Curran addresses attendees at Reach Out America fundraiser

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran at Reach Out America Fundraiser

Almost 60 people crowded into Lola restaurant in Great Neck to attend the Reach Out America annual fundraiser on Sunday, April 15, with Nassau County Executive Laura Curran as the keynote speaker.

Curran addressed the crowd on the job she had done so far and also what would be coming in the next months of her first administration, historic both because she is a Democrat and the first woman to hold the position.

In her remarks, she stressed that though she did not run solely as a woman, she recognized the fact that girls find inspiration when they encounter females in positions of power where not having seen them before they previously had feared to tread.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran speaks with Reach Out America members. (Photo courtesy of Patty Katz)
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran speaks with Reach Out America members. (Photo courtesy of Patty Katz)

Present in the audience were an array of local elected officials, past and present, including Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman, Assemblyman Tony D’Urso, Commissioner of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District Patty Katz, and former Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.

The brunch menu included hummus, falafel, kale “fatoush” salad, chicken curry, eggplant babaganoush, cauliflower mezza, avocado dip and vegetarian pizza. Coffee and prosecco flowed freely.

Before Curran spoke, the Voices of Virtue Choir of Hempstead, led by founder Rachel Blackburn, sang songs including gospel and other sacred music from African American culture in general and the black church specifically. At times there was not a dry eye in the house; at others, the entire audience joined in foot stomping and hand clapping during the chorus’s more exuberant selections.

Many spoke to the quality of the event Reach Out America hosted.

ROA is a grassroots nonprofit founded in 2004. It is dedicated to human rights, electoral fairness, accessible health care, diplomacy over war and a sustainable environment.

It meets the second Wednesday of the month from September to June at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock to discuss the progress its five committees have made and which future actions are planned. Expert speakers who addresses timely issues frequently speak before the group. For more go to www.reachout-america.com.

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