Philanthropy in Phocus

Friday, October 21, 2022
Facebook Live Video from 2022/10/21 - Making a difference in the Oyster Bay community and beyond

Facebook Live Video from 2022/10/21 - Making a difference in the Oyster Bay community and beyond


2022/10/21 - Making a difference in the Oyster Bay community and beyond

[NEW EPISODE] Making a difference in the Oyster Bay community and beyond


They will become familiar with the community work that the WFC engages in, ensuring that people can engage with and learn about the marine environment. 



About George Ellis : An avid sailor. Former VP of the board who took the reignsof the Executive Director position in January of 2020. BA, Economics.


About The Waterfront Center: The WaterFront Center is a non-profit community sailing and marine education organization established on 2000 along the Western Waterfront of Oyster Bay on the formerJacobsen Shipyard property. The WFC serves 20,000 annually. We provide access to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor and Long Island Sound through our marine education programs, recreational and instructional sailing programs, paddleboard, kayak and sailboat rentals, and through harbor tours aboard our National Historic Landmark oyster sloop





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00:00:25.020 --> 00:00:34.340 Tommy DiMisa: What a world everybody is! Your boy, the nonprofit sector connector, coming out to you like I do every single Friday morning

00:00:34.620 --> 00:00:39.080 Tommy DiMisa: for the top of the house, just beneath the roof.

00:00:39.240 --> 00:01:09.230 Tommy DiMisa: That's right. I'm in the attic. Where else would I be? Tommy D. In the attic? You'll hear the song later on. Actually, it's the only song in the history of songs that references. A guy doing a radio show is attic, and I mean, I think it is I. I'm going to claim that it's George. Alice is here, George. Good morning! Before I even get in. I just want to say, Good morning. How are you doing? Great Tommy? Good morning, Thanks. I'm. I'm glad you're here. I got a couple of things I want to just say before we get started, George. But this show again. If you haven't been here before it's called Philanthropy and focus the mission in this program. The mission of Really, my

00:01:09.240 --> 00:01:39.220 Tommy DiMisa: my mission is to help. Nonprofits tell their story and amplify their message. I've been doing this now for eighty, some odd episodes. It's a ton of fun for me. It's It's become, as I say, a mission. It's become what i'm supposed to be doing. Nonprofits change our world impact. Our world social services, education uh health care services, all the different areas feeding those who need food uh clothing those who need clothes. I was just in

00:01:39.230 --> 00:01:52.090 Tommy DiMisa: discussion the other day, and I I was up to New York City. Imagine awards, and I was in a discussion the other day because there was several organizations who were finalists in the New York City. Imagine there's awards which i'll talk about in a second, but who are working towards

00:01:52.180 --> 00:01:56.819 Tommy DiMisa: helping folks with food insecurity, and I turn to the woman next to me,

00:01:57.370 --> 00:02:13.889 Tommy DiMisa: and I said, Why is this a thing like, Why do we allow this to even be a situation? Now this is where I'm. In the city of New York at the time that there are people who are food insecure. I'm not going to get on my soapbox just yet, because we have other things to talk about today. But I will say this

00:02:14.130 --> 00:02:21.689 Tommy DiMisa: in a society where people have so much, how can anybody have nothing, and that bothers me, and it drives me crazy. But guess what the answer is,

00:02:22.070 --> 00:02:51.070 Tommy DiMisa: if the nonprofits aren't there to support these folks and bring them what they need. They don't get what they need. They don't get the support they need. So the point is until we solve the major problem. Organizations like this Are there on the front lines doing the work the New York City. Imagine, awards It was a second annual. Imagine Awards is held The other night I had a really cool place on the need to Fifty-nine Street fridge called Gastavinos. Really cool place like seriously I didn't even know I used to park in a garage there for many, many years, and I didn't even know there was a restaurant uh catering spot over there.

00:02:51.080 --> 00:03:10.390 Tommy DiMisa: But, uh, Kenserini's Really, this is Kenserini's dream. We were living out cancer, mainstream, My buddy, my palace renewed associates. But founder of the Long Island. Imagine awards in the New York City imagine wars I will tell you this the long, I would imagine Lords applications are open right now. There's like a little ticker on their website thirty-eight

00:03:10.400 --> 00:03:40.380 Tommy DiMisa: days, thirteen hours, fifty-five minutes and fifty-eight seconds, and it literally is ticking down, so that deadline is november twenty eighth two thousand and twenty-two. That's another big event out here in Long Island. That'll be a full twenty-fifth at Crest Holl Country Club, where we do many of our big events here on the island. So all right. Listen! Without further ado. I want to get into our conversation with a new friend of mine, George Ellis, the executive director of the waterfront center, which None of this happens, George, if it's not for connections. None of this happens. If my friend Jamie Crowder doesn't

00:03:40.390 --> 00:03:47.799 Tommy DiMisa: me one day and say to me, d i'm making a move. I've landed at the waterfront center. I want you to know about it. I want you to come out and visit,

00:03:47.870 --> 00:04:03.370 Tommy DiMisa: and that's what the power of the connection is man, that's the whole thing. And I say this all the time, if it isn't for like people all time, do you so great, and I go. Thank you. No, I but they going to so great you. So you do so much. I go. Yeah, but I just want to help, and I can't help

00:04:03.380 --> 00:04:15.719 Tommy DiMisa: unless I have the connections. I can't help without my social capital. So when i'm able to pull certain things off like, call the cheat sheet the Queen's Chamber of Commerce, and say, Hey, look! There's an anti puppy Mill bill up in New York State.

00:04:16.060 --> 00:04:27.770 Tommy DiMisa: We'd like to get your support. I know the Chamber is going up there. The chamber put out on their legislative agenda when they went up to Albany, and they didn't do that just because, you know, i'm some guy who called them

00:04:27.780 --> 00:04:57.180 Tommy DiMisa: it's relationships. It's connections. I was on the phone, my buddy, Tom Gretch, from the Chamber Ceo Queens chamber this morning. So this is that this is how it all goes. It's all about relationships and connections to shout out to you, Jeme, thanks for making a connection to George. Thank you for having my boys and I my two sons and I. They came out. We helped paint the basement uh, you know a few months ago, Hashtag. Sixty days of service. That was fun. Uh, George. It started out where we realized we thought we had two different colors blues when we were starting to paint. So Cameron and the guys in the gals we were like in Lauren and all where

00:04:57.190 --> 00:05:10.290 Tommy DiMisa: like Oh, and it But it was so cool because it was like a a blue sea blue color. And we're talking about the waterfront center, so i'd like to. I'd like to just start off with with you sort of saying. You know we talked about this earlier.

00:05:10.600 --> 00:05:31.780 Tommy DiMisa: You're different from other folks who lead organizations as you're not a perennial, nonprofit executive director. You you come from the other side. You come from for property. You have a background, but you're connected to the water. You're connected to the community. Let's just kind of start there. And what? What? How did you even get involved with the waterfront center as a volunteer as a board member things like that.

