The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund Helping Others
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."
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Jake's 58 Casino allowing people to donate winnings to help Ukraine
For the next month or so, gamblers at Jake’s 58 Casino will have the option at cash-out machines to donate part of their winnings to the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
Tony Pancella, the president and CEO of Suffolk County OTB, says they are “kicking it off with a $10,000 donation” courtesy of the OTB and Jake's.
The donations are going to the Northwell Ukrainian Global Relief Fund, which is helping hospitals in desperate need of supplies.
An untold amount of civilians, children and troops have been killed and cities have been left in ruins in the one month since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine.
For Ukrainian-born Riverhead resident Nazar Podola, the efforts of so many are going a long way.
"It makes me really appreciate the community I'm in," said Podola, who has loved ones in the war zone.
“A lot of people now are leaving their country and refugees are staying in my city because it was supposed to be the safest place to be – and it's no longer safe," she said.
Oksana Khlopa, of Kings Park, has been watching too. She came to the U.S. from Ukraine in 2005 and has felt sad and scared hearing from loved ones back home. She drove to meet our News 12 morning crew with a message:
“Everybody that’s donated anything – every little thing means a lot to Ukrainian people. They have their bags packed, and they are leaving and fleeing their homes. Everything being donated is so greatly appreciated."
Before going to work on her own fundraiser she spearheaded in Kings Park, she made the first donation at Jake's 58.
"I'm not thinking, ‘It could've been me.’ It would've been me," she said.
There are many places, people and organizations that are trying to help humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. The Terry Farrell Foundation usually donates volunteer firefighter gear to other houses in need across the country. They are going international now, sending as much as possible to help those on the front lines in Ukraine.
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The Terry Farrell folks are asking for law enforcement and fire service help with roadside salutes and especially LAW ENFORCEMENT escorts for January 6th 2022 from Bethpage (Long Island, New York) to Kentucky via New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The Terry Fund has been asked to get these fire trucks and first responder gear to Lee County KY to assist local Firefighters and first responders.
Right now they are looking at at least 6 to 9 vehicles making the trip and possibly more by Jan 6th. Two of those will be full size fire apparatus that do not move faster than about 55mph. The other vehicles include suv, van and pickup types.
Their intended route leaving at 1900 hours will be taking the LIE 495 to Cross Island Parkway to the Belt Parkway to the Verrazano Bridge to the New Jersey Turnpike south I-95 to I-276 to I-76 thru Pennsylvania and then into West Virginia and into Kentucky.
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CONTACT & COORDINATION INFORMATION:
CONTACT: Brian Farrell
Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund
510 Grumman Rd. West
Bethpage NY 11714