Long Island Heroes Celebration 2023

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Long Island Heroes Celebration AM E R ICAN R E D CROSS

Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY


Thank you to our generous partners! Annual Disaster Giving Program

Disaster Responder Members

Long Island Heroes Celebration 2023


Program 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Cocktails and Silent Auction 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Elisa DiStefano, Newsday On-Camera Senior Lifestyle Host

Welcome José Dominguez, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island

Introduction of Corporate Leadership Honoree José Dominguez, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island Accepted by Jim Dodge, Chief Financial Officer, First Quality Enterprises, LLC and its affiliates

Dinner is served Introduction of Humanitarian Honorees Ali Jabbour, Heroes Celebration Committee Accepted by Barbara and Robbie Donno

Introduction of Good Samaritan Hero Barry Litwin, CEO, Global Industrial Accepted by Kevin Rivera

Mission Moment Celia Vollmer, Volunteer American Red Cross on Long Island

Closing Remarks Alexis Morledge, Heroes Celebration Chair

Dessert and coffee

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Welcome

José Dominguez, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island

Dear Friends, On behalf of our Board of Directors, volunteers and employees, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2023 American Red Cross Long Island Heroes Celebration. Thank you for joining us tonight and for the important role you play in supporting our mission. The past few years have shown us that Red Cross services are needed now more than ever. Each day our dedicated team of volunteers delivers help and hope to families who have lost everything to a home fire. They also provide support and training to the heroes who serve in our military. They teach life-saving skills and emergency preparedness to children and adults. These dedicated individuals train to be able to deploy and support our neighbors in need across the country, whether it’s responding to a tragic southern hurricane or a relentless wildfire out west. Tonight, we are honored to recognize incredible partners and local heroes who exemplify the spirit of the American Red Cross: Corporate Leadership Honoree: First Quality Enterprises, LLC and its affiliates Humanitarian Honorees: Barbara and Robbie Donno Good Samaritan Hero: Kevin Rivera For over 100 years, the American Red Cross on Long Island has helped the community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Thanks to your support, our daily impact is continuous and immeasurable. Sincerely,

José Dominguez CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island

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Welcome

Anthony C. Acampora and Matthew Thompson Co-Chairs, Board of Directors, American Red Cross on Long Island

Dear Friends, On behalf of the entire Board of Directors for the American Red Cross on Long Island, we are thrilled to welcome you to the 2023 American Red Cross on Long Island Heroes Celebration. We know that we speak for the entire Board when we say that we are proud to serve this organization that touches so many lives on Long Island and far beyond. The Red Cross Long Island Chapter is a volunteer powered organization that boasts more than 800 amazing volunteers from every walk of life. With the financial support of people like you, our dedicated volunteers care for communities in need during the most challenging of times and in the most challenging of circumstances. The Red Cross is there 365/24/7 to bring hope when and where it is needed most. The Red Cross mission goes far beyond responding to disasters. The Long Island Red Cross installs free smoke alarms; provides emergency preparedness education; teaches safety skills like First Aid and CPR; reunites families separated by armed conflict and natural disasters; and offers compassionate support to veterans, active military personnel and their families. Thank you for joining us as we celebrate a remarkable humanitarian mission that has supported Long Island for over 100 years, and as we honor an extraordinary group of individuals and partners who embody the spirit of the Red Cross. Sincerely, Anthony C. Acampora

Matthew Thompson

Co-Chair, Board of Directors American Red Cross on Long Island

Co-Chair, Board of Directors American Red Cross on Long Island

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Corporate Leadership Award Honoree

First Quality Enterprises, LLC and its affiliates

First Quality Enterprises, LLC and its affiliates, a manufacturer of household paper, adult care, feminine care, and baby care products, has been a committed American Red Cross supporter since 2012, contributing to unprecedented disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Harvey. They continue to be steadfast partners of the Red Cross, most recently supporting communities impacted by Hurricane Ida in 2021 and Hurricane Ian in 2022.

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Barbara and Robbie Donno Humanitarian Award Honorees

Meet Robert and Barbara Donno. Barbara, born and raised in Easton, PA, and Robert from Manhasset, NY, met during their college years at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Barbara’s journey as the Mayor of the Village of Plandome Manor, recently reelected to her ninth term, is a testament to her steadfast dedication. She’s shown this dedication not only through her role as Mayor but also through her extensive background in education, having served for nine years on the Manhasset School District Board of Education, including four years as President. Her commitment to education is further highlighted by her past as an elementary school teacher. Barbara’s influence extends well beyond her Village, as seen in her involvement on the executive board of the Nassau County Village Officials Association, having served as President advocating for the county’s 64 incorporated villages. Additionally, she currently serves as Director of Government Affairs for New York State Senator Jack Martins. Barbara’s active participation in various committees, such as the Finance Policy Committee and the Women’s Advisory Committee for the New York State Conference of Mayors, reflects her dedication to effective governance. Her accomplishments extend beyond the public sector, with roles on boards such as the Long Island Regional Planning Council and the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, showcasing her commitment to broader community development and welfare. Robbie joined Manhasset Rotary in 1971 and became its President in 1975. That was the year that changed his life. There was a plea for help from the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda on behalf of 5-year-old Grace Agwaru who was suffering from a congenital heart defect. Grace was brought to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY, where she received her life-saving surgery, and the Gift of Life Program had its start.

