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LONGISLANDERS CAME OUT TO EXPERIENCE AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY AT WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE STATE FOR THE FAVORITE POEM PROJECT


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News 12 Entertainment Journalist and Emcee Elisa DiStefano and Entertainment Journalist TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Favorite Poem Project at The Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington, NY






































































































Walt Whitman Regina Hunt - Trustee South Country School Board & Library recites her favorite poem at the Favorite Poem Project at The Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington, NY





















































TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane Stands next to a portrait of Poet Walt Whitman at the Walt Whitman Birthplace.








On Sunday April 17, 2016 the community of Huntington gathered at the Walt Whitman Birthplace for a presentation of Democratic Vistas, Multicultural Voices for the Favorite Poem Project. The Favorite Poem Project was founded by Robert Pinsky after the Library of Congress appointed him US Poet Laureate in 1997. Pinsky put out a nationwide call for Americans to send in their favorite poems. He believed that, contrary to stereotype, Americans from all walks of life do read poetry and particular poems have profound, personal meanings for individuals.
Pinksy’s project ignited a fire that spread the country with communities holding their own Favorite Poem readings. The Library of Congress videotaped for their archives 50 individuals reading their favorite poems. Walt Whitman Birthplace Association was very excited to offer their very own Favorite Poem Project. Robert Pinsky is serving as their 2016 Poet in Residence appearing at the Walt Whitman Birthplace on June 4, 2016.
The Favorite Poem Project – Multicultural Voices is part of the Walt Whitman’s Birthplace Associations 2016 program series. Democratic Vistas: Voices of Democracy is sponsored by the NY Council for the Humanities.

Entertainment Journalist Elisa DiStefano served as Emcee for the event. Elisa DiStefano is versatile host and seasoned award winning featured reporter. With over a decade of experience in live and breaking news, Elisa reports regularly on the red carpet and at celebrity events featuring A-list talent. She covers the Hamptons Summer scene extensively with access to exclusive events. Elisa was voted Best Local TV reporter by the Long Island Press several years running. She has been honored for her work on her weekly animal adoption segment and was also named Humanitarian of the Year by the American Cancer Society. Elisa enjoys volunteering her time to help a variety of causes and hosts many charity events including her own Sneakers and Sandals Beach Ball benefiting local organizations. Ms. DiStefano is a graduate of Boston University College of Communications and Delta Gamma alumni.

Not only did I interview Elisa Di Stefano but I also talked to Executive Director Cynthia Shor of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association about the meaning and importance of Poetry.

When asked what distingished a piece of writing as a poem, Mrs. Shor reveals "Well, it’s all about the language. So the language… if it doesn’t rhyme then it has to have other beauty and the beauty can be in the rhythm, it can be in the repetition of the sounds, the repetition of the initial letter and that is what adds the beauty to it. Sometimes there are internal rhymes. So there might be two words next to each other but they don’t rhyme at the end of the line, and so that is the technical skillful part of poetry, and then the other part of poetry like any art is inspiration. So the writer or poet must take the inspiration and channel it through the words using the skills that they can and leave it up to the community of readers to see if it is poetry or not but it doesn’t have to rhyme."

In 1819, Walt Whitman was born in a farmhouse in West Hills built by his father circa 1810. The Birthplace was restored in 2001 and it is a fine example of native Long Island craftsmanship. The Birthplace is the only NYS Historic Site on Long Island listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1998, the White House Millennium Council named it an “American Treasure.” In 2007, the Walt Whitman Trail, which begins at the Birthplace, was designated a National Recreational Trail by the US Dept. of the Interior.

Whitman’s collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, stands among the masterpieces of world literature. Scholars have name Whitman the “Poet of Democracy” and “America’s Shakespeare.”

For more information please visit http://www.waltwhitman.org/


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GUESTS GATHERED TO SUPPORT THE 20TH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF THE FARM NORTHPORT BARN DANCE FOR LEWIS OLIVER FARM



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Volunteer and Board Member from Friends of The Farm Lynn Rovolo and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 20th Annual Friends of the Farm Barn Dance































































































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It was a hee haw of good time as local residents of Northport, Huntington and Suffolk County gathered together for The 20th Annual Friends of The Farm Northport, New York Barn Dance on April 16, 2016 at the St. Philip Neri Parish Center in Northport, New York.


