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Port Washington Library Foundation Hosts Its Tenth Inspiration Gala

On Saturday, September 28, at 6:30 pm, the Port Washington Library will host the Port Washington Library Foundation’s Tenth Inspiration Gala, celebrating “The Jewel of Port Washington . . . our Library.” This year the Foundation has three outstanding honorees: National Grid with National Grid New York President Kenneth D. Daly accepting; Lucy Mazany, Senior Vice President and Long Island Division Manager of Valley National Bank; and Georgia DeYoung.


The Foundation’s Corporate Leadership Award this year goes to National Grid, an international energy delivery company. In the United States National Grid with 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern US, providing power to over one million Long Island customers. National Grid is also proud to be involved in many community-based projects and partnerships through the National Grid Foundation, which has provided nearly $12 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations since 1998.


Accepting the award on behalf of National Grid will be Port Washington resident Kenneth D. Daly, President of New York National Grid. Throughout his 25-year career he has held numerous positions including Group Financial Controller in London; CFO, Global Gas Distribution; vice president of Financial and Employee Related Services; and merger coordination officer during the merger integration of both National Grid/KeySpan and Brooklyn Union/LILCO.  Mr. Daly graduated from St. Francis College with a BA in English in 1988 and has earned both an MBA in Finance from St. John’s University and an MS in Human Resource Management from New York University. He achieved the distinguished Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2002. Mr. Daly is a member of the St. Francis College Board of Trustees and has been an adjunct professor there for 20 years.  He has been the director of the St. John’s University Executive-in-Residence Program since 1992 and is also a graduate of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program, and a member of the Long Island Energy Partnership and the British American Business Council Board of Directors.


Also receiving the Corporate Leadership Award, Hofstra University BA and MBA graduate Lucy Mazany is a senior vice president at Valley National Bank. She serves as a division manager and oversees the bank’s Business Development Team and Branch Network for the bank’s fifteen branches located throughout Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties. Lucy began her banking career with European American Bank, working as a branch manager in several branches. She is currently president of The Institute of Management Accountants, Long Island Chapter, and has served on various not for profit committees in the community including the Molloy College Golf Committee, the “Go Red for Women” Long Island Luncheon, the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Lions Club, the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, the Long Island Women’s Business Council, and the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce.


The Leonard Wurzel Public Service Award honoree is Georgia DeYoung a community activist who has volunteered for numerous Port Washington organizations. She is on the board of Friends of Sands Point Preserve, where she is on the Executive Committee and is the events chairperson; secretary of the Sands Point Civic Association and chair of its Gardening Committee; chairperson of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission, Village of Sands Point. She has been a member of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington for more than twenty years and was a board member for ten years. She volunteers for the Port Washington Public Library’s “Books for Dessert” program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is a parent advocate at the YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities Network. From 1989 – 1992 she served as president of the Community Synagogue, and from 1994 -2011 she was vice president of the Greater NY Council of Reform Synagogues and a national board member of the Union for Reform Judaism. She co-chaired the Community Synagogue’s Fiftieth and Sixtieth Anniversary Celebrations and is currently on the Sanctuary Renovation Design Committee. Before her retirement Ms. DeYoung worked at Ben DeYoung and Associates, where she performed qualitative and statistical analysis of market research projects for national corporations and as the manager of placement services for the school Abilities in Albertson. Georgia has a BA from the University of Rochester and is certified in Human Services Administration.

In keeping with this year’s jewel theme, the evening will include a performance of Guy De Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace,” adapted for the stage by Foundation board member Judy Sloan and performed by seasoned actors Ryan Morey and Sarah Arikian. This year’s Gala will also feature a not-to-be-missed jewelry fashion show presented by London Jewelers as well as a silent auction of high-end jewelry and a raffle of jewelry with lower price points. Many pieces of jewelry have been donated by local Port Washington merchants including the Sands Point Shop, Glen Bradford Fine Jewelry, Spellbound Fine Jewelry, 5J Jewelers, Apple Tree, and Christina Cheng. You will not want to miss this entertaining theatrical experience as well as a cocktail extravaganza featuring open bars, signature drinks, food stations, and wonderful desserts, catered by Port Washington’s own H on the Harbor.

Since its inception, the Port Washington Library Foundation has donated over $1,500,000 to the library to fund a number of programs and projects not covered by taxpayer dollars. Tickets to this event are $250 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please call 883-4400, Ext. 180 or go on the Foundation’s website at


The Library Foundation wishes to thank the generous Port Washington merchants who graciously donated items for the silent auction and raffle at our Tenth Inspiration Gala.