00:05:31.790 --> 00:05:41.349 George Ellis: Well, let me first start by saying, you know. Thank you for having us on the show, and for what you do, because I mean the fact that you bring to light

00:05:41.370 --> 00:05:50.499 George Ellis: what nonprofits do, and try to connect nonprofits. It's really an amazing thing. Um, i'm not personally familiar with anybody else that does that

00:05:50.510 --> 00:06:17.720 George Ellis: um, and and it's and it's, you know, every nonprofit it struggles to try and get their word out right. Um. So the fact that you do. This is pretty amazing. But the other amazing thing is that you put your money where your mouth is right. You're not just doing a show and talking about it, you actually come and experience it like you did with the waterfront center. You came with your sons and you and you painted the basement, and you know you had pizza with us. And it was. It was a great experience, and the whole team really enjoyed it.

00:06:17.730 --> 00:06:47.689 Tommy DiMisa: Yeah, uh, you know. Well, I appreciate the gratitude I I at this point in my life to accept it. Not just say, Oh, yeah, no, big deal. No, I appreciate that. Thank you for saying it, and you got a great team out there. I had a lot of fun with them another day. I don't think you around, but I came to um. We did some Italian ices shout out to my dad about sizes and Huntington. You got great people out there, man. I have a lot of fun with them, and and I i'd like to spend more time actually going to the website this morning and just going, man. There's so much cool stuff going on out there especially. We'll get into it, but especially on the education

00:06:47.700 --> 00:07:16.559 Tommy DiMisa: side, and we'll uh you know the uh, the oyster sloop. Is that the right word, Christine, Christine or Oyster Sue Christine? So we'll get into all this today. But yeah, I i'm grateful to to look. I don't live too far from where you are. I have friends who are members of the Yacht Club in my neighborhood, so I texted my body. Eric and I was like dude. I'm interviewing George Ellis from the waterfront center this morning, and because he he's a guy who does these regardless around around stuff like that. So we have to connect that afterwards.

00:07:16.570 --> 00:07:40.130 Tommy DiMisa: What I was like. It's exciting to me to know this stuff, but but there's so much like I live here for a long time, and I've never been to your your facility without Jemaye calling me so. This goes to like one of the things I think a lot of us in the sector like when they say we're the best kept secret. But nobody wants to be the best kept, you know, and it's exceeding. You know this. Everybody's

00:07:40.200 --> 00:08:10.070 George Ellis: competing for for eyes, eyeballs right, and for you know, to get the message out. And and we do. You know we do the best we can. Social media has been amazing, and we really been trying to maximize our message through social media. But you know, again, being a nonprofit trying to. We do do some print ads and things like that, but that gets pretty pricey right? So you have to kind of balance. You know what you can do, but in any event we still do seem to reach. I mean we. We generally reach in excess of twenty thousand people annually

00:08:10.280 --> 00:08:27.929 George Ellis: here at the waterfront center. So we're still doing something right in terms of getting the word out. But back to your just back to your question for me personally, how I got connected with the waterfront center. Um was exactly what you said when you when you open things up with connections, you know. Um. I I kind of

00:08:27.940 --> 00:08:55.070 George Ellis: was introduced to sailing uh in in the water uh an early uh in my life with, you know, family member who was a big sailor. Um, but didn't really kind of grow up, you know, as a water person or a sailor. A lot of sailors sort of have it through their family, and, you know, spend their spend their lives on, you know, on the water from a very young age that was in my experience. But um! My introduction to sailing early on, definitely showed me that it was something that I really loved,

00:08:55.080 --> 00:09:03.219 George Ellis: and then I had an opportunity uh, so I was able to say, you know, kind of big boats and things here and there, was it when I was younger. But then I had the opportunity to

00:09:03.230 --> 00:09:33.190 George Ellis: to uh to join a yacht club at a relatively young age um, and started sailing sunfish. You know myself kind of in my late teens, and uh, and that's when I started to kind of get into it on my own uh, and and sort of took it from there. Then Um got married, moved down to Atlanta for a little bit was pulled very far away from the water for a number of years. Uh, but then had the opportunity to come back to New York, and at that point started to have children, and it was definitely something where I was going to introduce my.

00:09:33.200 --> 00:09:45.269 George Ellis: It's the sale, and so so I did, and and it and my son in particular, sort of took it to a very competitive level, and ended up sailing internationally and and whatnot. So it was great. So a lot of

00:09:45.280 --> 00:10:01.490 George Ellis: what I could do for myself is sort of on. Hold, as you take care of your children, and you give them the opportunities, you know. I'm aware of that right now. That's that's where I am. I mean that's all about right. So in any event, um so as he kind of transitioned out from his youth sailing, and and

00:10:01.500 --> 00:10:21.209 George Ellis: uh, you know, got older. It provided me the opportunity to get back into it. So as a result of that. Um I I I became a member of Salonica, Corinthian Yacht Club over here in noise to bay in Center Island and through that's where the connections were made through the waterfront center. But, however um! I became familiar with the waterfront center before that,

00:10:21.220 --> 00:10:35.799 George Ellis: with Stanley, regardless that they hosted that my son participated in. So that's why I became familiar with it. And then with the with the connections, you know, being at Swanika and Noisha Bay had the opportunity to become a member of of the Board.

00:10:35.810 --> 00:10:42.679 George Ellis: And, uh, you know, I have been involved in youth sailing, and in various capacities, was on the board of the

00:10:42.690 --> 00:11:03.530 George Ellis: United States optimist, dingy association and things like that. So that experience was something that the Board here was looking at. Um. Obviously every board likes that variety of experiences that people do. So I, my youth, sailing experience, and having managed in different capacities there uh with other boards, you know, was was what got me to the board here? Um!

00:11:03.560 --> 00:11:06.029 George Ellis: And so you know It's just

00:11:06.190 --> 00:11:12.310 George Ellis: became more aware of what great things this organization does, you know, and what I've

00:11:12.620 --> 00:11:24.579 George Ellis: what I become, what I what's become very apparent to me. Um, having become the executive director of the waterfront center now is that people view the waterfront center in the capacity that they connect

00:11:24.590 --> 00:11:37.959 George Ellis: to it with right. So if somebody's a sailor, it's a sailing organization, somebody's, you know, into kayaking or paddle board. That's what it is. It's a place where you get to do that. And then there's the whole education component component. The point of trying to make is that

00:11:38.020 --> 00:11:48.290 George Ellis: we are such a diverse for for what we are, you know our size, and and we have so many different things going on that we truly

00:11:48.600 --> 00:12:08.880 George Ellis: can relate to many different kinds of people. But we're a lot deeper than people think we are. So it's it's really become a fascinating thing to me, and it's a much more complex organization than what it may appear to be, you know, on the surface. So So I I wonder even and I don't know if you share this with me in the past, or if it's just something that's coming from me from kind of from the either, but like

00:12:09.070 --> 00:12:39.029 Tommy DiMisa: from your perspective. The Did you see the organization even as a board member, as a sailing organization? Because that was your viewpoint paradigm you came from? And were your eyes even. I think you did say I think we were walking down the pier, and I think you did say something like that, so can you. Can you talk about that, and how use it? Even open your own eyes absolutely, and you know, and this may just be my own experience uh made my own ignorance, I don't know, but it just to me being on the board I was on the board for about five years before we come.

