HKSB News Release
HKSB’s 33rd Annual Wills Luncheon Honors the Finest in Brooklyn
May 26, 2010, New York—Honoring the finest in Brooklyn was the theme on Friday, May 21st as Helen Keller Services for the Blind held its 33rd Annual Louis C. Wills Award Luncheon.
The event took place in the gravel covered backyard of Frankies Spuntino at 457 Court Street. The area is draped with greenery—an abundance of trees and multi-layered vines that reminded the audience of Tuscany instead of Carroll Gardens. The reception preceding the luncheon was held in what was once a turn-of-the century blacksmith’s stable. It was a fitting place to honor local entrepreneurs and co-owners Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli. Also honored was New York State Senator and Leader of the Democratic Conference John L. Sampson, who was represented that afternoon by Special Counsel Walter Mosley of his office.
Father Peter Mahoney of Brooklyn’s Catholic Charities gave the invocation. Brooklyn’s Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham read aloud a proclamation from Marty Markowitz in recognition of Mr. Castronovo, Mr. Falcinelli, and Mr. Sampson’s commitment to the community and public service.
The restaurant’s signature dishes were served, including Cavatelli with hot sausage and browned sage butter; house made Gnocchi marinara and fresh ricotta; and of course, “Frankies Meatballs.”
Joseph Bruno, Commissioner of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, presented the “Franks” their award, saying that they “epitomized what neighborhood business is all about.”
The Wills Award is given annually in honor of Mr. Louis C. Wills, a Brooklyn native who spent his entire life involved with philanthropic endeavors and served as President of Helen Keller Services for the Blind from 1943 to 1950. HKSB honors the legacy that Mr. Wills left behind by paying tribute to individuals who have a demonstrated record of outstanding commitment to social service, cultural and civic groups.