Brothers William, Charles and Robert took control of the family bakery following their father’s death in 1951 and set in motion the bakery’s rapid growth over the next three decades. They phased out bread delivery routes, replacing them with wholesale distribution of pastries to New York’s growing number of supermarkets and making Entenmann a household name.
Together the three brothers moved the company’s factory in 1961 to Bay Shore’s Fifth Avenue — just blocks away from Southside Hospital — where it remained until 2014. When they sold the company in 1978, they continued to find ways to support their communities and make a difference in the lives of their fellow Long Islanders.
In 2011, upon William’s passing, the Entenmann family made a $10 million gift to assist the development of programs and services at Southside Hospital. Their transformational gift established the Entenmann Family Cardiac Center — ensuring that cutting-edge cardiac diagnostics, treatment and open heart surgery are available to Suffolk County residents.