A Culture We Can’t Afford to Lose

by Peter Schapero

We have a great deal to be thankful for this year.

One example is the work we’ve done with the Long Island Real Estate Group (LIREG).

If you don’t know LIREG, we’re nearly 400 real estate owners, developers, managers and allied trades who come together to raise money for charitable real estate related projects and networking.

As a founding member, I’ve been involved with LIREG for over 10 years, the last two as Co-President. During this time we’ve raised more than $1,000,000 for charities across Long Island. In 2016, we contributed $134,500 to five Long Island charities.

School for Language and Communication Development (SCLD), Glen Cove. The Glen Cove-based organization, whose mission is to identify children with language and autism spectrum disorders and to help them to communicate, received $51,000. The funds will be used for renovation of a preschool and elementary school playground at a school SCLD operates in New Hyde Park.

Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN), Hempstead. The charity, which addresses hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food and shelter, received $30,000. The money will help pay for the design and installation of a family dining room at the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead.

Nassau Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America (NSASA), Wantagh. The Long Island-based chapter of nation’s oldest Autism group works to get families who deal with Autism to become fully participating members of the community, received $28,000. The funds will be used to pay for the renovation of a greenhouse in Wantagh to enhance NSASA’s Day Hab programs.




Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Greenvale. The Island’s leading voice for the performing arts on Long Island since 1980, received $27,500 to upgrade the assistive listening system used by patrons with hearing loss at the Tilles Center Concert and Recital Halls on the CW Post Campus.

Response of Suffolk County, Stony Brook. The operator of a crisis intervention and suicide prevention hot line received $25,000 to upgrade the working environment at the organization’s offices.

Giving to these charities and others that we have contributed to over the years is particularly rewarding. These contributions demonstrate how seriously the Long Island Real Estate Group regards its efforts to make a difference on Long Island.

Being an Agency Partner with Acrisure has afforded the opportunity to continue pursuing our Charitable and Civic interests. We are truly thankful to have found an organization of growth oriented leaders that value the wisdom of leveraging strengths while maintaining the entrepreneurial spirit & culture of its members.

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