This festive event featured an assortment of great food from local cuisines, beer, wine, soda, coffee, dessert, door prizes and raffles.

Advance tickets were $50 per person, and tickets were $60 per person at the door. Friends of the Farm is a not-for-profit volunteer group, so all the proceeds made from the event go directly to feeding & caring for the sweet animals at Lewis Oliver Farm, and towards preserving the farm.


he historic Lewis Oliver Farm, located in Northport Village, NY, is a cherished community landmark dating back to the 1800’s. Once a working dairy, the farm is now home to Annabelle the cow, Tiny the pig, Ezra and Onyx the alpacas and friends including goats, sheep, geese, chickens, ducks, turkeys, peacocks, bunnies and cats.


Generations of families and friends from within and around the community continue the tradition of visiting the farm where they can spend time with the animals, browse through the Lewis Oliver Country Store and enjoy this uniquely special piece of Northport’s history.
The farm was privately owned up until 2007 when it was jointly purchased by the Town of Huntington and Suffolk County as a means to preserve it. The farm is managed by the volunteer members of Friends of the Farm and through their efforts, has remained opened for all to enjoy with no admission fees of any kind.


The farm is open 365 days a year, 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. The Lewis Oliver Country Store is open from early Spring to late Fall on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am-4pm.



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Stonybrook Residents Celebrate Walter Hazlitt Receving The Brookhaven Community Leadership Award


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Honoree Walter Hazlitt and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op The Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook

















































 








The village of Stony Brook, John C. Tsunis, Chairman of the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association and owner of the Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook joined with the community, business leaders and elected officials to celebrate as they honored Walter Hazlitt on Wednesday April 13, 2015 at 5:30 PM at the Holiday Inn Express located at 3131 Neconsett Highway, Setaucket New York. Mr. Hazlitt received this year’s Brookhaven Community Leadership Award.

Hazlitt, 90 was an appointee of former Gov. George Pataki and has spent sixteen years on the board of Suffolk County Community College. Hazlitt, of Stony Brook, was a Suffolk legislator in 1970 and later became a prominent figure in Suffolk County and Stony Brook.

When asked what this award means to him, Walter reveals " It is a chance for me to acknowledge the lifestyle and all the positive things about living in Stony Brook. I have been here for eighty-five years as a summer resident and finally moved here permanently. I have enjoyed the quality of life seeing my children and grand children grow-up."


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Supporters Gather at A Benefit Performance of Eve Ensler’s Award Winning Play “The Vagina Monologues”


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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at A Benefit Performance of Eve Ensler’s Award Winning Play “The Vagina Monologues” in West Islip












































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Director Laura Ruhl at A Benefit Performance of Eve Ensler’s Award Winning Play “The Vagina Monologues”








Supporters gathered at A Benefit Performance of Eve Ensler’s Award Winning Play “The Vagina Monologues” on April 9, 2016 in West Islip.

Divine Rhythms Dance Studio, in conjunction with The Traveling Vaginas Theater Group and EAC Network, presented a benefit performance of author and activist Eve Ensler’s award-winning theatrical production.

Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addresses women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women.

In 1994, a theatrical production entitled “The Vagina Monologues” was written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler which caused controversy and offered to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. “The Vagina Monologue” ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York and then toured the United States. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their own stories of survival, leading her to see that “The Vagina Monologues” could be more than a moving work of art on violence. She divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence.

On Valentine’s Day, 1998, Eve, with a group of women in New York City, established V-Day. Setup a 501 (c) (3) and originally staffed by volunteers, the organization’s seed money came from a star-studded, sold-out benefit performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. This special presentation raised $250,000 in a single evening.

V-Day’s mission is simple. It demands that violence against women and girls must end. To do this, once a year, in February, March and April Eve allows groups around the world to produce a performance of the play, as well as other works created by V-Day and use the proceeds for local individual projects and programs that work to end violence against women and girls.

What began as one event in New York City in 1998 today includes over 5,800 V-Day events annually.

V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is, one of the Top-Rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar. In 2001, V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine’s “100 Best Charities,” in 2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine’s Top Ten Charities, and in 2010 was named as one of the Top-Rated organizations on Great Nonprofits. In eighteen years, the V-Day movement has raised over $100 million.

