FTK’s Golf Outing Honors DeNinno

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Honoring local entrepreneur and community supporter Dominick DeNinno, East Islip's For the Kids Foundation held its 13th annual Golf Outing and After Party on June 18 at the Island Hills Golf Club in Sayville. After a breakfast buffet and entertaining day of golf, FTK participants enjoyed dinner, raffles, auctions and recognition ceremonies.

“We were thrilled to host the Golf Outing at Island Hills,” said FTK director Margaret Burnham, who co-chaired the event with Joan Sexton. “It was a perfect June day with over 100 golfers and an additional 65 dinner guests. Our honoree, Dominick DeNinno, provided Italian ices for the golfers, and an East Islip student, Jake Guadagno of Showtime DJs, generously donated his time and talents to entertain the attendees. Our students are truly learning to give back through our example and we couldn’t be prouder.”

DeNinno, the owner of Rita’s Italian Ice in East Islip for the past dozen years and a former social studies teacher at Bay Shore Middle School for 33 years, has long been a strong supporter of FTK’s mission and the East Islip scholastic community in general. Several generations of East Islip students have participated in car wash fundraisers in DeNinno’s parking lot at Rita’s, to name one of his many efforts. “Dominick has given of himself in countless ways to the East Islip community and was equally excited about being honored,” remarked Burnham.

The event also gave special recognition to the retiring Robert Tartaglia, the district’s longtime plant and facilities administrator and a member of the high school’s Class of ’72, for his many years of dedicated service to the community. “Bob has been one of FTK’s biggest ‘cheerleaders’ from its inception,” said Burnham. “We are truly fortunate to call both Bob and Dominick friends of FTK.” Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi was in attendance and presented DeNinno with an honorary proclamation.

“FTK was pleased and so thankful to all those who continue to support our events,” added Nancy Goldfader, the group’s president. “It allows us to give back to the students of the East Islip School District.”

Next up on the organization’s calendar is the popular annual FTK Carnival, which will run from Sept. 21-23 this year. Burnham said, “We’re looking forward to the Carnival and hope to see you all there!”