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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

















































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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



















































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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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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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 Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, Susan Ruffini and Bill Fields.








































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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2017 HonoreeKevin Lalezarian, Lalezarian Properties and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at 2017 HonoreeKevin Lalezarian, Lalezarian Properties







































































































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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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at 2017 Night on the Town To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society








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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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

















































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 

















































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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Trendsetters And Tastemakers Attend On Thursday, March 9, 2017 The Bailey House Annual Gala & Auction


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Filmmaker David France chats with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The Bailey House Annual Gala & Auction





































Actor Alan Cumming chats with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The Bailey House Annual Gala & Auction





















































Coco Austin, Actress & Model, Ice-T, Actor & Rapper And Business Entrepreneur Jeff Perla pose for a photo-op at  Bailey House 2017 Gala & Auction 





















































Actor Alan Cumming, Host for the evening poses for a photo-op at  Bailey House 2017 Gala & Auction 
















































Raúl Esparza, Actor, Law & Order: SVU at Bailey House 2017 Gala & Auction 






















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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Bailey House 2017 Gala & Auction 










This year the Bailey House is proud to announce that the organization raised more than a half million dollars at the 29th Annual Bailey House Gala & Auction. This marks the most successful Gala & Auction since February 28, 2008, prior to the stock market crash. The annual benefit event supports Bailey House’s more than 30-year mission to provide housing and vital services, including care coordination, mental health and substance use treatment, for people with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.
 
The success of the evening was marked by the celebratory warmth of the sold-out Gala Awards Dinner for 241 guests, with awards honoring the heroism of individuals and allies who work to further and fulfill the Bailey House mission. The dinner was followed by a festive and colorful Live and Silent Auction that welcomed just over 400 attendees. 
 
The evening was hosted by Alan Cumming, Tony Award-winning stage, television and film actor and New York Times best-selling author. Cumming was joined by Michael Friedman, historian for Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet, who served as auctioneer for the evening. 


 
Below is the format for 2017 Bailey House Awards:
 
Gina Quattrochi Arts & Legacy Award – Presented to David France & Jonathan Starch for their long-time support of Bailey House and on-going work to amplify LGBT equality efforts, especially for people affected by HIV/AIDS. France is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and New York Times best-selling author of How to Survive a Plague, as well as an award-winning investigative journalist. Starch is the longtime Executive Producer of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”  The award was presented by Tony Award-nominated stage and television actor, singer and voice artist Raúl Esparza. In 2017, the Arts and Legacy Award was renamed in memory of Quattrochi, the late Bailey House CEO who passed away in December 2016.
 
Rodger McFarlane Social Justice Award – Presented to Patricia M. Evert, a committed fundraiser and philanthropic advisor who has been responsible for raising more than $250 million for LGBT, HIV/AIDS, political and social rights movements. The award was present by Tom Viola, Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
 
Rodger McFarlane Youth Activist Award – Presented to LaQwanna Finkley, a junior at Lehman College, for her work to engage and empower disadvantaged youth, particularly women of color, as a leader of community health education and job readiness programs. The award was presented by Jeanette Ruffins, Bailey House Senior Vice President of Housing Resources and Development, and Jon Sands, who leads the Bailey House client poetry group.
 
The Gala Dinner was followed by the famous Bailey House Live and Silent Auction. Auction highlights included stunning works by legendary photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts; a Bruce Sargent portrait sitting; two Air France Business Class tickets coupled with a three-night stay in Paris at La Maison, Champs-Elysées in a couture suite designed by fashion house Maison Margiela; an evening with New York Giants All-American quarterback Eli Manning, to name just a handful.
 
The Silent Auction featured nearly 450 items, including art, home design, fashion, restaurant and entertainment items. Four special home décor vignettes were curated by media sponsor NYC&G (New York Cottages and Gardens) presented by Baker Furniture; the New York Metro Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers); ATG Stores, the home furnishing company, represented by Creative Director Alexa Hampton and President Michelle Newberry; the New York Chapter of IDS IMPACT (Interior Design Society); and the New York Metro Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). The vignettes were created under the creative direction of leading interior designers including: Robin Baron, Kara Mann, Drew McGukin, David Santiago and others.
 
Through generous sponsorships, celebrity support and phenomenal auction items, Bailey House has raised nearly $20 million since its inaugural Auction. All proceeds from the event go directly to providing housing and supportive services for Bailey House clients – formerly homeless and low-income men, women, children, veterans and LGBTQ youth living with or at high risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.
 
 

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The Blue Collar Billionnaire President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Attend American Red Cross Ball at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida

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President Trump arrives in Palm Beach with Melania Trump for the American Red Cross Ball.  Melania wears a Monochrome chic red cape dress with slit sleeves and red flats. 




























































































































The  First Lady Lady wore a Flamingo Hot Pink Gown designed by Dior with matching stiletto heels and diamond and emerald earrings!  Still enforcing her Monochrome Style!  LOVE THIS LOOK!  I would have preferred an upswept hairstyle!  Photos by Getty images










































Philanthrophist Jean Shafiroff poses for a photo-op before attending American Red Cross Ball! I love this gown designed by Carolina Herrara.  Ms. Shafiroff looks delicious!  It reminds me of a fancy dessert, a rasberry souffle sprinked with Chocolate and whipped cream!  Just Stunning!  I think I am getting hungry!




































Jean and Martin Shafiroff pose for a photo-op I at the American Red Cross Ball in Palm Beach with Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross and his stunning wife, Hillary Geary Ross.



























Rhonda Shear; American television personality, comedian, actress, and entrepreneur; wearing a glamorous red gown poses for a photo-op with President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the American Red Cross Ball







Supporters and guests gathered at the 60th American Red Cross Ball at the Mar-A-Lago Estate in Palm Beach Florida.



