David Pinkowitz

Welcome to the first issue of the Tri CYA Monthly Newsletter. We are pleased to bring you important news about our events and programs. The timing couldn't be better, since we've just held our 2023 Hall of Honor Gala. We had a record 260 attendees and they all had a wonderful time. This issue is devoted to the gala.

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contact Debbie Rimler at 631-673-0614 or info@tricya.org
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Table of Contents
-- Director's Message
-- Co-Chairs Message
-- Youth Comments
-- Honorees Bios
-- Photos and Videos

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     Director's Message

By Debbie Rimler

Welcome to Tri Community and Youth Agency's 2023 Hall of Honor. Tri CYA operates three youth and community centers. The centers are located at 809 New Yok Ave, Walt Whitman High School room 401 and Stimson Middle School in the Loft. During 2021 Tri CYA served 6,175 youth and community members. Of these numbers 3,598 were youth and 2,577were adults.

I am grateful for the youth and families who came to the centers for programs, support, information and supplies. I am grateful for the dedication of the staff, board of directors, volunteers, donors and student interns.

Tri CYA plans and implements large scale programs such as Emergency food pantry, Community Dinners, Backpack and School Supply Giveaway, Project T.O.Y., Unity Day, National Night Out, Anti- Bias Concert, Youth Entrepreneurial Bazaar which will be held for the second year at our 809 New York Ave center on May 13th from 1-4 PM.

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    Co-Chairs Message
by Laura Gerardi-Aloe and Jenny Martinez

The 2023 Hall of Honor Gala held on March 23, 2023 at Larkfield Manor was an amazing event.

The honorees were:
  • Pastor Dan Rivera of Huntington Assembly of God
  • Eliot R. Lonardo of Signature Premier Properties
  • Huntington Public Library
  • South Huntington Public Library
  • Jack & Jill of America
These well deserving honorees continuously involve themselves in community affairs and make a positive influence in the community every day.

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    Youth Comments

Ibukun Olabomi
I just wanna just wanna thank everyone from the Tri-CYA specifically Debbie, Shaaquan, Martine, Antoine, Reggie, Valentina, Linda, Manny, Andy, Lily Youlanda, Marade, and all the other employees under the Tri-CYA I may not have named but know that I deeply appreciate them. My name is Ibukun and Iím a 17 year old senior at Huntington High School. The Tri-CYA has done so much for me in less than a year and I feel that itís only fair if I shed some light on it. I first came to the Tri-CYA after being recommended for it by a parent whose son attends the program who knew that I was looking for a job.

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   Honorees Bios

Pastor Dan is the third and only son of four children born on May 23, 1982, to Josue and Damaris Rivera. A fourth generation Puerto Rican, Pentecostal Church Kid, who grew up in Elmont, NY and into a Christ centered ministerial home. He was privileged to learn and to trust the Lord at a very young age as he was trained within the church.

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Eliot R. Lonardo is a lifelong resident of the Town of Huntington. He is a 1996 graduate of South Huntingtonís Walt Whitman High School, going on to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice at LIU C.W. Post campus. Eliot is a 1st generation ItalianAmerican on his fatherís side. Eliotís parents are both entrepreneurs - his father was in the construction business, and his mother is in the electronics industry. He credits his mom for his work ethic, moral compass, and dedication to helping his community.

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With one building in Huntington Village and another in Huntington Station, the Huntington Public Library exists to serve the 35,000 residents of the Huntington Public Library District. With roots dating back to 1759, the Huntington Public Library was one of the first public libraries in Suffolk County. In 1875, the Huntington Library Association was formed and it became incorporated in 1883. Through fundraising efforts, the construction of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building was completed in 1892 and became the first site for the library.

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We are honored and proudly walk in the path of our founder, the late Marion Stubbs Thomas, a visionary who, along with twenty trail-blazing mothers, saw a need to form an organization that provided cultural, social, and educational opportunities for young African Americans. Eighty-five years after that monumental meeting of the minds, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated has been dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty.

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The South Huntington Public Library has been serving the community for 62 years. Founded in 1961, the library strives to strengthen our community by fostering connections, satisfying curiosity and inspiring creativity. We accomplish this by providing equal access to knowledge, literacy, technology and culture to all South Huntington residents. The library offers a wide array of programs for all ages, from story time, crafts and fitness classes to lectures, concerts and lifelong learning opportunities. Popular services include the AARP Tax Aide program, one-on-one Medicare counseling, passport services, homebound delivery, one-on-one tech appointments and classes for those who speak other languages

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    Photos and Videos
The 2023 Tri CYA Hall of Honor Gala was excellent. All 260 attendess -- a record -- enjoyed it very much.

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