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EAC Network to Mark 50 Years of Service at Golden Anniversary Gala

Celebration Event Will Honor Nassau and Suffolk County Police Commissioners, Recognize Organization Founders, and Launch Next 50 Years of Service to LI and NYC

November 14, 2019 – LONG ISLAND, NY – EAC Network, the Hempstead-based human services agency, is celebrating its 50th year of uninterrupted service to people in need across Long Island and New York City. Its year-long celebration will culminate at a special Golden Anniversary Gala on November 20th at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, NY.  The event will honor Geraldine Hart, Commissioner of the Suffolk County Police Department, and Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department, for their dedicated service to Long Island communities.

EAC Network was founded during a time and place in history when social forces in the United States put forth a major effort to battle poverty, crime, drugs, and racism. In 1969, volunteers came together to address the community’s growing unmet needs. Over the next 50 years, EAC Network’s mission expanded to empower, assist, and care for over 82,000 people in need including youth in foster care, child victims of abuse, families struggling with basic needs, individuals battling addiction and mental illness, vulnerable seniors maintaining independence, and many more.

“Today, much of EAC Network’s vital work is intertwined with the police and courts,” said Lance W. Elder, President & CEO of EAC Network. “We are extremely proud to honor the leadership and law enforcement efforts of both commissioners, which enable EAC Network to save youth from being sexually exploited, prevent child motor vehicle fatalities, rescue fragile seniors, and support so many more underserved populations. We are incredibly grateful for these partnerships that are transforming lives and building safer communities.”

Katie Beers, local kidnapping and abuse survivor turned NY Times best-selling author/inspirational speaker, has been a long-time advocate for EAC Network, particularly its Child Advocacy Center. Katie will join the organization as a special guest speaker for the milestone Golden Anniversary Gala on November 20th.

To learn more about EAC Network’s Golden Anniversary Gala, purchase tickets or sponsorships, or to make a donation that will help launch EAC Network’s next 50 years of improving quality of life for neighbors in need, please visit

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About EAC Network

EAC Network is a diverse not-for-profit human service agency that empowers, assists, and cares for over 82,000 children, families, and seniors in crisis across Long Island and New York City. Among those we help are children who have been abused or who are in foster care, people struggling with addiction or mental illness, vulnerable seniors, individuals seeking gainful employment, and more. For more information, visit us at, call (516) 539-0150, or find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram at @EACNet.

Susan Fragale │ Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships │ (516) 539-0150 x210 │

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