Thursday, 13 March 2014 23:26
EPIC Long Island Inc. recently hosted its 29th Annual Dinner Dance, "A Blue Tie Affair," at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Golf Course. Over 300 supporters joined EPIC in recognition of their continuous support and dedication to those they serve.
Hosted by dinner gala co-chairs, Larry and Anita Slatky, the event honored those who have supported the 60-year-old organization's mission. This year's Corporate Leadership Honoree was Anthony Restaino, Administrator of A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility in Uniondale. The organization's Professional Honoree was Dr. James Bruno, Assistant Clinical Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of Long Island at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson. EPIC's Naomi & Barney Silverman Family of the Year was the Traynor Family, an energetic group of siblings that has worked diligently to support the organization's capital campaign.
"I was first introduced to EPIC Long Island approximately 20 years ago when I was invited as a guest to one of its annual dinner dances," says Honoree Restaino, whose facility is ranked in the top 2 percent of all nursing homes in the state by US News & World Report. "As time passed, I became more interested in EPIC and the great work they do across Long Island. It is an organization that I am truly proud to support."
Honoree Dr. James Bruno maintains a subspecialty in sleep medicine. He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of United Neurodiagnostics at SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Bruno also maintains a private practice in Stony Brook.
"This year's esteemed honorees exemplified all that we stand for, and they work tirelessly to improve and strengthen the lives of the people we serve," says Tom Hopkins, EPIC’s President & CEO. "We couldn't do what we do without their efforts and expertise."
In addition to celebrating the agency’s hard work and the contributions and devotion of this years honorees, the evening included a special musical performance by Dr. Alan Ettinger and fellow musician John Mangione. Guests were able to enjoy casino tables throughout the evening and also were given to opportunity win a variety of raffle prizes.
Proceeds from the dinner dance will benefit the vital work and services that EPIC provides annually to over 10,000 Long Island residents with epilepsy, developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.