About All for the East End (AFTEE)
The East End of Long Island is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful communities in the world. And for those who live, work and visit here, we feel very lucky. But, like any community there are challenges… people and an environment at risk. All For The East End (AFTEE), is working to address those issues by supporting the local NPO community. Numbering over 1,000, these organizations improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable, provide food and shelter to those in need, protect our environment and much more. And everyone who cares about the East End can help.
AFTEE is a unique 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2013, with a singular mission: to raise funds that are available through a grant process to support the work of the non-profit organizations of the East End: East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Southold and Riverhead.
By publicly showcasing and supporting the NPOs in the five East End towns, AFTEE will be a unifying voice, leveraging strategic assets of collaboration and its regional brand to raise awareness, rally support and launch a new era of fundraising and organizational integration.
Our “Fund for the East End” and grant process is managed by the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) to ensure transparency. They administer fund disbursement of profits obtained through AFTEE’s efforts.
A Community Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from the non-profits of the East End towns, help guide AFTEE to understand the unique needs of organizations who support the East End, and what can be done in return to help support them.
A Grant Advisory Committee consisting of one representative from each of the five East End towns – Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, Southold and East Hampton – works with LICF staff to review submitted proposals and recommend organizations to receive funding.
Who We Help
Currently AFTEE is focused on the issues of food instability and other issues emerging as a result of the current pandemic. 501(c)(3) organizations addressing these issues, meet best practice standards for charities and have substantial programs and/or services (50% or more) provided annually in one or more of the East End towns of Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, Southold or East Hampton are eligible for a grant.
To find out more about AFTEE or our grant process, contact us.
Joseph B. Andreassi Jr.
J is a long time Watermill resident, married father of four and community advocate who has left his mark on some iconic institutions. His construction company, PERT Construction Corp, donated management services to build the new Rogers Memorial Library. J led the fundraising efforts to build the Library that now stands as a shining example of what is possible if the community comes together. He was also instrumental in developing a place for the Community’s youth to play sports and socialize in a safe place. Again, J was the principle fundraiser and built SYS, (Southampton Youth Services). His deep leadership and fundraising skills are now helping AFTEE’s Feed the Need campaign generate the critical funding necessary to support local pantries.
Tim Bishop is a lifelong resident of Southampton Village and longtime former Congressman. He graduated from Southampton High School and attended The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Tim worked at Southampton College for 29 years, including 16 years as Provost of the college. He then served in the US Congress from 2003-2015, representing NY-1. He is now a Principal of Envision Strategies, a government relations and consulting firm with offices in Washington and Albany. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Holy Cross, and he serves on multiple boards, including the Suffolk County Water Authority and the STAR Aquatic Center. Tim was drawn to AFTEE to continue his work of serving eastern Long Island
Connie was born and raised on Long Island’s east end in Northampton but for many years she lived in various parts of the country from Boston to Phoenix, building a career as a Radio and TV reporter and anchor, only to return to the East End the place she loves. She worked for many years as an award winning reporter for News 12 Long Island, and Long Island Public Radio. She also taught broadcast journalism at Stony Brook University and LIU CW Post. She currently works for the Southampton Town Supervisor as the Director of Communications for the Town of Southampton. She comes to the AFTEE Board with deep roots in the East End Community and brings her communications skills to the AFTEE Board where she serves as Secretary and works on community outreach.
Michael is an East End community organizer and a North Haven resident. He was drawn to AFTEE because of its reach to the five East End Communities. He believes this unique community should work together on certain issues including food insecurity, housing needs and employment opportunities. Michael is the founder of East End Yimby—Yes in my backyard—an advocacy group that works on many of those inequities. He is also a member of many community organizations including, the Peconic Land Trust Public Policy Committee, North Haven Village and Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, Southampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force, a volunteer Coordinator of the Sag Harbor American Music Festival and a Trustee at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork at Bridgehampton. Michael works as an Associate Broker at Douglas Elliman Real Estate. He brings his devotion to the East End Community to AFTEE in his role as head of the AFTEE Community Advisory Board.
