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Vic Skolnick Community Service Award
Vic Skolnick Community Service Award – Awarded
to that person who has continually contributed to Long
selflessly enriching it.
Over the years, Eddie has volunteered
with organizations such as the Long Island Center, LIGALY,
The Support Group for Catholic Parents of LGBT Children
(which he co-facilitated), The LGBT Democrats of Suffolk
County (which later became the LGBT Democrats of Long Island),
the Jeffrey A. Glayzer Memorial Scholarship Fund, and Transgender
Day of Remembrance (both as a three time guest speaker—2008,
2011, 2012, and as Master of Ceremonies of the service).
Today, Eddie is part of the Leadership of Long Island Community
Fellowship (Long Island’s only LGBT church), the
Board of Directors of the Long Island Gay & Lesbian
Film Festival, and the Long Island Transgender Advocacy
Coalition (LITAC). Eddie is probably most associated with
Auntie M’s Helping Hands, Inc. (AMHH). Eddie is one
of the founding members of AMHH. He has been there right
from the start with this organization in February 2001,
and is very proud of AMHH’s many accomplishments.
Eddie wishes to thank—first and foremost—his
dad, siblings (both blood and “in-law”), his
nieces and nephew for their continuing support his work.
He also wishes to thank all those in the LGBT Community
who have mentored him in the organization/fundraising work.
And last but not least, Eddie thanks his many friends of
the LGBT Community who are always there for him. It is
an amazing Community.
Award – awarded to those unsung persons who have
become synonymous with the LIGLFF through their continual
dedication to the festival.
Snow & Pat Cohen
Liz Snow & Pat
Cohen celebrated 28 years together and 11 years of legal
marriage this year. They were married in May, 2004, in
Massachusetts the first week it became law there. Liz & Pat
have also been long term workers at the Michigan Womyn’s
Music Festival (Michfest) and met there in 1978, although
it took 10 more years for them to get together due to geography
and cultural differences, ie, Liz lived in North Carolina
and worked at Ladyslipper Music, a Women’s Music
Distribution & Production Company., and Pat was a native
New Yorker with long term Long Island Lesbian Feminist
activism and commitments, including being a past member
of the “Women’s Film Coop” in Northampton,
Massachusetts. Both are avid film fans and have always
made film outings a major part of their entertainment,
sometimes seeing up to four films at a sitting. Both were
very excited when the LIGLFF began and for the past three
years have rarely missed a LIGLFF film. They spend the
entire weekend at the annual LIGLFF Festivals seeing every
film, returning home to sleep only!
Star Awards – Awarded to those business or groups
that continuously support awareness and acceptance of
the LGBT community, and have devoted their time and experience
to the success of the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film
Campari Restaurant (Danyell’s Kitchen) – This
small restaurant, owned by its master Chef Danyell Miller,
has constantly gone beyond in sponsoring events at least
twice a year. Danyell constantly gives more then she possibly
can afford and does so with such a selfless spirit.
Sings For Pride
for Pride is a LGBT non for profit for organization which
pairs with celebrities and the Broadway community to
sing for pride. In its 5th year,
Founders Neal Bennington and Robert Miele have brought together Broadway’s
brightest stars and benefited such great causes as The Trevor Project and The
Harvey Milk High School. They have always been great supporters of the Film Festival
and personally honored to be their friend!
Jeffrey Winter – Jeffrey is nothing
short of amazing. He runs distribution for such notable
releasing companies as Wolfe Releasing and The Film Collaborative
just to scratch the service. He is always on call and has
reached out numerous times to assist our festival and the
Cinema Arts Centre.
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