June 4 is Gala Day for CAF

April 25, 2015 – The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers will be sporting a special glow on June 4 as CAF descends upon the venue to hold its 2015 Gala!

Michael Presto

Michael Presto

“This year’s Gala looks to be a very special evening,” says Anthony J. Viola, CAF National President. “As always, the Committee has done sterling work, going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our guests have a night they will long remember. And in Michael Presto, we have an honoree who represents everything one can wish for: dedication, enthusiasm, and a genuine and deep-felt desire to help the Foundation and, more importantly, the incredible patients we serve. Mike and I have been business associates and friends for almost 10 years. His work and the work of Michael Pouchie and National Distribution Alliance to support the Cooley’s Anemia patients have been outstanding throughout those 10 years. I am appreciative that Mike Presto has accepted to be the 2015 Honoree of our Gala.”

Ray Kelly

Ray Kelly

“We are also excited that Commissioner Ray Kelly has agreed to accept our Lifetime Achievement in Community Service Award,” Viola states. “During his tenure as Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, Ray Kelly was a powerful force in maintaining a safe New York. We are thankful that we can now count him as an important ally in our fight against thalassemia.”

“The annual Gala is highly anticipated by all who regularly attend,” confirms Frank Fusaro, Dinner Committee Chair. “They know that they will be treated to a very special evening, and this year will continue in that tradition. The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers offers a perfect setting, with its generous views of the Hudson River at sunset. It’s a beautiful place to spend time visiting with friends while celebrating the accomplishments of the Foundation and honoring the exceptional work of this year’s honoree, Michael Presto.”

GalaTable2This marvelous evening begins at 6:00 p.m. The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, a unique waterfront restaurant, is located at Pier 61, 23rd Street and the West Side Highway, in Manhattan. Tickets for the event are $500; sponsorship opportunities and journal ads are available.

Click here to download an invitation and information on placing a journal ad.

For more information, call (631) 863-0532 or email darlene@suffolkcaf.com.



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