Myron is a long time summer resident of the South Fork and was the founder of AFTEE some years ago. He now returns to AFTEE as an advisor Emeritus. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1966 and worked at the SEC in Washington DC. He also worked as Director of Enforcement at the New York Stock Exchange and Counsel to their Regulatory Group. In 1976 he started Autolog Corporation which was the first company granted a license by the Interstate Commerce Commission to transport automobiles for individuals in the United States. He sold Autolog in 2008. He and his wife Susan, now spend winters in Jupiter, Florida, but their home in Sag Harbor is still the place their family gathers for quality time together. He served on the Board of Overseers at Southampton College. He also served on the Board of Directors of Peconic Public Broadcasting. His life changed when he lost his son Joshua in a tragic tractor accident on Quail Hill Farm in 2010. He founded “All for the East End”, AFTEE, to give back to the East End Community for all they gave to his family after this tragedy.
Bret is a Sag Harbor native, who has devoted years to helping the food pantries and other nonprofits through tough times. Since 2012, he has been the acting President of “Have a Heart Community Trust”, a 501(3)c that assists individuals and families on the East End in need of life necessities during times of personal crisis. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stony Brook University. He has over 17 years of cumulative experience in the finance and insurance industries. In 2012, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to found Harbor Financial Partners, which is a boutique insurance agency based out of Southampton, NY. Over the years Bret has been actively involved in serving his community. Since 2007, he has served as the Secretary of the Bridgehampton Lion’s Club, which helps support a network of other local non-for-profits, as well as assist the blind, deaf and disabled. Over the years, he has helped the organization sponsor over a dozen guide dogs. Through his years of involvement in these organizations, he has developed close working relationships with many of the East End Food Pantries. Bret sits on the board of AFTEE as the pantry liaison, and currently resides in Sag Harbor with his wife, young daughter, and two rescue dogs.
Claudia is the founder and president of Pilato PR + Marketing Consultants, a firm that brings strategic thinking and smart marketing skills to a diverse group of businesses and non-profit organizations. Formerly, Vice President, Director of Marketing for BNB Bank (BNB) headquartered on the East End of Long Island, she is a tenured marketing professional who has been recognized for creating a strong brand for BNB Bank that helped it grow from a small East End financial institution, to the leading community bank on Long Island with nearly $5 billion in assets, and a reach across Long Island into New York City. Claudia is also a community activist and was a founding executive board member of All For The East End (AFTEE), an organization that raises funds to support the NPO community of the five east end towns. She is also a former board member of the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) and co-chair of The Retreat, an organization that offers temporary shelter and education programs to stem the tide of domestic violence. Pilato is a former Chair of the Board for the YMCA, East Hampton RECenter, as well as a former board member of the East Hampton School Board and the East Hampton Day Care Center. She was honored in 2018 as a Long Island Power Woman. Claudia brings tremendous experience with AFTEE to the current Board and now serves as President of AFTEE Board of Directors.
Robert I. Ross
Robert is a longtime resident of Hampton Bays and is currently Vice President of Community and Government Relations at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, a position he’s held since 2008. Prior to that he served for six years as Southampton Town Deputy Supervisor. His many accomplishments included saving the 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Airport. Since 2008 he has served as Vice Chairman to the Board of Directors of “Friends”. Robert is deeply rooted in the Community and has served in many community and civic organizations including as an honorary member of the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corp, a member of the Audit Committee of the Hampton Bays Beautification Association, President of the Squire Woods Homeowners Association, a former member of the Charity-In-Action Board of the Dominican Sisters, a member of the Southampton Rotary, a former director of the Southampton Business Alliance, a former director of the Hampton Bays Civic Association, a former director of the Peconic Institute, a member of Southampton Town’s SEA-TV committee and a member of the Southampton Town Board of Assessment Review. Since 2009 he has served as Chair and Commissioner of the Public Safety Commission. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Town of Southampton Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee. One of his proudest accomplishments, his longtime successful lobbying efforts to create the 9-11commemorative License Plate. Robert is a. former advisory member of “All for the East End” and is proud to return to the AFTEE Board.
