Elegant Philanthropy In 2017

A year in charitable works across the Island

Guests convened at Old Westbury Gardens to raise funds for Children In Bloom. (Photo by Arien Dijkstra)

Long Island has always been a charitable place, with organizations helping out those in need with a variety of events and initiative. This past year was no different, as many groups gathered to assist residents from all walks of life.

In May, Chateau Briand Caterers in Carle Place hosted the De La Salle School’s 15th annual spring gala meant to support academic programs for economically disadvantaged students at the De La Salle School in Freeport. The event honored Joan Hope MacNaughton, who has been involved as a volunteer and fundraiser at the De La Salle School for many years and as chairman of the school’s luncheon fundraisers, which have grown to welcome more than 300 guests.

Anton editors rappelled down a tower for a good cause.

Then in July, two Anton Media Group editors, Joseph Catrone and Nicole Lockwood, took part in Over The Edge, which sees people rappel down the side of the tower at Nassau Community College to raise money for its affiliated programs. The event was organized by the Empower, Assist, Care (EAC) Network, a Long Island and New York City-based social service academy.

Supermodel Carol Alt was a surprise guest at the Katz Institue for Women’s Health Luncheon and Fashion Show

Fast forward to October, when Northwell Health and the Americana Manhasset raised a record total of more than $1.1 million for women’s health at the 25th annual Katz Institute for Women’s Health Luncheon and Fashion Show featuring the Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2017 Collection. Presented by the Partners Council for Women’s Health, co-anchor of Fox 5’s Good Day New York, Rosanna Scotto emceed the event, and supermodel Carol Alt, herself a patient at Katz, made a surprise runway appearance.

North Shore Land Alliance’s Wine and Spirits Auction was joined by Dr. Keming Liu, Barbara Prey, publisher Angela Susan Anton, Dr. Charles Riley.

Later that month, the North Shore Land Alliance’s 14th annual Wine and Spirits auction was held at the Planting Fields Arboretum to raise awareness about how saving open land reduces light pollution. The theme, “Open Spaces, Starry Nights,” really became apparent as evening set in when lights began to twinkle in the trees.

And finally, Old Westbury Gardens hosted its eighth annual Children in Bloom luncheon in November to benefit children’s educational and environmental programs, as well as to honor trustee Laureen Stanton Knutson, a philanthropist and longtime board member at the Gardens.

May Long Islanders be as charitable in 2018 as they were this year.

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Steve Mosco
Steve Mosco, the former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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