Nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post to celebrate its 42nd annual gala, followed by a concert featuring Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren, on Oct. 1. The gala honored Season Sponsor Catholic Health and Catholic Health President and CEO Dr. Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy.
Attendees enjoyed a fun evening while raising funds to entertain and enrich the community through arts performance, education, and advocacy.
“One hundred percent of the proceeds from the gala support Tilles Center’s enduring mission,” said Tom Dunn, executive director of the Tilles Center. “We could not think of a better way to honor Season Sponsor Catholic Health and its president and CEO Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy. Their contributions to the community are unparalleled and make this year’s gala even more special.”
O’Shaughnessy is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of strategy, innovation, and operations experience. Before being chosen by Catholic Health’s board as president and CEO in 2021, he served as the system’s executive vice president, chief medical officer, and chief clinical officer.
The event began with remarks from Dunn, followed by Dr. Kimberly Cline, president of Long Island University. Brookville Mayor Daniel Serota then presented O’Shaughnessy with the Brookville Humanitarian Award.
O’Shaughnessy rounded out the dinner with uplifting remarks and shared why supporting the arts is important. “We celebrate the arts, music, and performances that enrich the Long Island community,” he said. “Together, we provide life’s essential nourishment where it is needed. We are honored to celebrate the evening with our fellow Long Islanders and look forward to continuing to contribute to an extraordinary life here.”
Guests then enjoyed a special concert featuring Daryl Hall with special guest Todd Rundgren and applauded familiar hits like “Sara Smile,” “Can We Still be Friends,” and more.