By Mike Busch

Garlon  Burgos received some tough news on March 1st when he was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer.   Garlon, the long time chef at Howard’s Cafe in Patchogue, has developed a huge network of friends between Patchogue, Davis Park and North Babylon where he lives now with his wife Linda and three young children- Holly, Lilly and Alex.

Garlon has built up a reputation as a guy that would do anything for you and now it is time to return the favor.

For those of you familiar with Davis Park, Garlon and his wife Linda started the well known Martini Party at the Harbor House in 1999- where the liquor was always free along with the hangovers!

Many friends were made over the years and all were welcome.

Garlon and Bill Schatz Circa 2007

During his treatment, Garlon will not be able to work but fortunately the community is stepping up to lend some help.

With that in mind, two of Garlon’s long time friends, Bill Schatz and Tom Murphy (with the help of many others) have arranged a benefit this Sunday to raise money for this great family.

The Tap Room on Main St. in Patchogue will be hosting the Burgos Family Fundraiser Sunday between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Ed Travers will be performing live along with a huge list of items donated by the community up for auction.

A few highlights include:

-Father’s Day weekend beach house at Davis Park-from Jackie Smith

-Dinner for Four at the Davis Park Casino Cafe and four round trip ferry tickets –

-Four tickets to a Yankee Game

-Two tickets to a Met Game

-Fishing Trip on Captree Princess

-2 Custom Fishing Rods from Alex Werner

-Framed Photo from Great South Bay Images

Gift Cards from local Restaurants Including:

-Oar Steak and Seafood

-Porters on the Lane

-South Country Tavern


-Tap Room


-James Joyce


-Village Idiot

-The Cheese Patch



-Catch Oyster Bar

-Reese’s 1900

-To Morrow’s Pub

-Verde Kitchen and Cocktails (Bay Shore)

-Local Burger (Bay Shore)

-Coastal Kitchen (Bay Shore)

-T.J. Finley’s (Bay Shore)

-Over 25 Gift Baskets!

-50/50 Raffle

-More items added every day!

-Cash Donations Accepted as well

-$20 Donation at the Door


If you cannot attend, their has been a GoFundMe page set up for the family, please consider a donation here.


 Sunday 4/22 | 2-5 PM

The Tap Room

114 West Main Street

Patchogue NY 11772