Curran hosts annual Women of Distinction luncheon

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you start out you think you are doing something good for others, but shortly afterwards you realize that what you give can’t compare to what you get back.” Grogan’s list of volunteer activities is long. From raising money for breast cancer with her employer Opthalmic Consultants of Long Island; or as former vice president of Special Projects for the Sudden Infant Death Foundation; or hosting a cable show for Hewlett House, a breast cancer resource center in Hewlett, to her involvement in many capacities at Our Lady of Peace Church, Jane Grogan has always been an extremely busy woman.

In addition, she turned a part time job as a receptionist at OCLI into a thriving 31-year career and currently holds the position of Quality Assurance Officer.

Of all the things she has done, she is proudest of raising her two sons, Stephen and Brian. She also readily admits it was the hardest job she has ever had in her life.

Grogan is married to Steve, and in addition to their sons and daughter-in-law Kristen, they have two beautiful grandchildren, Abbie and Sean.

Barbara Barnhart

The children are grown, the nest is empty and corporate America favors the young. What’s a grandma to do? For Barbara Barnhart, the answer became clear very quickly.

In 2000, as Barbara was starting a new stage of her life, she became aware of an organization “Stitches from the Heart” that provides handcrafted baby booties, caps, blankets and sweaters for newborns and their families nationwide. The knitting skills she learned as a young girl in Brooklyn were about to be put to good use.

She immediately contacted the group and soon had a knitting clique of about 30 members, some seniors and some teens, meeting at the Lynbrook Public Library. Within six months, Barnhart became the East Coast Representative for “Stitches.” In 2004 she formed another group of 20 volunteers in Bethpage. To date, her groups have donated more than 50,000 items to 29 area hospitals.

In addition to her work with “Stitches,” Barbara recruited a group of residents at the Senior Living Facility where she worked to knit pink scarves to promote breast cancer awareness, which are given to South Nassau Communities Hospital.
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