00:12:39.040 --> 00:12:43.559 George Ellis: Executive director ended up becoming Vice President of the Board. Um,

00:12:43.570 --> 00:13:04.040 George Ellis: It just yeah, even at that level. Sure, I was aware of. Obviously, you know what all the activities of the organization were. But again, I think you just kind of have this bias right? Um. But coming into the the board and then understanding how deeper the organization is. Certainly, you know. I did, However, the appreciation for what it takes

00:13:04.050 --> 00:13:22.699 George Ellis: to make all those pieces work together, I think didn't really hit me hard until you know you're in the hot seat. Now you have to make it all work together, you know. But you know regard that's that's all just kind of management stuff and whatever. But I think the point i'm trying to make is that the waterfront centers truly

00:13:22.710 --> 00:13:42.790 George Ellis: uh an amazing organization. Yeah. And and I feel privileged to be a part of it. Um was privileged to be a board member. How I became the executive director, was um in January of two thousand and twenty. The current executive director, who had been here for about ten years, had um it had it left,

00:13:42.800 --> 00:13:59.110 George Ellis: and the the President of the board. Ian gunpreck uh, and I stepped in as interim Executive direct. It's magic right um to kind of see the day the day we began an executive director. Search, and um, you know, had a couple of you know, candidates in mind.

00:13:59.590 --> 00:14:02.079 George Ellis: But then the shutdown hit Yeah.

00:14:02.100 --> 00:14:21.209 George Ellis: And once that happened, everything went upside down right, and the or we weren't sure whether we were going to continue to be able to operate. So it's sort of we went on life support uh, in many different ways. So I became very much involved in the day to day activities, and was in that

00:14:21.220 --> 00:14:37.529 George Ellis: sort of transition period In my career. I had a career in finance. That was my career. Um, but was in a transition phase. So you know, I think things just happen for a reason, and and this came along, so to speak, at a time where I could devote the time to it, and

00:14:37.540 --> 00:14:42.310 George Ellis: really appreciated so much of what the organization did, and you

00:14:42.410 --> 00:14:47.879 George Ellis: and and so really wanted to see it through and work very hard to do that.

00:14:47.890 --> 00:15:07.020 George Ellis: And i'm proud to say that through some of the um essential businesses that that the State determine meaning you can. At that time you could rent non motorized uh, you know, vehicles and things right, so we could do our Salebo rentals. We could do our kayak and paddle boards.

00:15:07.030 --> 00:15:36.789 Tommy DiMisa: Um! And and again thinking about this everything. It was march of two thousand and twenty, which, like yesterday, and then seems like twenty-five years ago at the same time. Oh, it's like I get these you know I graduate high school ninety-six, and sometimes I wake up and I go. I didn't study for that or science test, and that our science test happened to twenty, twenty-five years ago. It's something, man. So it feels like that with with Coronavirus pandemic. But I at that time, I guess, being outside April May right coming into this.

00:15:36.800 --> 00:15:42.569 Tommy DiMisa: It made sense. So, you guys you, we're able to take advantage if there's a way to say it right,

00:15:42.580 --> 00:16:00.979 George Ellis: we're able to take advantage of it. Um, and so we saved. You know we were able to kind of, you know, save things for us. We weren't able to do our benefit fundraising like everybody else as their parties. And so, you know, obviously financially, you know things, you know, turned upside down. Stock Market took a big head, if you remember. Um. So we were really on the heels. But

00:16:01.020 --> 00:16:11.880 George Ellis: you know, the thing for us was we wanted to continue to operate. How can we continue to provide our service to the public, and thankfully we were able to do so. And that's where. And i'm happy to say, too, that we did not.

00:16:11.890 --> 00:16:26.510 George Ellis: We were able to retain all of our employees during that time, and and it was, it was very, you know, personally satisfying. But what it gave me early on was uh the passion

00:16:26.520 --> 00:16:44.370 George Ellis: that people have for this organization. And you know, even though you know we're not out there saving the world right. You know we're not curing cancer we're not doing, We're not providing we're not a food pantry. We're not doing that kind of stuff, but we provide sort of mental relief for people right, and I saw that big time during the pandemic

00:16:44.380 --> 00:16:56.630 George Ellis: when people could come down here and get out on the water, and we did it safely, and there's no case of Covid being traced back to our operation during that time. I can't remember the numbers off hand, but we served,

00:16:56.700 --> 00:17:25.989 Tommy DiMisa: I mean thousands of people. I think it was like seven or eight thousand people during the summer. If not, maybe what we need is we needed that sort of stuff, man to. We were. Well, look, we were all scared, you know. It was certainly scary time. We don't need to go. We have sat on this program. But we needed a relief. We needed release. We need to respite right. And and having been to to your space, having been out there, not going on a Christine yet, although I do want to come out and and go, for you know, take my wife out and go

00:17:26.130 --> 00:17:28.939 Tommy DiMisa: that we'll make that happen, but that just to uh,

00:17:29.100 --> 00:17:45.370 Tommy DiMisa: yeah, I could see that. And and I remember how we were all shut up in these in our homes, you know. I look, you know, living out here on Long Island and and having a single family home, I think it's I. I always felt for the people who were in the boroughs. You know It's

00:17:45.380 --> 00:18:11.299 Tommy DiMisa: Manhattan to a certain extent, for sure. Yes, different parts of the city. Some people are all set. They got plenty of room, maybe, but you know I just I couldn't imagine I I was cooped up in in a four bedroom house, you know there was six of us, but it wasn't like the worst thing in the world, you know. Nice backyard. I would often go there if you find myself, you know. But um it it's I could see, and having experience, is certainly hanging with your staff, having experience to space How it could be. That kind of

00:18:11.310 --> 00:18:41.299 Tommy DiMisa: kind of I go there, so we we are going to break way over. But this is how I do it sometimes. But I sit on the board of horse ability on the campus as soon as the old Westbury Katie Mcgowan, the founder, Very good body of mine, and she's actually the first ever guest on this this particular show fully in focus way back in uh in January last year. And um, I go there to find my piece, because the horses uh my same friend Eric across the street. We were talking this morning. He goes. What was I sort of video with you? And were those goats or sheep? What was that? I got.

00:18:41.310 --> 00:18:56.620 Tommy DiMisa: No, no, no, those are the minis I was at. I stopped by their golf outing for stability. They played at Hempstead Country Club on on Monday, and they got the Mini horses there. I'm telling you something, George. It's It's nature. There's something about the horses. There's something about being on the water. It's just

00:18:56.630 --> 00:19:07.500 George Ellis: we're, you know, caught up in front of these machines behind these desks and things we need to get out. We need to see the green, or we need to just connect with nature. Right?

