Friends of Cathy
Organized by: Glenn Neuschwender
With great sadness, I must share that Cathy lost her battle with cancer last night. She was surrounded by her family, and her pain has been replaced with peace. She was a gentle soul who will be incredibly missed. Thank you all for the support you gave to her and her family.
Update (April 30): Cathy's room is done! Completely. The air conditioner was installed yesterday, all the blinds are up, and all the fine cleaning completed. We are all hopeful that Cathy will be able to come to her house this weekend to enjoy all the hard work and donations made by so many generous people and companies. Take a look at the picture above to see the finished room.
Reminder that tonight is the Buoy One fundraiser in Westhampton, starting at 6:30. Admission is $35 and all proceeds go directly to Cathy and her children. It is very humbling to see that through this website, we have raised over $15,000!
Update (April 22): It's been a busy few days at Cathy's house, but I am happy to say that her home is ready for her! Volunteers (including carpenters and painters, as well as some of her dear friends) have worked tirelessly to finish her room, and it is done. The work they did is beautiful, from the lavendar wall color, to the new bedding, new television, window treatments, new dresser and nightstand, and Pam Varacek's painting...all of it makes for a very special and peaceful place to rest and recover. I have had the pleasure of spending lots of time with so many good people, John Leuthardt, Gabrielle Helmke and her husband Kevin, Sheila Colombi, Eugene and Christine Smith, as well as the generosity of Bob Cunningham, Gary Alexander and Kevin Harney, and their staffs. None of this was possible without all of you.
Yes, most of the work is done (there will be new windows and air conditioning installed in the next few weeks), but donations are still needed. Please refer anyone willing to donate to this website, and remember to attend the fundraiser being held on Thursday, April 30 and Buoy One Restaurant, Westhampton at 6:30 p.m. ($35 per person at the door).
Cathy will be home in a few days. She is tending to her health with her medical team and will be enjoying all that has been done very soon. I have been amazed by the compassion and generosity by so many people. Thank you all very much.
Update (April 18): Painting is done in Cathy's bedroom. Tomorrow is dedicated to finishing touches like hanging blinds, mounting the television, fine cleaning the bedroom and placing the furniture. Cathy had the opportunity to spend the day with all her children, and although yesterday's trip to NYC was tiring, she was very happy to be with all of them.
Update (April 17): Most importantly, today was a day that Cathy received good news from her medical team at Sloan-Kettering, and we are all thankful for that.
Thank you to Eugene and Christine Smith for placing a dumpster at Cathy's house to keep everything neat. Thank you also to Russ at Residential Fence for donating brand new fencing for Cathy's yard.
Yesterday the new flooring was completed in Cathy's room and it looks beautiful! Also, Belfor finished their work yesterday and the house is pristine. Today work started on replacing all three damaged windows in the basement, as well as the basement outside entrance. Today I had the pleasure of going furniture shopping for Cathy, and when she comes home she will have a new dresser, night stand and television. Painting will begin tomorrow in her bedroom and bathroom, and by Monday, all the work should be done to create the healthy and peaceful sanctuary Cathy needs and deserves.
Donations long ago exceeded anything we could have dreamed of, over $12,500 as of today! Thank you all so much! Keep them coming!
There will be a fundraiser held on April 30 at Buoy One Seafood and Bar at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 at the door. All of the proceeds will benefit Cathy and her children.
Update (April 16): Work is now happening at a very quick pace. Belfor is back today and finishing their work, while the crew from Stalco has begun installing the flooring in Cathy's bedroom. Stalco also had a carpenter make a number of smaller repairs within her house, to make things worry-free for her and her children. Tomorrow painting will begin. Gabby picked out a nice lavendar color and bedding to match. New blinds are also on site, and by Saturday, painting, basement windows and a new outside basement door should all be completed. We will also include a number of surprises within her bedroom to make it as comfortable as possible.
Donations have slowed today. Please share this site with your friends. For those who have donated today, thank you so much for your generosity!
Update (April 15): I've begun searching for words that don't exist to describe how incredibly humbled by I am at the generosity of people close to Cathy, close to me, close to my friends, and of complete strangers. Today has been even more exhilirating than yesterday, if that's possible. First, Belfor arrived at Cathy's house this morning with a donated crew of EIGHT technicians plus a supervisor. I shared the story of the circumstances with these fine Beflor team members and they were inspired to do the best work they've ever done to make Cathy's home an environmentally safe place for her to be. They will work all day today and possibly some of tomorrow, and then the crew from Stalco Construction will take over. Some of Cathy's closest friends are searching all of Suffolk County it seems for new bedding and window treatments. Her room will truly be a sanctuary.
Donations have been nothing short of miraculous. Cathy's friends have made many generous contributions for which she is grateful. Business associates of mine and others have contributed in ways I could have never dreamed. Special, special thanks go to Statewide Roofing, Branch Services, School Construction Consultants, and a huge thanks to Irwin Contracting! This is in addition to the already amazing donations made by Cunningham, Stalco and Belfor. See? It's getting harder to come up with new adjectives to describe awesomeness. Please, if you ever have an opportunity, patronize these businesses. They are owned by special people.
Update (April 14): I am overwhelmed at everyone's generosity. I want to use this space as well as my Facebook page to acknowledge the donations of some truly wonderful companies. Stalco Construction is donating at least $20,000 in services, materials and products, including new flooring, paint, air conditioning, windows, basement doors and carpentry services. Truly amazing. Belfor Restoration is donating remediation and air scrubbing services with a crew of workers to completely sanitize Cathy's house. Cunningham Duct has donated their services to make duct repairs and to provide an air purification system to give Cathy the healthiest environment possible within her home. Pam Varacek is donating artwork for Cathy's bedroom to beautify the space, and countless others have donated time and money, many of them complete strangers, to ease Cathy's burden. You are all wonderful.