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FRIENDS OF OHEKA GARDEN PARTY 2018 A GREAT GATSBY-STYLE AFFAIR


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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Vice-President Greg Genovese at Friends of OHEKA "An All Volunteer non-profit organization dedicated the protection, preservation and public awareness of OHEKA Castle"

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree Dr. Gerard Brogan  Winner of the 2018 Humanitarian Award at Friends of OHEKA at OHEKA Castle

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a  photo-op at Friends of OHEKA Garden Party at OHEKA Castle

Guests, supporters and press gathered at Friends of Oheka's Garden Party 2018 A Great Gastsby-Style Affair.

The event featured honoring 2018 Humanitarian Dr. Gerard X. Brogan, Jr. CEO/Executive Director Huntington Hospital and the 2018 Otto Kahn Award Winners with a

special tribute to Gary Melius owner of Oheka Castle.

Beginning in 2003, Friends of Oheka's Otto Kahn Awards Program, in partnership with Gary Melius, has selected graduating high school seniors from throughout Huntington who are exceptionally talented in some form of the arts to receive their OKA Scholarships. This year the total OKA scholarships were awarded to over $150,000. Thanks to their tremendously-successful Garden Party last year, the organization was able to bestow seven $3,000 awards. All the awarded funds were raised at their annual Garden Party.

The organization revealed a "Special Thank You" to all 2018 Otto Kahn Award Committee: Gayle Snyder and Greg Genovese, Co-chairs, Carol Finnegan, Kevin Lyons, Sheila Pariser, Frances Sadis, Susan Saltz, Kerry Strobl and Alissa Taff, committee members.

Seven talented high school seniors from the Town of Huntington were award with this year's Otto Kahn Awards.

Congratulation to all winners listed below:

Michael Bradford— Huntington High School

Shannon Culhane— Northport High School

Kenneth Fajardo— Huntington High School

Sarah Glassner— Northport High School

Marley Jacobson— Half Hollow Hills East High School

Delaney Mena— Walt Whitman High School

Sean Wilkinson— John Glenn High School

These winners were awarded a $3,000 scholarship at the Garden Party, which took place from 5 to 8 p.m.

This year's humanitarian award was presented to Dr. Gerard X. Brogan, CEO/Executive Director of Huntington Hospital.

As Huntington Hospital’s physician leader, Gerard Brogan, Jr., is focused on delivering the highest quality, patient-centered care to the community. He previously served as medical director of Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, where he concentrated on improving clinical quality, hospital operational efficiency and financial performance, and worked with hospital staff and more than 500 full-time and community-based physicians.

Dr. Brogan joined Northwell in 1998 as director of emergency services at Plainview Hospital and subsequently served as vice president of emergency services for LIJ Forest Hills, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, Plainview, Syosset and Southside Hospitals.

He is also professor of emergency medicine at Zucker School of Medicine, has published extensively in the area of acute cardiac emergencies and serves as the medical director of revenue operations for Northwell Health.

Dr. Brogan received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo, and completed his residency, serving as chief resident, in emergency medicine at LIJ Medical Center.

The Otto Kahn scholarship was open to students attending college in the fall who are majoring in the performing arts, visual arts or music.

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