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Garden City Hotel is Setting for Pineapple Ball Pre-Party

First-time-ever event will usher in the 2012 Garden City holiday season and provide guests an opportunity to meet the honorees to be feted at the 2013 Pineapple Ball.

Joanne Adams, chairperson; J. Grady Colin, general manager, Garden City Hotel; Peter Pizarro, catering manager; Althea Robinson, Chamber of Commerce executive director; and Stephanie Cullum, president. Not pictured was Michael Ventre, event co-chair.
Joanne Adams, chairperson; J. Grady Colin, general manager, Garden City Hotel; Peter Pizarro, catering manager; Althea Robinson, Chamber of Commerce executive director; and Stephanie Cullum, president. Not pictured was Michael Ventre, event co-chair.
A new initiative of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce is the establishment of what is expected to become an annual tradition – the Pineapple Ball Pre-Party to be held on Monday evening, December 3, 6:30 p.m. in POSH at the Garden City Hotel.

This first-time-ever event will usher in the 2012 Garden City holiday season and provide guests an opportunity to meet the honorees to be feted at the Pineapple Ball on Friday evening, April 19.

Honorees include: “Citizen of the Year” Dr. Anthony Randi, founder and chair of the annual Walter J. Gallagher Memorial Lacrosse Tournament; “Community Achievement Award” recipient Diane Chapman, head coach, Garden City High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team, and head coach, 2011 LI Champion Girls Field Hockey Team; and “Business Person(s) of the Year” Dale Brokaw, Jan McDonough and Lois Tigh, partners of the long-standing Garden City Pear Tree boutique.

This is expected to be a fun networking party with guests enjoying an array of delectable hors d’oeuvres, fine wines, beer and soda. It will be an opportunity to also meet with the new management of the Garden City Hotel who has planned an elegant evening.

The Pineapple Ball Committee will hold a raffle for two tickets to the Pineapple Ball, valued at $500, plus a silent auction. Also present will be Alex Donner of the renowned Alex Donner Orchestra which will provide the dance music for the Pineapple Ball.

Mr. Donner will be bringing his holiday music on an iPod, adding to the holiday spirit which is sure to prevail throughout the evening.

Advance reservations at $35 each are required. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chamber Foundation’s efforts to assist with Hurricane Sandy’s relief efforts.

To date, generous sponsors include (random listing): Stephanie Cullum (Coach Realtors); Joanne Adams (New York Racing Association, Inc.); Jackie Goode (Securities Consultants LLC); Brian Daughney (Becker & Polliakoff LLP); Roger Eltringham (Allianceplus); Patricia Donnelly (Astoria Federal Savings); Tom McCambridge (Albanese Organization, Inc.); Salvatore Armao (Armao, Costa & Ricciardi, CPAs, P.C .); Michael Ventre (Windsor Commercial Real Estate); John Appelt (Senior Network Solutions); Sean Martens (SMPL Technologies); John Wilton (Garden City Properties/GC Commercial); Kevin Walsh (Walsh Markus McDougal ( deBellis, LLP); Althea Robinson (Garden City Chamber of Commerce); E. Christopher Murray (Ruskin Moscou Fallischek, P.C.); Arthur Anderson (SNS Resources); Connie Deckel (Kings Supermarket); Brian Pinnola (NAI Long Island); Ray Donnelly (SNS Resources); Timothy McCue (Valley National Bank); and Richard Fromewick (Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, PC).

Please call the chamber at 746-7724, ext. 101 to reserve or become a sponsor.  Checks made payable to the Garden City Chamber of Commerce may be mailed to the Chamber at 230 Seventh Street. Credit Cards will be accepted by telephone or fax at (516) 746-7725. To download the invitation, visit www.GardenCityChamber.org.

Submitted by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce

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