The Clark Gillies Center for All will officially open in Huntington Station with a ribbon cutting scheduled for Tuesday.
POP Earth and the foundation will collaborate to help people of all abilities with a program that includes music and art workshops, cooking classes, yoga, massage therapy, and fitness classes. The creative instructors include artists, dancers, yoga instructors, chefs, cooks and musicians.
The Clark Gillies Foundation helps children who are physically, developmentally, and/or financially struggling. Similarly, POP Earth focuses on holistic health and wellness for people everywhere no matter their ability. This partnership will enhance the experience at the Center and help serve more people through dynamic programming.
“It’s because of the Long Island community that we are able to support such incredible causes like POP Earth. It’s so important that we have places across Long Island that accept people of all abilities, and we are excited and humbled to contribute to one,” Emily Tyree, executive director of the Clark Gillies Foundation, said. “Clark led the way to do great work like this, and to say he would be proud is an understatement.”
“Clark Gillies created his foundation to support grassroots children’s charities on Long Island,” Paul Paternoster, Clark Gillies Foundation Board Member, said. “POP Earth checks all of the boxes for our foundation and is a cause that Clark would have been proud to support.”
The ribbon cutting is set for noon at 1046 New York Ave.
“We are thrilled that after 10 years of providing services for all abilities with various partners, we now have our own space,” POP Earth founder Debbie Stone, said. “We look forward to continuing our mission with the Clark Gillies Foundation and keeping his generous nature and memory alive.”
The Islanders Hall of Fame player died in 2022.
The Long Island Royals boys hockey team delivered breakfast Friday to the Huntington Hospital pediatric emergency department team Friday and met Islanders legend Clark Gillies for whom this part of the hospital is named. (June 2020).