The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

V-Day mission statement includes:

    V-Day is an organized response against violence toward women.

    V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely.

    V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and
 sexual slavery must end now.

    V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.

    V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork for new educational, protective, and legislative endeavors throughout the world.

    V-Day is a process: We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops.

    V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine’s Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and end the
violence.

    V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community. Join us!

According to the United Nations, one of every three women on the planet will by physically or sexually abused in her lifetime. The truth is shocking. Although sources of violence may seem diverse, women’s responses sound tragically similar. Besides the pain and strength this productions reveals their survival stories, the themes that resound across cultures and geographies are of the indifference of authorities, the familial instinct of denial and the lack of public outrage about the violence that millions of women experience every day.

V-Day dreams of a world in which women and girls will be free to thrive rather than merely survive. With the help of all this may very well happen.

All proceeds benefitted EAC Network’s Safe Harbour program, which protects and cares for children who are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Suffolk County, Long Island. For more information please visit eacinc.org. 

For more information please visit Vday.org

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Long Islanders Celebrate Irish Day at Parlay Gastropub Restaurant in Rockville Centre

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Patron Jon Arneth celebrates with Cognac Wellerlane on Irish Day at Parlay Gastropub Restaurant in Rockville Centre, New York












































































































































Parlay Gastropub Restaurant, Rockville Centre, New York







Long Island residents celebrated Irish Day in Rockville Centre Long Island with the 20th Rockville Center St. Patrick's Parade.  The event took place on Saturday March 19, 2016.

With much anticipation the Parade route begans on the corner of Long Beach Road and Maple Avenue. Marchers headed west on Maple until the street ended.  The parade then took a sharp right turn on  North Park Ave, a quick sharp left onto College Place, continuing onto Quealy Place where paraders past Village Hall and the St. Agnes Cathedral.   Paraders continued on to  the end of Quealy and made a left onto North Village Avenue and a right onto Washington Street coming to an end at Parking Field 2.

The Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade is proudly known as the Parade that Cares and Shares -- what a brilliant decision by those founders back in 1997 to build in a way to give back.   The Rockville Centre St Patrick's Parade is the only St. Patrick's Parade that raises money and promotes three different charities each year. In the Parade's 19 years they have raised 933,000 for 58 individual charities.   They are very close to that 1 million dollar raised mark. and with  continued support they may very well reach their goal of surpassing a  million dollars.

This year they add three more charities to the roster.  The organization takes the process in choosing each charity very seriously and are overjoyed by their 2016 Sponsor Charities

The Irish Charity is the Ballinasloe Eagles Special Olympics Club - from Galway Ireland  This is an organization that is dedicated to helping special athletes train and compete at a high level in horseback riding, golf and swimming. Their athletes face many challenges in life but the opportunity to participate in sports brings them many social opportunities for inclusion and the enhancement of their self esteem. They may be 5000+ miles away but because of this partnership everyone knows who they are and just as important they know who Rockville Centre is.

Their National Charity is the Children's Tumor Foundation.  The Children's Tumor Foundation is an organization dedicated to finding effective treatments for the millions of people worldwide living with neurofibromatosis or (NF). NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body resulting in many difficult and painful medical conditions. One of the goals of CTF is to expand public awareness of NF to promote earlier and accurate diagnoses by the medical community, increase the non-affected population's understanding of the challenges facing people with NF and encourage financial and other forms of support from public and private sources. This is where the 2016 Parade comes in -- for those who do not know of CTF before this Parade their mission is for all to become aware and to support.   Continued support will go towards treatments and a cure for all the NF Heroes out there.

Michael O’Reilly was Grand Marshall for this years event.  After the parade pedestrians and Rockville Centre residents visited the many restaurants and pubs celebrating Irish Day.  One big  contributer and supporter of the event was Parlay Gastropub Restaurant located at 210 Merrick Rd in Rockville Centre.

Parlay Gastropub offers a creative, high-quality food menu, an extensive specially cocktail list and 40 craft beers.  Beer enthusiast can sample any beer by ordering a beer tasting flight with their meal.  Parlay Gastropub was voted up one hundred brunches in America by Open Table.  You can enjoy a decadent brunch menu of savory and sweet edible items unlike any other trendy eatery in Long Island.

