Foundation News Archive 2016

We are proud to announce the creation of a new scholarship, named in honor of Peter Fox Cohalan, former Islip Town Supervisor (1971-1979) and Suffolk County Executive (1979-1986) who is also on the Board of Trustees of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. The new annual scholarship is open to all Islip Town High School Seniors.

The recipient of the first ever grant is Jared Bergen, valedictorian of Sayville’s 2016 graduating class.

“I think it’s very important people spread their love of history in society, especially local history. Suffolk County and Islip Town have a plethora of incredible local history, and it’s so important that we get the message out through these awards.” - Cohalan

Read the full Suffolk Times article: click here


Photo: Jared Bergen, the first recipient of the Peter Fox Cohalan History Scholarship provided by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

We are proud to annouce that the Foundation has donated $3 million to the Columbia University Faculty of Arts and Sciences to establish the Robert Gardiner–Kenneth T. Jackson Professorship in the history department. When combined with a preexisting $1 Million fund, the endowment amounts to $4 Million. 

Read more from Columbia Magazine here.

“This gift ensures that our mission — fostering the appreciation of New York history — will continue to thrive at the university that calls New York home.” - Joseph R. Attonito ’66LAW, president of the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation.


Photo: Kenneth T. Jackson / Photograph by Eileen Barroso

The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum has just received a grant of $135,000 from The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation to support the restoration of the museum’s extensive marine collection, the largest privately assembled collection of sea specimens from the pre-atomic-era.

Jennifer Attonito, executive director of the foundation, said, “The Vanderbilt Museum is a Long Island gem and a major anchor of local history. We are proud to help preserve this valuable collection to benefit museum visitors and to help raise awareness of Long Island’s heritage.”

Read More From The Long Island Exchange 

Photo: Vanderbilt Marine Museum, first floor. Photo Credit: Vanderbilt Museum.