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Jake's 58 And Northwell Health Team Up To Help Ukraine

ISLANDIA, NY — Jake's 58 Casino Hotel of Islandia and Northwell Health are partnering to send medical supplies to hospitals in Ukraine, according to a news release from Suffolk Off-Track Betting (OTB).  Suffolk OTB, which runs the casino, made a $10,000 donation to the Northwell Health Ukraine Relief Fund to send vital medical supplies to hospitals in the embattled nation, which is under invasion by Russia. The check was accepted by Donna Moravick, executive director for South Shore University Hospital, on behalf of Northwell Health President and CEO, Michael Dowling.  More money will be raised throughout April from Jake’s 58’s "DONATE YOUR CHANGE FOR THE UKRAINE" campaign. The program gives casino bettors the option to effortlessly donate excess change while cashing out winnings and funds at kiosks in the casino.

"At times like these, people always come together to help those most in need, and the patrons at OTB will undoubtedly do their part," said Suffolk County Presiding Officer Kevin McCaffrey.  Suffolk OTB President/CEO Tony Pancella said he hopes to double, or even triple, the initial $10,000 donation.

"Our patrons are very generous, and we want to do all we can to help the Ukrainian people during this tragic invasion of their homeland," Pancella said.

Long Island volunteer firefighters also announced a donation of flame-retardant gear to help Ukrainian first responders put out fires left in the wake of bombs and shelling. The equipment was donated by the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund.  "The Fire Service is a brotherhood that takes care of its own," said Brian Farrell, the organization’s president.

The World Health Organization has verified at least 43 attacks on healthcare facilities in Ukraine since the Russian invasion as of March 17. More than 300 healthcare facilities are within the conflict zone and 600 others are within 6 miles of territory currently under siege. The funds raised at Jake’s 58 will pay for medical supplies that will be transported to Poland and eventually delivered to the front lines.

"We have a moral obligation to help ease the suffering of the Ukrainian people," Dowling said. "This generous donation will help address the immediate needs of individuals, families, and communities by providing medical assistance on the front lines. I want to thank Jake’s 58 for their contribution to the Northwell Health Ukraine Relief Fund."

5/11/2022 - Fire News presents "9/11 Edition Charitable Awards Event"


 Contact Frank C. Trotta:  631 286-4566


In May, Fire News held a charitable awards event donating a total of $50,000 to five fire related charities.  The commitment to donate the funds was made by Fire News publisher Frank C. Trotta when the Fire News 9/11 20th Anniversary Issue was released last fall. 


Publisher Frank C. Trotta and Chief Operating Officer Tim Edwards presented $10,000 checks to the charities, noting that the “Five charities continue to contribute in a positive way to families affected by the devasting effects of 9/11”.


The charities chosen serve both Suffolk and Nassau County with many doing work nationally.  They include The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Foundation, The Ray Pfeifer Foundation, Firefighter Cancer Support Network – NY Chapter and The FealGood Foundation.


The afternoon event was well-attended by chiefs and members from all around Long Island, state and local government officials and others.  It was highlighted by the Ceremonial Color Guard provided by the Fire Chiefs Council of Suffolk County and former FDNY Chief of Department Tom Richardson as the key note speaker.  Additional speakers included Legislator Tom Donnelly, Senator John Brooks, Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, Liason for FDNY 9/11 Ceremonial Unit Ray McGuire and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy.


“I’d like to thank the Fire News editorial and sales staff for their round-the-clock work producing the 9/11 20th Anniversary issue, our photographers who donated their images and our advertisers who supported the issue,” said Trotta.  Thank you to the South County Ambulance Company for generously providing their facilities, hospitality and to all of their members that volunteered to help.



About Fire News and FireNews.com

Fire News is celebrating its 50th year and has been a leader in the print industry reaching fire, rescue, and EMS members.  Fire News currently prints 12 editions reaching 15 states including Long Island, New York State, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Ohio.  In addition to FIreNews.com, their social media pages have 160,000+ followers.  For more information contact Frank C. Trotta, Publisher at 631 286-4566 or frank@firenews.com.


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