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NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala

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Co-Chairs Sara Herbert-Galloway and Gary Springer pose for a photo-op with Supporters at NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala 






































Chairs Errol Rappaport, Sara Herbert-Galloway and Gary Springer pose for a photo-op with Honorees  Rod Gilbert,Francesca TestaKayla St. Pierre, Dr. Amy Middleman at the NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala 



















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Co-Chair Gary Springer at NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala






























Rita Crosby, Errol Rappaport and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala


















































Co-Chair Gary Springer and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala


















































Debbi Dickinson and Co-Chair Sara Herbert Galloway pose for a photo-op at the NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala


















































Debbie Dickinson, TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Co-Chair Sara Herbert-Galloway pose for a photo-op at NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala


















































Co-Chair Sara Herbert-Galloway and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala


















































Surviors , Francesca Testa and Kayla St. Pierre pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala


































































Artist Ron Ferri poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala


















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a  photo-op at The NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala







This year’s NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala took place on Monday, May 8, 2017 and honored “Hall of Fame” hockey player and NY Ranger Legend Rod Gilbert, Francesca Testa, Kayla St. Pierre, Dr. Amy Middleman, and the McKenzie Meningitis Foundation. The event took place at NYC’s ESPACE (635 West 42nd Street).  This event toasted this year’s honorees and offered support to the 2017 NMA “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala chairs Lenore Cooney, Sara Herbert-Galloway, Errol Rappaport, and Gary Springer and Honorary Event Chairs were Ambassador and Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr. Heather Randall, Liv Ullman and Donald Saunders, and Nick Springer and Honorary Event Committee included fashion icon, Iris Apfel,
 
The National Meningitis Association works to protect families from the devastating effects of meningococcal disease by educating the public, medical professionals, and others about the disease and vaccines available to prevent it.   NMA was formed in 2002 by parents whose children died or live with permanent disabilities from meningococcal disease. Like many families, NMA’s founders were unaware that meningococcal vaccination could have prevented their anguish. Since NMA was founded, great strides have been made. NMA has supported the creation of broad recommendations for meningococcal vaccines to protect preteens and teens, worked to advocate for state vaccination requirements and helped increase awareness and vaccine uptake. The organization also provides emotional support for individuals and families who have been affected by meningococcal disease.
 
To accomplish its goals, NMA develops programs and resources that reach audiences on national and grassroots levels. Parents, disease survivors, and other family members help carry out NMA’s mission by conducting community awareness activities across the country through two key programs: Moms on Meningitis (M.O.M.s) and Together Educating About Meningitis (T.E.A.M.). For disease and prevention information, downloadable resources and personal stories from M.O.M.s and T.E.A.M. members, please visit WWW.NMAUS.ORG.
 
Also in attendance was famous Artist Ron Ferri who came by to show his support.  Ron will be showing his art at the Salomon Art Gallery next week.  RON FERRI – Memories, May 19 to May 31 – 2017.



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SSMAC 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing


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SSMAC Junior Committe President Rachel Hickey poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at SSMAC Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing





















































































Lieutenant Nicholas Petti poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at SSMAC 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing



















































 Best Bow Tie Winner Greg Hildebrand and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at SSMAC 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing



















































 Best Hat Briana Alyssa and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at SSMAC 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing



















































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 TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Supporters at SSMAC 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing

















































 SSMAC 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing

















































 SSMAC 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing


















































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 SSMAC Junior League President Rachel Hickey poses for a photo-op with a supporter at The 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing















































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SSMAC KENTUCKY DERBY BRUNCH COGNAC AND HENRY BRIFFEL pose for a photo-op at SSMAC 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing 















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with a Supporter at SSMAC 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing 



















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at SSMAC 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party And America's Cup Viewing 









Kentucky Derby enthusiast and SSMAC supporters came out to enjoy a day of horse racing, sipping mint juleps and wearing their favorite bow tie and hat at The SSMAC 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party Brunch.

Long before there was a USO, when the YMCA was in it's infancy, SSMAC became a "Home Away From Home" to traveling Military Personnel and their Families. Ever changing to meet current needs, SSMAC also serves America's Veterans.

The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club, since 1919 continues to fulfill its mission, as the only private organization in the New York area to provide accommodations at subsidized rates and club-type facilities for servicemen and servicewomen, military retirees and veterans and their families visiting New York City.

