EAC Light of Hope Luncheon

The Light of Hope Luncheon is EAC Network’s largest annual fundraising event.  Proceeds will support EAC Network’s 70 programs that protect at-risk children, support senior citizens, help people with mental health and substance abuse problems, educate people seeking financial independence, assist individuals who are under or unemployed, mediate disputes, and work with families in crisis. The luncheon, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union on March 12, 2014 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Angela S. Anton of Anton Community Newspapers.

Nassau County Museum of Art Garden Party

Garden Party opened on March 8, 2014 at the Nassau County Museum of Art.  The exhibition is organized by guest curators Franklin Hill Perrell, the museum’s former senior curator, and JoAnne Olian, curator emeritus at the Museum of the City of New York. Garden Party explores the imagery of outdoor entertainments and garden parties through paintings, sculpture, costume, fabrics and decorative arts and designs.

Nassau County Museum of Art Casino Night

Casino Night was a fun evening out as well as a highly successful fundraiser for Nassau County Museum of Art at The Garden City Hotel’s POSH.

Featuring exciting games of chance as well as an auction, each year the event continues to raise increasing funding to support exhibitions and programs at the museum. [Read more…]

My Travels To Exotic Tan-Tan, Morocco


Dr. Ken Kamler, microsurgeon 
and extreme explorer standing 
alongside myself and a portrait of His Royal Majesty King Mohammed VI, our gracious host at Tan Tan a few weeks ago. (Photos by Robert Hemm)

There’s something about traveling to exotic lands that gives you an appreciation for how big the world really is. One of my fondest experiences involved traveling to Morocco for the annual Moussem of Tan-Tan, an annual event where 35 nomadic desert tribes and roughly 30 to 45 thousand people — including Berbers and Bedouin — gather for a week-long celebration of Hassani culture while buying, selling and exchanging food. There are also numerous competitions, including horse and camel contests that are part of a more widespread cultural exchange.

This was my second time in North Africa in 18 months. I was fortunate enough to go with a delegation of 16 or 17 of my friends in the Explorers Club. We went on the behest of His Royal Majesty King Mohammed VI. Our guides were Fadel Benyaich, royal advisor to the King, and the dashing Kitin Munoz, the Moroccan Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and a published author. [Read more…]

Visiting The Land of Roses & Chocolate

Photo1The Vacation & Travel special section in this week’s newspaper caused me to reflect on my favorite places. Without a doubt, one of them is Mexico. It’s a trip I’ve made a half-dozen times. But rather than go to touristy places, such as Cancun, I’ve found my favorite spots are more obscure and laid-back places like Akumal and Tulum. It’s usually in these destinations that I come across wonderful discoveries.

My most recent trip to Mexico found me staying for 10 days, during which time I was fortunate enough to go on a tour of Uxmal, home to a number of impressive ancient Mayan ruins. And while I had already found a place to stay in nearby Merida, it was during my quest for a good restaurant that I came across Rosas & Xocolate, a wonderful boutique hotel and spa. [Read more…]

NCMA-Casino Night 2014


NCMA’s Casino Night

Casino Night was a fun evening out as well as a highly successful fundraiser for Nassau County Museum of Art. Held at The Garden City Hotel’s POSH, and featuring exciting games of chance as well as an auction, each year the event continues to raise increasing funding to support exhibitions and programs at the museum. The Museum expresses its thanks and gratitude to the Corporate Committee Co-Chairs Michael Brown and Robert Mayer who spearheaded this really enjoyable evening of dining, networking and gaming.

Get a Hot Body with the Latest Advances in Cosmetic Surgery, by Dr. Stephen Greenberg

Winter is the best time to have that cosmetic surgery procedure you have been dreaming of. Breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction with the most beautiful and natural-looking results, can be combined with liposuction, tummy tuck or other non-surgical procedures to create a whole new you. Body contouring can also be the answer to reshaping those undesirable areas of your body. Take advantage of the latest technology in both surgical and non-surgical procedures and unveil a beautiful new body as the weather gets warmer.