00:19:07.680 --> 00:19:27.170 George Ellis: You know it was a It was a slam in the face during the pandemic. But I've come to really see how people, what we provide to people access to the water, learning about it in all this different forms, sailing and and kids on the beach, and you know, touching, you know, sea creatures. It. It is something that people need, and that passion, and that,

00:19:27.180 --> 00:19:29.480 George Ellis: you know, helping people to just,

00:19:29.680 --> 00:19:31.350 George Ellis: you know. Uh,

00:19:31.730 --> 00:19:38.019 George Ellis: just, you know, lose themselves in it and and and learn about it. It's that connection to nature,

00:19:38.030 --> 00:20:08.019 Tommy DiMisa: and we're part of something so much bigger. Look, you know I feel myself going into it. I'm going to start it. But look right. We're all connected. We're supposed to be connected. We're supposed to be looking out for each other, and you know I do a second show. Everybody knows out here in the network all the professionals and animal lovers show, so it ain't just about this species. It's about all these species. We're supposed to be looking out, and I've seen the work your team has done, and I want to go to some of these classes on the the marine exploration, but we'll get into that. We are going to take a quick break. I hear your passion for this organization. I love that the arc of this story,

00:20:08.030 --> 00:20:21.370 Tommy DiMisa: how, when you were at the helm, Ha! Wink, wink a little sail of humor right when you. When you got to the helm of this thing i'll go even further. The waters were choppy, things were difficult. There was a storm of brewing,

00:20:21.380 --> 00:20:40.349 Tommy DiMisa: and we'll i'm like a poet. There was a storm of broom. But you, you know, having been able to maintain and get through all that, and run the organization. It's one of these things where now we're stronger for it. We're better for it. And now we can onward and upwards. So we're going to take a quick break. George Alice, executive director of the waterfront center right here. Oyster Bay, Long Island

00:20:40.360 --> 00:20:43.100 Tommy DiMisa: is on the show, will be right back just about a minute.

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00:22:53.770 --> 00:23:05.970 Tommy DiMisa: That's right. Through all that static. Push it away, get through with the static. Join me in the attic only song, the History of songs about a guy doing a radio show in his attic. I think i'm not sure. But i'm gonna just say

00:23:05.980 --> 00:23:17.849 Tommy DiMisa: i'm not certified to make that comment, but i'm just going to say it anyhow. Look, the waterfront center really comes out of in the late nineteen eighties a real estate Development proposal threatened the form of Jacobson shipyard on the shoreline of Oyster Bay.

00:23:17.920 --> 00:23:20.129 Tommy DiMisa: We, you know, um

00:23:20.570 --> 00:23:28.359 Tommy DiMisa: never doubt that a small group of concerned, citizens can change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has Margaret Mead

00:23:28.370 --> 00:23:53.030 Tommy DiMisa: concerned about the impact of this development. The Oyster Bay harbor. Friends of the bay, nonprofit group got together with the late Senator Ralph Marino, and former State Senator Karl Marcellino, and other elected to say, There's something we need to do here. There's something that we that needs to change. We We can't let this go, and that's what it is. It takes concern citizens so just to kind of set that up towards that. You know that plan

00:23:53.040 --> 00:23:58.959 Tommy DiMisa: uh kind of evolved into what turned into the waterfront center uh in two thousand as you started to mentioned earlier.

00:23:59.050 --> 00:24:16.540 George Ellis: Yeah, no, it did, uh, and and it's and it's amazing. And what I've come to really appreciate. Um about this community is their passion for the community, and you know we're just one cog in it. But there are so many other organizations here in Oyster Bay. Um,

00:24:16.900 --> 00:24:21.120 George Ellis: and and and the the services that they provide. And and

00:24:21.130 --> 00:24:45.610 George Ellis: you you know what what these organizations do to maintain quality of life in this area Uh, is is amazing, and um! The waterfront center is just just one one of those organizations. But I have to say yes. This was a a shipyard for many years uh a very active shipyard, very popular uh in the area here, and they built many different types of ships, some military ships and different things. Um,

00:24:46.130 --> 00:25:01.769 George Ellis: and yes, it became a super fun site in the eighties and shut down. So then, of course, naturally you've got the the the battle over. What to do with this prime real estate right? Because right away somebody wants to. We got to develop it, man, right? I put almost there. We have put townhouses we have a condos right?

00:25:01.780 --> 00:25:17.089 George Ellis: And what's interesting is you may, you know you may. Here. Certainly. We hear a lot of this down in Florida, where a lot of waterfront land that was public land, or marinas, or places where people could keep boats and access. Water has all gone to develop,

00:25:17.100 --> 00:25:25.399 George Ellis: and so the amount of of of recreation. Land that is on the water is is just shrinking. And so the fact that

00:25:25.410 --> 00:25:41.039 George Ellis: that this was preserved um as a public space was pretty amazing, and I have to say um, yes. There were a number I wasn't around back then, but I you know certainly. Certainly I am aware of, and had the privilege of meeting some of these folks that were very

00:25:41.330 --> 00:25:52.049 George Ellis: big proponents of making this happen, and Senator Karl Marcellino, uh is is A. Is a big, was a big advocate, and it's still a big support of the waterfront center. We really appreciate that.

00:25:52.220 --> 00:26:08.919 George Ellis: But it it was a vision of, you know, public and private, and I think that's another real success story here, too, and the State in New York, the town of voice to bay. Um, you know, and and just for us here with the waterfront center. Um!

00:26:08.930 --> 00:26:24.230 George Ellis: We really appreciate the support their support, and we appreciate the relationship we have with them because we are on their land. We are on the western waterfront, which is what became of the the former. Jacobson, you know. Uh shipyard site

00:26:24.240 --> 00:26:41.489 George Ellis: um is is land that is owned co-owned both by the State of New York and the town of worst debate so it's a little bit of A. It's an interesting, you know, Web. But basically we sit in the building. That was the former Jacob's office. That's where we are, but it's owned by the by the State

00:26:41.500 --> 00:26:53.939 George Ellis: and or the pier where we have our docks, and access to the water is actually town of West Bank. So we have, you know It's It's that it's that relationship with these with these folks. But they're

00:26:53.950 --> 00:27:07.459 George Ellis: incredible relationship. They're very supportive of us, and and we wouldn't be able to do without them. So we just want to shout out to you know, to them and and thank you for their support. Yeah, I I love that, because you know. Look uh.

00:27:07.710 --> 00:27:22.960 Tommy DiMisa: Politicians sometimes get caught up in in this. Not sometimes. I'm sure. Every day they get caught up in this mix of you know special interest, and who who has the influence over them and whatnot and money and all these things. Uh, and you really gotta get kudos to the fact that

00:27:23.100 --> 00:27:31.790 Tommy DiMisa: these individuals or excuse me, we're swayed by the importance of education, and we're swayed by the importance of protecting these areas. Excuse me one second,

00:27:32.700 --> 00:27:42.580 Tommy DiMisa: and we're swayed by that value versus what often becomes. You know, the business interest and let's develop the land, and I mean, we let's talk about it. We are. We do live on an island, you and I.

