- The Independent Group Home Living (IGHL
) held its Second Annual Luncheon and Fashion Fling at the Westhampton Country Club
on Sunday, October 3, and vibrant, colorful attendees matched the equally colorful table arrangements.
IGHL opened in Mt. Sinai in 1978, as indicated by the video montage of the organization highlighting the tremendous services offered at 50 group homes in Suffolk County only, including mentoring work programs, medical resources including RNs and LPNs, health and nutrition programs, children's services, a nursing facility and pre-school, community programs, and special services for AIDS and autistic residents.
IGHL CEO Walter Stockton addresses attendees.
When IGHL first opened, eight former residents of the hell house known as Willowbrook (Staten Island), which was exposed for the inhumane treatment of people with developmental disabilities, became some of the first residents.
The goal of IGHL remains now and forever the opportunity to offer independent group home living for developmentally disabled adults focusing on responsibility, self-discipline and awareness. IGHL is dedicated to helping these individuals live more independent lives.
Speaking with Walter Stockton
, CEO of IGHL, during the cocktail/silent auction hour he relayed "We are absolutely thrilled to have this event for the second year here at the Westhampton Beach Country Club
, and through the hard work of the IGHL staff, volunteers, families, community members, 1-800-FLOWERS
, businesses, and our residents I believe we will surpass what we were able to achieve last year."
Stockton went on to relay that "IGHL hosts various benefits throughout the year to raise money and it simply could not be done without the hard work the community undertakes year after year, which is simply wonderful." Continuing Stockton expressed "Given this economy money from the federal government is not as good as it should be and we have to supplement those funds to maintain our higher purpose."
The delightful afternoon began with Sherbitinis, Mimosas, and wine, with passed brie and mango quesadillas, mini crab cakes, shrimp shumai, as well as crudites. The luncheon menu offered potato leek soup, arugula salad with grilled shrimp, grilled chicken, or grilled filet mignon, and apple and peach cobbler with cinnamon ice cream and truffles for dessert.
One of the stunning floral table arrangements gracing the tables at Westhampton Beach Country Club provided by the McCann family and 1-800-FLOWERS.
During the cocktail hour attendees reviewed a tremendous number of fantastic items offered by Raffle ticket, including trips, spa treatments, luxury spa items, Irish china, original art, accessories, Waterford crystal sets, holiday themed baskets, dining certificates, wine baskets and door prizes, among numerous other offerings. In fact, there were so many items donated for the raffle that the ticket drawing began early and continued throughout the luncheon - an homage to the recognition IGHL has received from community members and business owners. Our own Hamptons.com Michele Steudte
won a number of items, including tickets for Smokey Robinson
- which left those at our table just a little envious!
Again this year the fashion show was hosted by Debbie Gildersleeve
, owner of Renee's Womens Wear in Mattituck, revealing casual and formal wear for both young adults, ladies and gentlemen. Gildersleeve has a terrific eye and featured ensembles (including accessories) that were as affordable as they are attractive.
Patricia Vallary, Annie Kozak with Michele Steudte of Hamptons.com enjoy the afternoon.
This event is clearly a favorite for many, and those gathered simply enjoyed a delightful afternoon of good friends, good food, and good goody bags filled with nifty times, and more goodies to vie for - and all for a very good cause. The day simply burst with color and energy, as well as those clever and beautiful floral baskets guests took home with them.
to all those involved for once again proving that the heart is indeed a muscle wielding its power and strength among those who offer time, energy, devotion and compassion to others.
For more information go to www.ighl.org
Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.