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  • 1 Nov 2021 1:45 PM | GCREP.org Admin (Administrator)
    Clink the link for full article 'Cocktails for a Cause' raises funds for Mollie's Fund


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    Gary Rufrano, GCRE Trustee, Amanda Kinney, GCRE Co-Chair Charitable Events Committee, Maggie Biggane, Mollies Fund, Lauren Scarantino, GCRE Co-Chair Charitable Events Committee, Jack Biggane, Mollies Fund
    Brian Pinnola, GCRE Trustee, Frank Liantonio, GCRE Trustee and Chairperson Charitable Events Committee, Joseph A. Farkas, GCRE Trustee and President

    On Friday evening, October 22, the Garden City Real Estate Professionals Foundation (“GCRE”) hosted its annual fundraising Gala, Cocktails for a Cause at the Garden City Country Club.  With over 200 guests in attendance, a check in the amount of $140,000 was presented to Jack and Maggie Biggane, the founders of Mollies Fund, the foundation named in memory of their daughter Molly Biggane who passed away after battling skin cancer at the young age of 20.  For over twenty years Mollies Fund has been at the forefront of melanoma awareness and making a difference in melanoma education partnering with esteemed healthcare providers and medical institutions to educate all ages on the importance of sun safety, provide free skin cancer screenings and connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and compassionate support.

    Joseph A. Farkas, Founding Trustee and President of GCRE stated in his opening remarks of the evening that “Garden City shines brightest when its residents come together to support one another and tonight is clearly an example of how the Village has supported a great cause and a great Garden City family.


    He further emphasized that GCRE’s mission to support the charities and causes that are important to the Village residents remains the focus of the Garden City Real Estate Professionals Foundations efforts and noted several past recipients of GCRE’s fund raising efforts including Charlies Champions, The Bobby Menges I’m Not Done Yet Foundation (INDY), The Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN), and the NYU Langone/Winthrop Cancer Center for Kids.

    three people holding citation

    Maggie Biggane, Mollies Fund, Jack Biggane, Mollies Fund, Elaine Phillips, candidate for Nassau County Comptroller

    At the Gala, Jack and Maggie Biggane were also presented with a Citation from Nassau County recognizing their 20 years of tireless work promoting the Foundation’s message of sun safety across Long Island and the Metropolitan area.  Elaine Phillips, a candidate for Nassau County’s Comptroller office made the presentation on behalf of Legislature Lauren Schaeffer.  Jack Biggane stated on behalf of Mollies Fund “that the recognition by Nassau County of their family Foundation was incredible and that the work done by Mollies Fund saves thousands of lives each year by simply getting an all-body skin check.  It’s simple, it’s easy and it works.  It’s a SNAP”.  He continued by thanking the efforts of the entire GCRE membership and specifically noting the enormous effort of Amanda Kinney and Lauren Scarantino, the Co-Chairs of the Charitable Events Committee as well as Frank Liantonio, Chairperson of the Charitable Events Committee.

    For more information on GCRE please visit the website at www.gcrepf.org or contact Joe Farkas at 516-455-1562 or by email at jfarkas@metropolitanra.com

  • 27 Jul 2021 1:19 PM | GCREP.org Admin (Administrator)


  • 4 Jan 2021 2:24 PM | GCREP.org Admin (Administrator)

    Heather Dall’Aste, NYU Langone/Winthrop, Joseph Farkas, Founding Trustee, President, GCRE, Dr. Mark Efraim Weinblatt, NYU Langone/Winthrop, Frank Liantonio, Trustee, Vice President and Chairman of the Charitable Events Committee, GCRE, Lauren Scarantino, Executive Committee Member, Co-Chair of the Charitable Events Committee, GCRE, Brian Pinnola, Trustee, Vice President, GCRE

    Heather Dall’Aste, NYU Langone/Winthrop, Joseph Farkas, Founding Trustee, President, GCRE, Dr. Mark Efraim Weinblatt, NYU Langone/Winthrop, Frank Liantonio, Trustee, Vice President and Chairman of the Charitable Events Committee, GCRE, Lauren Scarantino, Executive Committee Member, Co-Chair of the Charitable Events Committee, GCRE, Brian Pinnola, Trustee, Vice President, GCRE

    On December 23,  the Garden City Real Estate Professionals Foundation (GCRE) presented the NYU Langone / Winthrop Cancer Center for Kids a “Holiday Gift” in the amount of $5,000 to make this special time of year even more memorable for the children in their care.

