Regatta and Cocktail Party Was Smooth Sailing

Regatta & Cocktail Party was Smooth SailingSailors and supporters alike were all aboard for Mill Neck Family’s 6th annual “Sail the Sound for Deafness” Regatta and Cocktail Party on Aug. 10, 2017, to benefit children and adults who are Deaf and have other disabilities.

Spectators enjoyed an exciting race around Oyster Bay into the Sound with fleets made available from Oakliff Sailing Center and The WaterFront Center’s showpiece Christeen—the oldest oyster sloop in North America. Sailors also took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor aboard their own boats.

Around 200 guests arrived after the race to the historic Mill Neck Manor to enjoy great food and drinks from top restaurants in the area, raffles, silent auction items and live music performed by That Motown Band. The Tudor Revival mansion, with its terrace overlooking Long Island Sound, was the perfect backdrop for the cocktail party and for catching a magnificent sunset.

One of the evening’s highlights is always the announcement of the regatta and restaurant winners: first place in the sailing race went to Blue Sky owned by Bob Young and top restaurant, which was judged by Al Staab of GENERAL went to the North Oyster Bay Baymen.

“This year’s event was one to remember,” said Director of Events, Samantha Lordi. “The community really came together to support a wonderful cause. We are so thankful to everyone who helped make this event a success.

Without the outpouring of support, this event would not be possible. The Mill Neck Family wishes to thank our co-hosts, Oakcliff Sailing Center, The WaterFront Center and Oyster Bay Marine Center, as well as these generous event sponsors: (Landlubber Sponsors) R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP; GENERAL; TNT Industries Construction Services; McBreen & Kopko; BNC Contracting, Inc.; Allegiant Health; and (Starboard Sponsors) Sorensen Yacht Service; Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC; and Bladykas & Panetta, LS, PE, PC.

We also acknowledge our food and beverage sponsors: Banfi Vintners, Birch Hill Market, Christina’s Epicure, Coach Grill & Tavern, Country Plaza Catering & Delicatessen, Elegant Affairs, GREENPEAR Catering & Events, North Oyster Bay Baymen; Osteria Leana; Sail Away Coffee Co.; Spinnakers Restaurant and Bar; and The View Grill, Oyster Bay Brewing Company.

Our sincere gratitude goes out to our local community partners for their generosity toward raffles, silent auction items, food, beverages and other contributions. And a world of thanks to all sailors, committee members, volunteers, guests, staff, students and families.

The Mill Neck Family of Organizations is dedicated to serving children and adults who are Deaf and have other disabilities through educational, vocational and spiritual programs and services. For more information about any programs or upcoming event, please call 516-922-4100 or visit