Family-to-Family, Inc. and Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation Grant wish to Hurricane Sandy survivor

Date:  February 22, 2013

Contact:  Robert DiGiovanni, Executive Director/Senior Biologist
631-369-9840
Rdigiovanni@riverheadfoundation.org

Family-to-Family, Inc. and Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation Grant wish to Hurricane Sandy survivor

Tori McGregor’s dream of working with marine mammals and sea turtles was made possible through the generosity of Family-to-Family, Inc., (F-to-F) a grassroots New York based relief organization working to help families hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Family-to-Family granted Tori’s request to visit the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and participate in a personalized sea turtle forensic examination with Rescue Program Director, Kimberly Durham.

Tori’s special day was made possible by funds raised and donated to F-to-F by Henrik Lundquist, of the NY Rangers.  The McGregor family was one of hundreds of families deeply affected by Hurricane Sandy and helped by F-to-F since the storm hit. The Family-to-Family organization (https://www.family-to-family.org/) contacted the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation (www.riverheadfoundation.org) and made arrangements for the McGregor family to visit the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead, New York and for Tori to spend time as a forensic investigator with the pathobiology program.  “It was an amazing opportunity to spend time with a remarkable young lady whose drive and ambition to become a marine biologist is inspiring”, stated Kimberly Durham.

Tori and her family enjoyed a visit to the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead, New York.  “We are grateful to the Family-to-Family organization for their commitment and generosity to the families overwhelmed by the storm.  “Tori’s strength and positive outlook toward reaching her goals of working with marine mammal and sea turtles is inspirational, “stated Robert A. DiGiovanni Jr., Executive Director.

For information on outreach, volunteer and adoption programs please call 631-369-9840 or visit the Riverhead Foundation’s website www.riverheadfoundation.org