00:27:42.590 --> 00:27:53.010 Tommy DiMisa: There's finite coastland, you know, both north and south. It's limited it, you know it's It's like everything else on on the planet. It it's a limited resource, and

00:27:53.220 --> 00:28:12.659 Tommy DiMisa: you know the developers come in and they want to develop because people want to be on the water and things like that. But it it's really shout out to those folks who've done that for you in the past, and i'm sure those relationships continue to exist, because, like you said, you're a tenant on their land. So you always having these conversations so that that's great. So, um I I I always appreciate that

00:28:12.670 --> 00:28:38.549 George Ellis: conversation, that it is that a acknowledgment and recognition for the work, and and we started the show. You said it before we started the show about relationships and connections, because that's what it is. It's all about At the end of the day we're just people, and we're trying to make this a better place for everybody. We can. Right? That's right. That's right. So again. So we had this this this battle and and the public space one out plan, D, as it was called, which is, which provided for the development of

00:28:38.560 --> 00:28:45.529 George Ellis: a marine education and recreation facility. So hence the waterfront center. But they had, but it is a private,

00:28:45.540 --> 00:29:12.720 George Ellis: you know, nonprofit, five hundred and one C three. So you had to have forces behind that. There's a gentleman by the name of Fritz Kuder, who was the big driving force behind, creating the waterfront center. Uh, along with a woman who is uh was our president for a very long time, and also served as a brief role as executive director and a long standing board member. Um Jamie Damon uh, just if there's anybody that embodies the passion

00:29:12.730 --> 00:29:26.750 George Ellis: of the waterfront center. It's Jamie, and there's so many people that I could mention um certainly of course uh the organization's twenty-two years old there's a lot of people that have that have served to further the cause. Um!

00:29:26.870 --> 00:29:36.160 George Ellis: The list goes on and on, and an organization like this can never succeed. And and last as long without the passion of many different people.

00:29:36.170 --> 00:29:55.590 George Ellis: Um, but certainly in the early days, and and helping to see it through those, you know those two folks, you know, figure figure very large, but I have to tell you the support that we get from the community is amazing. Um, you know we do have corporate support and foundation support. We have those listed on our on our website

00:29:55.600 --> 00:29:56.720 George Ellis: Um,

00:29:56.780 --> 00:30:01.209 George Ellis: and you know again, we couldn't do it without them.

00:30:01.230 --> 00:30:21.140 George Ellis: What, uh, I think, is the real driving force behind support of the waterfront that are individuals. Individuals in the community mostly, who see the value of having this facility, and like you, said Tommy. You know we're surrounded by water here on Long Island and yes, we do a public beaches, and that's wonderful right, However,

00:30:21.150 --> 00:30:27.130 George Ellis: being able to actually experience the water in a different way, you know. Learn how to sail. Get on a kayak

00:30:27.280 --> 00:30:34.820 George Ellis: um, you know, for kids and adults to to get in the water, and, you know, pick up, you know, a a,

00:30:34.830 --> 00:30:58.530 George Ellis: you know a clam, or pick up this horseshoe crap and and learn about it, and really get to people don't really know you know we see them, but we don't really know there's so many interesting things that you learn about, and that's where we teach. It just changes people's perspective. We're just sort of creating, you know. We like to say we create stewards of the marine environment, and and that's and that's a big passion of what drives

00:30:58.540 --> 00:31:00.200 George Ellis: uh the whole organization,

00:31:00.370 --> 00:31:05.979 Tommy DiMisa: you know. I want to write that down. Create stewards of the the marine environment, You know.

00:31:06.580 --> 00:31:23.779 Tommy DiMisa: I just jotted down a friend of mine's name, Beth Bulk Heister. She's up in Oyster Bay, but she runs an organization called Career Day, Inc. And and I'm. On the Board of Directors for that organization. They go into schools and do career days. Um, i'm thinking we need to get somebody, certainly from the waterfront center there. Uh, but

00:31:23.790 --> 00:31:27.149 Tommy DiMisa: because we're not bought what i'm thinking as as it is,

00:31:27.220 --> 00:31:43.310 Tommy DiMisa: it's exposure to different things. You know somebody who may never have a again. I grow. I've been on my whole life, I mean if I've left for a week for vacation. That's about it. I I stayed here for college the whole thing. So. Um! There's so much of this island

00:31:43.320 --> 00:32:01.049 Tommy DiMisa: I've not experienced, you know. I I would say my knowledge of of of what's what lies beneath the water isn't so great, and that's just about exposure right, and and that's you know there's there there is a limitation on how much information we can access at one time. Uh,

00:32:01.110 --> 00:32:02.000 but

00:32:02.400 --> 00:32:09.249 Tommy DiMisa: you can change someone's life. You can change someone's paradigm. You can change the trajectory

00:32:09.310 --> 00:32:36.170 Tommy DiMisa: of their their journey by exposing them to stuff somebody. You know some young person has come to the waterfront center. They don't know his or her name, but they've experienced it, and then they Now their their mind is open to other things. Their mind is open and broadened, and they're saying, Well, Maybe I can go into this. Maybe I can be a marine biologist, or certainly I can be. But I didn't even know there was a thing such like that, right? And that's I can make a living doing that that I could be on the water

00:32:36.180 --> 00:32:52.939 Tommy DiMisa: nine, ten, twelve months out of the year, doing the thing like just so cool, man. That's that's what it is, but it's about it. It's about empowering people. It's about exposing people to different things. So we're. We're going to take another quick break. We come back. I want to jump into

00:32:52.950 --> 00:32:58.959 Tommy DiMisa: uh programs, and then I want to. There's something I don't know. If you know the guys from an organization called Sale ahead.

00:32:58.970 --> 00:33:14.639 Tommy DiMisa: I don't uh Kelly and and Shawn do clay um in their family. They take veterans out sailing, so they do really special work for the month of July. All the programs on on philanthropy and focus. We're veterans based organizations. So

00:33:14.650 --> 00:33:41.470 Tommy DiMisa: I I know you guys have a similar program, we a program where you take uh individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities and and special needs and and veterans out. So maybe we could talk about that would come back. So let's come back next sake. We're going to talk about programming, and eventually we'll get to the point where you know you've had such great support financially and otherwise. But I know you need more, because we all do so. We could talk about future and things like that. How's that sound, George? Good. All right. Good. We'll go to a quick break. Philanthropy in focus.

