The relationship between The INN and the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City is one that has lasted almost as long as The INN has been in existence. In 1986, volunteers from the Cathedral used to volunteer at the original location of the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen. Long-time congregant Margaret Taggart is one of the volunteers who helped serve meals to hungry and homeless Long Islanders when The INN was still a new organization.
More than 30 years later, Susan MacDonald, an INN supporter and the co-chair of the annual INN Luncheon, held in the fall, just happens to be a Cathedral Parish member. As a congregant, she spiritually connected with the congregation’s ideals set forth by Michael Sniffen, Dean of the Cathedral, who feels it is their responsibility to help support their neighbors in need. Working together, Susan and Dean Sniffen came up with a series of fundraising events he lovingly dubbed “INNcarnation” Fundraisers. The inaugural event was called the “INNcarnation Bruch,” sponsored by Walk Street in November 2017. An event in celebration of the new year quickly followed called “INNcarnation Twelfth Night Cocktails” in early January of 2018. To date, the Cathedral has raised over $15,000. A third event, a second “INNcarnation Brunch,” is scheduled for June 10th.
With a $15,000 annual fundraising goal for these events, the Cathedral calls on their neighbors for assistance. While the Cathedral provides the location, the volunteers and the music for the events, local restaurants donate the food and The Cathedral gets a sponsor to serve alcoholic beverages. Their support doesn’t stop there. The Cathedral also sends 10 volunteers each month to serve a meal to guests at the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen and they continue to participate in collection drives for needed items, including Easter baskets of toiletries and backpacks for students returning to school in September. According to Susan, the events are a “true coming together of the Cathedral congregation, our local Garden City community and supporters of The INN.”
To purchase tickets for the upcoming June INNcarnation brunch on June 10th, please visit their event site: www.INNcarnationJuneBrunch.Eventbrite.com