The Bellport Village Program Fund
The mission of this private not for profit organization is to partner with the Village to execute selected projects to improve the experience of residents and youths at the Village recreational areas.
Our mission and related projects are executed for the benefit of the residents of the Village of Bellport.
To see a description of all our current projects and mission, click here
Bellport Bay 5K on July 12, 2020
The Bellport Village Program Fund (BVPF) is pleased to announce that it is reviving the annual summer 5K race in Bellport. Formerly known as the Clipper Classic, the newly christened Bellport Bay 5K will be staged on Sunday July 12, 2020. There will also be a 1-mile Fun Run for kids of all ages. All proceeds from race registrations and tax-deductible sponsorships, after race-related expenses, will go to benefit the BVPF.
“For years, this road race was a central event in Bellport’s summer, and we are pleased to see that the Bellport Village Program Fund is bringing it back as the Bellport Bay 5K,” said Bellport Village Mayor Ray Fell. “I want to thank the Bellport Village Program Fund and all those who are volunteering in the effort to put on a successful race.”
“By bringing back this race as the Bellport Bay 5K,” said Michael Foster, the BVPF Chairman, “we not only will be putting on a great race for everyone who loves to run, but we also will raise money for our ongoing and new projects in and around Bellport. Our goal is to continue the long tradition established by the Clipper Classic and make this race an annual event on Bellport’s summer calendar.”
The registration page is live now! It is: https://events.elitefeats.com/july-2020-bellport-bay-5k
For more information on the Bellport Bay 5K, email
Interested in sponsor opportunities? Click here.
Wagons @ HoHum
This year residents had 6 new Red Flyer wagons at Ho Hum Beach to help transport stuff back and forth from the ferry landing. These were donated by the BVPF for free use by all residents.
The trek is long with lots of gear
Perhaps 2 trips would be our fear
But now with wagons hauling stuff
Thanks BVPF 1’s quite enough
Biting Back at the Bandshell
In 2019 the BVPF expanded its Bite Back mosquito spraying program to include the Village Bandshell Park. Bite Back now covers Mothers Beach, Ho Hum Beach and the Bandshell Park.
Enjoy the music while you're sittin'
Without the fear of getting bitten.
Bellport Bowling Alley Restoration—Grand Opening
In the Fall of 2018, the BVPF together with the Bellport Village began restoration of the antique 1929 bowling alley in the basement recreation room of the Bellport Community center. The scope of the project included:
Restoration of the bowling alley to its original 1929 working condition
Facelift of the entire space by the Village
New bowling balls and bowling shoes for use by bowlers
A Grand Opening was held on May 26, 2019 and was attended by over 100 people. It was a great time and fun for all. Anna McLure, Joan Prybazerski, and Ex-Mayor Bob Wallen threw out the first bowling balls to christen this event. Many thanks go to Hartwell Builders, Palace Lighting, Aboff’s Paints, Gold Crown Bowling, Babylon Bowl, Strikeforce Bowling, the Village Highway Dept., and Phillip Thomas Interiors for all their creativity and hard work.
A Long Island Regional grant was awarded to the Village in December, 2019 for $187,500. This will be used on a wide range of repairs, including new A/C for the center and recreation room.
Family Bingo Night
BVPF once again hosted 2 Family Bingo Nights at the Bellport Country Club. This year, 90 people attended the July 11 Bingo Night, and 50 attended on August 8, with excited winners getting Carla Marla Gift Certificates.
Cocktails by the Bay
The 2019 summer fundraiser was held on August 10 overlooking the Bellport Bay and Marina at the Shore Road home of Sava and Roger Thomas. As a result of the successful event and contributions, we are able to continue with another year of Bite Back against mosquitoes and flies at Ho Hum Beach, Mother’s Beach and the Bandshell Park.
We will also be able to continue cleaning the beaches at the Marina Beach and Mother's Beach.
A picture perfect summer day greeted contestants on Saturday, August 31st , at the 11th Annual Ho Hum Beach Sandcastle Contest, sponsored by the Bellport Village Program Fund.
Newly Designed Bandshell Park Playground
The new signature project for 2020 was announced at our Cocktails by the Bay party. It is a partnership with the Village to re-design the Marina playground and install much needed new playground equipment for the summer of 2020. A Long Island Regional grant was awarded to the Village in December, 2019 for $112,500. This will be used for the new playground. The BVPF will work with the Village and is prepared to contribute if needed.
Other Projects Being Considered
We are looking at various styles of beach mats/boardwalks to help ease the transition from the existing boardwalk onto the beach at Ho Hum.