Patchogue-Medford Youth & Community Services prepares for golf outing with new director


Patchogue-Medford Youth & Community Services recently appointed Karen Drago as their new executive director.

Drago has been working with children and families since 1996; she started her career teaching preschool. For 11 years, she was a Montessori instructor, working with children from birth to 18 months. Her most recent experience with families was working in emergency housing for 12 years, serving the needs of homeless families.

“I believe that coming to Patchogue-Medford Youth & Community Services is where I am meant to be,” she said of her new appointment. “I obtained my MSW from Stony Brook University in 2017 and am looking forward to furthering my career at this amazing organization, and all that we can do to better the community and service the needs of our residents.”

Their food pantry hours have also changed to Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting in October, the second Saturday of each month they will also be open 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Lastly, the organization is planning for their annual Golf Classic at Timber Point Golf Course, 398 Great River Road, Great River, on Thursday, Oct. 28. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.

“The golf outing is our annual event that brings the opportunity for our supporters to have a great time and meet each other,” said Drago. “I am looking forward to my first outing so that I can personally thank everyone for their support, as this support has benefited so many families and their children.”

Golfer packages start at $800 for two players and go up to $5,000 for sponsorships. Non-golfer sponsorship packages start at $200 for tee signs and go up to $3,000, or $125 for lunch only. For more information contact

All funds raised will go to support PMYCS youth programs including the food pantry, clothes closet, counseling, after-school programs, thanksgiving and holiday assistance, guitar, acting and dance lessons.


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