Apple Tree
Christina Cheng
Glen Bradford Fine Jewelry
Sands Point Shop
Spellbound Fine Jewelry
5J Jewelers
Port Jewelers
The Gala will also feature a high-end jewelry fashion show courtesy of London Jewelers.




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“The Necklace” Headlines at the Library Foundation Gala


On Saturday, September 28, at 6:30 pm, the Port Washington Library will host the Port Washington Library Foundation’s Tenth Inspiration Gala.  In keeping with this year’s theme, “The Library is the Jewel of the Community,” the evening will include a reading of Guy De Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace,” adapted for the stage by Foundation board member Judy Sloan and performed by seasoned actors Ryan Morey and Sarah Arikian.

A graduate of Rhode Island College with an MFA in theatre and Portland State University with a BA in Music, Ryan Morey is a playwright as well as an actor.  He has performed in a number of first-rate productions including One for the Road, The Seagull, Oh, What a Lovely War, the Rocky Horror Show, and Lysistrata at a number of venues across the country.

Sarah Aitken completed her undergraduate work at the Manhattan School of Music and received an MA from NYU in Classical Voice. She has been a featured performer in The Merry Widow, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Three Penny Opera, Ragtime, The Mikado, and many, many others at such venues as the New York Musical Theater Festival, the Show Palace Dinner Theater, Belleayre Music Festival, Jacksonville Lyric Opera, American Family Theatre, Brooklyn Repertory Opera, Broadhollow Theater, the Village Light Opera, and the Remarkable Theatre Brigade.

The Library Foundation thanks Judith and Morton Sloan for their sponsorship of the entertainment for our Tenth Inspiration Gala.

1892 Society

The 1892 Society offers Library Foundation donors the unique opportunity for personal engagement in the life and work of the Library. With annual gifts of $1,000 and above, this group will help us provide critical funds to support the needs of the Port Washington Public Library not covered by taxes and to maintain its viability for future generations. You will also play a key role in helping the Foundation provide full and sustainable funding to make possible the vision of the Library for the benefit of the entire Port Washington community.
Membership Benefits

  • E-Invitations to all Library Council Events and Library Programs
  • Private Consultation with a librarians to aid in building a home library
  • Special invitation to Foundation sponsored events such as the Vogel Distinguished
  • Photographer in Residence and Jackie Spielman Children’s Storytelling Event
  • Invitations for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Library
  • Recognition of your support in the Library Newsletter and the Foundation Annual Report
  • Recognition of your support on the Library’s entryway door wall and virtual giving donor wall.

“In the Heights” with Photographer Peter B. Kaplan


On Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 pm in the Lapham Meeting Room of the Port Washington Public Library, renowned photographer Peter B. Kaplan will share his photographs and his adventures shooting them as speaker in the second annual Martin Vogel Distinguished Photographers Lecture series.   A specialist in what he calls “height photography,” Mr. Kaplan practically invented an entire genre of photography shooting images from tall structures.  From coast to coast he has photographed some of America’s mightiest bridges and many of its famous skyscrapers.  Some of his photos of New York’s vertical wonders, such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the World Trade Center, have achieved iconic status and have been reproduced countless times.  Mr. Kaplan’s photographs are on display all of November and December in the Martin Vogel Photography Gallery at the library.

The lecture series and the photography gallery are funded with private donations through the Port Washington Library Foundation.  For more information about the Foundation and its work, call 883-4400 Ext. 180 or visit

Replica of the Sandminers Monument to Be Presented to the Library

The public is invited to attend the unveiling of a replica of the Sandminers Monument on Friday, November 30, at 7:30 pm in the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Reading Room of the Port Washington Public Library.  This replica is being presented to the library as the gift of a private donor as thanks for the work of the Local History Center and its director Elly Shodell in preserving the history of Port Washington in general and of the sand mines in particular.  The monument will be on permanent display in the library.  The original, a life size bronze sculpture created by noted sculptor Edward Jonas, is located on West Shore Road near the last remaining tunnel used by the sand mining companies in the Hempstead Harbor area. It has been estimated that over 140 million yards of sand were delivered from Port Washington to New York City–enough sand to cover the Empire State Building with sand extending from the East River to the Hudson River and from 14th Street to 59th Street. It is estimated that 90 percent of the concrete used in the city was from Port Washington sand. The last sand mining company that operated these sandbanks ceased operation in 1989.

Thank You!

The Port Washington Library Foundation is featured on News 12 after receiving a large donation from a single donor – Mr. Arnold Saltzman.