March of Dimes on Long Island Signature Chefs Auction Raises $120,000

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Signature Chef Award Winners L. to R.: Best Sweets Category – Chef Sean O’Donnell of The Flour Shoppe Café; Best Savory Category – Chef Michael Abbatiello, Executive Chef and partner of City Cellar; and for the People’s Choice Award there was a tie between Chef Chris LaVecchia, Private Chef and Chef Matthew Alexander of Sabor de Arte. The panel of tasting judges were Chef Paula Gottlieb Herman – Host/Producer “Chef Paula’s Cooking With Stars”; and Chefs Chef Paul C Jensen CEC, AAC and Elijah Dalager, Private Chef, CEC, ACE both of the American Culinary Federation Long Island Chapter. (Photo by Ed Shin)

More than 300 guests helped March of Dimes on Long Island raise $120,000 for the health of all moms and babies at its annual Signature Chefs Auction at The Mansion at Oyster Bay on Oct. 28.

NBC Sports host Liam McHugh emceed the culinary benefit that featured some of Long Island’s top-tier chefs, who prepared a selection of their signature dishes and helped make Signature Chefs Auction a success. 

Guests explored two floors of the magnificent Gold Coast Mansion in a walk-around tasting. Along with three professional chefs who judged their favorite savory and sweet bites of the night, guests got to cast their votes, too. All throughout the venue, jazz saxophone, guitar, piano, and close-up magic entertained the crowd. Jim Leyritz of the Yankees posed for selfies with guests to remember this special annual tasting event raising funds for healthy moms and healthy babies.”  

Local March of Dimes Ambassadors Christina and Michael Lynch shared their personal and moving story of how March of Dimes-funded research helped save their premature babies, and asked guests to contribute to help “Fund the Mission.” Attendees also had the chance to bid on an impressive selection of live auction items.

March of Dimes thanks all the participating chefs and restaurants, as well as the event sponsors. Platinum Sponsor was Team Sami Brooke. Gold Sponsors were EY, Intracoastal Abstract Co., Inc., PwC, and Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Silver Sponsors were Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Cushman & Wakefield, IBEW Locals 1049 & 25, North Shore University Hospital, NYU Winthrop Hospital, People’s United Bank, and Sunrise Contracting Inc. GC.  Bronze Sponsors were Freedom Mortgage, McAndrew, Conboy & Prisco, LLP, Oerlikon Metco (US) Inc., and TD Bank. Media Sponsor was Long Island Press.

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Ambassador Family Christina and Michael Lynch Celebrates the NICU Staff at NYU Winthrop ( Cristina Lynch, Jennifer Hauck, Monica Lecrichia and Michael Lynch) (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Ambassador Family Christina and Michael Lynch Celebrates the NICU Staff North Shore University Hospital (Jessica Campbell, Cristina Lynch Debbie Grabher and Michael Lynch) (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Sponsors Michael Tobin from Oerlikon Metco (US) Inc. and Michele Himberger from People’s United Bank. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Ambassador Family Michael & Christina Lynch. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Megan and Matt Smith. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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MariaElena Di Mino & Meri Levine from Le Selfie, Not Your Ordinary Photo Booth. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Jim Leyritz from the New York Yankees & MariaElena Di Mino. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Terri Magro & Lidia Szczepanowski. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Ambassador Family Christina and Michael Lynch Celebrate the NICU Staff at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital (Cristina Lynch, Dr. Shanthi Sridhar, NICU Medical Director and Heather Ferguson, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Michael Lynch) (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Ambassador Family Christina and Michael Lynch Celebrates the NICU Staff at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (Cristina Lynch Dorothy Molloy and Michael Lynch) (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Signature Chefs Auction Chair Brandon Raymar. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Sponsors Eric Reeps from Freedom Mortgage and Maria White Reeps from Intracoastal Abstract Co., Inc. along with their guests. ( VIC Pascale, Eric Reeps, Maria White Reeps and Gerard Troha) (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Platinum Sponsor Team Sami Brooke (Brandon and Sami Brooke Raymar) (Photo by Ed Shin)