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00:35:38.150 --> 00:35:53.140 Tommy DiMisa: all right. We're back. You've already decided to join me in the attic, or you wouldn't heard the song, So you're already here, so let's get going. George Ellis is here the waterfront center, Oyster Bay, Long Island. I've George is the executive director out there. I want to go into programming. I wrote down sailing

00:35:53.150 --> 00:36:21.519 Tommy DiMisa: Marine Exploration Harbor Tours Kayaks. I know My wife came out with the Girl Scouts. Cameron hooked them up. Cameron. What's up? Camp? Um your team out there, Lauren and Jamie in the gang, I mean. Just so. And I love what I You know what I love on the website, too, is you? Actually the website shows everybody. It's not a website where it's like. Here's the Ed. Here's the Vp. Of this or that they actually list and shows a photograph of your your whole team, which is that's community man I love. I love that. You guys do it that way.

00:36:21.530 --> 00:36:32.320 Tommy DiMisa: Um! So let's talk about some of these programs, though that, you know Obviously, sailing is is kind of what you was your as we talk about your background and connection to this, but kind of walk me through some of those programs.

00:36:32.330 --> 00:36:54.340 George Ellis: No, you know, and and thanks for mentioning the team, of course. Um! And you know again, I I use this for it a lot, but it's because it's true uh the passion that this team has for what they do really inspires me, you know. And again, it's not um. I had a whole totally different career, and I love to sail. But as you've just mentioned, this organization is a lot deeper than sailing, and um

00:36:54.430 --> 00:37:07.490 George Ellis: uh, not the sailing is great, but as long as we're going down. And so what I've come to appreciate is just the passion that our team brings to it, and they inspire people. And I love,

00:37:07.500 --> 00:37:37.070 George Ellis: you know, being a part of that and watching that, and and yes, absolutely. It is all about the team. It's not about me. Um, you know I don't need to be on the website, you know, honestly, and I feel like I work for them. I'm like you guys, tell me what we need to be doing. Let's let's do to us. Lock arms and let's get it done together. Um, yeah. I've got my ideas here and there, and what not. But I mean it really is a team effort, and and I love the passion that this team brings to it. And uh, at the end of the day it just translates to

00:37:37.260 --> 00:37:41.670 George Ellis: a good experience for the public, and that's what we're all about.

00:37:41.920 --> 00:38:02.110 George Ellis: But so uh, Yes, we, So we we do have two main sides to organization. We've got the education side, which are uh education directors, camera engineers, and then we have our sailing side. The sailing director is um is John Brendle. So through those two sides is kind of where everything flows. Um,

00:38:02.120 --> 00:38:08.640 George Ellis: let me just start with education, because it really is a a an important part of what we do. And uh,

00:38:08.780 --> 00:38:15.930 George Ellis: with our education, we've got a couple of different things throughout the year we've run programming for

00:38:15.940 --> 00:38:29.689 George Ellis: school groups and scout groups, and they will come to the waterfront center again in our basement that you painted. We've got a touch of what they saw right. Everything comes from the water right in front of us in Oyster Bay. So we

00:38:29.700 --> 00:38:46.769 George Ellis: pull these things out of the water, and and they're in the touch tank, and the kids come. It's like when you go to the aquarium, and they you know um so similar deal, and it's all sorts of interesting things uh that come out of the water that most people don't really. Um, just really cool uh,

00:38:46.960 --> 00:39:02.239 George Ellis: so they come here and they do that, but they also learn about when you know wind, power, and and all all different aspects of the environment. Um, that that I mean our naturalists are are amazing, and what they teach and and and what they

00:39:02.250 --> 00:39:19.660 George Ellis: and what the kids learn is is really great. So that Um. So we have schools, groups that come here scout groups that come here. We go out to organizations, and we bring a touch tank to the school or or to the camp, or whatever you want to call it, and we bring the waterfront center

00:39:19.670 --> 00:39:38.830 George Ellis: to to the community, to the various communities. So we do that, and and it's it's fantastic. Um. We also have a junior summer program where kids come in the summer, and they they do what we call marine exploration activities. Um, similar type of deal. They accept it's extended, and they

00:39:38.840 --> 00:39:54.720 George Ellis: um you know they they're here. It's there's two half day programs, and they go down to the beach. And, by the way, all year round we take kids down to the beach, and we sane nets and all that kind of stuff. What do you mean. Let's stop there for a second. We mean all year round. You're like when it's cold out.

00:39:54.730 --> 00:40:24.490 George Ellis: Sure. Let's go up again to November. Kids will come absolutely get some jackets on. Go down to the water. It's fantastic, you know. Um, Yeah, we do. I'm scooping on you. I'll go for it because I I don't I I've been here my whole life forty-four years, and counting, and I I I love the winter less every year, and I didn't love it to begin with, to be honest with you, but I guess it's been more more mild, and I will, I think winter's happy, more mine, because I used to bundle up, man. Sometimes I pull up just a hoodie and a half

00:40:24.500 --> 00:40:42.110 Tommy DiMisa: like for the whole winter these days, you know I don't think it's. I don't think it's fair As it was. I want to talk about the the exploration activities in the summer. What's the age? Groups there? Because I want to. You know I do have four children, and you know I would love them to get into some programming like this next year.

00:40:42.140 --> 00:41:01.559 George Ellis: Everybody's gonna kill me like six, seven, you know, typically around, you know, Fourteen fifteen, with a typical age, you know. It's fit in that all four fit in that range so we can work that out. That's good, absolutely, and every week is a different Uh, it's a different topic

00:41:01.570 --> 00:41:09.750 George Ellis: that that we teach, and um I don't have that list in front of me now, but it's it's really It's a wonderful diversity of it, right?

00:41:09.760 --> 00:41:32.540 George Ellis: And then um! We have uh our sailing activity, and you know kids come in and learn how to sail in various boats. We've got opties which are wonderful. We have four hundred and twenty double handed. We have sonars, which are twenty-three for keel boats. Um. And then we also have A. J. One hundred and five, which is a which is a thirty-four foot

00:41:32.550 --> 00:41:51.380 Tommy DiMisa: uh kind of cruise eraser, and we that's what we use for a big boat program. So I remember being out there. So I do have to say, shout out to Shannon Kelly, because Shannon will kill me if I don't, because I she's my body when I come out and visit. So i'm looking at the website China. It's marketing out there. So I I just want to make sure i'm hitting on all the friends that I've met John Brendle. So um,

00:41:51.390 --> 00:42:21.379 Tommy DiMisa: you know. Talk about like these, the competitive John, I mean. I remember when I was out there is telling me he raises competitively like that's these are like, you know these are folks who live and breathe this stuff that are in that I don't say in the trenches, wrong, wrong, analogy there, but that are on the books that are doing this stuff day in and day out. So two things I want to comment about that is, how cool is that if that's your career, and that's something you love, and that you get paid like That's pretty special. But then how to your word passion before. Of course they're passionate.

