After a two-year hiatus, the American Red Cross on Long Island will host its annual Long Island Heroes Among Us Gala on Thursday, September 22, at the Oheka Castle from 6 to 11 p.m.
Chaired by the Honorable Charles Lavine and Joe Link, retired Suffolk County police officer, the Gala is the signature fundraising event for the American Red Cross on Long Island.
“Thank you to all who support the critical work of the Red Cross across Long Island. Whether Americans give of their time, talent, or treasure, their commitment to helping one another is an inspiration. And the community and civic partners we will honor at our Gala embody the best of this spirit,” said Jose Dominguez, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island.
“We appreciate the dedication of our committee members, who have worked tirelessly to create a spectacular event that supports the lifesaving work of this volunteer-powered organization. Thank you to our partners, sponsors, and guests for their overwhelming commitment to make this event a success,” said co-chairs Asm. Lavine and Mr. Link.
Honorees for the evening include:
Corporate Leadership Honoree: New York Cancer & Blood Specialists
New York Cancer & Blood Specialists is committed to strengthening the communities in which their patients, friends, families, and neighbors live. Their philanthropic work and partnership with the American Red Cross help to support families across Long Island every day.
Humanitarian Honoree: Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr.
Suffolk County Sheriff Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr. is a dedicated public servant. Currently serving his second term, Dr. Toulon expanded correctional rehabilitation programming aimed to reduce recidivism and keep communities safe. His work in the community goes beyond rehabilitation, hosting backpack giveaways, food drives, and cell phone collection drives to help victims of domestic violence.
Good Samaritan Honorees: Antonina Barry and Daniel Shea
Antonina and Daniel jumped into action to save the lives of her neighbors during a house fire. For their bravery and concern for others, we present them with the 2022 Good Samaritan Heroes Award.
The American Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to fulfill its vital mission. Proceeds raised during the fundraiser will enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, fires, and countless other crises. Gala sponsors include:
Presenting Sponsor: New York Cancer & Blood Specialists
Visionary Sponsor: National Grid
Hometown Hero Sponsor: Hello Taiwan powered by Biacomm
Valet Sponsor: Liberty Utilities
Dessert Sponsor: SilvermanAcampora LLP
Registration Sponsor: Nassau Financial Federal Credit Union
Media Sponsors: LI Herald, Connoisseur Media
Community Sponsors: Edgewise Energy, Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, Optimum Business
The Gala’s committee members are the Hon. Charles Lavine (co-chair), Joe Link (co-chair), Diana Acampora, Elaine Biller, Rita DiStefano, Mirna Eusebio-Lithgow, Nicole Flores, Andrea Kantor, Greg Lavine, Alissa Marti, Alexis Morledge, Lee Mueller, and Stacey Sweet.
The Gala will feature fine wine and food, music and dancing, and a silent auction that will showcase one-of-a-kind items and experiences. For additional details, to purchase a ticket, participate in the silent auction, or donate to the Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org/ligala.
Media Contact: Media who wish to attend the event to capture photos or footage should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos and tribute videos will be available after the event.