    Joseph Farkas, Founding Trustee and President of GCRE said “while great emphasis has been placed on battling the COVID 19 worldwide pandemic, no one should forget there are many very important causes that continue to require the generous support of others and GCRE feels strongly that the children of this great Hospital should not be forgotten during the Holiday season.  Our Trustees, Executive Committee and all of our generous Members hope our gift will help put a smile on these Kid’s faces during this special time of year”.

    In 2020 and throughout the pandemic, GCRE has also supported NYU Langone Winthrop Hospital and its first responders with additional generous gifts from its members to show appreciation and gratitude for the incredible work the Hospital and its courageous workers do to keep the community healthy and safe.

    For more information on GCRE please go to www.gcrepf.org or contact Joseph Farkas at jfarkas@metropolitanra.com  For additional information on NYU Langone / Winthrop Cancer Center for Kids please go to www.nyuwinthrop.org/services/center-for-cancer-care/cancer-center-for-kids


    Click here to see article on the Garden City News website.

  • 4 Jan 2021 2:22 PM | GCREP.org Admin (Administrator)


  • 6 Nov 2020 8:25 AM | GCREP.org Admin (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, October 21st, the Garden City Real Estate Professionals Foundation (GCRE) hosted their first “in-person” charitable cocktail event of the year at the Garden City Country Club and presented gifts to THE INN and MOLLIES FUND.   Each foundation was presented a check by the GCRE Board of Trustees and Executive Committee in the amount of $5,000 to support their on-going operations during these challenging times.  These funds were raised through the generous donations of GCRE’s 62 members.  Earlier this year GCRE also presented checks to NYU Winthrop Hospital in the amount  of $12,500.00 during the peak of the pandemic to support first responders of the Hospital in their effort to service the needs of Garden City Residents and the surrounding community,   These funds were also raised by the GCRE Members via ZOOM virtual networking events.

    THE GCRE was established over 5 years ago to support philanthropic causes important to the residents of Garden City and important charitable foundations that support the Village and the overall community.   THE INN and MOLLIES FUND are excellent examples of two great charitable foundations that need and more importantly deserve our assistance said Joseph A. Farkas, President and Founding Trustee of the GCRE.  I am very proud of the work our Members do on behalf of our beloved community and look forward to continuing GCRE’s efforts in 2021 during more stable times.  

    The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Organization) works to overcome hunger and homelessness in a dignified manner for all those in need.  For more information on THE INN go to www.the-inn.org.  Mollies Fund promotes skin cancer prevention and education pertaining to this deadly and highly serious form of cancer.  For more information on Mollies Fund go to www.molliesfud.org.

     

    From Left

    Jack Biggane, Mollies Fund Foundation, Brian Pinnola, Vice President, GCRE, Margarette Biggane, Mollies Fund Foundation, Joseph A. Farkas, President and Founding Trustee, GCRE, Frank Liantonio, Vice President, Charitable Events Chair, and Trustee, GCRE, Salvatore Ciaravino, Secretary, Membership Committee Chair, Trustee GCRE, Gary Rufrano, Treasurer, Trustee, GCRE, Lauren Scarantino, Charitable Events Committee Co-Chair, Executive Committee Member, GCRE, Amanda Kinney, Charitable Events Committee Co-Chair, Executive Committee, GCRE

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    Brian Pinnola, Vice President, GCRE, Joseph A. Farkas, President and Founding Trustee, GCRE, Lauren Scarantino, Charitable Events Committee Co-Chair, Executive Committee Member, GCRE, Amanda Kinney, Charitable Events Committee Co-Chair, Executive Committee, GCRE,  Frank Liantonio, Vice President, Charitable Events Chair, and Trustee, GCRE, Jean Kelly CEO and Executive Director, THE INN., Mr. Kelly, THE INN, Salvatore Ciaravino, Secretary, Membership Committee Chair, Trustee GCRE, Gary Rufrano, Treasurer, Trustee, GCRE


  • 17 Aug 2020 2:41 PM | GCREP.org Admin (Administrator)

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