Save the date for the first-ever PAC gala
Save the date! The Patchogue Arts Council will be holding their first annual fundraising gala on Oct. 26.


Save the date for the first-ever PAC gala


The Patchogue Arts Council has announced a date of Oct. 26 for their first-ever annual Toast to the Arts gala with an exhibit reception to be held at the PAC gallery, followed by a dinner celebration at Toast Coffeehouse.

Newly hired executive director Beth Giacummo is currently planning the event with the hopes of providing the community with a night of art, music and performances in support of the arts council. 

“We hope all who love the arts and understand the important role PAC has played in revitalizing this community will want to attend the gala and celebrate with us. The evening promises to be filled with exciting performances, original live local music and art,” she said. “We will feature samplings of our programming, a special exhibition and, of course, creative raffles to help raise funds that will allow PAC to continue its ‘imPACtful’ programming for the Long Island Arts Community. It is definitely not your grandma’s gala.”

The first-of-its-kind PAC event, she said, will be in honor of the about 14 council founders, which include Giacummo and PAC president Lori Devlin. “We are calling on them to help celebrate [the almost 10-year-old nonprofit],” added Giacummo.

According to Devlin, the event was made possible by the newly created executive director’s position and, of course, Giacummo. “She started in April and has been such a great asset to our organization. She has so many great ideas,” said Devlin.

The event, Giacummo explained, is part of the organization’s larger fall fundraising and will be the largest of four already anticipated events including the Aug. 27 Singles Brunch, Sept. 24 Raku event — in which participants fire their own pottery — and another to-be-announced event scheduled for some time in November.

“I have been really trying to just do something different,” she said of her creative fundraising ideas.

Tickets to the Toast gala are currently on sale and are being sold in two tiers. The first tier gives access only to the first hour-and-a-half PAC gallery exhibit with a mashed potato bar and a Long Island Vodka tasting at $45 per person. The second tier includes the gallery exhibit followed by the dinner celebration at Toast for $100 per person or $180 per couple. The entire gala is from 7-11 p.m. 

According to Giacummo, the art exhibit pre-party to be held at the PAC gallery will feature specially created video installation. Guests will be greeted by a unique performance with live music by The Conversation, a local band performing a special selection of original music inspired by the 1927 film by Fritz Lang, “Metropolis,” and the theme for the evening.

Currently, there is a call to all video artists looking to create something for display. 

The celebration at Toast, she added, will not only feature wine-paired food courses and an art auction, but also a live fire performance and snippets of local original music and poets. Michelle Whittaker will be reading. A PAC collaborator since 2009, Whittaker received a 2009 Jody Donohue Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize special mention, and a Cave Canem fellowship. She also co-chairs the Literary Committee.

And though not mandatory, Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Toast’s executive chef Richard Kanowsky has been currently working with PAC to create an artistically inspired food menu. A “newspaper” girl will pass out a newspaper-inspired journal of sponsors.

“We are so excited for this whole concept to come together. It’s going to be very creative with lots of surprises and anyone who comes is really going to have a good time,” promised Devlin.

Space is limited to 100 tickets and Devlin and Giacummo are anticipating a sell-out. To reserve tickets or make a contribution, email