the world. Reflecting on Rotary and Gift of Life, Robbie says; “I have been a part of Gift of Life for 48 years and have seen the heartfelt involvement of thousands of people around the world. Rotary is the platform that has allowed us to make a difference. This experience has confirmed my belief that I am always surrounded by good people, unsung heroes who improve the lives of people that they don’t know, for no other reason than their need. I am blessed to be in their company.” Robbie was a principal of Donno Company, Inc. from 1970 to 1997. He was Vice President of Eastern Waste of New York from 1997–1999 and is now a principal at Lemcor, Inc. of Newark, NJ. He has been a leader in the solid waste industry for over 50 years and has received many awards for his leadership in the industry and for his philanthropic endeavors. Individually and as a unit, Barbara and Robbie Donno show devotion to their community and beyond through professional work and volunteer time, making meaningful differences in the lives of others. They recently celebrated 54 years of marriage, creating a life enriched by their two children, Jackie and Matthew, as well as their cherished role as grandparents to Emma and James. Their years together have been full of adventure and have taken them through the landscapes of the United States, Europe, parts of Africa, Central America, South America and Asia. Although they enjoy traveling, they find the most joy in spending time with their extended family and especially their grandchildren. Their journey is an inspiring testament to love, family and service.

In 2003, Gift of Life International was formed and Robbie was elected its first Chairman. Gift of Life has saved the lives of almost 50,000 children from 80 countries around

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Kevin Rivera Good Samaritan Hero

Kevin Rivera, a former Amazon delivery driver, bravely rescued a family of six and their two pets from a house fire while on his delivery route in Syosset, NY, last September. Kevin saw that one of the houses he often delivered to was on fire and called 911 before rushing inside to help. Despite a language barrier, Kevin managed to communicate with the family and led them to safety.

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Elisa DiStefano Newsday On-Camera Senior Lifestyle Host Master of Ceremonies

With almost two decades of experience in live and breaking news, Elisa DiStefano is an award-winning entertainment reporter, host, content creator and entrepreneur. Covering everything from A-List movie premieres to summer in the Hamptons, Elisa has interviewed some of entertainment’s best talent. For 17 years, Elisa anchored news, traffic and entertainment segments daily on News 12 Long Island. In 2023, she helped launch NewsdayTV as the Morning Show anchor. She is currently the Senior Lifestyle Host at Newsday. Elisa has hosted and produced segments featuring everything from food to fashion to personalities as diverse as Julie Andrews to Justin Bieber, Bill Murray to Billy Joel to (a little one on one with) Eli Manning and Venus Williams. When not in front of the camera, she’s running MO’NELISA Italian Restaurant and The Point Bar & Grill, owned by her and husband, CBS Sports and ESPN College Basketball Analyst, Mo Cassara. Elisa lends her time to many local and national charities. She was recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business, the “Best of Long Island” many years running, and as a “Trailblazer in Media” for her continued support in uplifting diverse women through media. She lives by the beach with her husband Mo, son Christian, daughter Elle and is a graduate of Boston University College of Communication.

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Deborah Kerr Special Guest

Deborah Kerr has been volunteering with the Long Island Chapter of the American Red Cross for the past 23 years. Over those years she has served as a Mass Care associate, Disaster Action Team (DAT) responder, DAT Captain, Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) driver, Logistics volunteer, Shelter Manager, SOLER team associate and HAM Radio Operator. Deborah’s volunteer career history in Disaster Response includes the World Trade Center ground zero response, providing Mass Care as well as providing assistance during Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Henri as a Shelter Manager. She has logged countless hours of responses as a member of DAT, both day and night, providing assistance to those that needed help. Most recently, Deborah has received recognition from Nassau Office of Emergency Management for her outstanding service during Tropical Storm Henri.

