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 French Heritage Society’s Black and Orange Ball On Halloween Night 

at The Plaza Hotel

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Chair Jean Shafiroff, Designer Victor deSouza, Cognac Wellerlane and Debra Rotherg pose for a photo-op  pose for a photo-op at

French Heritage Society’s Black and Orange Ball On Halloween Night

at The Plaza Hotel

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at The Plaza Hotel

Silvina Leone, Jean Shafiroff, Elizabeth Stribling, Ann Van Ness, Odile De Schiétère-Longchampt, CeCe Black pose for a photo-op at French Heritage Society’s Black and Orange Ball On Halloween Night

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Elizabeth F. Stribling Chairman of The Board at French Heritage Society’s Black and Orange Ball On Halloween Night

at The Plaza Hotel

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Anthoula Katsimatides at French Heritage Society’s Black and Orange Ball On Halloween Night

at The Plaza Hotel

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Publisherof Frenchmorning.com Romain Poirot at French Heritage Society’s Black and Orange Ball On Halloween Night

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at French Heritage Society’s Black and Orange Ball On Halloween Night

at The Plaza Hotel

On Halloween Night October 31st, French Heritage Society (FHS) held its Annual New York Gala Dinner Dance at The Plaza Hotel. This year, the exquisite, much anticipated affair was festively themed The Black and Orange Ball, and black-tie clad guests wore elegant masks, disguises, and colorful accents for a 

very spooky, howling, Masquerade Ball!

The evening honored French luxury lifestyle brand LALIQUE and its founder René Lalique. It was organized under the gracious patronage of His Excellency Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, and Mrs. Sophie L’Hélias-Delattre, Ms. Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York, and Mrs. Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States.

The Gala Chairmen were CeCe Black, Silvina Leone, Liz McDermott, Jay R. Paul, Jean Shafiroff, and Ann Van Ness. The New York Chapter Chairs are Guy N. Robinson and Odile de Schiétère-Longchampt, who also served as the Design Consultant. The Board of Directors includes Elizabeth F. Stribling, Chairman of the Board, Denis de Kergorlay, President, David M. Gray, Treasurer, and Jennifer Herlein, Executive Director.

A cocktail reception commenced with singer and performer Lenny Hoops providing the music and entertainment before guests sat for dinner. Attendees raised their glasses as Chairman of the Board, Elizabeth F. Stribling and Denis de Kergorlay welcomed guests, and CeCe Black thanked her fellow Gala Chairs.

The events wine consultant and emcee, George Sape then introduced a short video about LALIQUE before Elizabeth F. Stribling and Denis de Kergorlay presented a trophy to the LALIQUE team, which was accepted by Sarah Gargano on behalf of the brand. Celebrating their 130th anniversary in 2018, LALIQUE is internationally recognized as the ultimate symbol of French luxury.

A short dancing break set to the music of the Alex Donner Orchestra before Nicholas Dawes, Vice President, Heritage Auctions, the country’s leading expert on René Lalique, began the live auction.

Supporters were given the opportunity to bid on four lots that included Living LALIQUE - an exclusive cocktail party for up to 10 guests in an elegant space designed by LALIQUE, which served so popular a second party was provided with both selling at $4,500. A lavish travel package to Discover the Parisian Art-de-Vivre was sold for $6,500, dinner for four at Skybox at Daniel accompanied by superlative wines was placed for $3,500, and a stay at La Mamounia, the legendary 5-star palace hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco, resulted in a bidding war before being placed with the winner for $6,000.

A short video about the FHS Student Exchange Program, was then screened before Naomi Jabouin, FHS Student Exchange Program Alum, made brief remarks to express her gratitude for the program. The auctioneer then collected for the bids for the Student Exchange Program, before dessert was served and dancing resumed.

About French Heritage Society

French Heritage Society was founded in 1982 as a two-way street for Americans and French to share their love of historic architecture. French Heritage Society intervenes to ensure that the treasures of our shared French architectural and cultural heritage survive to inspire future generations to build, dream and create. FHS has contributed to over 580 restoration grants and helped secure $21.2 million dollars, including matching dollars, for historic monuments, buildings and gardens in every department in France and to properties in the United States that reflect France’s historic influence. There are 11 Chapters of the Society throughout the United States and Paris.

