North Fork residents will gather at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s Peconic location for dinner and dancing in support of the Town of Southold on Friday, March 1, from 6:30 to 10 PM.
All proceeds from the Young At Heart event will go towards the Emergency Fund of the Community Action Southold Town, Inc., a “neighbors helping neighbors” type organization founded in 1965. Through donations and funding, CAST helps low-income community members obtain the most basic of needs: clothing, nutrition, employment, and education. Thanks to the various programs offered, such as a food pantry, a sharing room, English as a Second Language early childhood literacy program, benefit assistance, and more. Southold residents, spanning from Laurel to Orient Point and Fisher’s Island, are provided with the security of a safety net.
Cathy Demeroto has been the executive director of CAST since 2017 and is excited to bring the community together. “This helps our neighbors who have unexpected emergencies and related expenses, such as medical bills, car repairs, rent assistance, and fuel or electric.” Honorees this year are Alex Vinash and Brent Pelton from American Beech, located in Greenport, who will accept the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Award.
CAST has held an annual event for nearly a decade but has decided to switch things up with a new Rat Pack theme. New to the CAST board is Richard Vandenburgh, owner and co-founder of Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, which explains the changed in location.
“I am fortunate and honored to sit on the CAST board and have known Cathy Demerato for some time now,” Vandenburgh explained. “Greenport Harbor has always believed in and supported local agencies that work to make the community where we live, work, and play a better place. CAST is one of those unsung hero organizations that supports a hidden class which struggles to make ends meet in a community that would otherwise be lost without their contributions to our work force and performing many of the jobs that everyone expects by default.”
Menu items include pasta, salad, bread, wine, a beer ticket, dessert, and coffee. In addition, guests will be encouraged onto the dance floor with music by The Jerry Costanzo Quintet playing the sounds of Frank Sinatra.
Tickets start at $45 per person. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. is located at 42155 Main Road in Peconic. For tickets, visit www.castsoutholdtown.org or call 631-477-1717.