Summer Picnic By The Bay

Oyster Bay Railroad Museum vice president Rob Brusca; Gary Farkash, secretary; Bill Burke; John Specce, president; John Lavelle; Dottie Simons, event chair; Joel Friedman; Tom DelSorbo, treasurer and Steve Torborg. (Photos by Dagmar Fors Karppi)

Oyster Bay Railroad Museum supporters had a great evening at the Seawanhaka Yacht Club. The event, a major fundraiser for the museum—its 11th annual summer celebration—was themed Picnic by the Bay. The Southern fried chicken was worth going back for a second helping, and it looked as if everyone was doing just that.

New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano, who helped secure a grant for the station restoration project spoke briefly, commending the board, members and volunteers for their dedication to the mission of the museum. Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan presented Nassau County citations to the board and advisory board members.
Vice president Rob Brusca added that Marcella Specce was honored for her many services to the club. She was on the list of donors, which included Gary Farkash, Amy Olivita, Dottie Simons and Judy Wasilchuk.

As the sun set, the American flag was lowered from the yardarm and a canon was fired to mark the moment.

Winning raffle prizes were quickly chosen and many guests left with large baskets swathed in sparkling cellophane filled with surprises, as well as the expected items. The event committee consisted of chair Dottie Simons, Amy Olivito, Specce and Brusca.

This year again, Lori and Roger Bahnik were thanked for being underwriters for the event, although they were not able to attend. Also thanked were sponsors John Grecki and Susan Gordon; Halliday Financial/James Werner; Dottie & Bill Simons; Spano Abstract Service Corp./Tom Gaffney; John & Marcella Specce.

President John Specce summed up, “The museum continues to make great strides forward in its mission of educating the public, preserving significant historical artifacts, all within the context of the railroad’s significant influence on Long Island life, both in the past and the future.”

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