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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























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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.






























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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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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

















































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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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Pop Culture Historian Barry Rivadue Gives A Lecture at the Jericho Library About A 1966 Christmas

 

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Longislanders attended a 1966 Long Island Christmas lecture given by Pop Culture expert and Movie Historian Buff Barry Rivadue at the Jericho Library Theater in Jericho New York on Monday December 13, 2016.

Whether or not you have nostalgic memories of growing up on Long Island fifty years ago, a spectacular presention of that era brought back wonderful memories of the music, toys, shopping mall and TV shows as they once were.

After the lecture Mr. Rivadue participated in a Q&A with the local patrons eager to express their past from that time period.


Barry Rivadue is a graduate of LIU Post, and a videographer for the last 25 years, specializing in documenting the Gold Coast. He's also a board member of the North Shore Historical Museum for the past ten years, and has served as an adjunct video instructor at Webb Institute in Glen Cove. His presentations blend local history with popular culture of the past century.

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Hundreds Gathered For A Tasting To Support Long Island Harvest At Coindre Hall Host by LI Pulse Magazine




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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at a Charity Benefit for Long Island Harvest At Coindre Hall Host by LI Pulse Magazine







Hundreds of supporters and  guests gathered together at the elegant Coindre Hall in Huntington Long Island on November 17, 2016,  in honor of Long Island Pulse’s Island Tasting, the event to support Island Harvest, Long island’s largest food rescue organization.


Long Island Pulse coordinated the event to raise funds and awareness for Island Harvest. 


Long Islanders came to give their support at Coindre Hall, to taste delicious offerings from over twenty of Long Island’s top restaurants and food, wine, and spirit vendors, as they bidded on luxury raffles throughout the evening. 

I had the pleasure of interviewing Owner and Chef Jose Fernandez who donated the Spanish cuisine from Sangria 71 Restaurant.

During my interview, Mr. Fernandez revealed "Island Harvest does great things.  They donate food to food banks all over Long Island.  As a matter of fact we did their event last month and all the food that was left over from the event they were nice enough to collect and donate it to a food pantry the next morning...nothing goes to waste."

Born on a farm in the coastal province of Galicia, Spain, Rosendo and Jose Fernández spent their early years surrounded by fresh produce, farm-raised animals, and the simple, yet flavorful cooking of their mother, Sofia. As boys, they learned how to make delicious chorizo with their grandparents, played in sweet-smelling cornfields, and stomped on grapes during the wine harvest. It is these early childhood moments and memories that resulted in a lifelong devotion to bringing together food, family and friends.

In 1978, Rosendo and Jose immigrated to the United States at the ages of 5 and 6. When their father, Rosendo Sr., became the chef at El Rincon De España in Greenwich Village, the two started spending their weekends there, helping out around the kitchen and the dining room.

Rosendo decided to take employment at the popular Café Español, located in the heart of Greenwich Village 1976.

His devotion  took him from bussing tables to eventually taking over the reigns of the renowned establishment. Rosendo’s love of cooking traditional Spanish cuisine, his hands-on approach to the restaurant and hospitality industry and his dedication to the best service have led to a loyal following from his loyal customers.

In 2003, Rosendo took over the helm of Café Español’s second location on Carmine Street. He followed that up with the opening of Bamboleo, a lively Mexican eatery, which is located on the corner of Bleecker and Sullivan streets in Manhattan.

While his sibling Jose began out in restaurants, too, a fascination with the travel and airline industries eventually led him to open ESPA Cargo in 1994. Jose satisfied his culinary desires by smoking his own chorizos at home,  establishing his own wine and cooking delicious dishes for his family, colleagues, friends and loved ones.

In 2010, Jose and Rosendo partnered up to introduce Paella To Go NYC, cooking and selling fresh paellas on the spot at NYC street festivals to thousands of hungry, satisfied customers. This fast and casual approach to making paellas, tortillas, empanadas as well as other Spanish staples was an instant success for the brothers and it was the first Spanish Paella concept in the history of Little Italy’s annual Feast of San Gennaro.

Three years later, Jose and Rosendo have realized their dream of opening a Spanish restaurant close to the Queens neighborhood where they grew up and near the Long Island area where they currently reside. That dream is Sangria 71, a new restaurant serving savory meals and tasty drinks to guests craving culinary delights, seeking good times or celebrating momentous occasions.