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Celia Vollmer Special Guest

In 22 years at the Brentwood Public Library, Celia Vollmer has filled countless roles including workplace safety trainer, supervising the computer department, hiring and scheduling pages, and most recently, as community outreach coordinator. This most recent position has allowed her to combine her passion for the library with her energetic support for local organizations. One of Celia’s proudest moments was the start of the library’s partnership with Suffolk County Community Service in 2004. After becoming certified as a community service agent, Celia led the program for eight years and saw 62 students complete probation community service, 50 graduate from high school, 35 get accepted to college, 12 continue their education at technical colleges, one enroll in medical school, and six hired to work at the library. Supported and mentored by library staff members, formerly struggling students achieved academic, career, and life success. Celia also has been an American Red Cross volunteer since 2008. She is the Feeding Lead for the Mass Care Logistics Team on Long Island, Disaster Action Team Supervisor and Red Cross Ambassador. Through the American Red Cross, Celia has provided mass care throughout Greater New York and has participated as a medical team leader for the NYC Marathon, Strike Team Leader for the Papal Visit and a scene lead for over 600 fires, home explosions, gas leaks, bomb explosions, apartment/condo fires and snowstorms. In 2014, Celia was recognized by the Red Cross on Long Island with its highest honor, the Clara Barton Leadership Award. Celia’s love for her community can be also seen in her enthusiastic volunteer work for the NYS Mentoring Partnership at Brentwood Hemlock Park Elementary School, MBK Mentor, Boy Scouts of America, Civil Air Patrol, Brentwood School District PTA, Suffolk Region PTA, NYS PTA Parents as Reading Partners Committee and the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Library Council Committee where she served as chairman. Celia has served as a Chairman of Long Island Blood Services as well as supplies coordinator for Pronto of Long Island. She is the former Director of Education for Brentwood Summit Council. In her roles with the Red Cross and other groups, Celia has become known for her engaging workshops and seminars. For more than 48 years, Celia has been a resident of the Brentwood school district. In the 6th grade she met Chuck, her future husband, and in 1980 graduated from Sonderling High School. In 2004, their son Charles graduated from Brentwood High School and works as a Technical Team Leader for Bloomberg TV & Radio.

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William Roland Auctioneer

Billy Roland and his brother and partner Robert began their careers downtown in Greenwich Village as dealers in 1973, surrounded by a litany of top dealers and a dozen since closed auctions, including their own Great Gatsby’s in 1989. Fast forward to 2010 when Roland Antiques embarked on a new endeavor, still in Greenwich Village, as Roland Auctions NY in the St. Denis Building, 799 Broadway, at East 11th Street. Specializing in estate sales, large and small, their monthly auctions became a staple event for dealers, decorators, and retail buyers alike. In 2018, Roland Auctions relocated from NYC to Glen Cove, NY, Long Island’s North Shore, the historic “Gold Coast.” Their auctions are presented in their intimate gallery space and online. In addition to monthly estate sales, Roland conducts multiple curated and singleowner sales throughout the year, maintaining a brick-and-mortar auction house with approximately 20 staff. In 2012, Billy appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “Final Offer” where he used his expertise to bid for various treasured items. He also had a guest segment on the Today Show’s, “What’s In Your Attic.” He has been featured in other news publications as early as 1980s. Just this year, Billy received the prestigious Directors Award from the Appraisers Association of America at their annual conference. Billy has offered his auctioneer skills in many charity auctions for his community, including American Cancer Society, Locust Valley Boys Club, Lab School, Friends Academy, Penguin Theatre Group, Roundabout Theatre, Salmagundi Club, NYU, Columbia and Creek Club to name a few. Billy and Robert are enjoying their 50th year in the trade.

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Board of Directors American Red Cross Long Island

Anthony C. Acampora, Co-Chair | Matt Thompson, Co-Chair | Stuart Richner, Vice Chair

Azad Anand, M.D. Anna Chacko Ming Chiang Sammy Chu Louis M. DeBrino

Edward Fabian Donna Fielding James Flannery Jonathan Goldstein, MBA William Haugland, II

Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D. Andrea S. Kantor Greg Lavine Keith Lawlor Joe Link

Mirna Eusebio Lithgow Brendan Mooney Lee Mueller Stacey Sweet Gurmohan Syali, M.D.

Ex-Officio Members Rabbi Dr. Barry Dov Schwartz | Arvind Vora

Heroes Celebration Committee Co-Chairs: Laura Curran | Alexis Morledge | Erin King Sweeney Anthony C. Acampora | Elaine Biller | Craig Burdett | Elisa DiStefano | Rita DiStefano | Ali Jabbour | Andrea S. Kantor Greg Lavine | Mirna Eusebio Lithgow | Alissa Marti | Lee Mueller | Julia Pecora | Kate Polley | Jim Quent | Rebecca Sinclair | Linda Sun | Stacey Sweet | Matt Thompson | Nina Waechter | Alex Whelehan

Heroes Selection Committee Lina Klebanov | Greg Lavine | Amar Nanugonda | Barbara O’Connell | Stacey Sweet | Matt Thompson

Greater New York Regional Leadership Team American Red Cross Long Island Celena Sarillo, Interim Regional Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Dunn Ashley, Chief Executive Officer, Metro New York North Chapter

Andrea Grimaldi-Grafer, Regional Chief Volunteer Service Officer

Tammy Atwood, Interim Regional Chief Development Officer

Gregg Porter, Director, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services