In 1919, Mrs. Cornelia Barnes Rogers and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. with General John J. Pershing founded The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Club. In war and peace, without any U.S. Government funding and supported solely by donations of patriotic Citizens, it has ever since been a “Home Away From Home” for over 2,500,00 men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. We have exisited now for over ninety years with our warm, friendly, and safe enviroment providing hospitality and accommodations for 15,000 Armed Forces personnel annually.

With the continued help of our patriotic friends, it always will be.

SSMAC is a registered 501(c)(3), and all proceeds from this event went directly to the organization. 

For more information on how you can support, donate and contribute please visit http://ssmaclub.org/

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Longislanders Attend 54th Annual Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball - The Emerald City Gates Open

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Cardiovascular Science Award Honoree Dr. Philip D. Ragno poses for a photo-op with Boardmembers at the 54th Annual Long Island Heart Ball


















































Corporate Leadership Award Honoree David S. Bagatelle Executive Vice President & President New York Metro Market Sterling National Bank poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane



















































Inkind Donors for 54th Annual Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball - The Emerald City Gates Open































































Heart Attack Survivor Michael DeStefano poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at 54th Annual Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball - The Emerald City Gates Open























 Barbara Heins Poliwoda and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at 54th Annual Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball - The Emerald City Gates Open





























Honoree Dr. Philip D. Ragno and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op  54th Annual Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball - The Emerald City Gates Open


















































Patricia Ann Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at  54th Annual Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball - The Emerald City Gates Open



















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at  54th Annual Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball - The Emerald City Gates Open










Longislanders Attended the 54th Annual Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball - The Emerald City Gates Open.  It was a fabulous evening of Dinner, Dancing, Live Auction and celebrating several Honorees including:  Cardiovascular Science Award Honoree Dr. Philip D/ Rago, President/Co-Founder-Island Cardiac Specialists Director of Cardiovascular Health and Wellness at Winthrop-University Hospital and Corporate Leadership Award Honoree David S. Bagatelle Executive Vice President & President-New York Metro Market at Sterling National Bank.

The event also Featured Heart & Stroke Survivors Stefanie Cohen & Michael DeStefano.

American Heart Association every year celebrates their work and mission;  their donors and volunteers; and — most importantly — the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s effort. The Heart Ball always promises each year to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. Last year, The Heart Ball campaign raised just over $71 million nation-wide allowing American Heart Association to fund life-saving research and prevention programs in your community and across the country.The American Heart Association mission is to Build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Their mission drives everything they do. 

 Dr. Philip D. Ragno is a graduate of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education which is a six year BS/MD program.  He received his undergraduate degree from the City College of New York and went on to earn his MD degree from the Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1984.
He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseased at what is now NYU Winthrop Hospital.

He is board certified in both specialties.  Dr. Ragno obtained his certification as a Radiation Safety Officer at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.  He has been a proud member of the medical staff at NYU Winthrop Hospital for 28 years and named to the Castle Connolly list of Best Doctors for the last 16 years.

Dr. Ragno serves as the Director of Cardiovascular Health and Wellness at NYU Winthrop Hospital and is the President of Island Wide Medical Associates and Island Cardiac Specialists a large multi specialty group with several offices across Long Island and Queens.

He lives in Brookville with his wife, Kathy.  Thy have two children Danielle and Dominick.

