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Red & White Dinner Dance Raises Funds for Long Island Red Cross

Red & White Dinner Dance Raises Funds for the Red Cross on Long Island.

L to R: John Miller, Long Island CEO; Susanne Stover, NYRA’s chief financial officer; Nick Toomey of Rallye Auto Group; and Leena Karlson KJOY/98.3 morning host. (Photo: Matt LaMonica)

The monies raised from the event will allow the Red Cross on Long Island to provide immediate humanitarian aid.

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At the annual Red & White Dinner Dance held at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park June 18, the American Red Cross on Long Island honored the New York Racing Association (NYRA) for its dedicated support of the organization.

Close to 200 guests attended the event, which featured cocktails, dinner, dancing to music by The Infernos, a silent auction and a raffle. Hosted by Leeana Karlson, Morning Show co-host on KJOY /98.3, the event raised vital funds for Red Cross programs and services.

“As we all know, nearly eight months ago Superstorm Sandy ravaged our shores and neighborhoods, leaving devastation and despair in her wake,” said Karlson. “But the Red Cross has been there every step of the way rebuild hopes, homes and dreams. The effort has been enormous and will continue for years to come.”

Sandy survivor Carmen Torres and her boyfriend, Thomas Carr, from Island Park, N.Y., joined Karlson at the podium.

“The Red Cross was here for me and Tom and gave us hope at our darkest hours,” said Torres, who, with Thomas, was forced to flee Sandy’s rising waters. “We recently moved into a new apartment with Red Cross help and we’re so grateful,” Torres said.

John Miller, Long Island Red Cross CEO, invited last year’s Good Neighbor award honoree, Nick Toomey, of Rallye Auto Group, to jointly present the 2013 Good Neighbor Award to The New York Racing Association.

The award recognizes special contributions to the American Red Cross on Long Island made by individuals, community groups and organizations.

“NYRA’s outstanding generosity to the Red Cross and tireless dedication to help those in need in the community make them truly deserving of this recognition,” said Miller, who cited NYRA’s support for Long Island’s Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery efforts—through a generous contribution, as well as the donation of its property at Aqueduct Racetrack to the Red Cross to operate a mobile feeding kitchen and staging area.

Susanne Stover, NYRA’s chief financial officer, accepted the award.

“NYRA is committed to working with the communities surrounding Aqueduct Race Track, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course with the goal of being a good neighbor and corporate citizen,” she said. “We have been proud to partner with the American Red Cross over the years to assist with its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

The monies raised from the event will allow the Red Cross on Long Island to provide immediate humanitarian aid—food, shelter, financial assistance, temporary housing, mental health support and emergency supplies—to those in need.

The Long Island Red Cross thanks the evening’s sponsors for their generosity: The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA); Winthrop-University Hospital; Casual Home Worldwide Inc. ; Coca-Cola; Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters; Premier Benefit Plans, Inc.; Rallye Auto Group; UPS; AmTote International; National Grid; Elisa and Peter Rapaport; Rivkin Radler LLP; United Brotherhood of Carpenters; Willis; Connoisseur Media Long Island ; and Richner Communications, Inc.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.