CAST, the Center for Advocacy, Support & Transformation in Southold, will hold “Spring Fling, See What’s Blooming at CAST” this Sunday, June 2, an event to gather the community to learn more about how the longstanding community support organization is growing, and how people can help.

The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at CAST, 53930 Main Road in Southold.

It is also a recognization of the donors and agencies responsible for building the space to increase CAST’s arts and culture, education and children’s and community programming, including Empire State Development, New York State Council on the Arts and CAST’s Build on What Matters campaign donors.

These enhancements include renovations and upgrades to the auditorium, the addition of a playground and computer lab, and installation of an industrial generator and paved ramp.

CAST is a non-profit organization that has been helping low-income residents of the North
Fork and Shelter Island meet their basic needs while providing education and workforce training
opportunities to improve economic security and family well-being since 1965.

“CAST has been an anchor in its community for almost sixty years and these critical upgrades to its spaces to provide arts programming open to all will allow it to further its impact on the well-being of North Fork residents,” said Erika Mallin, Executive Director of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Attendees can meet the team, see what’s new and get involved. CAST’s Executive Director Cathy Demeroto and representatives from its Board of Directors and Food Relief & Nutrition, Client Services & Advocacy, Education & Outreach, and Volunteer departments will be on hand to share the latest programs and initiatives.

“When we launched the Build on What Matters campaign Phase I in 2019 and Phase II in 2022, it was our dream to create a thriving community center in the heart of Southold Town where every member is free from worry about basic necessities and is able to build a better future for themselves and their families. We are thrilled to welcome the community to see our dream come true and to thank those who helped us achieve it.” says Ms. Demeroto.

Guests can take a self-guided tour through CAST’s community center to visit with representatives in the food pantry, education spaces, Treiber Hall auditorium, computer lab, garden and playground.

There will also be light bites and ice cream and musical performances by world-renowned pianist Eleonor Bindman at 1 p.m., Blast for CAST headliner NOIZ at 2 p.m. in Treiber Hall, and singer-songwriters Julia King at 1 p.m. and Rob Bruey at 2 p.m. on CAST’s Great Lawn.

“Empire State Development is proud to support CAST’s mission to enrich lives and build a stronger North Fork community. “These improvements will not only expand access to arts, education, and community programs but also create a more inclusive and vibrant space for personal growth and connection. We commend CAST’s unwavering commitment to empowering individuals and families as this will have a lasting, positive impact on the region,” said ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight.

“By investing in CAST’s vision, we are supporting an organization that understands the diverse needs of the region and provides life-changing opportunities for personal and economic growth,” added Long Island Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Linda Armyn, President & CEO at Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Dr. John Nader, President of Farmingdale State College. “These improvements will undoubtedly strengthen CAST’s capacity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of countless individuals and families for generations to come.”

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