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Mattituck Lions Club surprises seniors with donation and a mobile music system

Mattituck Lion Joe Doorhy presents a check for $1,500 to Karen McLaughlin. Photo: Katharine Schroeder

Mattituck Lions Club members Joe Doorhy and Tom Demopoulos surprised local seniors during their Christmas party in Mattituck with a donation of $1,500 and a brand new mobile music system that will enable the seniors to bring their music with them when they go on outings.

The check presentation came as the Christmas party was getting underway at the Human Resource Center on Thursday, with live music from Rocky and Company and a holiday dinner being prepared for them in the kitchen.

“Every year the Lions Club has what we call Christmas Spirit,” explained Doorhy. “We do it for the needy people in the community and a couple of years ago we felt like the seniors were being left out. We wanted to acknowledge the seniors by doing the same thing for them. The Lions Club wants to make sure we spread out the cheer to all age groups.”

“The Lions are so generous to us every year,” said Karen McLaughlin, Southold Town’s director of Human Services. “As you recall they gave us Kait’s Angels benches that they donated in memory of Joe’s beautiful daughter Kait, who was an inspiration to us all. It’s wonderful that they think of us this time of year and actually all through the year. They’re a wonderful group of people.”

The donation will fund a trip to a show and a picnic in Orient for the seniors.

SoutholdLOCAL photos by Katharine Schroeder. 

Katharine is a writer and photographer who has lived on the North Fork for nearly 40 years, except for three-plus years in Hong Kong a decade ago, working for the actor Jackie Chan. She lives in Cutchogue. Email Katharine