Dario J. Diaz, Jr., Regional Chief Disaster Officer

Desiree Ramos Reiner, Regional Chief External Affairs Officer

José Dominguez, Chief Executive Officer, Long Island Chapter

Susan Rounds, Regional Chief Operations Officer

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Thank You to Our Sponsors Presenting Sponsor

Hero Sponsor

Visionary Sponsors

Event Sponsors

Community Sponsors

1970 Group | Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages | Long Island Contractors’ Association PSEG Long Island | Sands New York Media Sponsors

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Our Mission

American Red Cross on Long Island The American Red Cross on Long Island serves nearly 3 million people in Nassau and Suffolk counties. We provide free emergency assistance — shelter, food, clothing and emotional support — following more than 350 local disasters each year; support military members, veterans and their families; and teach skills that save lives.

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American Red Cross on Long Island Fiscal Year 2023 Statistics | July 2022 to June 2023

Installed 1,389 free smoke alarms for the Home Fire Campaign

Responded to 290 emergencies and disasters: home fires, building evacuations, floods and more

Educated 1,125 adults and children in emergency preparedness

Trained 17,860 people in First Aid/CPR/AED

Volunteers provided a total of 59,890 hours of service

Provided 2,453 services to military members, veterans and families

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A Look Back October 2022 | Long Beach Red Cross volunteers installed free smoke alarms in homes across Long Beach and taught hands-only CPR in Kennedy Plaza. Photo Credit: Lori-Ann Spaccarelli-Pizzarelli, American Red Cross in Greater NY

November 2022 | Huntington Volunteers and staff enjoyed marching and celebrating at the 2022 Huntington Holiday Parade. Photo Credit: Vito Reciniello, American Red Cross in Greater NY

March 2023 | Brentwood In partnership with the Brentwood Public Library, Red Cross hosted its first Prepare the Town on Long Island, a day-long community event featuring safety courses, family readiness training, service opportunities, refreshments and prizes. Photo Credit: Lori-Ann Pizzarelli, American Red Cross in Greater NY

March 2023 | Hauppauge Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone recognized and celebrated our dedicated volunteers who deliver lifesaving mission across Long Island and presented the Certificate of Merit to Terry Jenik for her life saving efforts. Photo Credit: Desiree Ramos Reiner, American Red Cross in Greater NY

May 2023 | Hempstead Our volunteers teamed up with government officials and corporate partners to install free smoke alarms and educate the community about fire safety as part of the Sound the Alarm campaign. Photo Credit: Eric Strausman, American Red Cross in Greater NY

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June 2023 | Wantagh The American Red Cross on Long Island hosted its annual Hurricane Preparedness press conference alongside local partners to encourage families to update their evacuation plans, organize supplies, and stay informed during hurricane season. Photo Credit: Chi Kong Lui, American Red Cross in Greater NY

June 2023 | Rockland Red Cross volunteers from across our region gathered in New York City, on Long Island and in Westchester and Rockland counties to practice and learn to prepare to respond to disasters big and small. Photo Credit: Desiree Ramos Reiner, American Red Cross in Greater NY

July 2023 | Bay Shore Suffolk County Police Department Explorers, Brentwood Public Library staff, and American Red Cross GNY cleaned the garden at Pronto of Long Island and planted vegetables grown from library seeds. Photo Credit: American Red Cross in Greater NY

August 2023 | Hauppauge Our Service to the Armed Forces team participated at the 5th Annual Suffolk County Veterans Resource & Stand Down Event. The team shared important information about Red Cross programs for veterans and military families, supply bags, and cookies with attendees. Photo Credit: Vito L. Reciniello, American Red Cross in Greater NY

August 2023 | Hauppauge Red Cross team members spread out across our NYC, Long Island and Metro NY North Chapters to celebrate National Night Out and shared important preparedness information at events in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Spring Valley (Rockland County), Glen Cove, Long Beach and Brentwood. Photo Credit: Vito L. Reciniello, American Red Cross in Greater NY

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Thank You to Our Table Hosts Laura and John Curran

Gramercy Surgery Center Andrea Kantor and Mindy Alpert Greg Lavine Joe Link Alexis and Louis Morledge Kate Polley Rivkin Radler Alex and Brian Whelehan

Thank You to Our Gift In-Kind Donors 3GenArts Adelphi University Aigner Chocolates Barkbox Elaine Biller Blush Boutique Capital Genealogy Carle Place Diner Casual Home Worldwide Inc. Cradle of Aviation Museum Rita DiStefano Elite Island Resorts Empire City Casino Empire Merchants Ernesto’s East Jen Flynn Francine Collections Front Street Bakery Buddy Gengler Greenport Harbor Brewing Company Harbes Family Farm Hofstra University Huntington Crescent Club Andy Jacobs Janine Brown Studio Andrea Kantor and Mindy Alpert

Robert D. Kohen, Ph.D. Long Island Picture Framing Gallery Madison Taylor Salon Maggiano’s Whitney Marciano Michael Kors Shanna Mirante/Arbonne Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall New York Giants Football Club New York Islanders New York Jets Nonni’s Foods LLC OSIM USA Kate Polley Jim Quent Libby Richardson Seasons 52 Fresh Grill | Wine Bar Spuntino Wine Bar Stephen Taylor Portraits The Capital Grille Tilles Center, courtesy of Catholic Health Unique Boutique Photography Veronica Beard WhistlePig Whiskey Willow Creek Golf and Country Club of Mt. Sinai As of October 5, 2023

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United States Disaster Response In Fiscal Year 2022, generous donors and dedicated volunteers helped the Red Cross bring relief to individuals and families in need across the country.

