Thursday, June 24, 2010

We're Sorry If You Missed It. Thanks to Our Sponsors and Donors

Executive Director Dom Brancato with Board members Maryann Lauria and Verna Lauria (no relation!)
The rain came down in buckets of cats and dogs, but those who turned out for our Celebration of Partnerships fundraising auction had a wonderful time and some wonderful bargains. We want to thank everyone who sponsored the evening and those who contributed work and auction items. When you see them, please give them another pat on the back for us.
Auction 2010 Sponsors
Gold            N. Cheng & Co.
Gold            Richmond County Savings Foundation
Silver           Allen C. Bentson Agency
Silver           NetConnect
Bronze        Dominick Brancato & Candace Gonzalez
Bronze        Potter & LaMarca
Bronze        Victory State Bank

Auction 2010 Food Donors
Chef Rob Burmeister at the Black Dog Grill
Cargo Café
Celebrate at Snug Harbor
Karl’s Klipper
Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn
Pastosa Ravioli
Sushi Excellent
Staten Island Winery  

Auction 2010 Live Auction Donors

1) Vino at its Perfection:
  • Bottle of 2004 Cuvée Elizabeth Pinot Noir –  ‘96 - ‘98 donated by Cecilia Brancato

2) Politically Correct! 
  • Lunch with Congressman Michael McMahon in Washington, D.C. and a tour by him of the Capital Building donated by Congressman Michael McMahon
  • Overnight stay at the Capitol Hill Suites in Washington, D.C. donated by Capitol Hill Suites
  • $100 Gift Certificate (Coin) and Poster to Clyde’s Restaurant in Washington, D.C. donated by Leonard T. Marzigliano

3) Wine, Cheese and more! Basket
  • Certificate entitling two people to attend Cheese & Wine Pairing class at Artisanal Premium Cheese (APC) center, NYC, taught by renowned cheese & wine expert Max McCalman.
  • Autographed copy of The Cheese Plate, by Max McCalman, the definitive book for cheese lovers that lays the groundwork for the appreciation of cheese.  Nominated for awards by the James Beard Foundation and by the International Association of Cooking Professionals.
  • Autographed copy of Cheese: A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Best, by Max McCalman - an expansive reference on the world's finest cheeses and their wine pairings. Winner of the 2006 James Beard Foundation Award.
  •  "Cheese Deck: A Connoisseur's Guide to 50 of the World's Best," written and selected by Max McCalman.
  •  A bottle of Kistler Chardonnay: 2001 Vine Hill Vineyard.
       Donated by Cecilia Brancato & Max McCalman

4) Viva Mexico
  • One week (7 nights) in a studio condo (4 people), traveling to one of 5 resorts in Cancun, Puerta Vallarta or Cabo San Lucas donated by John Minardo
Your generosity makes it possible for us to continue providing kids an opportunity to participate in after school programs and young  adults to find their place in the world despite significant cutbacks.

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