2017 CFAC Gala Award Show

2017 CFAC Gala Award Show

District administrators, staff, family and friends recently gathered at Villa Lombardi’s of Holbrook to celebrate the 2017 Connetquot Foundation for the Advancement of Children Gala and Fashion Show, highlighting not only the foundation’s contributions to the district, but individuals’ efforts as well.

A record-breaking 400 guests attended the gala to recognize this year’s honorees and continue to support the work of the CFAC. “This year’s theme was ‘Then and Now,’ which recalled the history of the Connetquot Central School District, and recognized the dedication of educators and community residents who have helped the district prosper,” said Tara West, president of the CFAC board of directors.

Suffolk County Legislator William J. Lindsay III, whose father William J. Lindsay II was a founding member of CFAC, was on hand to present the awards to retiring Connetquot educators Linda Tabatchnik and Dr. Gail Cholden, who have dedicated more than 65 combined years to the children of the district.  

In addition, Community Star Awards were presented for the first time to residents who have dedicated their time and energy in support of the district children. This year’s recipients included Mark Brodsky, Vera Truhlar, Ray Carta, Dawn Berntsen and John Berntsen, and Dr. John Gil.

Since 2005, CFAC has helped students in need by providing free tutoring, supporting community events, and providing more than $150,000 in school, community and teacher financial grants. The grants help fund necessary equipment and supplies, support special student assemblies and finance training that directly benefits the students of the Connetquot community.