Bridgehampton Child Care Center Receives Donation For Renovations

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The Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center has received a $100,000 donation to restore one of four buildings owned by the organization.

The donation is from part-time Quogue resident John Catsimatidis, the chairman of the Red Apple Company. The former candidate for New York City mayor donated $105,000 to the cause after being contacted by the child care center earlier this year.

The donation will be used to do a full renovation on the one-story building on the northwest corner of the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike property, providing a third space for the organization to host child-oriented events and activities.

“The center is very grateful to John Catsimatidis and the large donation he has just made,” a release from the center said this week. “It will be put to good use.”

The Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center was founded more than 50 years ago after two untended children of migrant farm workers were killed in a fire while their parents were in the fields. A safe and fun environment for farm workers’ children was founded and since then has remained open to provide activities for East End children.

The nonprofit center provides professional child care to between 100 and 150 local working families each year, as well as classes in computer, chess, dance, choir, art, and learning to benefit children from preschool through high school.

In total, there are four buildings on the property, several of which need repairs, and the center is organizing fundraisers to renovate those spaces.

The current donation is going to go toward restoring an old house on the property, according to Executive Director Michele Cannon, which will include gutting the structure.

Once the renovations to the building are complete, it will be renamed “Margo’s Cottage” in honor of Mr. Catsimatidis’s wife. Currently, the child care center does not utilize the space, but Ms. Cannon said it will be a great multipurpose room once it is completed.

According to Ms. Cannon, the center has no immediate plans to start the construction, saying that planning has just started and more money will have to be raised for the project.

“Right now we are just in the planning stages,” she said. “We are going to plan and see what we can do and try to fundraise some, so we can complete the project. This is just the start, but it was definitely a good beginning.”

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