Brooklyn Patch: Investors Bank President and COO Domenick Cama will serve as HKS Gala Honoree. Serving as Master of Ceremonies will be five-time Emmy Award winner Amy Freeze
By Angela Zapke, Brooklyn Patch | August 21, 2019
HELEN KELLER SERVICES NAMES INVESTORS BANK PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER DOMENICK A. CAMA GALA HONOREE
Five-time Emmy Award Winner Amy Freeze returns as Master of Ceremonies;
40th Annual Gala will be held at Brooklyn Botanic Garden on September 26, 2019.
Brooklyn, NY…August 21, 2019…Helen Keller Services (HKS) will hold its 40th Annual Gala on September 26th, 2019, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Investors Bank President and Chief Operating Officer Domenick A. Cama serving as honoree. Longtime HKS friend and five-time Emmy Award winner Amy Freeze of Channel 7’s Eyewitness News will return as Master of Ceremonies. The announcement was made by HKS’ new President and CEO Kim Zimmer.
“I’m delighted that my first gala with Helen Keller Services will be such a special event,” observed Zimmer, who was named HKS President and CEO in June 2019 after serving as Chief Marketing Officer & Senior Vice President, Global Development, at Goodwill Industries International. “Honoree Domenick Cama is a devoted supporter of Helen Keller Services who brings to the gala his passion for service and impressive standing in the world of finance. We are also thrilled to have local television legend Amy Freeze as our Master of Ceremonies. I know she’ll set just the right tone for the evening with her good humor, grace, and charm. Finally, the gala will be held at a much-loved destination, the spectacular Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The evening ensures a true celebration to reflect on Helen Keller Services and its many achievements.”
“I am honored to be named a Helen Keller Services Gala Honoree,” stated Cama. “Helen Keller Services works tirelessly to ensure inclusion for individuals who are blind, have low vision, or who have a combined hearing and vision loss. In fact, Helen Keller Services goes beyond inclusion to enable these individuals to not just live and work in their chosen communities, but to thrive! I am proud to support Helen Keller Services as an organization. They make a significant contribution to our local and national communities.”
In addition to serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Investors Bancorp and Investors Bank, Cama serves on the Board of Directors of both organizations and works closely with other members of the executive management team to manage the Bank’s daily operations. Brooklyn born and raised, Cama has generously supported the not-for-profit community and has received numerous honors for his service, including induction into the Italian American National Hall of Fame; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Francis College in Brooklyn; the Good Scout Award by the Greater New York Council of Boy Scouts; and Honoree at The Cathedral Club of Brooklyn’s Annual Gala earlier this year.
Master of Ceremonies Freeze was one of the first women in the world to earn the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist accreditation from the American Meteorological Society. She also holds Seals of Approval from both the AMS and the National Weather Association. Freeze joined Channel 7’s Eyewitness News Weather Team in 2011 after serving as Chief Meteorologist for Fox News in Chicago. Her work has earned her several Emmy Awards, including “Best Weathercaster,” “Outstanding Host” and for her weather special, “Surviving Severe Weather.”
Located at 1000 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was founded in 1910 and serves as an urban botanic garden on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn. The Garden is home to nearly 15,000 types of plants and hosts approximately 800,000 visitors annually.
Founded in 1893, Helen Keller Services offers services and programs through two divisions: Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults and Helen Keller Services for the Blind. For more information, please visit www.helenkeller.org.
More information on the Helen Keller Services 40th Anniversary Gala is available by visiting www.helenkeller.org/events