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Stephanie Condra of Splashes of Hope (front right), celebrates the 5th annual Huntington Village Pub and Restaurant Stroll with volunteers and beer enthusiasts. (Photo by: Gene Bernabo)

Splashes of Hope, a Long Island nonprofit, gave beer drinkers a reason to raise their glasses at their 5th annual Huntington Village Pub and Restaurant Stroll on Saturday, May 15.

The Huntington Village Pub and Restaurant Stroll, sponsored by Blue Point Brewing Company and Shoreline Beverage of Huntington, offered Long Islanders the opportunity to sample craft beers like Blue Moon, New Castle, Brooklyn Ale, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat,  Boston Ale, Hard Core Cider, and Blue Point.  Participants who registered for the stroll paid a $35 registration fee, which allowed them to buy Blue Point beers for $2 instead of the normal price of $8.

Stephanie Condra, assistant art director and program coordinator, said the annual Stroll helps Splashes of Hope’s mission to create hand-painted murals in pediatric hospitals, orphanages and mental health facilities.

This year, the stops included Nag’s Head Ale House, Finley’s of Greene Street, Canterbury Ales, Rookies Sports Club, and Mary Carrol’s. Condra said this year’s bars were chosen by Sally Ann Weger, event chair and Splashes of Hope board member. Weger, who is actively involved with the Huntington Village community, chose these places because she was familiar with these establishments and their owners.

Claritza Ochoa of Ronkonkoma, said it was her first time participating in the Stroll and said her favorite stop was Finley’s of Green Street. “I would have to say Finley’s of Greene Street was my favorite stop because the atmosphere was pleasant, the people were friendly, and the beer was smooth.”

Other Long Islanders say they also enjoyed participating in this beer event. “Each year is something new and great, I believe that the new support that comes each year brings a new and lively feel [to the event],” said Mary Witherspoon, a resident of Huntington Village.

Splashes of Hope is a non-profit organization that has made its life mission to helping patients  and their families, simply by creating custom-designed, hand-painted murals in pediatric hospital wards, AIDS clinics, orphanages, mental health facilities and other medical settings. The organization was founded in 1996 by artist Heather Buggée, who spent much time with a close friend who was bedridden in a local hospital, suffering from Hodgkin’s disease. Buggée felt compelled to create murals at hospitals so that children who are having a difficult time would be able to take their imagination beyond hospital walls.