David S. Bagatelle has nearly 30 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry in the New York Market. Mr. Bagatelle currently serves as Executive Vice President and President of New York Metro Markets for Sterling National Bank, an $8 billion bank based in Montebello, New York. He is also co-head of Sterling's Wealth Management business. He is responsible for all of the bank's business activities in New York City, Westchester County, Long Island and Fairfield County and has actively increased the number of commercial teams in those regions in line with Sterling’s team-based relationship banking model, in which teams of three to six individuals provide full service to their clients and are led by a relationship manager who acts as a single point of contact. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Bagatelle served as the Founder, Director, President and CEO of Herald National Bank (HNB), a bank he conceived and led. Mr. Bagatelle grew the institution to $500 million in assets in just 13 months, utilizing a unique relationshipbased business model. He successfully attracted $430 million in deposits (93% core) in just 18 months, which enabled HNB to become profitable just 20 months after inception. Mr. Bagatelle raised $94 million in capital in two separate capital raises in 2008 and 2010, raising $62 million in the third and fourth quarters of 2008 amidst the financial crisis. HNB was the largest “stand alone” de novo bank capital raise ever in New York State. The bank was sold to Bank United in 2011 for a premium to book value. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Bagatelle was one of three executives that founded Signature Bank, serving as Executive Vice President, a member of the Bank’s executive committee, and President and CEO of Signature Securities, the Bank's full service wealth management subsidiary. Signature currently has over $20 billion in assets and is considered by many to be the most successful start-up bank in US history. From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Bagatelle was Managing Director at Republic National Bank. Mr. Bagatelle was a member of the Senior Management Committee of the Consumer Financial Services Division, the third largest consumer bank in the New York metropolitan area at the time. Mr. Bagatelle was the primary executive responsible for Republic’s New York retail branch network that encompassed 82 locations and over 1,100 employees. From 1989 to 1993 he was Retail Area Manager and Business & Professional Banking Manager in New York City for M&T Bank. Prior to that, he was in the New York Financial Services Audit Practice at KPMG Peat Marwick from 1986 to 1989. Mr. Bagatelle is involved in many philanthropic and civic activities including acting as Executive Director and Trustee of both the American Legion Jersey Boys State Program and its Charitable Foundation, Board Member of Sterling National Bank’s Charitable Foundation, member of the Board of the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America, member of the Board of Fans for the Cure, Chairman of the New York League of Independent Bankers, member of the Banking Industry Advisory Board of the UJA, member of the Advisory Board of Neighborhood Housing Services, and a member of the Athletics Advisory Board at Wesleyan University. He also serves as a member of the Planning Board; Chairman of the Citizens Blue Ribbon Panel, member of the Sport Boosters and coaches and helps run the Girls Lacrosse Program in his hometown of Mahwah, NJ. Mr. Bagatelle has been recognized and honored by many not-for-profits for his philanthropic work. Mr. Bagatelle graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Government and received a Master in Business Administration from the New York University Stern School of Business. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. He lives in Mahwah, NJ with his two daughters.
 
For more information on how you can support The American Heart Association please visit Heart.org.

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MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center Just Steps Away From Paname NYC Restaurant


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Artist Yikui Gu and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 





































































































Artist Alexis Duque and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 



















































Artist Allan Gorman and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 



















































Curator Michaela Bonuta and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 



















































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BLUM ANTIQUES Owner Eva Blum and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 





















































Artist and Jewelerr Bob Saling poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Manhattan Art & Antique Center

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MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center





Art and antique collectors enjoyed an exciting new arts initiative at The Manhattan Art & Antique Center – MAAC on the Map. It is a four-part exhibition series happening in 2017. After the resounding success of MAAC on the Map Edition I, that opened on March 11, 2017, The Manhattan Art & Antique center is thrilled to announce the opening of their next contemporary art exhibition in the series. The opening and reception of MAAC on the Map Edition II, featuring the artistry of Alexis Duque, Alicia Degener, Allan Gorman, Christina Massey, Sarah Whalen and Yikui Gu, took place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 between 4pm-7pm and all were welcome to join in the wine and cheese soiree.

MAAC on the Map is a contemporary art exhibition series that aims to give a platform to emerging and established artists at The Manhattan Art & Antique Center - one a the nation's largest fine art and historical design centers.  MAAC on The Map is a movement to give contemporary artists a new home on the Upper East Side and an opportunity to expose their work to a different audience.  The injection of these vital contemporary artists reinforces that the Upper East Side is a potent destination for innovation, a creative hotspot where experience meets a new breed of artistic disrupter.

The Maac on the Map Edition I inaugural exhibition opened on Saturday March 11, 2017 with a packed reception to honor the eight female, Asian artists featured in the first series.  They included Gao Yuan, O'Zhang, Xin Song, Zahra Nazary, Shiva Jlayer Lulu Dong, Ping Zheng, Dasha Shkurpela.

Visitors had the opportunity to explore the work, curated by Paul Anavian and Michaela Boruta, in the six dedicated gallery spaces at the Manhattan Art & Antique Center.  The guests were also invited to discover the wonders of remaining 50 galleries populating the space.  The artists were on hand to discuss their works in detail with the public.  Smaller groups gathered at various artworks to hear the motivations, techniques and inspiration for the artist's creations.

This format will again be employed at Maac on the Map Edition II.  The curatorial vision for Maac on the Map Edition II is based on visual patterns and how we "see" the world through our own particular cultural or personal filters.  It's a collection of artists who are exploring the idea of the line.  How we break it, flow with it, chase it, sexualize it or define space with it to control our relationship with the world.  Each artist is gazing, glaring, observing society and shifting the way we "look" at our inner and outer landscapes.

New York City comes to life in Spring withthe rich offering of art fairs focusing on Contemporary art and design.