Dan is a lifelong resident of Bridgehampton. The Father of five and grandfather of ten graduated from Bridgehampton Grade School, All Hallows, and Fordham College where he was an All Star baseball player and member of the USA track team during the ‘62 Caribbean Games.
His business career includes sports marketing, promotion, television production and distribution, licensing and player representation. The ‘93 New England Entrepreneur of the Year, he created Score and Pinnacle baseball, football and hockey cards. He inked endorsements, event promotions and documentaries including Muhammad Ali, Joe DiMaggio, Bobby Orr, Olympic Gold medal winning US Hockey team, Eric Heiden, Mark Messier. Dan was a consultant to the Department of Navy, Bristol Myers and Pizza Hut. Later he invested in land donating farm
Reserves to the Peconic Land Trust in East Hampton, Sagaponack and Bridgehampton. His past and present community board memberships include the Eleanor Whitmore Child Care Center, Children’s Museum of the East End, South Fork Natural History Museum, Bridgehampton Museum, and the Armory Foundation. His generosity is evident through his dedicated scholarships for Fordham University students. His third career covers equity investments and trading. He brings to the AFTEE board his tremendous community spirit and desire to help his neighbors in need.
Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
Fred W. Thiele, Jr. is a New York State Assemblyman representing New York’s 1st Assembly District which includes the Towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, and southeastern Brookhaven. A lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, Fred graduated from Pierson High School, and attended Cornell University, Southampton College, and Albany Law School. Fred has also served as Southampton Town Attorney, Suffolk County Legislator, Southampton Town Supervisor, and Sag Harbor Village Attorney. In 1995, he was elected to the New York State Assembly and has been re-elected ever since. Fred is Chairman of the Assembly Local Governments Committee and serves on the following Assembly Committees: Ways and Means, Environmental Conservation, Oversight, Analysis and Investigation, and Transportation. Fred is one of many involved who donated his legal services to get AFTEE off the ground in 2013 and is pleased to continue its mission to raise funds for East End charitable organizations.
Diana is a long time resident of Wainscott, the mother of two grown children and grandmother of three. She is currently the Director of Housing and Community Services for the Town of Southampton. She oversees the Housing and Community Development area coordinating the federal Community Development Block Grants for the Town, Community Services, the Senior programs and the Youth Bureau. Prior to her appointment, she was Brookhaven’s Commissioner of Housing & Human Services, and previously Executive Vice President of the Long Island Housing Partnership, a private not-for-profit affordable housing corporation. She was a banker for over 25 years, a Senior Vice President at the Bank of Smithtown and the Bank of the Hamptons and served six years in Washington as Chief-of-Staff for the Congressman from Long Island’s 1st Congressional District. She was elected to public office herself in 1999, the first Latina elected to the East Hampton Town Council. For over 40 years, Diana has been involved in her community, volunteering on various boards and committees dedicated to inclusion and equity for women, minorities and Latinos. She brings invaluable insight to the AFTEE board and serves as the Board’s treasurer.
Quotes from Community Leaders
“I am proud to be part of the launch of All For The East End. By bringing back the much loved annual concert, which was a staple at Southampton College for so many years, it builds upon an old tradition while at the same time looking to creating a better future.” The Honorable Fred Thiele, New York State Assemblyman
“AFTEE is an opportunity for BNB to continue its mission of community support that began over 100 years ago. It is a true community collaboration for the benefit of the organizations that make the East End such a special place to live and work.” Kevin O’Connor, President and CEO, BNB Bank
“AFTEE is a thrilling testament to the creativity and community-minded spirit of the people in this beautiful part of the world.” Robert Chaloner, President and CEO, Stony Brook, Southampton Hospital
“The nonprofit sector is not only a vital part of the Island’s economy, but also acts to enrich the health, well-being and overall quality of life for all of our residents. It is truly refreshing to see such a collaborative effort that brings together the nonprofit and business communities for such a great cause.” David M. Okorn, Executive Director Long Island Community Foundation
“AFTEE provides a means to broaden support for the many nonprofit organizations that serve the varied needs and challenges of our East End communities. As such, the Peconic Land Trust is committed to its success given our dedication to the people and places that we know and love on the East End.”John V.H. Halsey, President Peconic Land Trust