They also serve delicious dinners accompanied by flat screen televisions to watch sport games and a vivacious party atmosphere on the weekends there is always some thing for everyone to enjoy.  The restaurant is open for dinner, happy hour Monday through Friday.  After hours is party night on Fridays and Saturdays and there is always brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information please visit http://parlayrvc.com/


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Macabre Faire Film Festival 2016



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Macabre Faire Film Festival Co-Founder Elsie Ginsberg poses for a photo-op at The Macabre Faire Film Festival at the Upsky Hotel in Long Island, New York








































Actors Thomas Ryan and Edward X Young from FACES poses for a photo-op with Cognac Wellerlaneat The Macabre Faire Film Festival


















































Exorcist Star Eileen Dietz poses for a photo-op with Cognac Wellerlane at the Macabre Faire Film Festival















































Santa Claus poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Macabre Faire Film Festival


















































Matthew Almeida and Kalen Artinian,from The Indestructible pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Macabre Faire Film Festival


















































Actress  Fiona HorriganIn from "The Dark" poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Macabre Faire Film Festival
















































Actress Paula Spurr from MINE poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Macabre Faire Film Festival










































Daniel Brown 2015 Award Winner for Best Macabre Horror Film and his guest pose for a photo-op at the Macabre Faire Film Festival with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane - Photos and Video by Patricia Parenti
















































Stylist Patricia Parenti and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Macabre Faire Film Festival


Horror fans got a real treat This past weekend. The Macabre Faire Film Festival returned to the Upsky Hotel in Hauppauge, Long Island again to celebrate excellence in independent Horror films from around the globe.


Macabre Faire events and Film Festival has a reputation for being a very friendly environment with a wonderful celebratory ambiance within an intimately sized space. If you are a person who needs to be at an event with 1000’s of people in a large space where you may need to attach a GPS on your friends & family so that you can find each other quickly and easily… then the Macabre Faire Film Festival may not be the event for you. However, if you prefer an atmosphere that runs steady; you enjoy costumes; you love movies, music, Halloween and fun non-pressuring vendors; you genuinely enjoy making new friends; you appreciate everything being within close proximity; and are comfortable around a few hundred macabre-loving fans like yourself, then it is most certainly the event for you.

This year the Macabre Faire Film Festive proudly showed 145 films.  These film range from Horror, Comedy, Feature Films and Shorts with a Saturnday Night Awards Ceremony Gala equivalent to the Academy Awards for Best in Category.

For starters the word “Macabre” is pronounced “ma-cob.” The “re” is hardly ever heard. What does it mean?
Although it is an adjective meaning “disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury,” you should approach the Macabre Faire Film Festival with a lighter touch in so far as not all of the films screened are a gore-fest. Of course there isn’t anything wrong with adding some gore to your film but, when we hear the word “Macabre” we remember those hauntingly fascinating films that starred legendary greats such as: Vincent Price & Peter Cushing. Or those fantastic Gothic Horrors like those from “Hammer” films. These names in themselves represent what “macabre” means to the Macabre Fair Film Festival.

Their mission is to provide a venue for showcasing films within a celebratory & respectful environment, where fans can enjoy the independent films entered by those who passionately craft their Strange, Weird, Horrifying, Sci-Fi-tastic, Fantastical and Macabre-laden films. The opportunity to win awards, increase film visibility via press and possibly obtain distribution is always part of the equation with the Macabre Faire Film Festival.

Congratulations to all Winners:

Best Actor Joseph Halsey for Junkie Heaven
The Boatman‬ directed by Greg Morgan wins ‪‎Best Feature‬
Jack Is Pretty‬ directed by Jarek Zabczynski wins ‪‎Audience Choice‬
‪El Gigante‬ directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero wins ‪‎Best SFX‬
Summit‬ directed by Christina Raia wins ‪‎Best Sound‬
The Red Man Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Faraldo
‪Gfest14‬ Alum Director Javier Arcelus Cano and SUPERMISIL in winning ‪‎Best Foreign Short‬
The Smiling Man‬ directed by A.J. Briones receives ‪‎Honorable Mention‬ in the ‎Best Horror Short‬ category
‪‎Hush‬ directed by Michael G. Kehoe wins ‪Best Horror Short‬
Director Brian Cottington’s Film House of Oddities Best Costumes
Helio‬ directed by Teddy Cecil wins ‪Best Director
The Vulture‬ directed by Amin Haghshenas wins ‪Best Music Video‬
Who Lives There‬ directed by Luc Sirois wins ‪Best Super Short

