The Greater Patchogue Foundation functions on the tireless efforts of our volunteers who serve on our committees. We are inspired by the organizations and individuals that come together to work collaboratively to build a thriving and caring community. Contact us to lend your time, expertise and knowledge for a better Greater Patchogue.
For over 40 years, the Beautification Committee has devoted itself to promoting awareness and encouraging participation of beautification projects in the Greater Patchogue communities. The committee is responsible for the design and implementation of seasonal plantings, memorial archways and benches and the popular annual Eloise Staudinger Beautification Fundraiser which helps to raise awareness and funds for the committee to continue its efforts to beautify the Greater Patchogue area. The Beautification Committee is seeking the support and cooperation of individuals and groups to help make Patchogue beautiful.
Cemetery Restoration Committee
The Cemetery Restoration Committee (CRC) is a group of volunteers dedicated to the ongoing preservation and restoration of the historic cemeteries located on the corner of West Main Street and Waverly Avenue in the Village of Patchogue. These cemeteries include the Lakeview, Rice, Old Episcopal, Union, and Gerard Cemetery. Its mission is to promote the history and the natural beauty of the cemeteries and to provide new landscape as well as architectural features for the benefit of the descendants of those who rest in these cemeteries, the residents and the visitors to Patchogue for generations to come.
The CRC has a number of subcommittees to help support its mission including:
Cemetery Task Force Committee
This committee works diligently to provide assistance with redevelopment of the cemetery, ownership and maintenance liability issues and development of financial resources not only to maintain and restore the cemetery, but to investigate the possibility of restoring the cemetery to a level that it could once again become a functioning cemetery for the citizens of the surrounding Long Island communities.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration Committee
This fun and colorful fundraising event honoring the Latin American holiday, Dia de los Muertos, celebrates the lives of those laid to rest in the cemeteries of Lakeview. Guests come decked out in their finest Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Regalia to enjoy live Mariachi, food and libations for a night to remember.
Community Organization Active in Disaster (COAD)
The Greater Patchogue COAD (Community Organization Active in Disaster) seeks to enhance citizen and community readiness through individual, organizational, faith-based, and business cooperation to support all-hazard preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
The aim of the Cultural Heritage Committee is to coordinate, promote and support community cultural events. Focusing on art and culture in Patchogue, this group includes several subcommittees that organize parades and festivals that celebrate our diverse community. These cultural events are essential in providing education and cultural experiences for residents and visitors to our community.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This fun committee is responsible for determining the next Grand Marshal, organizing the annual Grand Marshal Passing of the Sash event, assisting in the coordination of the “May the Road Rise to Meet Ye” 5K Run, organizing the highly popular St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Main Street in Downtown Patchogue and promoting the local Wit and Wisdom booster.
Patchogue Italian Feast of Saint Liberata
For over 50 years, this committee has brought the Feast of Saint Liberata to downtown Patchogue drawing crowds to Main Street to celebrate Italian ancestry with a family-friendly “San Gennaro” style feast including music, food and more. The committee determines the next honoree and is responsible for the coordination and promotion of the event and program.
The mission of the Grants Committee is to seek and identify funding to provide financial resources that address quality of life issues for all businesses and residents of the Greater Patchogue community. Elected officials and their representatives who play a vital role in providing local, town, county, state and federal funds are also invited to attend these meetings. The Committee maintains an inventory of current grant applications and monitors the progress of each project until it is implemented.
The Scholarship Committee evaluates applications and assists in awarding scholarships to the young and aspiring business owners of our community.
Our Theatre Committee produces shows at The Patchogue Theatre for Performing Arts, which includes preparing contracts with the artist and theatre; all backstage preparations, including food and other items required by the contract; and arrangements for the sound and lighting. Members write and send out press releases, mailings, ads, and programs for the show, as well as coordinate and attend the day of the event.
The Blessing of the Fleet on the Patchogue River that takes place on the first Sunday in June is an annual tradition. This Committee arranges for the boat and clergy, and does all of the advertisements. It also notifies the restaurants and marinas on the Patchogue River and the Great South Bay.