LIHB - 2017
We are excited to announce the 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball, is benefitting the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Hosted by the Baldwin Family.
This year's event will take place on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY from 7:00pm - 12:30am. Last year's event raised a record of $408,215.00. Now in our 7th year, the Long Island Hospitality Ball has collectively raised over $2 million.
The gala was created by Keith Hart, a hospitality industry mainstay and cancer survivor, to raise funds for charity by showcasing offerings from the region’s top restaurants, wine and spirit brands, nightclubs and entertainers as well as hotels and catering halls.
Newsday’s Jim Bernstein and Erica Marcus called the inaugural event “one of the largest fundraising events in years to raise money to battle cancer” and “a food-industry showcase.” The night of sensory delights continues to raise important and much needed funds in the fight against cancer.
Continuing at the heart of the affair is Keith Hart, who is best known for his eponymous marketing agency on New York’s nightlife and entertainment scene. Hart’s private battle with thyroid cancer, now in remission, inspired him to go public with his mission, and rally the industry to join the fight against cancer, through an extraordinary evening of dining, dancing and donating.
We are proud to announce the 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball honorees for their achievements in the Industry:
- Giovanni Casano, Empire Wines and Spirits On-Premise, Division Manager and Director of Sales
- Bobby Goodrich, Restaurant, Night Club Impresario
- Matthew Yonick, General Sales Manager Manhattan Beer Distributors
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Rob Verderosa, Hospitality Consultant
- Ed Low Media Award: Joan Reminick, Newsday Food Critic
The Long Island Hospitality Ball, reflecting the breadth and depth of the region’s now mature hospitality business, was modeled on the Bartenders’ Ball, an annual fundraiser, originating in 1978, that spread to Long Island and other major markets from Washington D.C., to aid local charities and pay tribute to leaders in the Industry.
We are grateful to our Executive Committee Members for all of tireless work in helping to make the Long Island Hospitality Ball a huge success.
Executive Committee Members:
- Keith Hart, Chairman
- Greg Bartolotta
- Richard Bedrosian
- Michael Esposito
- Larry Golus
- Jay Grossman
- Frank Minier
- Nick Paccione
- Dante Paganini
- Brian Rosenberg
- Richard Rubenstein
- George Voutsinas
- Billy Wolfe
- Thomas Wright