The International Red Cross Ball was founded in 1957 by Marjorie Merriweather Post, who offered her home Mar-A-Lago as a venue for raising much needed funds to support the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross. For the last 60 years, the International Red Cross Ball has been held at Mar-a-Lago with only a few exceptions.

Statement from the American Red Cross:

We are grateful to all those attending this event and appreciate their generous donations which will help those affected by disasters, supply much-needed blood to patients and hospitals, teach life-saving skills, support our military and their families and provide international humanitarian aid. President Donald J. Trump has attended the International Red Cross Ball in the past, and we appreciate his support for our work. Starting with President Woodrow Wilson in 1913, the President of the United States has consistently served as the Honorary President or Chairman of the American Red Cross.

The International Red Cross Ball is an annual affair, but our work on the ground is ongoing. The American Red Cross, when requested by local authorities, will provide basic support to stranded travelers affected by the recent executive order on immigration, including providing food and water at ports of entry; blankets, toiletries and other aid; and health, mental health and spiritual care services. Our “Restoring Family Links” services are also available to help detainees and stranded travelers who have been separated internationally to reconnect with their loved ones. Our regional leaders are following these issues closely and in close contact with the relevant local authorities. At least one American Red Cross region has received and responded to a formal request for such assistance.

As always, the seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross govern our activities: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. These principles guide us as we provide humanitarian assistance while not engaging in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature so that we may continue to fulfill our mission and enjoy the confidence of all.

In response to the reported protest planned at the ball this year: we respect the right of all people to express their views and are thankful to live in a country where such discourse is embraced. We hope these expressions will not hinder the efforts of an impartial humanitarian organization that serves the urgent needs of people at home and around the world.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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Hounds And Supporters Attend The Long Island Bull Dog Rescue 2016 HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER




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Laurette Richin, Beth Stern, Jill Rappaport pose for a photo-op at The Long Island Bull Dog Rescue 2016 HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
















































Beth Stern Hosts The Long Island Bull Dog Rescue 2016 HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER at the London Hotel in Midtown Manhattan


































Real Housewife of NJ Dolores Catania poses for a photo-op at The Long Island Bull Dog Rescue 2016 HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER at the London Hotel in Midtown Manhattan







































Beth Stern Hosts The Long Island Bull Dog Rescue 2016 HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER at the London Hotel in Midtown Manhattan


































Resident Publishers Michael Travin, Melissa Kassis  pose for a photo-op at The Long Island Bull Dog Rescue 2016 HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER at the London Hotel in Midtown Manhattan

















































Wearing Christmas Burgundy Velvet from head to toe, TV Host  Cognac Wellerlane attends BETH STERN & FRIENDS "BASH FOR THE BULLDOGS" HOLIDAY FUNDRAISING GALA, DEC. 12 at The London Hotel in Midtown Manhattan

 








Animal advocates Beth Stern, actress and wife of radio legend Howard Stern; rapper, actor,  best-selling author Jill Rappaport are among the VIPs that appeared on the Red Carpet on Monday, December 12th at The London NYC Hotel, to help the ground-breaking, New York-based Long Island Bulldog Rescue (LIBR) raise urgently needed funds and help, heal and home the skyrocketing number of loving English Bulldogs in desperate need of their forever families.
 
Why NOW?  LIBR founder Laurette Richin says, “It is the height of the Holiday Abandonment Season -- when people leave puppies, injured and senior dogs to attend this year’s parties or go on vacation.  Also, when they are forced to surrender them because of expensive health costs and other circumstances that make it impossible for them to keep their dogs -- LIBR responds NOW.”
 
Whether abandoned as impulsively as they are purchased, or surrendered by heartbroken families, these loving dogs face imminent death.  LIBR can only save as many as they can afford to help, heal and home.
 
The event included live jazz music, buffet dinner, cocktails and wine donated by Chatham Imports.  Sponsors included Bulldog Gin, Tito's Handmade Vodka, novelist Patricia Cornwell and Staci Gruber, The RTA Store and The Honest Kitchen.  A live online Auction will be packed with fabulous gift items for family and friends.  Guests can find unique items for the Holidays including artwork, jewelry and exciting experiences while helping LIBR’s Bulldogs!

More About Long Island Bulldog Rescue and What They Do
·        Member of the New York City Mayor’s Alliance and BCARN: Bulldog             Rescue Club of America Network
·        LIBR Founder Laurette Richin, Beth Stern and more than 300                        volunteers, friends of LIBR, Veterinarians and wonderful people, who          donate whatever they can to help them help their precious Bulldogs.

·        Serves 9 Northeast US states and Southeast Canada.
·        LIBR has helped more than 10,000 families protect and saved more               than 3,500 Bulldogs.
·        Rescued 280 dogs in 2015. The holiday abandonment spike is just                 beginning.
·        Achieved an unparalleled 97% forever family success!
·        Takes back those requiring a different placement, so every dog that               enters LIBR’s network is always welcome back.
·        Provides top medical and other care for HALF the cost of leading                     rescue organizations.
·        Offers lifeline supports to our rescues and their families.
·        Copes with the fact that since1999, English Bulldogs moved up to #5             and #4 in our cities, from #46 most popular breed, inspiring people               to breed and sell them under unimaginably cruel conditions and false           premises, through stores and websites trying to meet demand.
·        LIBR has an unmatched record for helping, healing and homing even           the most damaged dogs.
 
All proceeds go to help, heal and home abandoned, abused, neglected, injured or ill English Bulldogs.
LIBR is a 501(c) (3). Ticket purchase is tax-deductible.
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Phone: 516-429-4463, Email: longislandbulldogrescue@gmail.com, or visit: www.longislandbulldogrescue.org.

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