Smithtown Children’s Foundation Hosts Community Table Grand Tasting Event

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L. to R.: Krissy Lonett (SCF), Christine Fitzgerald (SCF), Honoree Joseph Zangri (Watermill), Nancy Vallarella (SCF), Christina Alcure (SCF), Samantha (Watermill), Ilyse Zangri, Helayne Damianos. (Photo by Ed Shin)

More than 300 participants joined the Smithtown Children’s Foundation’s 2019 Community Table Grand Tasting fundraiser at Watermill Caterers in Smithtown on Nov. 5.

Attendee’s taste buds were more than tickled by 25 participating culinary and spirit providers while giving back to the nonprofit that provides assistance to residents in need due to an unforeseen crisis and awards scholarships to Smithtown High School students.

“The 2019 Community Table Grand Tasting raised a record level of funds in its history,” said SCF President and Co-founder Christine Fitzgerald. “We could not have done so without the extraordinary contributions made by members of the Smithtown community.”

SCF’s 2019 Community Table honoree Joseph Zangri, Owner/Managing Partner of Watermill Caterers, received heartfelt recognition from SCF Board members, Watermill staff, and the Watermill’s former property owner the Katsaros family, represented by Helayne Katsaros-Damianos.  

Entertainment was provided by the talented students of Musicology Performance Center and nearly 150 raffle items and baskets culminated into an evening filled with joy and gratitude.

The Smithtown community has a history of rallying for local causes, but there is fresh energy evolving. Downtown revitalization efforts are being recognized and attracting new businesses. Smithtown school students and alumni are actively contributing to raising awareness and investing in the community. 

“Recently, SCF’s Community Table event had several new businesses open their hearts to our cause before they officially opened their doors for business,” said Nancy Vallarella, Smithtown Children’s Foundation Advisory Board Member and Public Relations Manager. “Husk & Vine Kitchen and Cocktails was the trendsetter last year. Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea and Osteria Umbra followed their lead this year.

“Smithtown school students from the third grade to graduate high school students participate in raising funds and awareness to the foundation,” she continued. “These are some of the seeds that help to grow Smithtown. It all contributes to a healthier, vibrant, and caring community.” 

Amanda Vigliarolo, a 2015 Smithtown High School West graduate and new Smithtown business owner of The Whisk Bakery, was recognized for her fundraising contributions and continued support of the foundation.

High School West students and Family, Career & Community Leaders of America club members Katie Manalastas, Samantha, and Taylor Barone were acknowledged for their years of volunteer work with a Smithtown Children’s Foundation Community Service Award.

For more information visit SmithtownChildrensFoundation.com


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Vocalists from Musicology Performance Center. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Nearly 150 Raffle Items. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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L. to R.: Amanda Vigliarolo-Owner, The Whisk Bakery, Christina Alcure (SCF), Krissy Lonetto (SCF), Smithtown Children’s Foundation mascot, Benny the Bull. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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L. to R.: Taylor and Samantha Barone and Katie Manalastas. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Sushi prepared by Insignia Steak and Sushi. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Bombilini (baby donuts) prepared by Chef Paolo Fontana of Elegant Eating. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Savory dishes prepared by Chef Pietro Molendini. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Pastry by Florie’s Finales. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Refreshing bites provided by SoBol. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Chef Alex Homenides of Athenian Greek Taverna and staff. (Photo by Ed Shin)