The Committee that conducted the “Friendly Bay Village Holiday Homes Tour” decided to raffle the bulk of the proceeds to Sandy survivors. $500 Visa gift cards were distributed through a lottery to 16 Village residents who suffered flood damage.
The task was arduous since it was decided to hand deliver the applications to homes throughout the flood zone. Most days, the weather didn’t cooperate. But with the help of many volunteers, including Bay Village Civic members, Kiwanians, and many student volunteers, about 1000 applications were delivered.
Joanne Fisk, BVCA secretary, used a Village flood zone map and certified that only one application was delivered and accepted per household.
The drawing was held on Valentine’s Day at the Suffolk County National Bank. Bank manager and president of the Amityville Chamber of Commerce, Joanne Goodman, did the honors. From 250 applications submitted, 16 lucky winners were chosen.
They represented a wide variety of streets in the flood zone including Norman Avenue, Shore Rd., Riverside Street, Chichester, Le Brun, Meadow Lane, Grand Central, Stuart, etc.
The winners were notified and the cards were distributed to them on Saturday at the bank. While they were all quite shocked and excited about winning, they also shared stories of recovery and rebuilding. The frustration in getting funds from FEMA as well as insurance companies persists.
However, all agreed that this gift made them feel better and even a little lucky. We hope that luck and good fortune continues for all Village residents. Congratulations to the following households:
I.Apgar, W. Brauns, F. Chichester, B. End, R. Froehlich, B. Goldstein, J. Mazzola, R. McKeown, M. Neville, J. Poland, R. Powell, D. Rega, S. Riordan, G. Soper, J. Tullar,and B. Vollmer