For more information about Sangria 71 please visit http://www.sangria71.com/

Island Harvest was created in 1992 by one woman with a cooler, a station wagon, and a strong desire to help people in need. Linda Breitstone, our founder, was infuriated that food from a local convenience store was being thrown away at the end of the day – with a safe house for women and children down the street. In response, she established Island Harvest and our mission, “to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island.”

Since those early days, Island Harvest has become Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization. Our volunteers and staff now deliver millions of pounds of good, surplus food – much of which might otherwise go to waste – to a network of 570 Long Island-based food pantries, soup kitchens and other non-profit organization that offer feeding services for those in need. By doing this, we provide a vital supply of food to counter the sharply rising problem of hunger here.

By aggressively recruiting more businesses and members of the public to donate food and pioneering innovative distribution methods, we have increased the volume of food we pick up and deliver by 2.5 times since 2002. Since our inception, we have delivered 71 million pounds of food, supplementing close to 66 million meals.

Hunger awareness and education have long been a part of our programs, as they develop and strengthen key allies in our community.

In recent years, we have begun to attack hunger in targeted and strategic ways. The most visible example of this is our Weekend Backpack Feeding Program. Piloted in 2006, this initiative provides 35,000+ packs of nutritious food to schoolchildren who rely on school lunches and breakfasts and may not receive solid meals on weekends.

For more information on how to support, donate and participate please visit http://www.islandharvest.org/

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Emmy Award Winning Actress Presents AAA Four Diamond Hotel To The Garden City Hotel





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Actress Susan Lucci poses for a photo-op at the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York















































Publicist Sara Ann Fingerman poses for a photo-op with Emmy Award Winning Actress Sisan Lucci  at the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York














































Husband Helmet Huber and Emmy Award Winning Actress Susan Lucci pose for a photo-op at the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York




















Publicist Sara Ann Fingerman and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane  at the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York



















Jill Rosenberg, CTC Manager Group and Executive Services at AAA Travel talks to TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at  the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York





















Garden City Hotel Owner Morris Moinian and TV Hosr Cognac Wellerlane at the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York





























TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Emmy Award Winning Actress Susan Lucci at  the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York










































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a  photo-op at at  the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York








Members of the press and guest celebrated The Garden City Hotel receiving an award as an AAA Four Diamond hotel on Thursday November 17, 2016.

Soap Star and Emmy Award-Winning Actress Susan Lucci, a Garden City resident, was an employee at the hotel in the 1960's working as a waitress.  Ms. Lucci was also the guest of honor at the ceremony in which she presented AAA Four Diamond Award to Morris Moinian, President of the Fortuna Realty Group, which bought the hotel in 2012.

AAA’s professionally trained inspectors convey the voice of AAA members. They conduct in-person property inspections as a service to members, using guidelines weighted by member priorities. Inspections are unannounced to ensure a typical guest experience and members are encouraged to provide ongoing property feedback and recommendations.

Each year AAA reviews nearly 28,000 hotels including resorts, historic inns, B&Bs and more.   Only a small percentage make the AAA Diamond list. 

In my interview with Ms. Lucci she revealed that she had many happy memories growing up in Garden City New York and  meeting her husband Helmut when he was working as a chef at the Hotel and her daughter was also married at the Garden City Hotel as she remarked, "It is well deserved."

Since 1874, The Garden City Hotel has welcomed guests with gracious hospitality and first class service. Located in the picturesque village of Garden City in Long Island, New York, The Garden City Hotel boasts spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites, exciting restaurants and a renowned Sunday Brunch. Explore all that their prestigious address has to offer.

The Garden City Hotel offers 269 spacious guest rooms and suites offering the necessities and comforts for business and leisure travel. Celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2014, all rooms are luxuriously remodeled with custom millwork and Italian furniture, plush pillow top mattresses, sparkling baths with French boutique amenities and technology for connecting all mobile devices in room.

The new modern classic Polo Steakhouse is a classic American steakhouse in the heart of Garden City, NY, serving 28-day dry-aged, USDA prime grade steaks, chops and fresh seafood. Sleek black sofas and tufted red chairs offer a twist on tradition for locals, power players and connoisseurs at the Garden City Hotel.