Over 2 million meals and snacks served with partners.

More than 220,000 households received 3.1 million relief items.

Some 132,000 households were supported with financial assistance and recovery aid.

Over 161,000 overnight shelter and hotel stays were provided.

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Service to the Armed Forces

In Fiscal Year 2022, the Red Cross stood with our military community in the face of new and unique challenges while continuing to provide daily comfort and care.

Emergency communication services were provided to nearly 87,000 service members and their families. Critical community services were delivered to nearly 136,000 service members, veterans, their families and caregivers. Over 292,000 military family members were educated on what to do when faced with a family crisis while on active duty. More than 19,000 service members, veterans, their families and caregivers helped through resiliency workshops.

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Home Fire Campaign Highlights Every day, seven people die in home fires, most often in homes without working smoke alarms. That’s why the American Red Cross launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014 to save lives.

At least 1,919 lives were saved.

More than 1 million households were made safer.

Over 2.9 million children reached through home fire preparedness programs.

Over 2.6 million free smoke alarms were installed.

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International Services Highlights In Fiscal Year 2022, the American Red Cross contributed millions to the global Red Cross network to help alleviate the suffering of those impacted by the Ukraine crisis. This support allows teams on the ground to provide lifesaving aid, such as food, shelter, water, medical care and mental health support.

More than 1.6 million households were visited to encourage measles and rubella vaccination.

More than 4,600 families separated by international crises were reconnected.

36 countries were supported by disaster response.

More than 113,000 individuals were reached through disaster preparedness activities.

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The Village of Plandome Manor Congratulates Robert & Mayor Barbara Donno On receiving the Humanitarian Award and demonstrating enduring support to causes that lift up the quality of human life and alleviate suffering for those in need.

Matthew Clinton

Patricia O’Neill, RA

Deputy Mayor

Tony DeSousa

Trustee

Trustee

Edward Butt, RA Building Inspector

Senator Jack M. Martins

is proud to support the American Red Cross of Long Island & honor local heroes like my friends,

Barbara & Robbie Donno

Thank you & congratulations to you all!

James Baydar, Esq. Trustee

Katie Hannon Village Clerk

Marie DePalo Treasurer

Robert and Barbara Donno, Congratulations on receiving the Humanitarian Award. There are no two other people more deserving than you and we are so delighted to be one of those causes that you’ve contributed to, to change people’s lives. The Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund board is so lucky to have you, Barbara, and are so happy for the lovely couple, parents, grandparents, and overall special people. Love, Jim & Mary Regan and the LTWF Family


With Gratitude

1970 Group

Tom and Julie Crowley

Edgewise Energy

Gramercy Surgery Center

Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages

Long Island Contractors’ Association

Andrea Kantor and Mindy Alpert

PSEG Long Island

RIMÔN PC

Rivkin Radler

Sands New York

Joe Link

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October 1, 2023 Greeting, It gives me great pleasure to extend heartfelt congratulations to you all on your outstanding accomplishments and awards at the American Red Cross Long Island Heroes Celebration and Gala. First Quality Enterprises, LLC and its affiliates have been an exemplary partner of the American Red Cross since 2012. Your unwavering support and generous contributions during unprecedented disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Ida, and Hurricane Ian, have been critical in providing relief and aid to affected communities. I commend you for your commitment to the values and goals of the Red Cross, and we appreciate your continuous efforts to make a real difference in the lives of those in need. Barbara and Robbie Donno, the Humanitarian Award recognition is a testament to your unwavering support and dedication to causes that lift up human life's quality and alleviate suffering for those in need. Your consistent acts of personal and financial generosity and sacrifice have touched countless lives positively. You inspire others to follow your footsteps, and I am confident that many will benefit from the values you impart to them. Kevin Rivera, your extraordinary bravery and quick thinking deserve recognition as our Good Samaritan Hero. You risked your life to save the lives of a whole family and their pets. Despite the language barrier, you communicated with the family, leading them to safety and ensuring their well-being during a challenging time. Your significant contributions and achievements reflect positively on our community and our country. I thank you for your outstanding service, and I am confident that your selflessness will continue to inspire others to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Once again, congratulations on your well-deserved honors, and I wish you all continued success in all your future endeavors. Sincerely,

Jake Blumencranz Member of Assembly

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October 2023 It Is With Great Pride That I Offer My Sincere Best Wishes And Congratulations To The American Red Cross On The Occasion Of Its American Red Cross Long Island Heroes Celebration & Gala On October 26th At The Cradle Of Aviation Museum! The American Red Cross Is Truly A Professional Organization And Has Helped Our Communities Prepare For, Respond To And Recover From Emergencies For Over 100 Years!

