INNkeeper’s Ball Fights Hunger, Homelessness On Long Island

From left: Rob Kammerer, INN board member and event co-chair; Carol Silva, News 12 LI Anchor; Bernadette Castro, COO of Castro Convertibles; event honorees Thomas and Eileen Lamberti; Jean Kelly, INN Executive Director and event honorees Peter Florey and Len D’Amico of D&F Development Group.

The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) welcomed more than 450 supporters to its largest annual fundraiser, The INNkeepers’ Ball, raising just more than $1.3 million to support its programs that serve the hungry and homeless population of Long Island. The event, which was held just a few weeks after the 36th anniversary of the Hempstead-based organization, featured appearances from Bernadette Castro, COO of Castro Convertibles and News 12 Long Island anchor Carol Silva, who partnered together to serve as co-auctioneers during the live auction.

The event committee bestowed the 2019 Humanitarian of the Year Award to D&F Development Group partners Len D’Amico and Peter Florey, as well as Thomas and Eileen Lamberti, all longtime supporters of The INN through volunteering and financial support.
“Our honorees for this year’s INNkeepers’ Ball were incredibly special,” said Rob Kammerer, INN board member and event committee co-chairperson. “D&F Development Group share the understanding of the pressing need for quality affordable housing on Long Island with The INN. Tom and Eileen Lamberti are a wonderful couple that is equally matched in their desire and drive to give back to local communities. We are thrilled to be able to acknowledge them in this way.”

The vision of The INN is to transform lives by addressing the issues of hunger, homelessness and profound poverty through awareness, action and generosity. Founded in 1983 as a single soup kitchen run by a small group of concerned volunteers, The INN, a Long Island-based not-for-profit, delivers its services through the largest soup kitchen on Long Island, emergency homeless shelters and a long-term housing program.

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