Over 500 attended the day-long festivities of the Grand Opening of The Center at Garden City on Friday, October 14th.
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony attracted both community members and over a dozen statewide and local officials including NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine, Nassau County Legislators Judi Bosworth, David Denenberg and Wayne Wink, as well as numerous town and county officials. The Youth Pizza Party was packed with students from across Long Island who got to know each other through games and other activities. By evening, the Center was in full swing with more than 300 attending the Wine & Cheese Reception.
The Center at Garden City is Long Island's second GLBT community center and Nassau County's first. It will house an expansion of services for Long Island's GLBT community throughout the lifespan.
(left to right) NYS Assemblymember Charles Lavine, Nassau County Legislators Wayne Wink and David Denenberg, LI LGBT Services Network CEO David Kilmnick, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth, LI LGBT Services Network Founding Board President Bob Hawkins, NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Nassau County Youth Board Executive Director Maggie Malito, Assistant VP at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Rob Suarez.