Alice Austen Gala: Dancing with the Stars
Our “Dancing with the Stars” galas on the lawn of the Alice Austen House Museum have not only been a lot of fun, for guests and dancers alike, but they have also raised much needed funds, says Dr. Carl Rutberg, Executive Director.
Of course, the success of the evening rests with the stars. We need people who are gutsy enough and generous enough to step out on the dance floor. It takes a special person to do that. Fortunately, we have plenty of those on Staten Island.
The Gala takes place on June 23. And Gala Chairs are Jo-Ann Callan and Caroline Ferreri.
Paul Scamardella is the smiling face greeting you at Café del Mondo restaurant in Willowbrook. In addition he is the gift shop manager at Matthew Monument, Flower & Gift Shop. Scamardella is also a long-standing member of the North Shore Rotary and has served as a volunteer at many non-profit organizations.
Cory Schifter owns and manages Casale Jewelers in Dongan Hills. Named one of SIEDC’s “40 Under 40”, Schifter is very active in the Staten Island Community being a member of the South Shore Rotary and raising money for the American Cancer Society and Cooley’s Anemia. He is also a proud member of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.
Attorney and mediator Lisa Giovinazzo is the Legal Director of Staten Island Divorce & Mediation Center. A member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, Giovinazzo offers divorcing couples a peaceful parting of the ways. Her efforts don’t stop at her office door as she is a contributing mediator for the New York Center for Interpersonal Development in their Parenting Program.
Gina Biancardi, is the founder of the wonderful Casa Belvedere.
Lillian Lagazzo is the former Executive Assistant to Borough President James P. Molinaro. A civil servant for over four decades, Lagazzo has also been a key adviser to former Borough President Guy V. Molinari, District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. and Congressman Michael G. Grimm. In addition to serving New York City, Lagazzo is an avid pet-lover
You will recognize Mara Montalbano from her “Staten Island News Now” segment on NY1 News. Montalbano has been an anchor and videojournalist there since 2005. She is often spotted around the Island covering stories that affect local residents, businesses and politics. Montalbano is a recipient of the SIEDC’s Top 20 Under 40 Leadership Award and the Media Award from the Iron Hills Civic Association.