I Offer My Sincere Congratulations To The 2023 Honorees: FIRST QUALITY ENTERPRISES, LLC AND ITS AFFILIATES Corporate Leadership Award BARBARA AND ROBBIE DONNO Humanitarian Award KEVIN RIVERA Good Samaritan Hero Award Sincerely,

John K. Mikulin Member Of The Assembly, District 17

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CHAIR Subcommittee on Occupational Licenses COMMITTEES Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Election Law Labor Governmental Employees Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Transportation

THE ASSEMBLY STATE OF NEW YORK ALBANY GINA L. SILLITTI 16TH Assembly District

October 26, 2023

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to congratulate the 2023 Hero Honorees on the occasion of the American Red Cross Longs Island Heroes Celebration and Gala. I want to recognize and congratulate the recipients: First Quality Enterprises on receiving the Corporate Leadership Award, Barbara and Robbie Donno on receiving the Humanitarian Award, and Kevin Rivera on receiving the Good Samaritan Award. Since its establishment, First Quality Enterprises has been a key benefactor to the community by dedicating themselves to raising the quality of people’s lives. First Quality has demonstrated their willingness to help by raising millions of dollars for our local hospitals during the pandemic, providing consistent and much needed support following major storms such as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Ida, and Hurricane Ian. To combat child poverty, they donated millions of dollars to the Cradles for Crayons program. The team behind First Quality Enterprises have proven time and time again that they are true leaders and as a Great Neck business, I am thrilled to represent them in the New York State Assembly. I have the honor of calling Barbara and Robbie Donno not only partners in government, but also constituents and friends who have repeatedly demonstrated their devotion to others and our community. I’ve had the privilege of working with Mayor Barbara Donno throughout my term in office, and she has always demonstrated herself to be a fearless advocate for the Village of Plandome Manor. Robbie Donno has dedicated his life to improving the wellbeing of others through his organization, Gift of Life International. Mr. Donno has helped save the lives of over 38,000 children, which is truly incredible. The work of both Barbara Donno and Robbie Donno have helped not only the residents of Manhasset, but also children in need across the world, and I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments and this recognition. Kevin Rivera, a former amazon delivery driver, was delivering packages when he suddenly saw a house on fire. Without hesitation, Mr. Rivera displayed his bravery and fearlessness to help others as he rushed into the house, saving all 6 family members and their 2 dogs. Despite the danger Mr. Rivera faced, he showed his willingness to help others and better his community, making him truly a good Samaritan. I wish you a night full of festivities at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, as we honor First Quality Enterprises, Barbara and Robbie Donno, and Kevin Rivera for their constant effort in improving the world around us. Warmest Regards,

Gina L. Sillitti Member of Assembly, District 16 ALBANY OFFICE: Room 452, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York 12248  518-455-5192, FAX 518-455-4921 DISTRICT OFFICE: 44 S. Bayles Avenue, Suite 200, Port Washington, New York 11050  516-482-6966, FAX 516-482-6975 E-MAIL: sillittig@nyassembly.gov

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DEPUTY MAJORITY LEADER

MAIN DISTRICT OFFICE: 33 North Central Avenue Valley Stream, New York 11580 516-599-2972

CHAIR Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, & Asian Legislative Caucus

ALBANY OFFICE: Room 736 Legislative Office Building Albany, New York 12248 518-455-4465 solagesm@nyassembly.gov

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY

COMMITTEES Health Libraries and Education Technology Racing and Wagering Social Services

ASSEMBLY MEMBER MICHAELLE C. SOLAGES 22nd District

October 26, 2023 American Red Cross Long Island Heroes Celebration and Gala Greater New York Region 520 West 49th St. New York, NY 10019 Dear Friends and Guests:

Greetings and welcome to the American Red Cross Long Island Heroes Celebration and Gala! Your presence at this event is a testament to the profound impact that American Red Cross Long Island is making within our community.