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Little Shelter Supporters Get Their Ghoul On To Help Homeless Animals At The 11th Annual Masquerade Ball

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TV Host/Entertainment Journalist poses for photo-op with Alex Huenke and Sara Ann Fingerman at the 11th Little Shelter Masquerade Ball

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Executive Director David Ceely at the 11th Little Shelter Annual Masquerade Ball at the Westbury Manor in Long Island, NY

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Tito Colon at the 11th Annual Little Shelter Masquerade Ball at the Westbury Manor

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TV Host/Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane poses with a scary Barbie JoAnn Winkhart as Cat Woman at Little Shelter Rescue’s Center 11th Annual Masquerade Ball at Westbury Manor

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Lauren Scala from NBC’s New York Live is presented with an award from Executive Director David Ceely at the 11th Annual Little Shelter Masquerade Ball

Supporters got their ghoul on during Little Shelter’s 11th Annual Masquerade Ball held at the prestigious Westbury Manor. On Thursday, October 18th friends and supporters of homeless dogs and cats on Long Island  conjured together for an enchanted evening of fun as the well anticipated charity ball hosted by Little Shelter returns. Sponsored by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and TD Bank, the Masquerade Ball is one of Little Shelter’s largest fundraisers of the year and all proceeds from the event will go directly to benefiting the animals of Little Shelter.

The evening startedwith a cocktail hour at 6 pm and continued through the late evening with festivities like an open dance floor, live DJ, exquisite dinner, raffle, silent auction and more. Attendees were encouraged to come in costume and participate in the costume contest and other evening activities. Special guests Lauren Scala from NBC’s New York Live, among others was commended for their outstanding contribution to the cause of helping homeless animals during the award ceremony.

Outside the entertainment of the dance floor, guest were welcomed to peruse hundreds of baskets filled with amazing items that will be raffled off at the close of the evening. “This unique fundraiser is so much fun for everyone who attends. People always love this event and come back year after year to help the animals while partying the night away.” Commented Little Shelter’s Volunteer President Maryann Chernovsky.

You can contact Little Shelter at 631-368-8770 ex. 26 for more details or visit the website at www.littleshelter.com

About Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center

Suffolk County's first Humane Society, is dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy. Through rescue from kill facilities, rehabilitation of sick and un-socialized pets, and a 100% spay/neuter program, Little Shelter hopes to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats in loving homes. Located in Huntington, NY. Little Shelter is also a part of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals.


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2018 8th Annual Long Island Hospitality Ball

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Richard and Kathy Wakile from the Real Housewives of New Jersey at the 8th Annual 2018 Long Island Hospitality Ball at the Crest Hollow Country Club in  Woodbury, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Soprano Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli at the 8th Annual 2018 Long Island Hospitality Ball at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Actress Rachel Grant at the 8th Annual 2018 Long Island Hospitality Ball at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Beauty Pageant Winners Jane Rubinstein and C.J. Marie at the 8th Annual 2018 Long Island Hospitality Ball at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellelane interviews supporters Teresa Steinberg and Jennifer Ravell from Ravell Salon at the 8th Annual 2018 Long Island Hospitality Ball at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, New York

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the 8th Annual 2018 Long Island Hospitality Ball at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, New York

Alec Baldwin and the entire Baldwin family are joining forces with The Long Island Hospitality Ball to fight breast cancer. The eighth-annual charity gala and benefit ball took place on June 25th!

The event at the Crest Hollow Country Club benefitted the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. The goal: top 2017's more than $400,000 in donations for research aimed at fighting and beating the disease. Ninety percent of all donations to the fund go directly to research.

THE LONG ISLAND HOSPITALITY BALL

The Long Island Hospitality Ball is a premiere Long Island culinary, wine and spirits event featuring many of the top Long Island restaurants and premier beverage companies benefiting the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Guests enjoy a walk around tasting experience where they can sample mouthwatering dishes, taste premium wines and spirits, and enjoy the sights and sounds of an evening filled with music and entertainment as well as an exciting raffle featuring a wide array of prizes. Now in its 8th year, the event is hosted annually by the Long Island Hospitality Ball volunteer committee which in the past has raised over $1.8 Million to support the fight against cancer.

The LIHB was founded in 2011 by Keith Hart and the LIHB Board of Directors. Mr. Hart is a hospitality industry guru and cancer survivor. His personal battle with cancer is now in remission and has inspired him to rally the industry to join the fight against cancer. Long Island's top cover bands and entertainers, including Christian Guardino the 2017 Golden Buzzer Winner from "America's Got Talent", and DJ's perform throughout the property and throughout the evening. Many celebrities and sports stars are expected to attend including the Baldwin family. This event is indoor/outdoor and is rain or shine.

Carol M. Baldwin is not only the founder, she is a Breast Cancer Survivor. The Baldwin family firmly believes that the key to finding a cure for Breast Cancer is by providing the funding necessary to allow researchers to learn more about this disease. There have been many significant advances in the methods of detection and treatments for breast cancer, yet many women continue to lose their battle every year as they succumb to the devastating effects of this disease. Our mission is to find a cure - nothing less.

The fund has awarded close to 100 research grants, totaling in excess of $5 million for medical research.

For more information how you can donate, participate and contribute please visit www.findacure.org

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Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball

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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, 

Garden City , NY

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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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TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Long Island Heart and Stroke Ball at the

 Garden City Hotel, Garden City, NY

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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