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Honoree for Cardiovascular Science Honoree Heart Disease Intervention in Fire Services Award, MC Keith Fingers, Co-Chair Renee Pope, Honorees Dr. Kimon Bekelis, Dr. Jorge L. Gardyn and Co-Chair  Todd Fabricant pose for a photo-opo at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at the Garden City Hotel, 

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Co-Chair Renee Pope and Honoree Dr. Kimon Bekelis pose for a photo-op at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at the Garden City Hotel, Garden City, NY

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Co-Chairs Renee Pope and  Todd Fabricant pose for a photo-op with Honorees Dr. Kimon Bekelis, Dr. Jorge L. Gardyn at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at the Garden City Hotel, Garden City, NY

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 Honoree for Cardiovascular Science Honoree Heart Disease Intervention in Fire Services Award pose for a photo-op at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at the Garden City Hotel, Garden City, NY

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Honorees Dr. Kimon Bekelis and Dr. Jorge L. Gardyn pose for a photo-op at The Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at the Garden City Hotel, Garden City, NY

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American Heart Association’s 55th Annual American Heart Association 

Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball

Supporters and Guests Rocked on Thursday, April 26th



The American Heart Association’s Long Island Annual Heart & Stroke Ball celebrated its 55th year on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Garden City Hotel with a Rock n Roll theme. The Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball is an annual social event held to celebrate outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the area of cardiovascular science and leadership in wellness.


This year’s eventwas co-chaired by Todd Fabricant, CEO, Todd Mitchell Associates and Renee Pope, Executive Director, KPMG, LLP. The 55th Annual Heart Ball.

The Benefit Ball honored Kimon Bekelis, MD, Catholic Health Services of Long Island who received the Neurological Science Honoree Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Award and Jorge L. Gardyn, MD, F.A.C.P, Island Occupational Medical Resources P.C. who received the Cardiovascular Science Honoree Heart Disease Intervention in Fire Services Award. This year’s event emcee was WBAB Afternoon Drive host Fingers.


The American Heart Association promises that they will have an extraordinary impact on your life by empowering you and your loved ones to save lives, live healthier and enjoy more peace of mind about cardiovascular disease. Their goal by 2020 is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%. Why? Life is Why!


The Heart & Stroke Ball received 500 attendees from the Long Island medical and corporate community. The evening included dinner, dancing and a silent auction offering an exciting assortment of generously donated items. This year’s Heart & Stroke Ball Sponsors include: The Jade Foundation, Castagna Realty-Americana Manhasset, Leviton, KPMG, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Catholic Health Services, Berdon LLP, AVZ, Cardiovascular Medical Associates, Carter, DeLuca Farrell &, Schmidt, LLP, Sterling National Bank, Long Island Neurological & Pain Specialists, Nassau Community College, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., Todd Mitchell Associates, WBAB-FM 102.3 and WBLI-FM 106.1 & Anton Media Group.


Tickets were $600. Cocktail Hour started at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program, dinner and dancing at 7:00 pm. This year’s music was provided by Dane Wright Band. For more information, tickets for the Heart of the Hamptons Ball in June or for sponsorship opportunities, visit longislandheartball.heart.org or call 516-962-0802.


More about The Honorees:


Dr. Bekelis is a neurosurgeon with subspecialty training in minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery. He additionally specializes in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, and complex brain, and spine operations. He is the Chairman of Neuro-interventional Services for Catholic Health Services of Long Island, the Director of the ​Stroke and Brain Aneurysm Center of Excellence at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and the co-director of the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at GSHMC. He is also an Assistant Professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Director of the Population Health Research Institute of New York at CHSLI. As a researcher, he has led several projects focusing on outcome predictive modeling, comparative effectiveness, resource utilization, regional disparities, diffusion of innovation, intensity of care, workforce allocation, medico-legal issues, and cost.

Dr. Jorge Gardyn is an internist in Amityville, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including NYU Winthrop Hospital and Nassau University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Gardyn accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 182 doctors at NYU Winthrop Hospital and one of 74 at Nassau University Medical Center who specialize in Internal Medicine. He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish.



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