For more information about the Macabre Faire Film Festival please visit: http://www.macabrefairefilmfest.com

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New Years Eve At The Legendary Savoy Night Club At The Hilton Hotel


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Sales Manager Gino Veneroso, TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Director of Sales and Marketing Dorothy Roberts pose for a photo-op at the Savoy Night Club on New Years Eve at the Hilton Hotel

















































Director of Sales and Marketing Dorothy Roberts and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Savoy Night Club on New Years Eve at the Hilton Hotel in Long Island





































































































































































































































































































































Sales Manager Gino Veneroso poses with a loyal Guest at the Savoy Night Club on New Years Eve at the Hilton Hotel
























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Guests party at  the New Years Eve Gala at the Legendary Savoy Night Club at the Hilton Hotel in Long Island


















































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op on the Pink Carpet at the Savoy Night Club on New Years Eve at the Hilton Hotel in Long Island











































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op  at the Savoy Night Club on New Years Eve at the Hilton Hotel in Long Island































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Savoy Night Club on New Years Eve at the Hilton Hotel in Long Island











Longislanders made the Hilton Hotel their choice for celebrating New Years Eve.  There were many choices to choose from including  The New Year’s Eve bash at the Grand Ballroom which featured a 5-course gourmet dinner, open bar, live band, and an overnight stay in a Deluxe Guest Room. and enjoying The Savory Club New Year’s Eve bash which included dancing to a live DJ performance, cocktails, hors d'oeurves served white glove on elegant silver platters and an open bar with premium liquors.

I enjoyed the evening and was happy to chat with the staff including Director of Sales and Marketing Dorothy Roberts, Director of Human Resources Meredith Ryter and Sales Manager Gino Veneroso who invited me to the elegant gala.

During my interview Sales Manager Gino Veneroso revealed that In its hey day the Savoy Night Club was the IN place to be and one of the Top Night Clubs in the Metropolitan area accommodating more than 1,000 guests per evening.  Loyal patrons and guests would be standing at the door on a line wrapped around the Hotel and all the way down into the parking lot!

The staff at the hotel wanted to bring back that incredible experience for one night only at the Savoy Night Club on New Years Eve at the Hilton Hotel.

The Hilton Long Island Huntington is the ideal hotel centrally located on  Long Island, New York for business, groups, weekend getaways, family and leisure travel.  This NEWLY RENOVATED Hilton hotel offers 305 deluxe guest rooms with all the amenities of a full service hotel. Plush bedding with spacious guest rooms that feature coffee makers, refrigerators, in room safe & flat screen TV's.

Some of the amenities include:

    305 Deluxe Guest Rooms
    Digital Check In
    Hilton Honors
    Outdoor Seating with Firepit
    Basil's Cafe & Lobby Bar
    Complimentary Parking
    Materson's Steak House
    Starbucks
    Avis Rental Car
    Fitness Center
    Indoor Heated Pool with Hot Tub
    Outdoor Pool
    Tennis Courts
    Volley ball Court
    Walking Path
    Conceirge Lounge
    24 Hour Room Service

The Hilton Long Island Huntington is an upscale eleganthotel and is adeal venue for hosting events or meetings with their 26,000 sq. ft. of banquet space.  The hotel can accommodate up to 1,200 guests in their Grand Ballroom.  The hotel has over 20 rooms to use for banquets, meetings, events or conventions. Long Island weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet Sixteens and Political events

Their expert planning professionals and 26,000 square feet of flexible function space ensures your occasion is simply unforgettable. The Hilton Long Island Huntington is truly the ideal destination among other hotels in Long Island New York, whether it be a family vacation, business meeting, or simply a weekend getaway, enjoy superior service and amenities at this Long Island hotel.

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BETH STERN & FRIENDS ‘BASH FOR THE BULLDOGS!’



