John Catsimatidis, the chairman of the Red Apple Company who recently ran for mayor of New York City, has donated $105,000 to the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center on the Bridgehampton Turnpike in Bridgehampton.
The money will be used to restore and refurbish one of the four buildings on the 12-acre property where the staff provides care, courses, sports, a summer program and enrichment programs for local children.
The board of the nonprofit organization reached out to Mr. Catsimatidis, who has homes in Quogue and Manhattan, a month ago to ask for his support. The building, on the northwest corner of the property, has been in disrepair for several years. Restoring it will give the center a third building on the property to conduct its programs.
After the renovation is completed, two more buildings on the campus will need major repairs, the “team building” and the administration building, which has not been renovated since it was a farmhouse in the 1940s.
The fourth building, known as the “McCall Building,” named for the late benefactors of the center, Penny and David McCall, was renovated with funds raised at an annual jazz benefit hosted by Peter Jennings at his Bridgehampton home until his death in 2005. That building currently houses LI Head Start.
The board, in accepting Mr. Catsimatidis’s donation, voted to rename the building “Margo’s Cottage” in honor of his wife.
For more information about the child care center, visit bccrc.com.