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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.
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