First FEF Fundraiser Raises More Than $35K


It was an evening to remember on April 29 as the Freeport School District and community came together to support the Freeport Educational Foundation’s kickoff event.
With more than 350 attendees, the banquet room at the Coral House was filled to capacity for the special occasion. Guests included the members of the FEF Board of Directors and Freeport School District Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, administrators, staff, parents, community members, County Legislators Kevan Abrahams, Laura Curran and Steven Rhoades, Nassau County Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas, District Judge Helen Voutsinas, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Mayor Robert Kennedy and Village Trustees.
The evening began with a presentation of the colors by the Freeport High School NJROTC, followed by welcoming remarks from Dr. Kuncham, Board of Education President Mike Pomerico and FEF Board of Directors President Butch Yamali. Dr. Kuncham expressed his sincere appreciation and thanked the FEF for embarking on a mission to change the lives of the children in the Freeport Public Schools.

“Freeport is an amazing community that cares about its children,” said Dr. Kuncham. “The support and enthusiasm displayed here this evening is heart warming and overwhelming. Thank you to the FEF Board of Directors and to everyone for making this evening a huge success and to Butch Yamali for his leadership to the Foundation.”
Those in attendance were entertained by the Atkinson School Vocal Tapestry, Freeport High School jazz ensemble and Freeport alumni. For their generous contributions, special recognition was given to the event’s platinum sponsors: Ingerman Smith LLP, Dr. Ortiz of Ortiz Dental Care and Butch Yamali, who donated the use of the Coral House and the entire catered affair to the FEF.
Thanks to the generosity of everyone, more than $35,000 was raised by the FEF. These funds, and funds collected in the future, will be utilized to provide innovative educational opportunities to students attending the Freeport Public Schools. All community members are encouraged to support the mission of the FEF by volunteering their time and supporting future fundraising endeavors. Anyone who wishes to learn more about the mission of the FEF or would like to volunteer their time should contact Butch Yamali at 933-4444, ext. 202, or visit