Former Congressman Tom Suozzi shared a pre-summer surprise on May 30. This will benefit not only everyone in Glen Cove, but also the city’s many music-loving visitors. With her generous $1 million donation and sponsorship from her Rally Motors company and Terrian family, the non-profit Morgan Summer Music Festival continues.
Held from July to the end of August, this free festival traditionally features professional and family-friendly musical performances of all kinds, from Broadway to swing to jazz. Funding comes from donations that are fully tax deductible.
The Morgan Summer Music Festival has held a special place in Suozzi’s heart since it began 64 years ago when his father, Joseph, was mayor of Glen Cove, and was run by his mother, Margaret, until her death in 2017. . Tom and some volunteers have joined us. Since then, he has been responsible for the festival, which hosts concerts on Sunday nights.
The grounds of Morgan Memorial Park, a 40-acre park overlooking Long Island Sound, were deeded to the city by investor JP Morgan in 1926 after his wife’s death. He wanted to build a park in her memory and offered the city a 999-year lease for $1.
“The only way we can hold a concert is with the help of volunteers and fundraising from local businesses and residents,” Suozzi said. “When Larry’s owner, Julianna (Terrian), approached me, she offered to do something transformative. increase.”
Larry’s announcement comes as the company begins to mark the 65th anniversary of the opening of its first dealership in Glen Cove.
When Terian spoke, she began by offering words of praise to Glen Cove Mayor Pam Panzenbeck. “I am very happy that we have a strong woman leading this city,” she said. “It’s a long-standing tradition for Larry to give back. Peter (husband) opened the first dealership 65 years before her, when she was still 19 years old, in Glen her Cove on Seacliffe Avenue. Glen Cove has been our home ever since.”
Peter Terrian founded Rally in 1958 as an import car service repair shop. Larry currently owns franchises for Acura, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. The company is known for its philanthropic efforts and gives back to the community for its support. Terrian said his family is still happy and proud to stay in Glen Cove after all these years.
Panzenbeck said the administration is committed to maintaining popular parks. The revetments, walkways and baths will soon be re-roofed, but these are just a few of the recent improvements.
Carolyn Wilson, deputy mayor when Tom Suozzi was mayor, has lived in Glen Cove since the 1970s. Wilson is one of the volunteers who continue to host the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival each year.
“Volunteers help raise the funds needed to organize concerts and spread information about concerts,” she said. “I used to go to concerts all the time. Concerts are part of life here. My children came to them and now my grandchildren are leaving.”
Suozzi said Terian’s donations show who they have always been. “Larry has been adamant about what it means to be a good corporate citizen and his neighbor,” Suozzi said. “The Terrian family and Larry will ensure that music continues to flow in the park for generations to come.”
The first concert will take place on July 2nd at 7pm with Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney. A full schedule is available at MorganParkMusic.org.