To the Editor:

Thank you for making the Shelter Island Educational Foundation’s 9th annual Porch Party, held on July 14th, one of our most successful parties ever.

Thank you to our hosts, Eddie and Julia Brennan for welcoming us to “Windswept.” Thanks to our donors and sponsors: Laura Maniec Fiorvanti of Cork Buzz, Reeve Andrew and Jessie King of King Andrew Cheese, Wm. J. Mills & Co., Coecles Harbor Marina, Gulluscio Nursery, Gardiner’s Bay Country Club, Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Jim Colligan, JW Piccozzi Inc. and Harbes Family Farm.

Thank you for our student volunteers, Emma Martinez, Johanna Kaasik, Nicholas Mamisashvilli, Olivia Overstreet and Jallil, Ariana and Danae Carter.

The party wouldn’t have been such a success without the hard work of our board members: Bente Frantz, Karin Lissakers Mayer, Janine Mahoney, Margaret Colligan, Leith Surerus, Lydia Martinez, Roger McKeon, Father Charles McCarron, Robin Martin, Mary Dudley and Ginny Gibbs.

This year, the Educational Foundation sent students on a schooner trip, to the National Parks out west, to college-level camps to study artificial intelligence and science and engineering. We hosted Perlman Music Program musicians at the school. Students saw “Aladdin” on Broadway, attended a dress rehearsal of the Metropolitan Opera, visited the NYC Tenement Museum and Ground Zero. All of these adventures and more were made possible by generous donations.

JOANN KIRKLAND  
President, Shelter Island Educational Foundation