Paul Drum, Glee H, and Johanna Benthal (service dog Rae in background).

December, 2019

 The past year has been an exciting one for the PDLEP and we are so pleased you have been a part of it! Thank you for taking us into your hearts and supporting our mission to introduce our youth to an eclectic palate of new experiences. 

The children have been introduced to sign language, the men, women, and equipment of Southold Police Department, the Greenport power plant, maneuvering a row boat through the Peconic Bay, and examined its waters under a microscope, built a robotic toy, and learned a few magic tricks. 

You have joined us at the Breakfast with Pirates & Mermaids, got to know our police force at the Southold Police Kids' FunFest, and most recently enjoyed the Gingerbread Gallery & Auction. These fun*raisers, in addition to our generous sponsors, and your financial support have enabled us to start scheduling classes for the summer of 2020. More news of those in our next monthly newsletter. 

Congratulations go out to all of you who generously entered your delicately crafted gingerbread structures. We deeply appreciate all those that donated their time, services and goodies to help make this event so special. Our three judges, Marla Milne, Rob Brown, and Aldo, did a masterly job of selecting the winners.

(Photo to left is Paul Drum, Glee H., Johanna Benthal and her service dog Rae in background). 

Professional Category Winners

1st Place


Johanna Benthal

2nd Place


Celeste Bakery

3rd Place


Blue Duck Bakery

1st Place Amateur


Louis Grossio (Bug Light)

2nd Place Amateur


Anonymous Peconic Landing resident

3rd Place Amateur


Rita Nigro & friends

Photo Credit: Judy McCleery, Vivid Visions Photo-Graphics 

In the Professional category, 1st place went to Johanna Benthal, 2nd to Celeste Bakery, and 3rd to Blue Duck Bakery. Our Amateur Baker awards were, 1st place went to  Louis Grossio, 2nd to an anonymous Peconic Landing resident, and 3rd to Rita Nigro & friends. We are pleased to report, based upon the reception and encouragement received,  the Gingerbread Gallery & Auction will be back next year! 

Our wish for you, our supportive friends, is for a joyous Holiday Season and may the New Year bring you peace, health, and 365 days of exhilarating, thoughtful, new experiences!


Sharon, Arlene, Morgant, Lynn & Paul

The Paul Drum Life Experience Project