The Long Islander: Paying it Forward

The Long Islander

February 6, 2016

Donna Galluccio, Director of the Ecumenical Lay Council’s food pantry, and Pastor Tim Hoyt of First Presbyterian Church in Northport, dropped by the Engeman Theater earlier this week to receive funds donated by theater audiences over the holiday season. Theater owners Kevin O’Neill, managing director, and Richard Dolci [sic], producer and artistic director, turned over $35,000 which was collected over the holiday season by passing the basket during show intermissions.

“We raise funds every year and are happy to be able to support the food pantry and church,” O’Neill said.

It’s more of a story of mutual support. The church has for the past decade allowed the theater’s valet parking operation to use its parking lot on show night, O’Neill explained. The church also houses the Ecumenical Lay Council’s food pantry.

“Pastor Tim is a progressive thinker. He is good enough to let us use the church parking lot at night and he’s also good enough to provide space for the food pantry,” O’Neill said, adding the pantry provides assistance to 160 families a week.

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