00:42:21.390 --> 00:42:34.029 George Ellis: They're in their world. They're in their flow all day long, and they're in their space, you know. That's what it is. And so for any kids, you know. Listen in in most particularly on the sailing front. A lot of uh, you know. Learn Learn to sale it. Kind of

00:42:34.170 --> 00:42:42.099 George Ellis: kissing. Yah! Yah! Club programs right? That tends to be where kids learn how to sale. Um. And so what we provide

00:42:42.110 --> 00:43:00.670 George Ellis: is that opportunity for kids who may not otherwise have that you know they may not be introduced to that. We provide that here, and you don't have to have your own boat. We provide the boat. Um, and it's it's well. Is it attainable? Because let's let's be honest. Let's get like you, and let's just break it down.

00:43:01.530 --> 00:43:24.580 Tommy DiMisa: This lifestyle sometimes comes with Well, that's expensive. That's costly. I can't do that. I can't reach that. I can't touch that. That's out of my lead. Let's just be honest. We know how society is, there's different sip scenarios, I want to know. Does the water send the waterfront center make this attainable for regular folks? We do make it to you first of all. Um, it's all relative, right? So yes, I'm not going to say that.

00:43:24.590 --> 00:43:52.849 George Ellis: Uh, you know it's all relative, you know it is. It's a cost. It's costly to run the program right. It's costly boats cost a lot, um, you know, having qualified staff everything. However. Um, yes, we do uh subsidize our programming again through the support of our benefactors. And that's a huge thing. And the other thing that we do is for those in need. And I really want to stress this for those. Need. We have a scholarship program, and we want to utilize that program. So on our website,

00:43:52.940 --> 00:44:06.779 George Ellis: you know, the waterfront center or G um, and there is a scholarship program. There is an application, and we want to provide that opportunity for everybody here and and let me just go a little further to say

00:44:06.970 --> 00:44:20.359 George Ellis: we work with the other organizations in this community that do that Mo. Most specifically youth and family counseling organization here in Oyster Bay that provides services to at risk uh families and children.

00:44:20.370 --> 00:44:37.769 George Ellis: Uh, and we want a program where, uh, you know, they have a group of kids that come here during the summer. Uh, and sometimes in other parts of the season of the year. Uh where the programming is. If it's not free. It's really close to it. That's what we want to do, and that's also why Tommy why

00:44:37.780 --> 00:45:07.290 George Ellis: you mentioned our disabilities programs called Zigzag. We take our twenty-three foot boats, and we, you know, anybody with even we've even have you know those with with vision. You know blind you know whatever with vision is not on the boats, which is amazing, and we've got adaptive equipment for those that have certain physical disabilities to be able to get on there, and that's completely free of charge, and we also have a veterans program, as you mentioned,

00:45:07.300 --> 00:45:30.870 George Ellis: where we provide for veterans to go out sailing, and you'll have to take an instructor, if you need to, completely free of charge, and we're very proud of providing that programming to the community. And and I just found, uh, I wrote down youth and family counseling. I just share that on Facebook for those of you checking in on Facebook. It's out there on the link right now. But that website is why F. C. A. Oyster bay, dot org y Fc. A oyster bay org

00:45:30.880 --> 00:46:00.849 Tommy DiMisa: What is better in my mind than to non-profits getting together and collaborating for the community and making things better. I want to learn more about that organization at some point I want to come out and support what you guys are doing specifically with that zigzag program. And also when you're working with the adaptives because of the adaptive boats, because we have this, my cousin in the past away about. I guess it's nine. It must be ten years now, and we have the Lindy Loo Foundation in memory of Linda, and I will tell you every

00:46:00.860 --> 00:46:19.349 Tommy DiMisa: that was probably one of the things that drew me to the nonprofit sector. It's how I got hooked up with spirit of Huntington Art Center. Um, because they have an artworks program. I'm on the board there, and that artworks programs for uh young adults when they age out of the school system, so they can learn digital media digital arts work, and they do incredible work. In fact, our company,

00:46:19.360 --> 00:46:38.209 Tommy DiMisa: which was called Vanguard insurance agencies, now called vanguard benefits. We just finished our rebrand. Our website just went live vanguard benefits. You, dot com. I never talk about business on the show, but I'm feeling like that. All is sort of related because the spirit of Huntington Art Center, these individuals, with intellectual developmental disabilities, who just learn a different way,

00:46:38.310 --> 00:46:47.559 Tommy DiMisa: have done incredible work for us. We use it for our brand. We also used, but we had them do the Bayside Business Association, where i'm. On the board. We had them through the website

00:46:47.600 --> 00:47:17.580 Tommy DiMisa: so, and the Rebrand Mission vision value all that type of stuff. But I will tell you so, Lindy Lou Lindy Lou drew me to a lot of the sector. In fact, time Katie Mcgowan forcibility is, I think of it, Lindy Lou Linda, I love you. We miss you and that Linda really connected me to a lot of this world. But I want George where i'm going with this is I want to talk to you about. We have our big event in March for the Lindy Loo Foundation. All the money we raise goes to organizations that are serving the special needs, community or the Id community. So come back to me, Jemay, I know you're listening. Come back to me on that. You may, and talk to me about how

00:47:17.590 --> 00:47:36.190 Tommy DiMisa: we can support some of that with some dollars. Talk about support, Tommy Dee Really, good Segue, We're going to take a break, and when we come back we're going to talk about how you can support this organization, what George and his team need, and how we can make connections. It's going to be a lightning round. George will be right back. Get ready. Lightning round coming up. Got it,

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00:49:32.430 --> 00:49:40.190 Tommy DiMisa: our jealous executive director of the waterfront center. All right, Let's let's really talk about this Georgia. I saw some of the organizations that support

00:49:40.200 --> 00:50:10.189 Tommy DiMisa: businesses and otherwise that support the organization Right now. I sort of al Fritz i'm looking to see. Uh, I don't know where I sort on your website, so you're trying to see that again if I could find it. But talk to me about those who have supported and and what you need and what's up coming if there's events I know you said during two thousand and twenty, a lot of that was uh put aside. Um, but talk to us about what you need, And actually, if we can shout out before we even do that, tell me about the Christine, one hundred and thirty year old, one hundred and thirty-eight year old Oyster sloop it was just the waste. They're fast up and away.

00:50:10.200 --> 00:50:24.859 George Ellis: So tell me, give me like thirty seconds on that, and then let's talk about connections

00:50:24.870 --> 00:50:52.970 George Ellis: uh for the uh, you know, for the waterfront center, and we actually like to say she represents Oyster Bay. She was built in one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three um by a Captain in Glenhead, uh New York, and she uh worked Oyster Bay harvesting oysters. So there isn't anything more related to choice to B than that um, And so she had through over the years she had passed through numerous different owners and gone to many different harbors, and

00:50:52.980 --> 00:51:05.999 George Ellis: and was eventually found someone in disrepair over in mystic Connecticut, in in the nineties, and there was a again, you know, a passionate group of you know, people in Oyster Bay. Um.