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Bash for the Bulldogs Founder Laurette Richen and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at BETH STERN & FRIENDS ‘BASH FOR THE BULLDOGS!’





































Bash for the Bulldogs Award Winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author Jill Rappaport and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at BETH STERN & FRIENDS ‘BASH FOR THE BULLDOGS!’





















































 Beth Stern, Animal Advocate, Actress and Wife of Radio Legend Howard Stern poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at BETH STERN & FRIENDS ‘BASH FOR THE BULLDOGS!’



























































Stylist Patricia Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at BETH STERN & FRIENDS ‘BASH FOR THE BULLDOGS!’








































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op on The Red Carpet at BETH STERN & FRIENDS ‘BASH FOR THE BULLDOGS!’- Photo taken by Rob Rich







Supporters and press attended a holiday bash with Beth Stern & Friends for 'Bash for the Bulldogs!' on December 14, 2015 at Rosenthal Pavilion, New York University Kimmel Center.

It was an entertaining evening to help raise much-needed funds for LIBR, including Drinks, Hors d’oeuvres, Italian Dinner Buffet, Coffee, Dessert, and music.  Supporters participated in a Silent Auction and Raffle as well as meeting and mingling with friends and to  find unique items for the Holidays.
More importantly the event was to bring awareness and to save lives of bulldogs in urgent need of finding their forever family!

The mission of Long Island Bulldog Rescue (LIBR) is to provide education, prevention, intervention, and adoption services to ensure that all English Bulldogs enjoy long, healthy lives in loving, safe, appropriate homes where they are provided the life-long care they require. We commit to each English Bulldog and adopter(s) we serve for the life of the dog. In the event that an adoption is unsuccessful, the dog is to be returned to the LIBR.

They fulfill their mission by providing:

Humane education for school-age youth, so children learn the principle, practices and procedures involved in adding to the family by buying or adopting an English Bulldog
    Breed-specific best practices education the general public can use to understand the characteristics of English Bulldogs and make informed decisions about purchasing, adopting, or releasing a puppy or dog for adoption.
    Breed-specific education to prevent tragic outcomes of the vicious cycle of irresponsible breeding, sale and purchase of puppies and dogs, leading to neglect, abandonment, abuse, and death of English Bulldogs.

    The spectrum of services involved in rescuing English Bulldogs, including but not limited to:

        a) Networking with national and regional breed rescues, as well as shelters, advocacy organizations, and English Bulldog Clubs;
        b) Conducting intake services to process and receive English Bulldogs that have been abused, abandoned at shelters, or released for adoption by owners who are unable            to keep them;
        c) Screening all prospective adopters to create an optimal match between prospective adopters and dogs available for adoption.
        d) Offering transitional guidance and support for owners forced to release dogs for adoption due to family crisis;
        e) Offering transitional support to families receiving English Bulldogs that have been abused, neglected, abandoned, or released for adoption;
        f) Collaborating with veterinarians and other medical practitioners to provide screening, spay, neuter, vaccinate, and other medical attention, such as surgery and            medication;
        g) Homing special needs English Bulldog puppies and dogs;
        h) Providing foster care for English Bulldogs seeking permanent homes;
Raising funds to support the above activities.

For more information please visit longislandbulldogrescue.org

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Honorees, members and supported joined together at The Club House at Merrick Golf Club for the Third Annual Creative Empowerment, Inc. Scholarship and Fundraising Gala to benefit


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Founder Madona Cole Lacy and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at r the Third Annual Creative Empowerment, Inc. Scholarship and Fundraising Gala to benefit Creative Empowerment. Inc.



















































Actress, TV Personality, Beauty Pageant Winner and Motivational Speaker Gail King poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at r the Third Annual Creative Empowerment, Inc. Scholarship and Fundraising Gala to benefit Creative Empowerment Inc.







Honorees, members and supported joined together at The Club House at Merrick Golf Club for the Third Annual Creative Empowerment, Inc. Scholarship and Fundraising Gala to benefit Creative Empowerment. Inc.


Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. is your contribution towards a much needed solution to the challenges of life and pitfalls of the 21st century. Creative Empowerment Inc. believes that the task at hand calls for solutions that are not ordinarily thought of as viable and effective by others outside the area of the arts.


