Gala

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At the beautiful Garden City Hotel, we honored some amazing individuals with an awards presentation, dinner and dancing.

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A very special night!

On Thursday, September 17 at the beautiful Garden City Hotel, we honored some amazing individuals for their commitment and support to our programs: Peter and Jeri Dejana of the Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation; Joseph F. Rondinelli, Immediate Past President, Grand Lodge of New York, Order Sons of Italy in America; and Marianne Principe O'Neil, Gift of Sight Chairperson, Grand Lodge of New York, Order Sons of Italy in America.

The evening kicked off with Helen Keller Services' Chairman Chris Maher welcoming everyone. Amy Freeze, Meteorologist from WABC-TV, then took over as our Mistress of Ceremonies. And what a great job she did! After the awards presentation the crowd danced the night away to the spectacular music of Michael Hart and the Hank Lane Band.

Thanks again to all of our wonderful sponsors, including the May Ellen & Gerald Ritter Foundation; the Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation; Opthalmic Consultants of Long island; Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh; W.P. Owners Corp.; CBRE; Grade Lodge of New York Order Sons of Italy in America; Gift of Sight; Investors Bank; The Lions Club of Port Washington; Fern & Hersh Cohen; TD Bank; and Brooks Brothers as well as the numerous organizations who donated items for our silent auction and raffle tables.