- Southampton Youth Services
, an organization which seeks to provide Southampton Town residents and visitors with world class athletic facilities, celebrated their 10 year anniversary Saturday night with the SYS
Super Bash at 230 Elm
Executive Director Scott Johnson with his wife Analisa.
Hundreds of guests mingled between an open bar and finger food buffet which featured sports food favorites like cheese steak sliders and buffalo wings. The band New Life Crisis
, which was recently voted the "Hottest Hamptons Band" performed favorites like "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Ring of Fire" throughout the night as guests twirled across the dance floor.
At 9 p.m. a giant game of heads or tails was played in which the last person in won $250, followed by a raffle modeled after the game "Let's Make a Deal," which featured over $12,000 in prizes including New York Knicks
Tickets, a Coach
bag, a get away in New York City
, Broadway play tickets, and much more.
SYS has come full circle over the past decade, celebrating at 230 Elm, the very place where they held their first fundraiser in the year 2000. "We thought this was a nice place to come back to and celebrate how successful the project has been," said Board President Mark Antilety
, "This is a wonderful group of people and we've been well supported by the community. This is our way of saying thank you."
Southampton Mayor Mark Epley and his wife Marianne attended with their son Zach.
SYS started after current SYS Executive Director Scott Johnson
, along with about 17 others decided there was a need for a recreational facility for children on the South Shore. "There was no place out here for our children to recreate during the winter," said Johnson, "There was plenty to do in the summer, but we wanted to provide a safe place to play during the winter."
In the 10 years since their first fundraiser, SYS has built a 55,000 square foot facility which features indoor tennis, basketball courts, meeting rooms, and more. Johnson, who runs the facility, is hoping to add four more tennis courts next year.
SYS has big plans for the future. They have room to add more facilities, and have talked about the possible addition of an ice rink, a performing arts center, and possibly a field house. Antilety hopes that more people will continue to become involved with SYS, and wants community members to know that the facility is theirs. "I want people to know that if they want to get involved, if they have ideas, if they want to be a part of the future, we have an open door policy, said Antilety, "It's a community facility and it belongs to the community."
At the party, spirits were high as guests danced and enjoyed a great evening. Congratulations to SYS on their 10 year anniversary and all of the hard work that has provided East End children and their families with a place to play, learn and grow.
A game of "Let's Make A Deal" featured over $12,000 in prizes.