Splashes of Hope
July 2011


Summertime, and the livin' is busy! Splashes of Hope continues to bring joy and color this season, thanks to our wonderful volunteers and supporters! 
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A Splashtastic Bay Cruise
Firefly Artists
A Farewell to Fieds
A Farewell to Fieds

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A Splashtastic Bay Cruise!
A week before last, over a hundred friends of Splashes of Hope gathered at the Sayville Ferry to spend a day on the Great South Bay for our Second Annual Bay Cruise! The sun unexpectedly shone down on us all afternoon, and a great time was had by all! All the funds raised from this event will be used to Splash the EAC's Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center.
2011 Bay Cruise - Crowd on Boat

The Crowd on board the Sayville Ferry

2011 Bay Cruise - Brian & Terry

Splashes of Hope President Brian Yudewitz and

Vice President Theresa M. Santmann

2011 Bay Cruise - Terry and pals

Terry the Ferry Sponsor aboard the boat with friends!

2011 Bay Cruise - Diana & Kym

Facepainter Extraordinaire Diana Fogarty and Devoted Facepaintee Kym Mirabella

2011 Bay Cruise - Sally Ann, Donna & Reb

Donna Mackay, Sally Ann Weger and the Honorable William Rebolini enjoy Fire Island!

2011 Bay Cruise - Krawczyk Family

One of Splashes' favorite and most 

hard-to-spell families: The Krawczyks!


    Special thanks to our sponsors:

Ferry Sponsor

Theresa M. Santmann


Lunch Sponsor



Buy-a-Round Sponsors

Arthur Stamm

Olga Murray

Mallory Square

Marilyn & Arthur Stamm, Stamm International Corporation

Rubin & Rothman LLC


T-Shirt Sponsors

  a and j productions, LLC

Brian Yudewitz, Esq.

Canyon Gear

Catherine & Russ Brown

Dorothy M. Bagnato, CPA

Eff Other Job Pops

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Hizzle Bizzay

Hopkins and Kopilow, Esqs.

J&E Services


Kim Miller

Larry Kushnick and Associates

Mary Gene Caminiti

Nancy and Don Rettaliata

One Meaning Couture

Pamela Greene and Mike Dawidziak

Paul Llobell - Realty Connect USA

Sal's Pizza, Sayville

Sandy & John Romano

South Shore Abstract

SUNation Solar

Weger/Mackay Merrill Lynch



An especially big thank you to our Event Chair Mark Murray!


2011 Bay Cruise - Mark Murray
Happy Birthday, Mark!
Support from Firefly Artists  

Splashes of Hope is excited to announce that this month, the Firefly Artists Gallery will be hosting a Gala to support Splashes of Hope. The gala will help raise awareness of Splashes of Hope's mission to improve the quality of life in medical and social service facilities through art.
At the Gala, artists Marianne Moreno and Justin Mayer - who are also coordinating the Gala - will present their own mural which will be installed at the Northport VA Medical Center.

2011 Firefly Artists
Justin Mayer & Marianne Moreno
The Gala will take place this Saturday, July 9th from 6-8pm at the  Firefly Artists Gallery, located at 127 Main Street, Northport NY 11768. Works by Marianne Moreno and Justin Mayer will be on display, as well as works by Cathy Nichols, Kate Sydney, Jennifer Stearns Lau, James Johansen, Joel Rodgers and Holli Gersh. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Splashes of Hope.


A Farewell to Fieds
Written by the Ineffable Catherine Brown

It is with mixed emotions that we bid farewell (but not forever!) and congratulations to our volunteer extraordinaire, Brian Fiedler. A graduate of Cornell University, with over 60 hours of post baccalaureate work at Stony Brook, he is beginning an exciting new phase of his life, that of a pre-med student at LECOM in Bradenton, Florida. Because he is such a humble person, we'll gladly do the boasting on his behalf...

 Ceiling Tiles Brian Fiedler

Brian has been an invaluable volunteer since he first assisted painting murals four years ago. He readily admits that it once took him two weeks to paint a blowfish in an ocean scene, but from that rather humble beginning, he has Brian Fiedler Facepaintinggraduated into being our "king of the castle," where he is currently completing 40 ceiling tiles for our Huntington Hospital project. He works quickly and efficiently, and has perfected his own style; the backgrounds are airbrushed in subtle, opaque colors and the foregrounds hand painted with intricate and delicate figures. He is a self-taught artist and loves to try new things, just for the challenge of figuring them out.