00:51:06.010 --> 00:51:25.490 George Ellis: You know a number of folks who are part of friends of the bay and in other organization here in town. That's that's very environmentally focused and shut out to them uh big supporters of the waterfront center uh they brought the vessel over it literally toed it back over to Oyster Bay. Um form the Christine Oyster Sloop Preservation Corporation,

00:51:25.500 --> 00:51:31.639 George Ellis: set up in one of the former Jacobs and buildings that are down along our property, and set out to restore her,

00:51:31.800 --> 00:52:00.150 George Ellis: and then donated the vessel, and of course, a lot of donations, a lot of support for that, and then donated to the vessel to the waterfront center to become our floating classroom home, run, floating classroom. Where do you get that? But on Long Island and a special nonprofit organization so cool again, Harder Mead. Right? Concerned group of citizens, small group of citizens change in the world. That's a hey? I say this all the time. No big deal. We're just changing the world, George, how do we help you continue to change the world on on the work.

00:52:00.160 --> 00:52:08.179 George Ellis: So you know again what we do. The only way we could do this, as we all know, access to the water is limited.

00:52:08.210 --> 00:52:19.310 George Ellis: Anything related to getting on the water is expensive, you know. You mentioned that right? Um, and we can't avoid that, and we don't try to ignore that topic, you know, in terms of,

00:52:19.670 --> 00:52:28.009 George Ellis: you know, getting out and sailing, and all that like It's great to learn how to sell. But then, when you take it from there, what do you do it? You cost you money, however. Um!

00:52:28.020 --> 00:52:50.140 George Ellis: Just learning those skills, and having that experience, I think, is a life changing thing. So for anybody doesn't need to necessarily become a lifelong passion, and if it does, that's wonderful. Um! But learning and understanding learning how the wind works, learning how the water uh impacts things. It's just we're all better off for it. So regardless. However,

00:52:50.150 --> 00:52:55.549 George Ellis: what we always can use is just more and more support. Um

00:52:55.850 --> 00:53:02.370 George Ellis: grants. You know. One thing that we have noticed is

00:53:02.600 --> 00:53:08.939 George Ellis: that we could serve more and more schools. However, two things that are always

00:53:08.950 --> 00:53:27.000 George Ellis: an issue is is is funding for schools right for these kinds of things, as we all know, a lot of that has become limited over the years, and what we would love to be able to do, and what we do from uh, from time to time is we love to get funding in order to be able to provide

00:53:27.140 --> 00:53:43.839 George Ellis: deeply discounted programming to schools and for teachers to bring their school groups here uh where it it doesn't have to cost them any to be a financial barrier for kids to learn about the marine environment, and that's where it's strive

00:53:43.920 --> 00:54:12.820 Tommy DiMisa: to. Uh to do Further, I I want to ask, is there? Is there a certain? And if I'm putting you on the spot, you don't have an answer That's okay. But is there a certain wish list of maybe companies or organizations locally, that you'd really love to partner up with, because I talk a lot about strategic alliances and the the for profit and nonprofit in together. Is there anybody that you have your eyes on as an organization that maybe we can help make that happen? I know i'm putting you on the spot. So I'm: Okay. If you don't have somebody

00:54:12.830 --> 00:54:40.539 George Ellis: with with those are out there, and you see our again. If you go to our website. You could see who our corporate responses are, and there's a lot more uh individuals in foundations that are anonymous behind that. Um, So but you know. I think we would just love to learn about uh other sort of grant opportunities. Transportation transportation is a big issue, right, you know. You've heard about sort of bus driver shortages, you know, these days the cost

00:54:40.550 --> 00:54:57.450 George Ellis: of getting a bus. Um, you know, which is one of the reasons why my focus and I think I said this to you when you came to visit, is what are you looking? What? What's, what's my strategy for? You know the immediate future for the waterfront center to bring the waterfront center out to the community. More,

00:54:57.460 --> 00:55:05.960 George Ellis: you have a vehicle that does that Right now we do. We have A. We have a vehicle. I like to call it the Mobile Marine Unit. Everybody laughs to me around here when I say that

00:55:05.970 --> 00:55:35.719 Tommy DiMisa: uh i'm famous for my dad jokes I well, i'm I'm actually infamous for mine. I'll tell you i'll tell you, you know, back to horse ability for a second they have a mini van that they that they put the minis in There's these. Look, I think I said today many horses, so it's so it's so cute they get. They think about the senior centers and stuff like that. But we're as I promised you last night we were going to run out of time way before we ran out of words, and I think I win. I win that one. So we we we. We are right now out of time,

00:55:35.730 --> 00:55:46.040 Tommy DiMisa: Eddie. Let's leave him with to go to the website. You're going to go to to all spelled out the waterfront center, dot org If somebody wants to get involved with programming. Who do they call?

00:55:46.350 --> 00:56:02.479 George Ellis: Uh? They would. They would give a call, uh, you know, here to our main number five, one, six, nine, two, two, seven, two, four, five, and anybody here who answers the phone is verse in what we do. Of course they could always ask for me. Happy to talk to anybody, but

00:56:02.490 --> 00:56:32.479 Tommy DiMisa: you know anybody at the staff. Here is is motors. I love it, I This is great, George i'm i'm excited to have had this conversation. Um, I I want to do whatever I can to help. Tell the story again for the organization, and consider me a friend. And listen. I'm not too far away. So as i'm sitting here, i'm going as i'm standing here, i'm saying, man, I should learn how to sail my friend Eric across the street who just texted me. I was telling him about that, you being on the show, and he goes. Are you doing the show with with the horses or without the horse like. Oh, there's no horses on this show. We're on the

00:56:32.490 --> 00:56:42.700 Tommy DiMisa: but he would love it if I became a sailor, so maybe I have to combine and take some sailing lessons. We'll. We have to figure that out next week on the show. I just want to mention um

00:56:43.010 --> 00:57:12.999 Tommy DiMisa: many of us in our lifetime will become caregivers, and Elisa Lewis will be here to talk about Nancy's house, which is an organization that provides respite to caregivers. You know I I They talk about the sandwich generation, George, you know you and me might be different in age, but we're probably both in that sandwich generation. Children and parents and people are living through a later stage in life, which is great, but it also becomes, you know, challenging on the family so many of us. Our caregivers are will become care of you. So we're going to talk about that next week on the show, George. Thanks for being here. Thanks.

00:57:13.010 --> 00:57:20.699 Tommy DiMisa: Everybody checking in the last thing i'll say, you're welcome last thing i'll say, Fred ta for my buddy it's checking, and he noticed my t-shirt tombo visual creations.

00:57:20.710 --> 00:57:48.470 Tommy DiMisa: Tombo and I, Fred and I, Eric and his his wife and I. We've got come together, have a strategic alliance. So if you're a nonprofit organization or for profit, looking for a swag looking for shirts, looking for anything, looking for toe bags and things like that. Fred and I worked out an arrangement where he's gonna provide, of course, world class service, but premium pricing to anybody that's connected with me. So let's do that. Let's make those connections, George. Make it a great day. Stay good on the water, everybody stay safe. I'm, Tommy D. I'll see you later on by now.

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