There are several new and amazing technologies that are sure to deliver excellent results to anyone looking to enhance their appearance. Cellulaze is the latest revolutionary technology that permanently removes cellulite in just one treatment. It is the first cellulite treatment that attacks the structure of cellulite for clinically proven, longer-lasting results.


In addition to the exciting Cellulaze technology, is the introduction of the Sientra® new cutting-edge “gummy bear” breast implants recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These new implants provide patients additional options for a customized look, a fuller breast shape, a choice of different shapes and a more customized augmentation. This along with Portrait 3DTM Imaging for those patients considering breast augmentation is breakthrough technology that enables women to see what they will look like after breast augmentation surgery. As more and more women are considering breast augmentation, there is a great value and benefit to this latest technology. The Portrait3DTM system photographs a patient’s body before her breast procedure by creating an exact three dimensional replica of her body on screen. This allows women to actually see the expected result in advance of any surgical procedure. The photorealistic result can be viewed from all angles, and implant size can be adjusted to meet a patient’s needs as closely as possible. For the first time, women can select implant size, shape, and position and view the expected outcome on their own body.


If you decide that this isn’t the time for cosmetic surgery, but would like to look younger, the combination of the latest injectables and highly advanced laser options can freshen up your face and give you a youthful appearance. In our med-spa, Glisten, we offer a non-invasive laser skin rejuvenation system that will reverse sun damage, remove wrinkles and tighten skin. Combining the laser treatment with a “Liquid Facelift” (Restylane®, Botox® Cosmetic or Juvéderm® injections), replaces lost volume and erases wrinkles creating the perfect skin rejuvenation program.


I remain committed to working with my patients on the importance of overall health, diet, exercise and maintaining a positive state of mind. A comprehensive assessment of each person’s needs provides for a positive and realistic result as well as a natural and younger look. Whichever procedure, or combination of procedures that you choose, you can enhance your appearance and feel confident that you will see the results that you desire. There is no better time than now to consider that cosmetic surgery procedure that will allow you to show off a younger and more vibrant looking you this spring!


North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center Celebrates 60 Years

On November 2, the Guidance Center hosted the 60th Anniversary Diamond & Dancing Gala at The Garden City Hotel.   Over 350 guests enjoyed a spectacular celebration that raised $445,000 for the organization.

This year’s honorees were Diane, Michael, Bradley and Matthew Gross, H.L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers and Jo-Ellen Hazan, Past President of the Guidance Center Board of Directors. The event co-chairs weree Rosemarie & Mitchell Klipper and Andrea & Michael Leeds

Guests were entertained by five community leaders and their professional dancing partners:

Cara Castronuova, Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Champion Boxer, Founder, “Knockout Obesity, Inc.” Charity;  Arnold Gumowitz, AAG Management Inc.;  Robin Magliato, Professional Dance Instructor;  Hon. Jack Martins, New York State Senate; and Stacey Scarpone, Women’s Fund of Long Island. [Read more…]

Maurer Foundation Pink Diamond Gala

The event will honor women’s health and wellness expert Dr. Neeta Shah, MD and Angela Susan Anton, Publisher of Anton Community Newspapers, Long Island Weekly, and Long Island Social Diary. 

Dr. Shah, a former professor of medicine at multiple Long Island universities, is a well-regarded leader and speaker on women’s health. She previously served as Vice President for Community Services for The Katz Institute for Women’s Health, connecting the facility with communities, and seeing that the public received health services and information. Dr. Shah was instrumental in having Bill #295-2009 signed into law, which supports an annual Women’s Health Week and Women’s Checkup Day for Suffolk County. Dr. Shah has made many television and radio appearances and has also contributed articles to a number of written publications. Her expertise has been acknowledged through various awards and distinctions including the Long Island Business News “Top 50 Most Influential Women of Long Island Award” in both 2009 and 2011.
Ms. Anton is publisher of Anton Community Newspapers, which serve an extensive portion of Long Island as premier local new sources for various communities. Reaching a readership of over 150,000 is one way in which Ms. Anton helps others, informing the public of timely and important news in and around their neighborhoods. Ms. Anton additionally participates as a board member and supporter of many charitable organizations including the American Liver Foundation of Greater New York, the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, the Theodore Roosevelt Council Boy Scouts of America, the Long Island Arts Alliance, the Nassau County Film Advisory Board, the WLIW Committee of WNET.org, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Seven Stars and Stripes and the Explorers Club in New York City. She has organized many fundraising initiatives through her community involvement. 
Live music performed by classic rock cover band The Core will accompany dancing. The talented band members, including Maurer Foundation Board Member and keyboard player Dr. Barry Douglas, guitarist and vocalist Larry Schwartz, vocalist Alyson Gordon, lead guitarist and vocalist Elliot Megrin, bassist Rick Gigi and percussionist Doug Schwarz, will bring excellent energy to the venue.

