A Christmas reunion
Members of the Old Timers Christmas Party Committee (left to right): Marilyn Fiasconaro, Claire Kraemer, Nancy Oswald, Celeste Crockett, Barbara Rouleau and Gerry Scotti (back). Committee member Maureen Whalen is not pictured.

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A Christmas reunion

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
12/13/2018


ISLIP TOWN—Every year for the past six years, former employees of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip have been getting together just before the holidays at the Good Sam Old Timers Christmas Party. The event, which was held last week at Captain Bill’s Restaurant in Bay Shore, was an opportunity to catch up with old coworkers and friends. 

A retired nurse at the hospital, Anne Kerrigan, launched the reunion after a late-summer luncheon with eight former colleagues. That same year, she decided to send out invitations for a Christmas gathering to 16 others, inviting them to also extend the invitation to anyone else from any department in the hospital. “I didn’t want to make it an exclusive club. A lot of people served patients,” said Kerrigan. 

Eighty-five people responded. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. By the second year, there were 135 at the party that included nurses, doctors, pharmacists, technicians, administrators and representatives from clerical, maintenance and the housekeeping departments.

 Nancy Oswald and Gerry Scotti took over organizing the event several years ago and now have 170 people attending, who travel from all over Long Island and beyond to be there. “It keeps expanding every year. It’s so cool,” said Scotti. 

 Kerrigan said she is delighted that it all turned out so well. “I feel privileged and blessed to have started this and to still be a part of it,” she added.

At the conclusion of an afternoon of reconnecting, Scotti said everyone was looking forward to doing it again.

“We’re already booked [at Captain Bill’s] for next year,” she said.

For information about the next reunion, call 631-277-0182.