Riverhead couple honored for philanthropy efforts


A Riverhead couple was selected as recipients of an award honoring Long Island philanthropists thanks in part to their work at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Emilie and Michael Corey, who split their time living in New York City and Riverhead, will be presented with the Horace Hagedorn Outstanding Philanthropist award at the 2015 installation of the Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Nov. 13.

The Horace Hagedorn award “recognizes an individual or family whose generosity inspires others to give and make a difference in the Long Island community by actively advancing philanthropy,” according to a press release from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Long Island Chapter.

“Emilie and Michael Corey are the inspiration for and principal supporters of Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Pegasus House Palliative Care,” the release stated. “Pegasus House compassionately guides those facing serious chronic and terminal diseases while also embracing the patient’s family. This program would not have been possible without their leadership.”

Ms. Corey also serves on the Board of Directors of the PBMC Foundation and as the chair of that board’s Fundraising and Development Committee. Mr. Corey, a retired JP Morgan executive, serves on PBMC’s Finance Committee and funds scholarships for Long Island students in science and engineering programs.

The two have held a variety of other leadership positions as well.

From 1995 to 2000, Ms. Corey served as the board president of the Council of Senior Centers and Services. She also held board positions with the New York City Opera and the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. She is currently on the board of National Guild for Community Arts Education and the board of Opera America.

Mr. Corey served as a board member and officer of New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering back when it was known as Polytechnic University. He has also held board positions with BRC Human Services and the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services.

“Our honorees are modest, but they deserve accolades for their amazing accomplishments,” said Philanthropy Day Chair in the release. “They inspire us as fundraisers as well as individuals, and they also challenge us to reach higher, to push ourselves past any pre-conceived limits, and to accomplish the most we possibly can for the benefit of those around us.”

Photo Caption: Emilie and Michael Corey.