For more information please visit The Garden City Hotel at http://www.gardencityhotel.com/

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2016 Hampton Classic At Grand Prix Sunday


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Alan Wade, Andrew Welles, Richie Moloney and Charlie Jacobs toast Champagne at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday - Photos by Lenny Stucker













Andrew Welles, Richie Moloney and Charlie Jacobs pose for a photo-op at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker















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Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley pose for a photo-op at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker











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Cassandra Seidenfeld, Colleen Rein and Kathlean DeMonchy pose with supporters at at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker












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Doug, Patricia, Cognac and Eric Andrews pose for a photo-op
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Supporters, celebrities and members of the press attended the 41st Hampton Classic.

Bridgehampton, NY - September 4, 2016 - In one of the most exciting jump-off rounds in the 41-year history of the Hampton Classic, Richie Moloney (IRL) blazed around the course on Carrabis Z, owned by Equinimity, LLC, to claim the top prize in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, presented by Longines.

"It's special, it's a great show and always a great crowd here," said Moloney. "We try to have our horses in top form for this week. It means a lot to win the Grand Prix here. My horse has been amazing, this is his fourth grand prix win. It's very good to have him and I'm lucky to have my owners at Equinimity, and a great staff. I'm just thankful, without all of those people this wouldn't be possible."

The victory gave Moloney the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge as the horse show's leading open jumper rider for third time in four years. He received 100 points for a final total of 337.5, which put him 98 points ahead of Catherine Tyree who finished second with 239.5. McLain Ward finished in third with 226 points.

Five horses out of the 29 starting entries representing six nations made it to the jump-off by turning in clean rounds over the Alan Wade-designed course. In the jump-off, all five went clear, leaving it up to the Longines timers to determine the winner. The first to go in the jump-off was the defending champion, Karen Polle (JPN) on With Wings. They set the mark to beat with a clean round in 41.54 seconds. Four-time Olympic medalist Beezie Madden (USA) was next on Quister de Guldenboom, owned by Abigail Wexner, and they finished two-tenths of a second faster to take the lead with 41.33. Charlie Jacobs (USA) and Cassinja S then shaved off another two-tenths of a second to move into first place with 41.12.

"I am blessed with a great support team whose hard work plays a key role in any success my horses and I achieve," said Jacobs of his Reserve Championship. "They deserve to be sitting up here every bit as much as I do."

Andrew Welles (USA) tried his best to beat the lightning fast round of Moloney's on Brindis Bogibo, owned by AEM Enterprises, LLC. He stopped the timers in 41.15, only three one-hundredths of a second slower than Jacobs, good for third place.

"It's unbelievable," said Welles. "I am so fortunate to be able to ride this horse. He rode seven rounds this week, counting jump-offs, and turned in seven clean rounds. This was a beautiful way to end an amazing week. To be third in this Grand Prix is just incredible."

Richie Moloney receives his Longines Timepiece from (L to R):  Shanette Cohen, Hampton Classic Executive Director; Amy Figueroa, Longines US Brand Manager; Charles Villoz, Longines International Vice President of Sales.

Charlie Jacobs has spent nearly his entire life around horses. From short stirrup to Grand Prix, he has experienced success in every major aspect of the sport and is a member of one of riding’s most active equestrian families. Jacobs views horse shows as a great way for his family to stay connected and enjoys the support and enthusiasm he and his family provide for each other.

Jacobs had a very successful career as a junior rider. In 1988 he won the qualifying competition for the United States Equestrian Team Show Jumping Talent Derby. He returned the following year to place three horses among the top five in the 1989 Rolex USET Show Jumping Talent Derby Final, demonstrating his outstanding potential at the Grand Prix level.

As a junior, Jacobs rode “Ebony Buzz” to many wins in the junior jumper division. Together, they won the High Junior Classic at the prestigious Devon Horse Show three consecutive years and retired the division trophy.

Jacobs moved up to the Grand Prix level in the early 1990s and he rode “Piquet” and “Maybe” on winning Nations’ Cup teams in Rotterdam and Luxembourg. He was second to his trainer Joe Fargis in the US Open Jumper Championships at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington in 1990.

After taking time off to enter the business world and raise a family with his wife Kim, Jacobs returned to showing. In 2004, he won Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series classes at the CSIO US Cosequin Finale and the PDP Capital Wellington Masters at the Winter Equestrian Festival aboard Innocence.

In 2005, at the 122nd National Horse Show, Jacobs placed second in the Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake aboard “Pia” and thirteenth aboard “Innocence”. He returned to the National Horse Show the following year and won the Amateur-Owner Jumper Speed Stake with “Pia”. He finished the season tied with Cara Cheska as the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Reserve Champion.