Some of the artists featured in Maac on the Map Edition II that I met 
were :

Alexis Duque

"The chaotic and unavoidable process of urbanization in our globalized and over populated world are the central focus of my work.  I am interested in depicting clustered spaces and precarious constructions that seem to multiply and overflow with crowded objects in one continuous urban sprawl, at the same time as such structures begin to crumble and decompose from within.  Through the use of exaggerated drama and distortion, my work attempts to challenge the way the viewer confronts the idea of consumerism and urbanization with contemporary culture and draw the viewer's attention to the isolation of the transitory residents, like semi-nomads that emigrate hop  to find a better life on the outskirts of large metropolises."

For more information www.alexisduque.net

Allan Gorman

"I find myself drawn to hidden abstract patterns, random shapes and aesthetic tensions I see in real objects - particularly within the confines of industrial structures, machinery and vehicles.

Although I paint in a realistic style, my focus isn't necessarily on the precise rendering of objects, but rather on conveying the abstract information created by - and within those objects.  I ask viewers to share a journey of discovery with me and hope they'll become as excited and fascinated and moved as I am about the beauty that can be found in what's often taken for commonplace and mundane.

In this way, I define my works as abstract compositions nested in the guise of realism and I use this criterion to inform my choices of what to paint."

For more information please visit www.allangorman.com

Yikui Gu

"The spaces between order and chaos, sincerity and irony, or design and chance are the most interesting to explore. My paintings are an attempt to probe these areas using visual elements from sneakerhead culture, found internet images, Ikea catalogues, personal photos, and art historical references. Through this combination of political, cultural, and domestic imagery, I hope to affirm and subvert the modern human condition. I want my work to be both horrifying and hilarious."

For more information please visit http://yikuigu.com

I also had the opportunity to chat with Andres Aquino Founder of Couture Fashion Week.

Couture Fashion Week, founded in 2005 by Andres Aquino, presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows in New York City, Cannes and other selected cities.  For more information please visit http://www.couturefashionweek.com/

To learn more about the Manhattan Art & Antique Center pleases visit https://the-maac.com





















































Owner and Executive Chef Bernard Ros and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Paname NYC Restaurant on the upper east side















































































































































































































































































































Paname NYC Restaurant 



Just steps away from the Manhattan Art and Antique Center is Paname NYC Restaurant where we dined on fabulous French cuisine!  Paname C'est Paris, a neighborhood French Restaurant, is the perfect destination after a day of shopping for fine antiques and fabulous art!  For more information please visit 
panamenyc.com

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2017 New York International Auto Show

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Art Director/Designer Brandon Salls and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at  2017 New York International Auto Show






























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CEO and Co-Founder of Rallyrd.com Christopher Bruno poses for a photo-op in front of the 1969 Boss302 Ford Mustang at 2017 New York International Auto Show




















































CEO and Co-Founder of Rallyrd.com Christopher Bruno and TV Host C ognac Wellerlane  pose for a photo-op in front of the 1969 Boss302 Ford Mustang at 2017 New York International Auto Show










Ushering in the latest automotive trends, the 2017 New York International Auto Show showcasef an incredible collection of cutting-edge design and extraordinary innovation. More than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers  featuref the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars. Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display this year at North America’s first and largest-attended auto show dating back to 1900.
 
In 1900, the New York International Automobile Show became North America’s first automotive exhibition. For over one hundred years, through depression, war, boom-time, oil crisis, recession and growth, it has continued its pioneering tradition of bringing new and innovative ideas to a national and world stage.

In addition to its place as one of the world’s greatest public shows, NYIAS has expanded its range of world-class trade and industry events. No other event brings the business, consumer and lifestyle press, Wall Street’s financial community, the marketing and advertisers of Madison Avenue, and the nation’s largest and most diverse metropolitan population together in such a unique way.
 
This year Saratoga Auto Museum exhibited an array of fabulous vintage automobiles.  During the event I had to opportunity to talk with Art Director/Designer Brandon Salls about the fabulous cars exhibited at this year’s New York International Auto Show.
 
From Manhattan to Buffalo to Saratoga Springs and beyond, many people are surprised to learn that New York State was once home to over 100 different automobile manufacturers.  This year the 2017 New York International Automobile Show organizers are celebrating New York State's automobile heritage with a special exhibition curated by the Saratoga Automobile Museum.  Listed below are just some of the vehicles -- made or raced in New York -- that are on display at this year's Show:

• 1909 Alco-6 Racer (raced)
• 1923 Franklin Series 10B Sedan (made)
• 1947 Playboy Prototype (made)
• 1950 Allard J2 (raced)
• 1956 Midget Racer (raced)

 The Saratoga Automobile Museum was organized in 1999, and opened to the public in 2002. The Museum’s mission is to preserve, interpret and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts. The museum celebrates the automobile and educate the general public, students and enthusiasts regarding the role of the automobile in New York State and in the wider world. In addition to technical and design aspects, their educational focus is on the past, present and future social and economic impact of the automobile.

