Marc Abbott

What’s your day job?

I am an employment lawyer with the firm of Littler Mendelson.

 

When did you start your Santa work?

 have now been helping Santa for more than 20 years!

 

What’s your favorite part of the holidays?

I love spending time with family and friends.

 

What is your favorite Christmas Magic moment?

We were able to fulfill the wish of a 12 year old girl, a gifted musician, a full drum set. She was in a garage band. Christmas “magic” was made that year, as we got contributions from employees in the music store and others to help buy this gift. We set up the drums at the party. She did not expect to receive the gift she had asked Santa for.

Tom Buonaiuto

What’s your day job?

 I am president of Empire National Bank.

 

When did you start your Santa work?  

I started my Santa work several years ago.

 

What’s your favorite part of your holidays?

My favorite part has always been getting together with family.  However, last year I was really touched deep with my experience with the children being Santa.  It was a moment I will never forget and fuels my desire to help more.

 

What is your favorite Christmas Magic moment?

Witnessing the beauty and pureness of the holiday through the eyes of a child – it’s priceless.

Mike Cosgrove

What is your day job?

I am an IT Office Analyst for the Department of Social Services.

 

When did you start your Santa work?

20 years ago

 

What’s your favorite part of the holidays?

Spending time with family and friends

 

What is your favorite Christmas Magic moment?

The annual Department of Social Services Foster Care dinners.

Mick Foley

What is your day job?

 am a writer, speaker, and entertainer.

 

When did you start your Santa work?

Although I wore my red suit to entertain American service members in 2004 & 2005, my first real year as Santa was 2012, making this my sixth year volunteering as Santa.

 

What’s your favorite part of the holidays?

My favorite part of the holidays is bringing joy to others through my portrayal of the iconic figure of Santa Claus.

 

What is your favorite Christmas Magic moment?

My favorite Christmas Magic memory was being asked to be Santa at the Watermill event on Christmas Eve 2014. I felt like I was being called in from the bullpen to pitch in the 7th game of the World Series.

Dr. Michael Fracchia

What is your day job?

I am an orthopaedic surgeon.

 

When did you start your Santa work?

I probably started with Christmas Magic 10+ years ago, but Santa work 4 years ago.

 

What’s your favorite party of the holidays?

I love giving and making kids smile.

 

What is your favorite Christmas Magic moment?

I loved playing Santa at the Baptist church in Gordon Heights.

Jamie LaBelle

What’s your day job?

Athletic Director of Plainedge High School

 

When did you start your Santa work?

In the late 90’s

 

What’s your favorite part of your holidays?

Setting up the North Pole

 

What is your favorite Christmas Magic moment?

My first customer after putting on the suit for the first time.

David Kotowski

What’s your day job?

I am the Managing Partner for Elevate Captives - a captive insurance management and consulting firm with offices in NY, Oklahoma, Delaware, Arizona and Hawaii. I'm also a director for Team Elevate - a girl's only travel lacrosse program.

 

When did you start your Santa work?

9 years ago!

 

What’s your favorite part of your holidays?

Christmas magic of course! Gathering with friends and family on Christmas at our open house!

 

What is your favorite Christmas Magic moment?

There are so many moments, but two really stand out. The 1st was when we had someone who was supposed to buy a bike and accessories for one of the children. They were running late to make the delivery to me and showed up at my house with a gift certificate for the bike to Walmart. The box truck was already packed and we were ready to go make our delivery. We drove to Walmart in Commack and bought the bike, helmet and accessories. We had the young boy turn his back as the bike was rolled in. When I told him he could turn around, he dropped to his knees. I'll always remember that moment and remember how important our 'job" truly is. The second "moment" for me is really a montage of moments of the effect that Christmas Magic has had on my own kids and the kids we have gotten involved over the years who truly understand the importance of giving to those who need it most.

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