In recent years, Jacobs has often battled his brother Lou for the championship in the Amateur-Owner division. He also returned to the Grand Prix division and had a fifth place finish in the $60,000 Hermes Grand Prix at the 2006 I Love New York Horse Show.
In 2009, Jacobs rode “Secret Love” to win the I Love New York Horse Show’s $75,000 Hermes Grand Prix. Jacobs and “Secret Love” produced the only fault free round of the event, a feat that had occurred only one other time in the 32 years that the I Love New York Horse Show has taken place.

Jacobs has continued to remain a top competitor in 2010. He rode “Quidditch II” to win the top prize in the $50,000 CN Palm Beach Jumping Derby at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The pair also won the Amateur-Owner High Power & Speed class in the twelfth and final week of the Winter Equestrian Festival.

In 2011, Jacobs rode “Leap of Joy” to the Amateur-Owner Championship for the Eastern Conference of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. He also won a Grand Prix at the Fieldstone Summer Classic and capped his standout season with three wins at the CSIO-W Buenos Aires in Argentina including winning The World Cup Grand Prix on “Leap of Joy”.

Jacobs continues to perform well on the Grand Prix circuit. In 2012 he won the Fieldstone Grand Prix aboard “Flaming Star”. He started 2013 with two big wins in Wellington, winning the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup and the Mar-A-Largo Club Grand Prix. The pair earned many placings at international shows, and ended their year with a victory in the $50,000 Holiday and Horses FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI-W 2* Grand Prix in Wellington.

Jacobs began the 2014 season with a win in Round 2 of the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series at WEF, and then made his World Cup debut with “Flaming Star” at the 2014 FEI World Cup™ Final in Lyon, France, where he finished 20th against the best show jumpers in the world. In August, he rode “Cassinja S” to the win in the $50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix.

In 2015 Jacobs earned many top-ten placings at international grand prix level during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, while campaigning his top horses, “Leap of Joy,” “Flaming Star” and “Cassinja S.”

Charlie Jacobs had a great trip on Cassinja S in 41.12 seconds to be the runner-up, while Andrew Welles was just an instant behind him to finish third in his Hampton grand prix debut on Brindis Bogibo (41.15).

Jacobs is actively involved with a number of community-based and philanthropic organizations, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Boston Children's Hospital, and the Boston Bruins Foundation, the latter of which he serves as President. Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North's Boston Holdings, including the Boston Bruins. In 2009, Sports Business Journal (a publication of Advance Publications) named Jacobs to their "Forty Under 40" list, a list that seeks to represent "the best and the brightest" in the sports industry.

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Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal

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TV  Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal







Supporters and Poker Player Enthusiast joined together to enjoy a wonderful evening at Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal.

Beth Shak is an American professional poker player, who has been playing professionally since 2004. She is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as a shoe and handbag expert. Shak ran a private vintage designer clothing business for 10 years. Her most recent project is a custom designed poker chip set currently on pre-order at her website.

She recently attended a charity event to support the Jed Foundation and was inspired to help the organization.  During the event I sat down with Executive Director John A. MacPhee.

Over the last fifteen years, The Jed Foundation has emerged as the leader in protecting the emotional health of America's 21 million college students.  Their proven model and award-winning programs are changing the way campuses, communities and families promote mental health and prevent suicide.

As the nation’s leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students, The Jed Foundation is protecting the mental health of students across the country.  With your support, They will continue to lead the way and protect the potential of tomorrow's leaders.

For more information please visit http://www.jedfoundation.org/

The event was sponsored by Metropolitanjets.com who is owned and operated by CEO Alan R. Cook.

the very best private jet management and charter experience. Based at Manassas Regional Airport in Metro DC, They manage an exceptional fleet of jets that are privately owned and available for charter worldwide. Their operations team exceeds industry standards in maintenance and safety, while their METROPOLITAN JETS sales team delivers the highest level of service to their aircraft owners, charter clients, and the industry’s best brokers.

Also I got the chance to chat with  Sponsor Josh Tanner from NewYorkPrimeBeef.com about his selection of prime beef that was featured at the event.

New York Prime Beef is home to a newly constructed, state of the art dry aging facility. Under carefully monitored temperature and humidity our steaks are dry aged for 28 days before being hand selected at the peak of flavor and tenderness. It may take time and painstaking attention, but we believe that the results of the aging process merit the extra effort and expense.  For more info please visit http://www.newyorkprimebeef.com/

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