50th Anniversary Gala

October 2, 2019 @ 5:00PM — 9:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

50 years since LIHS was founded.

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Golden anniversary of fighting for Civil Rights

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


Celebrating 50 years of Long Island Housing Services’ Fair Housing Advocacy

Long Island Housing Services, Inc. (LIHS) invites you to join us on October 2, 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of this principal Fair Housing agency. Help us recognize 50 years of our extraordinary contributions as a pillar of the Fair Housing movement.


  • Civil rights super attorney Frederick K. Brewington
  • LIHS’ Builders: The Greene Family & Maxine D. Wilson, PhD

On October 2, 2019, Long Island Housing Services will host a Gala event at Crest Hollow Country Club to highlight its 50th anniversary. The work of LIHS as a civil rights agency is as critically needed and valuable now as it was when the organization was founded.

Please help us to celebrate this special agency’s anniversary and its civil rights accomplishments toward advancing the Fair Housing agenda and challenging discrimination on Long Island. We are so pleased to be honoring civil rights super attorney Frederick K. Brewington, And, to especially highlight our 50 year history, we’ll honor Maxine D. Wilson, consummate Fair Housing organizer/advocate and posthumously, Claire and Joseph Greene for their vision and combined 35+ years of dedicated service. Come meet/greet our Honorees as well as LIHS’ former Executive Directors, and current and past Board and Staff members!

In addition to the serious lack of housing options in all communities, discrimination is still a pervasive problem faced by many in their housing search especially because of race, disability, ethnicity, gender, income source and children. Seniors, young professionals, college students and the economically disadvantaged are among those who face significant challenges trying to secure affordable, safe, and inviting housing on Long Island. In 2019, discrimination should not be an additional hurdle for those looking for homes.

Please join us in demanding and supporting equal and fair treatment for all. Your time, your monetary contributions and your support of our agency can make a tremendous impact on the quality of life of your Long Island neighbors.


Jennifer Martin, Esq.
Gala Committee Co-Chair
Board Secretary

Connie Lassandro
Gala Committee Co-Chair
Board President

All sponsors retain the right to buy tickets at the Early Bird price of $125.
For non-sponsors, the ticket price will increase to $150 after September 1, 2019.
Nonprofits can purchase tickets for $100 until September 1, 2019.

**Premium Sponsorship levels include:

  • Company logo and name in all promotional material
  • Company logo and name on event webpage
  • Personalized framed sponsorship acknowledgement suitable for display at your company
  • Recognition in LIHS’ signature Fair Housing Guidebook 2020 version in English & Spanish
  • Inclusion in all Gala publicity, including press releases
  • Social media recognition

Honorary Gala Committee
Diane R. Murphy, Executive Director 1972-1973
Janet Hanson, Executive Director 1973-1987
David Berenbaum, Executive Director 1987-1994
Samuel Miller, Executive Director 1995-1999
Michelle Santantonio, Executive Director 1999-2017
Rev. Jeanne [nee Wilson] Baum, former Volunteer and Staff member
J. Stewart Moore, Esq., former Staff
Cathryn A. Harris, Esq., former Board member and Advisory Council
Berta Cevallos, former Volunteer, Board member, and Board President
Carol Germann, former client, Board member and Board Secretary
Alex P. Ames, former volunteer, Board member, and Board Treasurer
Barbara [nee Hargrave] Cromeyn, former Board member and Board Officer
Margarita Siches-Logan , former Staff, Board member, and Board Officer
Harriet Varady, former term Board member and Board Secretary
Russ Haven, Esq., former Board member
Thomas Maligno, Esq., Advisory Council
Nina J. Stewart, Esq., Advisory Council

A copy of our most recently filed financial report is available from the Charities Registry on the New York State Attorney General’s website (www.charitiesnys.com) or, upon request, by contacting the New York State Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or us at 640 Johnson Avenue, Suite 8, Bohemia, NY 11716 or www.LIFairHousing.org. You also may obtain information on charitable organizations from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at www.charitiesnys.com or (212) 416-8401. A description of the programs and activities for which the solicited funds will be used can be obtained upon written request.