American Red Cross Long Island has shown great leadership in improving the fire safety and overall quality of life for the youth and their families residing in the New York metropolitan area and abroad. I commend this organization for their tireless efforts and endearing dedication to the public. I join you in acknowledging this year’s esteemed honorees: First Quality Enterprises, LLC and its affiliates (Corporate Leadership Award recipient), Barbara and Robbie Donno (Humanitarian Award recipient), and Kevin Rivera (Good Samaritan Hero). On behalf of the residents of the Twenty-Second Assembly District, I thank you for your participation. Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful evening and many years of continued success. Sincerely,

Honorable Michaelle C. Solages New York State Assembly Member Twenty-Second Assembly District Long Island Heroes Celebration 2023 • 39


THE ASSEMBLY STATE OF NEW YORK ALBANY FRED W. THIELE, JR. Assemblyman 1st District

COMMITTEES Rules Environmental Conservation Oversight, Analysis & Investigation Transportation

CHAIR Committee on Local Governments

September 27, 2023 Dear Friends: I am writing to congratulate the 2023 American Red Cross Long Island Heroes Honorees. These heroic individuals and compassionate leaders are being recognized as they embody the humanitarian mission at the Long Island Heroes Celebration. Long Island’s American Red Cross has been providing the community with emergency planning, response, and recovery for more than a century. In the face of unprecedented challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, they have continued to go above and beyond to support our community. The dedication and selflessness demonstrated by the 2023 Honorees is truly commendable: First Quality Enterprises, LLC and its affiliates have been a committed American Red Cross supporter since 2012. Their contribution to unprecedented disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Harvey, and the support they provided to communities impacted by Hurricane Ida and Hurricane Ian, have earned them the Corporate Leadership Award. The Humanitarian Awardees, Barbara and Robbie Donno, have demonstrated enduring support to causes that elevate the quality of human life and alleviate suffering for those in need. Their personal and financial generosity and sacrifice have made a meaningful difference on the lives of others. Kevin Rivera is rightfully awarded the Good Samaritan Hero Award after he bravely rescued a family of six and their two pets from a house fire while on his delivery route in Long Beach, NY. Kevin managed to communicate with the family and led them to safety, despite a language barrier. Once again, congratulations to the 2023 American Red Cross Long Island Heroes Honorees. The positive impact you have had on the lives of countless individuals is immeasurable, and your selfless acts of kindness are an inspiration. Thank you for your remarkable contributions. Thank you,

Fred W. Thiele, Jr. Member of the Assembly FWT/RM ALBANY OFFICE: Room 837, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York 12248 • 518-455-5997, FAX: 518-455-5963 DISTRICT OFFICE: 3350 Noyac Road, Building B, Sag Harbor, New York 11963 • 631-537-2583, FAX: 631-725-2372 thielef@nyassembly.gov

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Office of the County Executive 1550 Franklin Avenue Mineola, New York 11501

October 26, 2023 Dear Friends, Please accept my warmest greetings and congratulations as you gather to celebrate the American Red Cross-Long Island Chapter’s Heroes Celebration. I am grateful for the opportunity to recognize the fine work of this organization and the 2023 award recipients. The American Red Cross-Long Island Chapter, has earned the admiration and respect of those in their community, working diligently to provide vital programs and services that contribute to the quality of life in Nassau County. This wonderful organization is to be commended for providing the means through which generous acts of public service and hours of dedication can be demonstrated, which has made a permanent and positive impact on us all. This year’s event gives us the opportunity to recognize the achievements of this evening’s honored guests, Barbara & Robbie Donno, Kevin Rivera and First Quality Enterprises, LLC and its affiliates. I would like to thank all who work toward forwarding the goals of this fine organization throughout the year. With best wishes for continued success, Bruce A. Blakeman County Executive Long Island Heroes Celebration 2023 • 42


American Red Cross Long Island Chapter 195 Willis Avenue Mineola, NY 11501

October 26, 2023

Greetings: I want to extend my most sincere congratulations to the American Red Cross of the Greater New York Region on the occasion of their Long Island Heroes Celebration and Gala. The American Red Cross has been a staple of humanitarian aid on Long Island for over 100 years. It is important to recognize organizations such as the Red Cross that have responded and spearheaded efforts to help so many Long Islanders recover from disasters and provide paths of success for its members and community. Additionally, it is integral that we recognize those individuals and companies who have empowered others by giving of themselves or otherwise providing resources to those in need. Congratulations to First Quality Enterprises, LLC and its affiliates on receiving the Corporate Leadership Award; Barbara and Robbie Donno on receiving the Humanitarian Award; and Kevin Rivera on receiving the Good Samaritan Hero Award. Their commitment their fellow human beings allow organizations like the American Red Cross to continue to thrive. On behalf of the residents of New York State's 9th Senate District, I would again like to commend all of tonight’s honorees and congratulate the Red Cross on over 100 years of service to Long Island. Wishing the American Red Cross many more years of success and good fortune! Warmest regards,

Senator Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick State Senate District 9 www.canzoneri.nysenate.gov

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CHAIRWOMAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

ALBANY OFFICE: ROOM 806 LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING ALBANY, NY 12247 PHONE: 518-455-2765 FAX: 518-426-6925

COMMITTEES ALCOHOLISM & SUBSTANCE ABUSE EDUCATION ELECTIONS ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION INSURANCE RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING

