FCA hosts anniversary event with the unveiling of Long Island’s largest quilt on the grounds of the organization’s original Children’s Home

 MINEOLA, NEW YORK, September 13, 2019 – On September 13, local leaders, elected officials, advocates, peers, and past and present FCA staff came together for FCA’s 135tfca quilt.jpgh Anniversary Celebration Event at the Mineola Athletic Association Baseball fields at 130 Willis Avenue in Mineola, NY.

The location of this event was chosen because of a very special connection to the organization’s roots. The Mineola Athletic Association Baseball fields now stand on the grounds of which FCA’s Children’s Home was once located. This land was given to the Village of Mineola in 1950 under the circumstance that “…the premises shall only be used for the establishment of a children’s park, playground, recreational center, and places for housing of children’s organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Police Boys Clubs and similar uses and that this covenant shall run with the land.”

Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO, FCA, opened the event with remarks about the history and roots of the organization.  Dr. Reynolds noted:

IMG_3677.JPG“One hundred and thirty five years ago, those in this organization made a promise to the Long Island community.  The promise was very simple. We’re going to take care of people that need help. We’re going to make sure that Long Island as a whole is as strong and as healthy as it can be. We know that when our community is strong, that everybody does better.  We’ve kept that promise 135 years later.”

The event also featured the unveiling of FCA’s Safe & Warm Quilt Initiative, Long Island’s largest quilt, which is made up of countless squares customized and decorated by everyone from the Nassau County Girl Scouts to Governor Cuomo. 

The event was sponsored by Lessing’s Hospitality who recreated and served various recipes from The Children’s Home Cookbook from the 1800’s. Executive Chef William Muzio grew up in Mineola and expressed how he loved being back home and in the area to celebrate this great milestone with FCA.

Also present from Lessing’s was Michael Lessing, President and CEO, Steve Kirschbaum, Area General Manager, Jen Cantin, Director of Marketing, and several other of their team members.

Event speakers included Drew Crowley, FCA Board Chair, Dr. Richard Dina, Former FCA President/CEO, Michael Lessing, Lessing’s Hospitality President CEO, Pat Ryder, Nassau County Police Commissioner, Jack Schnirman, Nassau County Comptroller, and Scott Strauss, Mayor of Mineola.IMG_3588.JPG

Mayor Strauss expressed his gratitude for the work that FCA has done and continues to do, and summed up the event by saying, “On behalf of the Village of Mineola, thank you for the land on which we are standing and for all the work that your entire team has done since the late 1800’s.”

About FCA

FCA is a not-for-profit agency helping more than 30,000 Long Islanders each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.

FCA believes in the potential of Long Island - a place where no child, senior, family or community is left to struggle alone with barriers to health care, education, employment or economic prosperity. Long Island continues to be one of the greatest place in the world to live and raise a family for many; FCA exists to ensure that be the case for all.