The Museum is located within the 2,500 acre Saratoga Spa State Park, in the heart of historic Saratoga Springs, New York, world famous for its legendary, much honored one-mile thoroughbred track. The museum’s facility is the totally restored and renovated Saratoga Bottling Plant, a beautiful neo-classic structure built in 1934. The Museum is adjacent to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and near the landmark Gideon Putnam Hotel. Within walking distance in the Park are the National Museum of Dance, the Spa Little Theatre and the lavish Hall of Springs banquet facility.

For more information please visit https://www.saratogaautomuseum.org

This year the 1969 Boss302 Ford Mustang was exhibited by Rallyrd.com.  CEO and Co-founder Christopher Bruno discussed the pros of owning this fabulous automobile.

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

The Cleveland was conceived as Ford’s mainstay midsize V-8 for the 1970s. With relatively minor modifications, the Cleveland heads were tested on a Tunnel Port 302 racing long block and showed great potential. The heads were modestly retooled to work on the 302 block and got a solid lifter valvetrain. The engine, at that time, was given the name Street/Sedan 302. Automatic transmissions needed not apply: This car and engine were meant to homologate a race car, and the latter ran only four-speed manuals.

According to author Donald Farr, in his book Mustang Boss 302, Knudsen decreed that this special Mustang had to be “the best-handling street car available on the American market” — a tall order given its live rear axle and rear leaf springs.

Ride and Handling engineer Matt Donner was tasked with developing the bits required to meet Knudsen’s requirements. Donner’s principal tool was a ’68 Mustang GT notchback coupe fitted with ’69-spec suspension, then heavily upgraded, modified, and tested. That meant stiffer springs, additional shock tower bracing, beefier spindles, purpose-tuned shock absorbers, different anti-roll bars, and F60-15 tires. The weight was brought in line with what was projected for the ’69 body, and a hot rodded V-8 was cobbled together to simulate the Street/Sedan 302’s power curve.
 
Rally Rd. is a platform where blue-chip collector cars are turned into stocks. Our mission is to democratize alternative asset investment- providing access, liquidity, and transparency to markets that have traditionally only been available to a select few.

For more information please visit http://rallyrd.com/

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Breast Cancer Survivors And Supporters Attend North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala

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North Fork Breast Health Coalition (NFBHC) Vice President Melanie McEvoy, NFBHC Founder Ann Cotten-DeGrasse, NFBHC President Susan Ruffini and Martha Kennelly.






























Martha Kennelly, NFBHC Founder Ann Cotten-DeGrasse with her nephew, Gordon Cavaniss, and his girlfriend, Lore Baculima































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Founder Ann Cotten-DeGrasse  and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at  North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala






















NFBHC vice president Melanie McEvoy. and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala







































NFBHC President Susan Ruffini and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala























































































































































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Patricia Ann Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala



















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala









Breast Cancer survivors And supporters attended  the very elegant North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Third Annual  Pink Pearl Gala on April 7, 2017 at East Wind located 5720 Route 25A in Wading River.

North Fork residents wined and dined to celebrate the third anniversary of the Pink Pearl Gala.

This year The North Fork Breast Health Coalition (NFBHC) recognized Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and her late husband, Antonio DeGrasse, with the Pink Pearl Community Service Award. The gala was named for the late Pearl Philindas, past president. The dinner and award ceremony, followed by dancing to music provided by DJ Phil, was held in the elegant ballroom at East Wind.
 
Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and Antonio DeGrasse, who passed away early last year, founded NFBHC in 1998 because they saw a great need for such an organization on the North Fork, where there is an especially high rate of diagnosis of the disease. A retired teacher, Ann serves on the Riverhead School Board and was board president. Antonio also worked for the Riverhead Central School District, most recently as an assistant principal. He was also a past president of Riverhead Rotary, which was instrumental in providing financial support for the creation and legal foundations of the NFBHC.
 
NFBHC  also honored Flora Garsten and her husband Irwin, who just recently passed away, with the Pink Pearl Spirit Award. The couple is being recognized for their charitable contributions to the community. As the owners of Apple Honda, Riverhead, they established an annual breast cancer awareness campaign, which has been held every October at the car dealership for the last four years. Including participation at the annual NFBHC 5K Walk, Apple Honda has contributed $27,250 to local breast-cancer patients and survivors.
 
