service caps to all LISVH residents as well as the veterans in the Adult Day Care program.  In addition any funds beyond what was needed to cover the cost of the military service caps will go to the Therapeutic Recreation department run by Michelle Cheslak, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, for programs for our veterans.

Personally I would also like to express how much I enjoyed the comments from people who donated monies.  They told me how much they loved our veterans and liked the Hats for Heroes program.  They spoke about how much it meant to them to be able to give something back to our brave veterans.

All of us came together to make a greater collective whole and do something really worthwhile.  And that I know for sure when I look at the faces of our veterans entering the LISVH Veterans Day Ceremony. We all can be very proud to have this opportunity to be able to express our appreciation to our heroes.

The UUP Community Services Committee thanks everyone who donated for letting us do this on your behalf!
Land of the Free, Because of the Brave
Thank you.

Nancy Gaugler

UUP Community Services Committee Chair
“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”  Sally Koch

Together We Do Make a Difference!

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