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Eastern Long Island Hospital Receives Gift From Cross Island Ferry In Memory of John Romanelli

Originally Posted: August 07, 2012

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

Adam Wronowski, Vice President, Cross Sound Ferry presents a check for $14,000 in memory of John Romanelli for the ELIH Foundation. Pictured left to right are Ethan, Tara and Heather Romanelli; Paul J. Connor III, President/CEO, ELIH; Thomas E. Murray, Jr., Chairman, Board of Trustees, ELIH; Paul Romanelli, Adam Wronowski, Vice President, Cross Sound Ferry and Andy Binkowski, Orient Point Terminal Manager. (Photo: Courtesy of ELIH)

Greenport - Cross Sound Ferry and members of the Romanelli family gathered at Eastern Long Island Hospital (ELIH) last week to make a special presentation to the ELIH Foundation in memory of the late John Romanelli.

Familiar to all on the North Fork as the owner of Burt's Reliable Fuel Supply, Romanelli was a former Southold Town Councilman and was well known throughout the community for his philanthropic activities. Romanelli died earlier this year from burn injuries resulting from an accidental fuel fire at his company's Southold location.

The $14,000 donation was raised from Cross Sound Ferry's annual Fireworks Benefit Cruise which took place on July 7th of this year. This gift represents the single largest donation ever made from the proceeds of the cruise, as the event raised a record $17,000 in 2012. The remaining proceeds from the cruise will be donated as three $1,000 scholarships in 2013 for a graduating senior from each of the three North Fork high schools: Greenport, Mattituck, and Southold.

"Together with other donations received in memory of John and this generous donation by Cross Sound Ferry ELIH has half the funds needed to secure a lifesaving system called Arctic Sun, a new Emergency Medical protocol endorsed by the American Hospital Association which calls for lowering the core temperature of certain cardiac patients," noted ELIH President and CEO Paul J. Connor III. "ELIH is committed to raising the balance of the funds and dedicating the equipment in memory of John Romanelli," he added.


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