The first and second annual galas were very successful with hundreds of people attending each of them. 
 
The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is currently led by President Susan Ruffini. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization supports local breast-cancer patients with programs such as Helping Hand grants. Funds raised by the gala will also allow the group to continue to provide free services such as yoga, massage therapy, reflexology and support groups to breast-cancer patients and survivors. 

For more information please visit www.northforkbreasthealth.org.


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2017 Night on the Town To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


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Deputy Executive Director Kristina Curatolo of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at 2017 Night on the Town To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society



















































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Guests gathered for 2017 Night on the Town To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on April 6, 2017.


Night on the Town benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The evening will feature unlimited samplings of the finest cuisine from top New York City and Long Island restaurants, open bar, live entertainment, dancing and the chance to win fantastic prizes!

More than 700 attendees came together in support of the fight against blood cancer.

The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

This year Kevin Lalezarian was honored from Lalezarian Properties.

Kevin Lalezarian is a principal of Lalezarian Properties, a privately held leading real estate development and investment firm based in Long Island. Lalezarian Properties is a large scale owner of luxury multifamily and Class A Office buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island.
Kevin is on the boards of The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership as well as The Hudson Yards / Hell’s Kitchen Alliance. He is Governor of The Real Estate Board of New York, as well as a member of the executive committee, he is also actively involved in various charities.

Kevin was raised in Long Island, and graduated from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and children.

To learn more information on how you can support please visit lls.org. Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in Red Carpet Events and Charities in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons.


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Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center Celebrates it's 90th Anniversary


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Maryann Chernovsky, President CEO and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center Celebrates it's 90th Anniversary in Huntington, NY




















































 Executive Director: David Ceely and TV Host Cognac Wellelrane pose for a photo-op at  90Th Anniversary of Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Huntington, NY













































Event &Operation Manager Tito Colon and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center's 90th Anniversary in Huntington, New York














































Laura Petrocelli,  ‎CEO of Couture Concepts NY and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo--op at Little Shelter Annual Rescue & Adoption Center's 90th Anniversary










Suffolk's Oldest Humane Society, Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center celebrated 90 Years of Rescue as supporters gathered in Huntington, New York on April 2, 2017.

This is a landmark year and exciting event for all of Little Shelter's staff, volunteers, friends and families. In commemoration of this huge milestone in saving lives, Little Shelter invited the public to join them for an afternoon of celebration.

Not only has Little Shelter maintained its stance to rescue animals in its own community, but has contributed to the cause on a national scale through its Passage to Freedom program. Little Shelter prides itself on being a leader in its community and it should come as no surprise that recently they have raised the bar of rescue even higher. This year the Passage to Freedom program crossed international borders with rescue transports from Baku, Thailand and Korea.

"In the past 90 years Little Shelter has done some amazing things thanks to its supporters." Commented President Maryann Chernovsky. "I'm very proud to be a part of such an amazing place and we have big plans for the future to expand our reach in rescue and in our community give back programs."

Little Shelter is a non-profit no-kill animal shelter that relies on the support of the community to continue its mission. Currently Little Shelter helps rescue and re-home over 2000 animals a year and is looking to increase that number in the coming years. Contributors celebrated Little Shelter's 90th anniversary this past Sunday.   

I had the chance to chat with Executive Director: David Ceely and Maryann Chernovsky, President CEO of Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center.


They both discussed The meat trade and killing dogs in China and Korea.
Dogs are forced into filthy cages and transported long hours — or locked away on farms for months or years — under horrific conditions, then are brutally butchered for profit as part of the dog meat trade.

Dogs are hung, electrocuted, and sometimes left fully conscious as they’re slaughtered. Many are stolen pets, still wearing their collars.


The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, commonly referred to as Yulin Dog Meat Festival, is an annual celebration held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice in which festival goers eat dog meat and lychees. The festival spans about ten days during which it is estimated that 10,000–15,000 dogs are consumed.

Both Maryann and David with the help of Little Shelter and other organizations are trying to get more involved in stopping the dog meat trade.

For more information please visit http://littleshelter.com 

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COTERIE & EDIT

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COTERIE & EDIT 

Both women's trade shows are part of UBM Fashion Group and were held simultaneously at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, February 27 - March 1, 2017. The first photo above is me walking in the lobby. The other three photos were from Coterie for Fall 2017. The shows took place right after New York Fashion Week with many of the designers showing on the catwalk for editorial and at the trade shows for the buyers. Let's bring back the late 1970's Yves Saint Laurent peasant look being the prevailing trend that I saw at Coterie. Skirts were fuller and longer and many had ruffles at the bottom. Blouses were King with voluminous sleeves, self tying bows and ruffles in cotton or silk. Fur was flying all over with many accessories in bright colors. Black lace was shown in all different style dresses and blouses. Pants are high waisted with big bell bottoms. Colors are muted and in earth tones. 

