The horses are lined up for the "SYS Derby" and ready to race the track. (Eileen Casey)
- The second annual SYS
Super Bash was held at 230 Elm
on Saturday, February 4, bringing community members together to celebrate SYS and its contribution to Southampton youth.
The evening benefitted the Southampton Youth Services
(SYS), and according to SYS Marketing Director Sharon Wood
, "We are delighted that so many tickets sold and we have received such support from the community." Wood also revealed "Last year we had a 'Let's Make a Deal' game and this year we are doing the 'SYS Derby' - we like to keep it interesting and keep the guests having fun."
The mission of Southampton Youth Services, Inc., formed in November 2000, was "In response to a long-standing need for a multi use athletic facility in the Town of Southampton. SYS and Southampton Town have joined forces to make this vision a reality. Our mission is to provide all of the residents and visitors to our town with a world-class athletic facility featuring world-class equipment and world-class services. Our goal is to be the best sports and recreation facility in the United States. In June of 2003, SYS dedicated the new 55,000 square foot Southampton Town Recreation Center. Since then, a broad array of activities has flourished within the Center, from 6 a.m. through 11 p.m., seven days a week, year-round."
Tim Burke of 230 Elm and staff made sure everyone had a great time. (Eileen Casey)
of 230 Elm made sure guests had a Tailgate Food Extravaganza - offering chicken wings, hot dogs, cole slaw, fruit, cheeses, pulled pork sandwiches, beer, open bar, and other tasty delights which kept guests going back again and again. With linen tableclothes, mood lighting and everyone in great spirits a good time was ensured for everyone.
The clever Ed Burke, Jr.
opened 'Burkeshire Park' for the evening and provided "SYS Derby" races with six horses running the race. A fun game that kept guests bidding on their favorite horse while raising additional donations to SYS. Six horses competed and were sponsored by local businesses, including The Press News Group, Delamere Building Corp., Suskers, East End Electric, Lamplighter Wines and Liquors, and Frank Crystal & Co. Guests cheered (and jeered) as their favorite made their way down the track to victory, ably assisted by volunteers.
With great music provided by EastEnd.com
that kept guests on the dance floor and singing along, it was almost impossible to gather names to put with everyone's smiling faces - you know who you are - but click the Photo Gallery below and look for the ear to ear grins of others who also enjoyed a fantastic evening.
Tailgate type food kept guests coming back for more. (Eileen Casey)
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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.