As artists, they are forever taking on challenges as they create something out of nothing, as they seize upon opportunities to create the tangible and aesthetic which even though not, preconceived, takes its rightful place in this world. Creative Empowerment neither entertains nor tolerates the term ‘obstacle’ in their lexicon of life.

Creative Empowerment believes in and values the idea of working collaboratively with teaching artists and other professionals and experts to provide arts-centered solutions to life’s problems. They believe that assisting youth and parents in practicing creative ways of identifying, developing, and creating self-help solutions to relevant issues that affect them will result in improvement in the areas of personal development, multicultural and social acceptance/tolerance.


Visual Artist, Mrs. Cole-Lacy is passionate about creating custom art that particularly addresses the needs of others. With over 30 years of experience as a designer of wearable art and custom home accessories, Madona Cole-Lacy focuses on creating one-of-a kind garments and accessories. She is also passionate about creating wearable art for people who are not able to easily find solutions to meet their aesthetic, special and medical needs. Madona Cole Originals, functional and fashionable, Dignity Headwear for women and girls experiencing hair loss is the vehicle through which she does this. More information can be found at www.madonacoleoriginals.com

As an Educator and a Long Island Teaching Artist, Mrs. Cole-Lacy is passionate about the teaching and learning process. This speaks to her desire to maximize the potential of all children, adolescents and youth for success within the social, educational and cultural sphere. Her professional experience as a New York City Public School teacher and facilitator of art-related workshops for students and teachers; which combine art, fashion, the awareness of cultural diversity and personal development; illustrates this well www.mytimehascome.org

Madona Cole-Lacy is a motivator whose engagement in community service initiatives; such as workshops for college-bound students, workshop for seniors citizens, community-wide creative conversation and artistic expressions; triggered what she refers to as a ‘Eureka Moment’. This led her to create a tool that would encompass her professional skills and the lessons learned from her experience as a mother, an adult care-giver to parents in their nineties, and a one-time divorcee and single mother.

For more information please visit http://www.yourtime4liny.org



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Documentary Screening of Artist George Schulman at Beth Sholom in Roslyn, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Documentary Screening of Artist George Schulman at Beth Sholom in Roslyn, New York








Art experts and special guests came to a very special screening of a film documentary about Artist George Schulman on November 17, 2015. Presently over 80 paintings of Mr. George Schulman’s work are being exhibited at the Judaica Museum in the Temple Beth Sholom complex.


The exhibit is curated by Bat-Shiva Slavin at 401 Roslyn Road in Roslyn Heights, NY and will run until November 27, 2015 and represents what Schulman calls “Mapping,” the style that took him decades to achieve.


Beth Sholom in Rosyln, New York is a warm and dynamic conservative, egalitarian congregation committed to exploring and expressing their Jewish identities through spiritual, educational, and social moments of communal connection. A house of prayer, a house of learning, and a house of community, Temple Beth Sholom nurtures personal development and social responsibility while promoting greater knowledge of their Jewish history and culture. For over sixty years, TBS has been caring for and engaging our congregants and community. Through their services, programs and activities they create sacred communal Jewish moments worthy of the Divine. Their team of clergy, educators and lay leaders are committed to making TBS a place where each and every member of their family can learn, grow, gather and celebrate together.


Painting since the age of four, classically trained Schulman can paint in any style. Touted with an eye for color and form, yet not satisfied with his early success, Schulman pushed to find his own voice different from all the rest. A spiritual man with Jewish roots. Schulman is also a gifted historian and consummate storyteller. Schulman’s paintings and collages share his, and the Jewish Peoples’, drive to slay dragons. His use of white has been inspired by the light he saw, as well as his grandmother’s voice, telling him it was not his time before being revived from heart failure.


Using a Classical Grid to format his Works, Schulman looks for the dominant shape found in his favorite Master Artists’ Paintings. Schulman’s Works are colorful, kinetic and at times visually tense. His viewers are drawn in and out of the picture plane. Schulman’s uses special oils and acrylics in his massive paintings. He makes his own stretchers and uses only the finest linen and canvas. Hand sewn paper collages are made out of fast food containers collected over a 2 year period.


To learn more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/georgeschulmanartist


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