SENATOR

MONICA R. MARTINEZ

4TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT STATE OF NEW YORK

DISTRICT OFFICE: 250 VETERANS MEMORIAL HWY SUITE 3B-41 HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788 PHONE: 631-341-7111 FAX: 631-382-9861 EMAIL: MARTINEZ@NYSENATE.GOV

October 2023 I extend a heartfelt thank you to the American Red Cross on Long Island, who for 100 years has helped communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from over emergencies. It is my great pleasure to congratulate the honorees for the 2023 American Red Cross Long Island Heroes Celebration and Gala: First Quality Enterprises, LLC, and its affiliates for receiving this year’s Corporate Leadership Award; Barbara and Robbie Donno for receiving the Humanitarian Award; and Kevin Rivera for receiving the Good Samaritan Award. While nobody can deny the impressive work of organizations such as the American Red Cross and its positive impacts on communities that have experienced devastation, it is important to acknowledge that the extent of their help is made possible by the selfless contributions and efforts of outside organizations and individuals, such as First Quality Enterprise, LLC, Barbara and Robbie Donno, and Kevin Rivera. As New York State Senator of the Fourth Senatorial district, it brings me great pleasure to see us coming together to serve our communities and those in need, because alone we are strong, but together we are stronger! Thank you for your selflessness and congratulations! Sincerely,

Monica R. Martinez New York State Senate Senatorial District Four

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CHAIRMAN CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEES AGRICULTURE FINANCE HEALTH

NEW YORK STATE SENATE

JUDICIARY LOCAL GOVERNMENT RULES

KEVIN THOMAS

SENATOR, 6TH DISTRICT

ALBANY OFFICE: ROOM 947 LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING ALBANY, NY 12247 OFFICE: 518-455-3260 FAX: 518-426-6783 DISTRICT OFFICE: 990 STEWART AVENUE, SUITE LL45A GARDEN CITY, NY 11530 OFFICE: 516-739-1700 FAX: 516-747-7430 email: thomas@nysenate.gov

October 26, 2023 Dear Friends: Please accept my heartfelt greetings and congratulations as you gather for the American Red Cross Long Island Heroes Celebration and Gala. For over 100 years the American Red Cross on Long Island has helped the community prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. They service more than 2.8 million people in Nassau and Suffolk counties – and remain dedicated to providing support at no cost to those in need after home fires, floods, building collapses and more. On this special occasion, I would like to offer congratulations to this year’s honorees: Corporate Leadership Award Recipient First Quality Enterprises, LLC; Humanitarian Award Recipients Barbara and Robbie Donno; and Good Samaritan Hero Recipient Kevin Rivera. These individuals embody the spirit of the American Red Cross. Best wishes for a terrific event and much future success. Sincerely,

Kevin Thomas New York State Senator 6th Senate District

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COUNTY OF SUFFOLK

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE Steven Bellone

COUNTY EXECUTIVE

October 26, 2023 Dear Friends, It is my great pleasure to welcome everyone here tonight to the American Red Cross Long Island Heroes Celebration and Gala! For over a century the American Red Cross has been there to help people when they need it the most. They have stayed true to their mission and values by providing aid to those in need all over the world. The services and assistance that the American Red Cross provides help make our communities the safest they can be. On this wonderful evening, I would like to congratulate the honorees First Quality Enterprises, LLC and its affiliates, Barbara Donno, Robbie Donno, and Kevin Rivera. These heroic honorees embody the American Red Cross’s humanitarian mission. Their commitment to service does not go unnoticed and I thank them for their acts of courage, compassion, and community impact. On behalf of the 1.5 million residents of Suffolk County, I would like to congratulate this wonderful organization and thank everyone involved in organizing this extraordinary event. Enjoy the evening! Sincerely,

STEVEN BELLONE Suffolk County Executive

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October 26, 2023 Jose Dominguez, CEO, Long Island Chapter American Red Cross 195 Willis Avenue Mineola, New York 11501 Dear Mr. Dominguez: On behalf of the United States House of Representatives and the 750,000 constituents of New York’s First Congressional District, please accept my heartfelt congratulations on the American Red Cross Long Island’s Heroes Celebration and Gala benefiting humanitarian missions across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. I am writing to personally congratulate this year’s honorees, whose service embody the mission of the American Red Cross: First Quality Enterprises, LLC and its affiliates, recipients of the Corporate Leadership Award for their support of disaster relief efforts since 2012; Barbara and Robbie Donno, recipients of the Humanitarian Award, for their enduring support of efforts to alleviate suffering and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others; and Kevin Rivera, recipient of the Good Samaritan Hero Award, for his heroic rescue of a family of six from a house fire while working his delivery route. I believe it is essential to celebrate the accomplishments of those who serve their communities and demonstrate a dedication to putting service above self. I commend the American Red Cross and the honorees for your commitment to this tradition. In Service,

Nick LaLota Member of Congress

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