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Teachers Federal Credit Union Supports SBUH Healthcare Heroes

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Teachers Federal Credit Union has made a $5,000 donation to support the Stony Brook Village / Stony Brook University Hospital Healthcare Meal Program that benefits the extraordinary work and sacrifices of local nurses, doctors and healthcare personnel on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Administrators from the credit union presented the check to representatives from the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO).

Left to right: Callie Brennan, Crazy Beans; Angela Kaziris, Premiere Pastry; Brian Barton, Penny’s Car Care; Joan Dickinson, SBU Community Relations; Bernice Fehringer, Chocolate Works; Dr. Richard Rugen, WMHO; Dan Laffitte, Three Village Inn; Suresh Renganathan and Inna Sprague, Teachers Federal Credit Union; Congressman Lee Zeldin; Chris Kaziris, Premiere Pastry; Gloria Rocchio, WMHO; Gary Contes, Village Coffee Market; Margo Patatinis, Sweet Mama’s; Claude Cardin, Fratelli’s Italian Eatery, Marios Patatinis, Sweet Mama’s (photo by Peter Ganley)
Left to right: Callie Brennan, Crazy Beans; Angela Kaziris, Premiere Pastry; Brian Barton, Penny’s Car Care; Joan Dickinson, SBU Community Relations; Bernice Fehringer, Chocolate Works; Dr. Richard Rugen, WMHO; Dan Laffitte, Three Village Inn; Suresh Renganathan and Inna Sprague, Teachers Federal Credit Union; Congressman Lee Zeldin; Chris Kaziris, Premiere Pastry; Gloria Rocchio, WMHO; Gary Contes, Village Coffee Market; Margo Patatinis, Sweet Mama’s; Claude Cardin, Fratelli’s Italian Eatery; Marios Patatinis, Sweet Mama’s (photo by Peter Ganley)

“From employees, to members, to neighbors, the foundation of Teachers has always been our community,” said Brad Calhoun, President and CEO of Teachers Federal Credit Union. “During these unprecedented times, our organization is channeling our passion for the communities we serve by supporting our healthcare professionals on the frontlines of COVID-19 and the local small businesses that have been financially impacted.” 

“This example of coming together in a time of crisis and giving freely of yourself is the true definition of community,” said WMHO President Gloria Rocchio. “We thank Teachers Federal Credit Union for coming forward with their contribution to this important program.”

“Our communities’ small businesses are stepping up to the plate when their neighbors need them most, feeding our brave healthcare and frontline workers as they battle coronavirus on the ground,” said Congressman Lee Zeldin. “Now the Teachers Federal Credit Union is stepping up to support these businesses, helping to ensure they can continue to serve our frontline workers and emerge on the other side of coronavirus stronger than ever.”  

Stony Brook Village restaurants — including Three Village Inn/Lessing’s, Fratelli’s, Crazy Beans and Sweet Mama’s — have delivered more than 6,000 meals to these dedicated heroes. Other Stony Brook Village shops participating include The Crushed Olive, Village Coffee Market, Chocolate Works, Premiere Pastry, Brew Cheese and Penny’s Car Care who have delivered snacks, cheeses, pastries, cookies, drinks and much more. Monetary donations are also coming in each day from the community and beyond. 

“We appreciate the incredible support from the community. Every donation makes a difference,” said Joan Dickinson, Director of Community Relations at Stony Brook University.

For more information about the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, please visit wmho.org

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