Brian states that his involvement at Splashes of Hope has "no downside," and he looks upon his involvement at Splashes as leaving a legacy of hope. He loves the camaraderie, and will do anything that is asked of him, be it prepping for murals, driving the Splashes van, face painting, painting and installing murals... and all with a smile! (And does he have ANY idea how much he resembles Derek Jeter?) We know that he will bring the same commitment, generosity, kindness, and enthuBrian Drillingsiasm to his work in medicine.


Heather Buggee describes Brian as a "beacon of light.  He possesses a unique combination of talent and compassion in both arts and sciences."  She further stated, "The Huntington Hospital ICU staff has already seen Brian's ceiling tiles make a difference. Patients, when coming out of anesthesia, need to reorient themselves. Focusing on Brian's ceiling tiles helps them accomplish this in a positive and nonthreatening way."


Although Brian will be moving to Florida, he is adamant that he will remain a Splashes volunteer, painting ceiling tiles for local Splashes projects. The Southeast branch of our organization looks forward to stalking (er, keeping in touch with) him... so, it's farewell, but not goodbye!



Upcoming Splashes



Beth Israel Medical Center -

Today - July 8th


Heather is hard at work this week bringing some fantastic scenes of New York City to one of the city's own hospitals, Beth Israel Medical Center. With support from the CME Group Community Foundation, bright and colorful scenes will fill the walls of the Emergency Center. Heather had a great deal of support from Brian Fiedler, King of the Castle.


UCP of Suffolk - Commack, NY 

July 11-22

Volunteers Needed!


Thanks to guests of our Annual Gala & Art Auction this past April, the walls of UCP of Suffolk's Playroom are going to be Splashed next week with the help of volunteers! Sponsors from the Gala included (but are not limited to):


Theresa M. Santmann

The Estee Lauder Companies 

Dawn L. Hargraves

Christopher Wright

Diana Fogarty

Michael Clancy

Harry Mosoff

Joseph Razzano

Edward J. Nitkewicz

Lew Rice

Andy Serpanos

Roman Krawczyk

Steve Yawney

Tom Myers

Derrick Williams

Harry Tilton

Bernadette Colonna

Meredith Fisher

Dorothy M. Bagnato, CPA

Drew Semon

Mike McMahon

Arthur Wardally

Peter Sloggatt

Eric Kopp

The Honorable. Robert Ross

JoAnn Hickey

Jadwiga Krawczyk

Kushnick & Associates, PC


Ronald McDonald House of NYC - New York, NY

July 23rd from 11:30am - 3:00pm

Volunteers Needed!


Thanks to a sponsorship from the Laurence W. Levine Foundation, Splashes of Hope will bring our friend Vincent Van Monkey to the Ronald McDonald House of NYC to bring a day of fun to children and families in need. A hundred copies of Friend on the Mend will be donated, as well as face-painting and mural making.

St. Charles Waiting Room
St. Charles Hospital


 St. Charles Hospital - Port Jefferson, NY

July 25th - 29th


Splashes of Hope completes its epic project at St. Charles Hospital this month! With sponsorship from Astoria Federal Savings, we have transformed the Pediatric ER Waiting room into a voyage on the North Shore, and we will bring further murals this month to the unit's treatment rooms.


A Special Day for Special Kids -

West Hills Day Camp, Huntington, NY 

Saturday, July 30th from 11:00am - 4:00pm

Volunteers Needed!


This summer festival is a day dedicated entirely to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Tourette's, ADHD, OCD and other related neurobiological disorders. Join us as we bring fun and entertainment through art to the kids!


Lehigh Valley Medical Center - Bethlehem, PA

August 5th - 8th


We begin our weeklong Splashing down south this August with the Pediatric Specialty Care Center in Bethlehem, PA. Scenes of Bethlehem will be created for the walls of this facility, and we are so excited to see the kids faces when the project is complete!


Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital - Roanoke, VA

August 10th - 13th


The team continues south this August to Roanoke, VA to Splash the walls of the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital! In the Imaging Sedation & MRI room will be installed murals of the four seasons in Roanoke. We can only hope our team does not mysteriously vanish before they return to Huntington...!


Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect - Bethpage, NY

August 17th -19th


Splashes of Hope returns to the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect this August to continue supporting all of the phenomenal work they do. With sponsorships from the Bethpage Federal Credit Union and the Marcie Mazzola Foundation, we will be Splashing the Group Room and the hallways of this local facility.



Thank you all for your devotion to Splashes!
Splashily Yours,
The Splash Team


Splashes Of Hope / PO Box 537 / Huntington, New York 11743 / 631-424-8230