July 26, 2006
Cross Sound Ferry Gives Back
Guests who attended the Cross Sound Ferry's annual Fireworks Cruise on July 8 not only reveled in the glorious display of dazzling fireworks bursting with color and light, but were aglow with the knowledge that money raised at the sold-out event would go to a cause near and dear to their hearts — area schoolchildren.
CSF's 17th annual Fireworks Benefit Cruise, held aboard the M.V. John H. in conjunction with the annual Grucci Fireworks display in New London, was a huge success, raising over $16,000 — a record amount at the event, held to support local Southold Town organizations.
This year, beneficiaries of the event include the Mattituck-Cutchogue PTA, the Greenport School PTA, the Southold PTA, and the Oysterponds PTA. At a luncheon held last week at The Soundview Restaurant in Greenport, a representative from each PTA was presented with a check for $3,332.50.
Representatives from all four PTAs said the funds will be put to good use. Finora said at Mattituck-Cutchogue, the PTA helps to fund a kindergarten orientation each year, as well as provide summer camp scholarships, and organize science and book fairs, as well as theater and writing workshops.
Jacobs and Volinksi said this year, Greenport and Oysterponds will be working together with Floyd Memorial Library to combine after school programs with courses such as yoga, scrapbooking, sign language and kitchen science.
In Southold, Amara said the PTA has worked to provide a second set of books for students so heavy backpacks won't pose such a burden. Additional funding will help provide courses to protect kids from cyberbullying.
Finora said, "We're so grateful to the Cross Sound Ferry. This money can do so much for the kids."
The CSF will also provide three annual $1000 scholarship awards to graduating seniors from Southold, Mattituck and Greenport high schools.