Riverhead law firm helps raise $10K for food pantries

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Charlene Chesire (left) co-chairwoman of the ‘Charitable Giving Committee’ with partners in the law firm Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin, and Quartararo LLP of Riverhead, SCNB president Howard Bluver and representatives of the 5 food pantries on the North Fork and South Fork before the luncheon at the firm Wednesday afternoon.

A local lawfirm’s December fundraiser at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead raised $10,000 for five local food pantries.

Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin and Quartararo LLP partnered with Suffolk County National Bank and raised money for Human Resources of the Hamptons (Southampton), Community Action Southold Town (CAST), Long Island Council of Churches Riverhead Food Pantry, Open Arms Care Center Food Pantry (Riverhead), and Springs Food Pantry (East Hampton).

The firm hosted a luncheon Wednesday at the firm, attended by Howard Bluver and other members of the bank, partners of the firm,  and representatives of each charity and members of the firm’s charitable giving committee.

“After Hurricane Sandy I was worried that it would be difficult to raise funds since so many people were seeking donations,” Ms. Cheshire said. “But, as you can see, we are proud to report that we had generous sponsors and with 121 donated items in our Chinese Auction, it was a successful fundraiser.”

“It was really nice that the law firm recognized the need and decided to do something about it,” said Zona Stroy, who runs the Open Arms food pantry at the First Baptist Church in Riverhead. ” The donation came at a really good time because we, like the other food pantries, are stocking our shelves for the winter months to help the many people who are unemployed and still suffering from Hurricane Sandy.”

Carolyn Gumbs, office manager for Long Island Council of Churches in Riverhead said the money “is going to help us buy food. Our shelves are bare. We need canned meat, vegetables, pasta and tomato sauce, cereals and peanut butter and jelly.

“This is going to help us tremendously to put these items on our shelves.”

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