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SBU gets nearly $2M in donations to expand centers

Stony Brook University, founded in 1957, is a

Stony Brook University, founded in 1957, is a public research university in Stony Brook on the North Shore of Long Island, and ranked in the top 100 public universities by the U.S. News & World Report, with about 25,000 students enrolled. (July 26, 2012) Credit: Brittany Wait

Three recent donations to Stony Brook University will bring in nearly $2 million to expand the children’s hospital and the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, the university has announced.

More than $787,000 is from the estate of Phillip and Carolyn McGrath. The couple, who had no children of their own, took a personal interest in helping the daughter of a friend, attorney Ralph Fresolone of Hauppauge.

Their gift will be split evenly between the children’s hospital and the autism center with those respective portions being matched, by The Simons Foundation and an anonymous donor, for a total of $1.57 million.

It is the largest gift to The Cody Center since its founding in 2001, university officials said. The children’s hospital was established in 2010.

Dexter Bailey Jr., the university’s vice president for advancement, said in a statement that the McGraths’ gift is “a tangible expression of their concern for children's health that will impact generations to come.”

Two Smithtown companies also made donations this month. Title company Redwood Abstract Inc. gave $100,000 and the law firm Mark S. Eghrari & Associates donated $82,000. Both gifts will be matched by an anonymous donor and help expand the children’s hospital.

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