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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, 

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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.


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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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