In a time where small businesses are fighting for their lives, the Sayville Village Improvement Society has decided to give back to the business owners who have supported them throughout their …
In a time where small businesses are fighting for their lives, the Sayville Village Improvement Society has decided to give back to the business owners who have supported them throughout their 100-year history.
For their annual fundraisers, which typically include a holiday party at the Gillette House and a membership tea at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, SVIS has raffle baskets for items donated by local merchants. This year, SVIS purchased the gifts from local vendors as a karmic way to support the businesses that have donated to them in the past.
Included were purchases from The Catbird Seat, Paper Doll Vintage Boutique, Sayville General Store, Madison’s Niche, Out of the Blue, Ivory & Main, Kay Cameron, Rejuvena Spa,
Weeks and Reichel, The Sayville Running Store, Marc Williams Furniture, Butera’s, Bayport Flower Houses, Sayville Therapeutic Spa, Brinkmann’s Hardware, The Five Points Café, Debra Canavan, Cornucopia and Crickets (once opened).
The SVIS spent nearly $1,000 in buying presents and gift cards for their future fundraising raffles.
“We live in this town and we love to support our town,” said SVIS president, Barbara Fitzpatrick.
The SVIS was founded on March 8, 1914 by 30 ladies who gathered at the Suffolk County News office in Patchogue. Originally named the Women’s Village Improvement Society, the goal of the organization was to improve conditions of Sayville.
Perhaps the greatest feat of the SVIS was in establishing a public library in those early days.
Currently, albeit affected dramatically by the restrictions of the coronavirus epidemic, the SVIS hosts some of the most anticipated traditions of Sayville.
With Gillette House as their home and motto of “Elegance, Eloquence, and Elbow Grease,” the SVIS has guest speakers present at the historic home.
During the summer, they host weekly concerts on Wednesdays. This year was supposed to feature a popular Bon Jovi tribute band.
The labyrinth walks are also a staple of summer fun in Sayville.
Fitzpatrick is hoping that restrictions will be lifted and that they will be able to host their annual 9/11 vigil, but said, “There are a lack of guidelines and we wouldn’t want to announce any event and then have to switch it on people.”