Read post-event press release for the 2014 event!
The 2014 Long Island Hospitality Ball, to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, was held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY and successfully rasied $361,000 for the American Cancer Society.
The gala was created and organized 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 2011 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 — light, sound, food and drink — raised more than $170,000, was enjoyed by 1500 guests, and made possible by more than 150 industry sponsors.
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.
In the spirit of generosity, these industry peers will be honored in 2014 for their achievements:
- Bill DeSilva, Southern Wine & Spirits Metro NY
- Mike Ginty, Boening Bros., Inc.
- In Memory of John N. Smythe
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 honor industry leaders.
Executive Committee Members:
- Keith Hart, Chairman
- Greg Bartolotta
- Richard Bedrosian
- Michael Bohlsen
- Michael Esposito
- Larry Golus
- Jay Grossman
- Steve Haweeli
- Vinny Michaels
- Nick Paccione
- Dante Paganini
- Brian Rosenberg
- Richard Rubenstein
- George Voutsinas
- Billy Wolfe
- Thomas Wright
Opportunities for industry sponsorship and participation are also available.