Long Island Wine Classic Nets $33,000 for Eastern Long Island Hospitals
End, Long Island, October 8, 2003: The inaugural Wine Spectators
Long Island Wine Classic held August 23 as the kick-off party for
the Hampton Classic Horse Show raised $33,000 for Eastern Long Islands
three hospitals - Central Suffolk, Eastern Long Island and Southampton.
At a check presentation ceremony on Friday, October 3, the CEOs
from the three hospitals each received checks for $11,000 from Marco
Borghese, President of the Long Island Wine Council (LIWC) and Dennis
Suskind, President of the Hampton Classic, the co-presenters of
the event (Digital photo available on request).
on the donation, Annette Leahy, Southampton Hospital CEO, said:
We are very pleased with the support the Long Island wine
industry has demonstrated by this event to the East Ends healthcare
system. It brought the entire East End together.
WINE & HORSES BRING FUNDS TO EASTERN LONG ISLAND HOSPITALS:
Presenting checks to the beneficiaries of the inaugural Long Island
Wine Classic, were (far left) Marco Borghese, president, Long Island
Wine Council, and (far right) Dennis Suskind, president, Hampton
Classic. Receiving their checks were (from left) Paul Connor, CEO,
Eastern Long Island Hospital, Annette Leahy, CEO, Southampton Hospital,
and Andrew Mitchell, CEO, Central Suffolk Hospital.
Mitchell, Central Suffolk Hospital CEO, said: We extend our
thanks to the Long Island Wine Council and the Hampton Classic for
their wonderful support of our East End hospitals and, like a fine
wine, we look forward to aging well together. His comments
were echoed by Paul Connor, CEO of Eastern Long Island Hospital.
Connor praised the combined effort of the Long Island Wine Council
and the Hampton Classic to recognize the need to support the
East End hospitals through this new and unique event.
Hampton Classic is proud to have hosted this first Long Island Wine
Classic, said Suskind. It was a great beginning to what
we hope will become a tradition on our show grounds. What better
way to celebrate the end of the summer than with the best of Long
Islandits wineries, its agriculture and the great equestrians
at the Hampton Classic. It can only get better in year two.
on the event, LIWC president Marco Borghese said: This new
event on the Long Island Wine Council calendar was a brilliant opportunity
for the region to present its wines to a new audience, and to publicize
nationally, both through Wine Spectator and other publications,
the growing importance of Long Island wine and the industrys
contribution to the East Ends economic and agricultural well-being.
focus of the event was on Long Islands wine and cuisine, with
wine from 27 Long Island wineries and gourmet food from 18 celebrated
Long Island and New York City chefs. Internationally renowned wine
magazine Wine Spectator was the title sponsor and Bridgehampton
National Bank was the first local sponsor to come on board, underlining
its commitment to its Long Island market.