The rest of my blog is about Edit which is a section geared to more tailored and dressy womenswear. These fashions are for a woman who wants to dress up in sophisticated clothes that she can wear to a corporate office, to a black tie event or a daytime Bridal Shower/Wedding. These are classic clothes that can last a lifetime because they won't go in and out of fashion. 




















































































































































































CAMILYN BETH
A well constructed tailored dress line inspired by the 1960's and 1970's. A made in New York City collection of stretch polyester crepe and silk fabric that stretches with your body. The first three photos are to show you how to take a dress from the office to dinner by wearing a shawl to cover up at work but showing your beautiful back at an office cocktail reception. Ladies these are the dressy daytime clothes you need for daytime weddings, bridal showers, graduations, bar mitzvahs, mother's day, luncheons, theatre, ballet, opera, polo matches and derby horse races. The signature dress in the photos has lots of darts that are used in the dresses to flatter every figure with snap closures in the back which make it easy to get in and out of yourself. Inside tags have inspirational lyrics which are free to download by musician Anthony Viscounte. All the sheath dresses have slits in them for easy walking. Other style dresses are fit and flare which flatter a woman with wide hips, empire waist which hides a big tummy, and bell sleeves that don't show flabby upper arms. Colors are two tone, pastels and brights in sizes 0-12 and they fit true to size. When you go to the website you will also see a collection for bridesmaids and white dresses for a bride that wants to be able to wear her wedding dress again. Retail prices $260.00 - $375.00 and can be ordered on WWW.CAMILYNBETH.COM









































































































































































































































PHILOSOFEE

The designer Glaucia told me that the brand means a mash up of the words philosophy and f'ee - meaning fairy in French. This line of feminine evening dresses with matching coats and jackets is just what I feel every woman needs to go out in at night to cocktail parties, black tie events and evening weddings. Many venues are overly air conditioned so having a matching jacket for your dress saves you from freezing while still looking pretty and well dressed. Living in NYC I go out to cocktail events all the time with the owner (Cognac Wellerlane) of the blog I write for and in Spring and Fall you need a coat to go over a dress without sleeves for the night air is chilly. Besides being beautiful and easy to wear for their fit and flare shape all the dresses have pockets on the sides to stick your tissue or hands in. Fabrics used are Italian wools and heavy stretch satins that hold their shape. Notice the heavy duty metal back zipper in photo two? That is used for strength on a fitted waist dress so the zipper doesn't break like with those cheesy plastic zippers on most evening dresses especially when you have to zip it up and down yourself. A perfect collection for the petite girl which includes me so I think I might be getting a coat and dress for myself! Sizes are 0 -12 and there is a size chart online with measurements so you won't have to second guess your size. Retail prices $400.00 - $650.00. To order WWW.PHILOSOFEE.COM






































































































































































































































STACI SNIDER represented by CFD CRESCALA Fashion Development

Staci is a designer whom works heavily with original inspiration from the pulse on pop culture. The intricate designs and detailing of her collection work perfect with the strong and sensual fabrics that she uses such as leather, Ponte Silk and faux fur. In the past she was a professional athlete so that comes thru in her clothing which is designed for the women of today that are on the move all day. You will find a sense of freedom and movement in her full skirts. Her silhouettes are tailored to be deconstructed, soft and sophisticated not hard and edgy. This collection has a 1980's feel to it in my opinion with the main color being black and all the styles having a fuller cut. This designer has complete control because she makes all her own patterns and samples with the production being done right here in NYC. Her target market is for a woman 45 and above that wants clothes which aren't tight fitting but not so roomy that her figure is totally hidden underneath. It's an advanced contemporary collection in sizes 2 -14,  priced $295.00 - $995.00 at retail and can be ordered at WWW.STACISNIDER.COM





























































































































































































































































































