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Nonprofit Donates $6K To Village Center

Port Jefferson Harbor Arts and Education Conservancy formed eight years ago to support Village Center and its programs.

The Port Jefferson Harbor Arts and Education Conservancy presented two $3,000 checks to the village on Monday night for senior citizen programs and audio and sound equipment for the .

Made up from members of the community, the non-profit was formed to help fund programs and activities at the Village Center and the , according to Vice President Naomi Solo.

One check came entirely from a donation by the Morrison family specifically earmarked for senior citizen programs and equipment to be used for those events. The other $3,000 was raised by the conservancy and will be used to pay for audio and sound equipment for Village Center programs.

Involved with the organization are also President Lisa Perry, Treasurer Larry Britt and Secretary Kelly Juliano. The board consists of 19 total members. Through events like concerts, the great auto race lecture and slide show and others, the Conservancy raises the money it donates to the village.

Formed about 8 years ago, it has raised thousands of dollars in that time.

Solo said that among the items the Conservancy has donated already are all the living room furniture on the second floor of the Village Center, the front desk, audio and sound equipment, storage closets and the windscreen for the skating rink.

For the last five months the organization has been occupying space on the second floor of the old Chandler Building, above the Maritime Explorium, along with four other not-for-profits that operate in the village, including the Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council, Long Island Sound Ecocenter (LISEC) and the Maritime Explorium.

“The four groups work together very positively,” said Solo, calling it a “central place where strong coordination exists very harmoniously to the benefit of all.”

Matthew Lott May 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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