Photos: CAST’s Annual Have-A-Heart Dinner

CAST Executive Director Cathy Demeroto awards the inaugural “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” award to Kara and Jeff Demarest of Hands Fuel Co. at CAST’s annual Have-A-Heart dinner at Peconic Landing Feb. 15.

Winter is a difficult time for many people struggling on the North Fork, and Community Action Southold Town has been working for more than 50 years to help neighbors in need, particularly during the cold weather months.

On Feb. 15, CAST held its annual Have-A-Heart Dinner at Peconic Landing in Greenport to raise money for its winter emergency fund. 

This year, CAST was able to give 700 gallons of fuel oil to families in need thanks to the generosity of Kara and Jeff Demarest of Hands Fuel Co., who received CAST’s inaugural “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Award” at the Have-A-Heart Dinner.

“With this “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Award, we want to recognize our community partners that help us achieve our mission and strive to make a strong, safe, and vibrant community for all to enjoy,” said CAST Executive Director Cathy Demeroto. “We cannot do it alone. Collaborating with community partners is essential to meet the need.”

In 2017, CAST also gave $11,000 in emergency assistance, which includes help with heat or electric bills, medical bills, car repairs, transportation needs and other expenses that arise with little or no warning, to community members in Southold.

The event was filled to near capacity at two seatings at 5 and 7 p.m. 

Pastor Roger Joslin of Most Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greenport and Rabbi Gadi Cappella of Temple Tifereth-Israel gave the blessing at the dinner. Rabbi Capella reminded the crowd that "the only thing God asks of you is to give with your heart," while Pastor Joslin prayed that members of the community not have to live in fear.
Pastor Roger Joslin of Most Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greenport and Rabbi Gadi Cappella of Temple Tifereth-Israel gave the blessing at the dinner. Rabbi Capella reminded the crowd that “the only thing God asks of you is to give with your heart,” while Pastor Joslin prayed that members of the community not have to live in fear.

 

Volunteers Ethan Vandenburgh, Caitria Demeroto and TJ Demeroto of Southold and Liam Rue of Greenport volunteered to bus tables at the dinner.
Ethan Vandenburgh, Caitria Demeroto and TJ Demeroto of Southold and Liam Rue of Greenport volunteered to bus tables at the dinner.
CAST Board member Mark Gagen and Food Pantry Manager Colleen Cummings served attendees at the dinner.
CAST Board member Mark Gagen and Food Pantry Manager Colleen Cummings served attendees at the dinner.

Friends (clockwise from left) Margaret Cowden, Diana Voelker, Pat Barbieri, Laura Pastore, Leslie Bauer and Lynn Cataldo enjoyed the dinner.
Friends (clockwise from left) Margaret Cowden, Diana Voelker, Pat Barbieri, Laura Pastore, Leslie Bauer and Lynn Cataldo enjoyed the dinner.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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