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Members of the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury preparing for their Hollywood-themed fundraising gala. The group of retired women has a threefold mission: education, community service and philanthropy. (Oct. 14, 2013)

Meadowbrook Women's Initiative

Members of the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative are retirees whose group mission is community service, philanthropy and education. Much of the money they raise goes to Long Island charities.

Members of the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative at the
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Members of the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury preparing for their Hollywood-themed fundraising gala. The group of retired women has a threefold mission: education, community service and philanthropy. (Oct. 14, 2013)

Ava Gorkin, left, 71, of East Meadow, Sharon
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Ava Gorkin, left, 71, of East Meadow, Sharon Wallach, 64, of Hempstead and Addy Kalsmith, 87, of Valley Stream check out a mannequin wearing vintage clothes collected from members of the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative for its Hollywood-themed fundraising gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. (Oct. 14, 2103)

Nina Grosswirth, left, 81, of East Meadow and
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Nina Grosswirth, left, 81, of East Meadow and Addy Kalsmith, 87, of Valley Stream gather decorations for the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative Hollywood-themed fundraising gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. (Oct. 14, 2013)

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Ava Gorkin, left, 71, and Nina Grosswirth, 81,
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Ava Gorkin, left, 71, and Nina Grosswirth, 81, both of East Meadow, chat while Ellen Zipkin, 74, of Freeport arranges a collection of table centerpieces for the Hollywood-themed Meadowbrook Women's Initiative fundraising gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury (Oct. 14, 2013)

Addy Kalsmith, 87, of Valley Stream, helps to
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Addy Kalsmith, 87, of Valley Stream, helps to arrange props and decorations for the Hollywood-inspired gala of the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. (Oct. 14, 2103)

Ellen Zipkin, 74, of Freeport, fills movie theater-style
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Ellen Zipkin, 74, of Freeport, fills movie theater-style popcorn boxes for the Hollywood-inspired gala of the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. (Oct. 14, 2103)

Hollywood-inspired props and decorations arranged and displayed for
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Hollywood-inspired props and decorations arranged and displayed for the gala of the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. (Oct. 14, 2013)

In her East Meadow home, Bea Wolf, 83,
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In her East Meadow home, Bea Wolf, 83, a member of the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative, knits a scarf that will be donated to those in need. (Sept. 24, 2013)

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At her East Meadow home, Gloria Cohen sorts
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At her East Meadow home, Gloria Cohen sorts through clothes that will be donated to homeless veterans. Cohen, 77, is vice president of Community Service with the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Hofstra medical student Collin Fuller, left, with his

Hofstra medical student Collin Fuller, left, with his translator, Roberto Michel, does medical research in the Dominican Republic. A stipend from the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative helped pay his expenses there.

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