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Northeastern New York Chapter Announces Fire + Ice Honorees

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"Sonny, Dave and Angelo have done an incredible amount for our community"

The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York is pleased to announce that Sonny Bonacio (Bonacio Construction, Inc.), David Buicko (Galesi Group) and Angelo Mazzone (Mazzone Hospitality) will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the organization’s 2015 Fire + Ice Gala.

“Sonny, Dave and Angelo are three outstanding community leaders whose professional accomplishments and charitable commitments have made a significant impact on the Capital Region,” said Gary Striar, CEO of the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, which serves nine counties in the area with offices in Albany and Glens Falls. “It is a privilege to be able to honor the three of them together at our Fire + Ice Gala.”

Sonny Bonacio is a lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs who started Bonacio Construction in 1988. Now, with more than 25 successful years in business, Bonacio Construction has become the leader of improvement to the architectural and economic landscape of Saratoga Springs and beyond. Throughout his career, Bonacio has received several well-deserved accolades and awards, including the Albany Business Review’s 40 Under 40 Achievement Award and the Saratogian’s 20 Under 40 Achievement Award. Bonacio has also held numerous influential positions in the community, including president of the Saratoga Builders Association and member of the Board of Directors for both the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.

David M. Buicko was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Galesi Group in 1986 and has served in that capacity ever since. He is responsible for the day to day operations of all the company’s divisions including commercial real estate, industrial parks, distribution and logistics. Buicko is a Director and past Chairman of the Center for Economic Growth, and in 2013 was selected by Governor Cuomo to serve on the Capital Region Economic Development Council. In addition to his contributions to local economic development, Buicko’s active role in the community has merited a number of honorable recognitions, including “Executive of the Year” from the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce and the Albany Business Review.

Angelo Mazzone began his career in the restaurant and catering business at just eleven years old, working at his grandfather’s pizzeria. Today, he is the owner of Mazzone Hospitality, providing the area with unsurpassed events, quality catering, exceptional fine dining and a company founded on the philosophy of customer service. Mazzone’s company operates numerous well-known restaurants in the Capital Region, including Prime at Saratoga National and Angelo’s 677 Prime. Mazzone Hospitality holds exclusive catering contracts with several major event venues in the area, including Key Hall at Proctors and the new 90 State Street in Albany, in addition to serving as the caterer for the American Red Cross Fire + Ice Gala at the Saratoga City Center. 

Reflecting on the many contributions Bonacio, Buicko and Mazzone have made in the Capital Region throughout their illustrious careers, Striar added, “Sonny, Dave and Angelo have done an incredible amount for our community, both as business leaders and as compassionate citizens. We are truly grateful that they have extended their support to this year’s Fire + Ice Gala, partnering with the Red Cross to raise funds and awareness for the critical work we do every day.”

The 2015 Fire + Ice Gala will be held on Saturday, March 21 at the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs. The black-tie evening will feature gourmet cuisine by Mazzone Catering, open bar and specialty drinks, and spirited live and silent auctions. NewsChannel 13 anchor Benita Zahn will emcee, and guests will enjoy dinner and dancing with live music from the New York Players.

All proceeds from the Fire + Ice Gala support the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross. As the evening’s theme suggests, the Red Cross is there after disasters big and small, from home fires to ice and snow storms, to bring help and hope to families in need. As the signature fundraising event for the Red Cross in the greater Capital Region, the success of the Fire + Ice Gala helps to ensure that Red Cross programs and services are available in local communities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the 2015 Fire + Ice Gala, visit http://american.redcross.org/GalaNENY or contact Sarah Hooper at (518) 458-8111, ext. 5108.