Articles and Photos by Patricia Ann Parenti

LANDERO by ROBERT BERRY represented by CFD CRESCALA Fashion Development
CFD Crescala Fashion Development is a NYC Garment Center organization that helps up and coming designers with production, guidance and showroom/trade show representation. Robert is in the emerging designers classification but this designer has many years of experience designing ladies clothing. He uses Italian fabrics in fine wools and silk ponti knit but designs his own prints and his collection is made in NYC. His prints are influenced by different artists and this season it's Calder and last season it was Matisse. His collection is taken from the past and he updates the look (mainly 1960's) especially with the color blocking dress on the model that is influenced by a dress called the Mondrian by Yves Saint Laurent. I was drawn to his collection initially because of the coats and a great wool coat is very hard to find anymore in stores. The clothes cater toward an executive/professional woman who works in the arts or creative field. When designing he thinks about catering to females with many body shapes meaning a woman with curves not a young model who has a stick figure. All his samples are fitted on a live fit model for a perfect fit every time. Sizes 0 - 16 with retail prices $500.00 - $2,000.00. To find stores/websites selling his fashions contact the showroom CFD CRESCALA, Phone 646-912-9292 WWW.CRESCALA.COM or to see more styles in the collection WWW.ROBERTBERRYDESIGN.COM.


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Junior League of Long Island Celebrates Their Annual Fundraising Gala For A Night Of Mischief And Mystery at The Masquerade Ball at Glen Cove Mansion

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Fundraiser Committee Chair Melissa Beyer and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The Junior League of Long Island Annual Fundraising Gala For A Night Of Mischief And Mistery at The Masquerade Ball at Glen Cove Mansion 

































Junior League of Long Island President Deidre Delay poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The Junior League of Long Island Annual Fundraising Gala For A Night Of Mischief And Mistery at The Masquerade Ball at Glen Cove Mansion

 

 






























Board of Directors Membership Activities/Training Director Monica Telese poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The Junior League of Long Island's  Annual Fundraising Gala For A Night Of Mischief And Mistery at The Masquerade Ball at Glen Cove Mansion 



























































Junior League Committee Members pose for a photo-op at  Annual Fundraising Gala For A Night Of Mischief And Mistery at The Masquerade Ball at Glen Cove Mansion 























































Meredith Nies and Committee Chair Fundraiser Melissa Beyer pose for a photo-op at The  Annual Fundraising Gala For A Night Of Mischief And Mistery at The Masquerade Ball at Glen Cove Mansion 






















TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Mae Reap and Rob Romeo from Twisted Circus & Cabaret at the Annual Junior League Fundraiser Masquerade Ball at the Glen Cove Mansion

















































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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at The  Annual Fundraising Gala For A Night Of Mischief And Mistery at The Masquerade Ball at Glen Cove Mansion 


 









Glamorous guests dressed for a prestigious black tie event with gowns, tuxedos and masquerade masks gathered for an evening of mischief and mystery at one of Long Island's premier Gold Coast mansions with an elegant sit-down dinner and open bar. Supporters enjoyed entertainment by a Burlesque troupe, Twisted Circus & Cabaret, music, dancing, raffles and so much more.

Proceeds will benefit the Junior League of Long Island's annual volunteer projects.

I sat down with board and committee members about the importance and goal of the Junior League of Long Island.  During my interview with Junior League of Long Island President Deidre J Delay I asked, "I would like you to talk more in depth about what the organization is really all about."  Ms. Delay conveyed, "Yes absolutely, so our mission is to fold.  We are really focused on having a great community impact on Long Island helping out community members in need.....our neighbors who need something from us also at the community at large.  We are also about training women to be volunteers...to do better things for the community.  So they work for us for a couple of years and then they go out into the world and help other organizations root up and become more impactful for non-profits."

JLLI is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

The Junior League of Long Island started in 1951 as the North Shore Service League, a non-profit organization.  It started with a group of 288 young women who did volunteer work within Nassau and Suffolk Counties. At that time, the members ranged from college age to 40 – which in Service League language was sustaining age and meant you could no longer vote. This “rule” is no longer in play. Their members range from all ages.

In 1959, the North Shore Service League purchased the current and existing Thrift Shop in Roslyn, NY – in the heart of Roslyn Village! Along with hard work, fundraising and help from The Phillips Foundation, the League was able to purchase this building. The building came complete with “Wash and Wilt with Sid and Milt” the laundromat on one side of the first floor and a set of tubs in the basement. There was a dancing school on the second floor. The ladies worked very hard – painting, cleaning, moving out furniture, moving in furniture, decorating and making a true “home” for the future Junior League of Long Island.

After much persuasion, the Association of Junior Leagues International came and inspected our organization, structure, fundraising and commitment, and they were finally inducted in the AJLI in 1962.
Their building is now considered “historic” and is maintained as such following Roslyn Village regulations. This building is truly their legacy and acts as their headquarters, general offices and houses.

The main and largest fundraiser is their Thrift Shop.

For more information on how to become a member or to contribute and support please visit https://www.jlli.org

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