As the saying goes, “diamonds are forever…”—a fitting concept when applied to the broad impact that the Pink Diamond Gala will have. All proceeds from this charity evening will benefit The Maurer Foundation’s breast health education programs. These programs, which have reached over 200,000 people since the foundation’s inception in 1995, teaches life-saving information and tools that can lead to the early detection or prevention of breast cancer and, in the long run, save lives.
Through presentations to schools, businesses, and community organizations, the foundation’s educators discuss breast cancer risk factors, dispel myths and explain the importance of self-exams and mammograms. The foundation’s next goal is to reach a quarter of a million people with this information, and funds raised from events such as the Pink Diamond Gala will help make that possible.

The Pink Diamond Gala was coordinated through a dedicated committee of Maurer Foundation staff members and volunteers. Pat Janco, Becky Creavin, Adam Ingber, Amanda Sexton, Anne Marie Immerso, Debbie Hecht, Debi Silber, Ilene Cooper, Dr. Kathy Weiss, Elizabeth Madigan, Mona Engel, Norma Giler, Octavio Chacon, Patty Fulton-Lawrence, Penelope Wamboldt, Sharon Friday, and Stacey Kerley have worked hard in planning what will be yet another extraordinary event to remember.



One has to be present to appreciate the FULL impact of this day —  witnessing the hope on the faces of cancer patients and their family and friends who attend this free day of education and feeling their positivity.  Those who have attended know that they will come away with a renewed spirit and vigor, armed with vital information on the latest therapies and treatments to help them win the war.


This free daylong event, provided by the generosity of  the Foundation’s co-founders, Martin & Barbara Sass,  is dedicated to educate and support all who have been or will be affected by Breast Cancer and strives to educate the public. A record number of attendees, over 700, benefitted from this day.


Featured in this special day of education were genetic counselors, outstanding lecturers, interaction with vital support service groups and a “Meet the Experts” Town Hall Forum in which world-renowned physicians discussed the most current information regarding diagnoses and disseminating important information in the breakout sessions regarding treatments and prevention.  The event was co-moderated by Dr. Francis P. Arena, and Dr. Dwight DeRisi. These activities culminated in a luncheon where the distinguished guest speaker and honorees addressed the audience.


The honorees included , Keynote Lecturer, Dr. Franco Muggia, noted Oncologist, NYU Langone Medical Center.  The Lisa Cowan Memorial Award was bestowed upon Mary Murphy, Emmy Award Winning News Reporter at WPIX/11.  News  12 LI’s Shari Einhorn received the Albina Taddeo Humanitarian Award. .  Special recognition at the awards ceremony was given to SASS Foundation Chairman and Co-Founders, Martin D. and Barbara Sass, and Lara Sass Sivin, SASS Foundation Executive Board member.  We

gratefully acknowledge the Sass family who made this day possible.  We also gratefully acknowledge supporters such as Astra Zeneca, Celgene, Genentech, Genomic Health and Myriad Genetics for their help in underwriting sponsorships for this very special day

“Knowledge is Power”


 SASS Fdn Medical Board member,

Dr. Dwight DeRisi,

Honoree Guest Lecturer & SASS Fdn Medical Board member Dr. Franco Muggia; Honoree News12 Long Island Reporter, Shari Einhorn; Honoree WPIX/ News 11
Emmy Award-Winning
Reporter, Mary Murphy; SASS Fdn Chairman & Co-Founder, Martin D. Sass, SASS Fdn Treasurer & Co-Founder, Barbara Sass; and SASS Fdn President & Co-Founder, Dr. Francis P. Arena.