Tuesday, March 22n/a, Suffolk County Chairman Kevin McCaffrey and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, along with county elected officials, Suffolk OTB President and CEO Tony Pancella and Northwell Health executives, have held an emergency relief press conference with Ukrainian leaders on Long Island at Jake’s 58 Casino Hotel in Islandia. Suffolk OTB, which operates the casino, donated $10,000 to the Northwell Health Ukraine Relief Fund to send vital medical supplies to hospitals in the beleaguered nation. The check was accepted by Donna Moravick, CEO of South Shore University Hospital, on behalf of Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling.
Additional funds will be raised throughout April through Jake’s 58’s DONATE YOUR CHANGE FOR THE UKRAINE campaign. The program gives bettors in the casino the ability to effortlessly donate excess change while cashing out winnings and funds at kiosks located throughout the casino. “At times like these, people always come together to help those who need it most, and OTB customers will no doubt do their part,” said Suffolk County Chairman Kevin McCaffrey. Pancella hopes to double or even triple the initial donation of $10,000. He said: “Our patrons are very generous and we want to do everything we can to help the people of Ukraine during this tragic invasion of their homeland.”
The Long Island Volunteer Fire Department was also on hand to announce a donation of fireproof equipment to help Ukrainian first responders put out fires caused by bombs and shelling. The equipment was donated by the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund. “The fire department is a brotherhood that takes care of its own,” said Brian Farrell, president of the organization.
The World Health Organization has verified at least 43 attacks on healthcare facilities in Ukraine since the Russian invasion. More than 300 health facilities are in the conflict zone and another 600 are within 10 km of the currently besieged territory. Funds raised at Jake’s 58 will be used to pay for medical supplies that will be transported to Poland and eventually delivered to the front lines. Michael Dowling said: “We have a moral obligation to help alleviate the suffering of the Ukrainian people. This generous gift will help meet the immediate needs of individuals, families and communities by providing frontline medical assistance. I would like to thank Jake’s 58 for their contribution to the Northwell Health Ukraine Relief Fund.
“Thank you to Northwell Health and Jake’s 58 for their efforts to help the people of Ukraine by funding and facilitating the delivery of essential medical supplies,” said lawmaker Al Krupski, whose office actively collected supplies for Midsummer’s Day. -Baptist. Ukrainian Catholic Church in Riverhead. “I also want to thank members of our firefighting community for donating equipment to help firefighters and first responders in Ukraine. Despite the horror of this war, it is heartwarming to see communities and institutions across Long Island coming together to help a country and people in desperate need.
“I commend Michael Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell, and Tony Pancella, President and CEO of OTB, for creating this team effort to provide critical medical supplies to Ukraine. I believe the customers of Jake’s 58 will be generous and compassionate in supporting this business,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta.
“The situation unfolding in Ukraine right now is horrifying to say the least,” said Suffolk County Legislative Minority Leader Jason Richberg. “We must do all we can to support the innocent affected and displaced every day. Thank you to Northwell Health and Jake’s 58 for your leadership and efforts in raising funds for much-needed medical supplies that will no doubt have an impact and help support countless individuals and families in Ukraine.
Lawmaker Nick Caracappa said, “It is inspiring to see how our community, in the public and private sectors, is working together to help the people of Ukraine. This beleaguered nation needs our support, and I was delighted to attend the press conference. I applaud Jake’s 58, Northwell Health and everyone who coordinated this fundraising effort.
Lawmaker Dominick Thorne said, “It is an honor and a privilege for me to stand with the people of Ukraine. Their bravery in the face of reprehensible attacks is inspiring.