Over Labor Day weekend in 1994, several friends from the Bayport-Sayville area organized a day of music, food and fun. Held in the backyard of Bayport resident Brad Ringhouse, the event, which proved to be a rousing success, was aptly dubbed “Bradstock.”
With enthusiasm sky high, the all-volunteer organizers planned Bradstock II for the following Labor Day. However, two extra ingredients were to be added to the original, successful formula - a focus on our environment, and a determination to raise funds to donate to area organizations.
The good time had by all was to be complemented with a good cause supported by all. Which is exactly what has happened.
Thanks to the generosity of the many friends of Bradstock, in the past twenty-eight years we have donated over $275,000 including $120,000 to Camp-Pa-Qua-Tuck.
Other beneficiaries include the
Our friends from the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, man and woman the grills to keep us in grub over the weekend. The profits from the sale of the food goes to fund their own charitable cause – and they kick in a contribution to Bradstock as well.
Over these many years, the Bradstock organization has donated a mountain of food and ongoing monetary contributions to Island Harvest to help those less fortunate than ourselves. The Chiefs presented a check for $3,000 to Island Harvest at our year’s Platinum Party (pre-COVID).
We are confident that the Circle of Chiefs moves forward in a manner befitting the labor that we expend. May the circle be unbroken.
Click below to see more of the beginnings of Bradstock.