Syosset’s neighbors recognize fundraising efforts of business owner

February 13, 2013 by  

The Town of Oyster Bay recently recognized the man who organized a model train show to raise funds for Sandy relief.

Organized by Joel Berse, who runs the Trainville Hobby Depot in Hicksville, the train show took place in early January. During the town’s recent board meeting, Berse was able to present a representative from the Red Cross with an oversized ceremonial check for $2,896. Both the Red Cross and those from the community were grateful for his efforts.

The show itself was a success. It raised nearly $3,000 for the Red Cross and had over 600 attendees. The train show featured exhibitors from across Nassau County on Long Island, such as the Long Island N Track and the MTA Long Island Railroad Police. It was held at the Hicksville Community Center and was aided by the likes of The Hicksville Boys and Girls Club, Northwest Civic Association, and Chamber of Commerce – all of whom helped put together the train show along with the Hobby Depot.

Money was raised by asking people to contribute between $2 and $4 for admission to event. Raffle tickets were also sold to raise funds for storm relief efforts, which are still ongoing in Syosset and neighboring areas.

It is likely that Syosset printing companies played a role in the train show and the recognition ceremony. Flyers were used to advertise the show back in January and certificates were printed by the Board members to recognize Berse’s efforts. The ceremonial check was also printed.