Local insurance company is staple of community altruism

Geoghan family has generations of town involvement

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A sure sign of spring is the myriad of car washes at the Geoghan Insurance building at 870 Montauk Highway.

For over 25 years, the Geoghan family has humbly and happily served the community by allowing what seems like every possible sports team, from Little League to varsity football, to use their sprawling driveway for good, old-fashioned group car wash fundraisers.

At the time of the interview, Geoghan was booked for a car wash every weekend until June, with calls coming in every day.

The car wash is typically four hours long, on Saturday or Sunday when the office is closed, on the east side of the building where the water hookup is located.

Kathy, the family’s beloved office manager, has been at her post for over 36 years and enjoys booking the car washes for community members.

“Sunday is the biggest day,” said Kathy.

The patriarch of the family, Walter P. Geoghan, was the first grand marshal for the annual Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Parade, and gladly invested in the community as a thank-you for his successful business that is now owned by his three sons, who altogether have sent nearly a dozen Geoghans through the BBP School District, making them a staple of the towns.

Established in 1957, the Geoghan Insurance building has been a fixture of Montauk Highway in Bayport for generations of BBP.

Sheila Gayle Geoghan, the matriarch of the family, was a Sayville teacher and just as involved with the community as her husband.

When the community was asked about what they remembered most of the car washes held at the Geoghan building, they said, “the fun,” “the warmth,” “practical jokes on each other,” “excitement of making money for our fundraiser,” and “laughing with friends.”

Typically, community groups will charge a nominal fee of $5 per car wash and often will sell merchandise of their team.

Jane Geoghan, who is married to Walter’s son John, recalls one year when the cheerleading squad donned bathing suits and caused some ire amongst the more conservative community members.

“My niece was a part of it,” said Jane. “I thought they looked great!”

With a long family history of giving back to the community, the Geoghans hold a special place in the hearts of BBP residents, making their name synonymous with charity and a helping hand.

“We really have a heart for this type of work,” said Jane. “We welcome everyone to use our building to help out with something important to them.”

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