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Thousands Pack Star-studded PinkTie.org Fundraiser

Wrestler Hulk Hogan, Miss Long Island Teen 2018Alexa Cox and boxer Gerry Cooney were among the big names that came to PinkTie.org's fundraiser June 11, 2018. Photos by Joe Abate.

Knicks legend John Starks, wrestler Hulk Hogan and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis were among more than 2,000 people that turned out for a must-attend PinkTie.org fundraiser Monday in East Meadow.

Benevolent local business leaders packed The Carltun in Eisenhower Park for the star-studded event, billed as LI’s largest business charity networking group and fastest-growing philanthropic movement. Proceeds were donated to the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

“I’m here to support my good friend Jim,” said Starks, referring to wrestler Jimmy Hart. “He’s been an incredible celebrity for getting guys to come out and support the PinkTie event year after year. He’s done so much for charities and I want to come out and lend a helping hand too.”

The event featured live music, a wine lounge, open bar, casino games, and plenty of food provided by the Carltun and supporting businesses. Celebrities and athletes mingled with the crowd of business owners and volunteers and voiced their reasons for donating.

“I think it’s important to donate to PinkTie because it all goes back to charity, the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, and I think that’s a really great cause,” said Alexa Cox, Miss Long Island Teen 2018. “My mother used to work there so I love being here.”

PinkTie.org was founded more than five years ago by Mike Cave and Rich Cave as an effort to raise money for a family member battling breast cancer. Since then, the organization has raised millions of dollars for local Long Island charities such as the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation and the Carol M. Baldwin Research Fund.

“I’m a father myself and when I see what these young families go through it breaks my heart,” said Maroulis, who recently toured in Detroit and came to LI just for the event. “Anything we can do to lend support, I’m blessed to be in a position to help out and bring some excitement to a gala like this. I’m just happy to be here and to lend a little support to an awesome organization.”

The 2018 PinkTie gala was estimated to have raised nearly half a million dollars for charity, and the organization continues to get 1,000 professionals to commit to contributing $100 per quarter. For information on how to get involved, go to pinktie.org or call 516-986-PINK.

Long Island Fourth of July Events and Fireworks Shows 2018

Long Island Fun Fest and Fireworks
Suffolk Community College, Brentwood. $5 per person. 9:45 p.m. June 14-24.

Glen Cove Concert and Fireworks
Morgan Memorial Park, Landing Road, Glen Cove. Free. Concert at 7:30 p.m., Northwinds Band, Fireworks at 9 p.m. June 15.

John A. Ward Independence Day Fireworks
27 Bay St., Sag Harbor Yacht Club. Free. 9:30 p.m. June 30.

Firecracker 8K Run and 3M Walk
Agawam Park, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton. $30 before June 30, $35 day of race. 8 a.m. July 1.

TD Banks Celebrate America Fireworks and Show
Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Free. 5-10 p.m. July 2.

Connetquot River Fireworks
Connetquot River, Oakdale. Free. 9:15 p.m. July 3.

East Hills Fourth of July Fireworks Show
Great Lawn, East Hills. Time TBD. July 3. Rain date: July 4.

Bellmore Striders Independence Day 4 Mile Run
Pettit Avenue, Bellmore. 1 mile youth run 8 a.m., 4 mile adult race 8:30 a.m. July 4.

Annual Port Jefferson 4th of July Parade
Main Street, Port Jefferson. Free. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. July 4.

Sapphire Princess Jones Beach Fireworks Show Dinner Cruise
End of the Nautical Mile, Freeport. $150 per adult 21+. Reservations Required. 8 p.m.-12:15 a.m. July 4.

Fireworks Show by Boat
Woodcleft Avenue Nautical Mile, Freeport. $40/Adults, $25/Children. 8:30-11 p.m. July 4.

Stars Over Montauk, Grucci Fireworks
Umbrella Beach, Montauk. Free. 9:15-9:45 p.m. July 4.

Village of Asharoken Fireworks
Sound Side of Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken. Free. 9:20 p.m. July 4.

Fireworks at Jones Beach
Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. $10 parking. 9:30 p.m. July 4.

Alive on 25 Fireworks Show
Main Street, Riverhead. Free. July 5. Time TBD.

Shelter Island Fireworks
Crescent Beach, Shelter Island. Free. 9-9:45 p.m. July 7.

Town of Oyster Bay’s Salute to America
John J Burns Park, Massapequa. Free. 9:45 p.m. July 10.

Clam Shell Foundation Annual Great Bonac Fireworks by Grucci
Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton. 9:30 p.m. July 14.

Environmentally Friendly Long Island Developer, Vincent Albanese, Dies at 92

From left: Wyandanch Village, Vincent Albanese.

Vincent Michael Albanese, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the environmentally conscious developer and real estate firm, The Albanese Organization, died May 26. He was 92.

Mr. Albanese began his career as a lawyer in 1949 and became an active member of the New York metropolitan real estate community. He was a graduate of Wesleyan University, St. John’s University School of Law, and undertook graduate studies at Columbia University to pursue politics. Together, with his brother, Anthony, he formed The Albanese Organization based in Garden City in 1949.

The company currently stands as one of the leading green developers on Long Island. Mr. Albanese made it his mission to build with environmentally conscious building materials in his projects. His real estate development, planning and design company prides itself on running 5 million square feet of space while also using energy saving methods. The company has been praised by The Long Island Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for accomplishments in implementing green-friendly values in its work.

Most notably, Albanese recently broke ground on a third apartment building in the transformative Wyandanch Village, a $500 million, 40-acre mixed-use neighborhood in one of the most deserving communities on Long Island. The project has served as a model for other developments in the region. 

Mr. Albanese is survived by his wife, Niki. He is father to Marisa, James, Christopher, Anthony, and his late daughter, Kathryn. He was also a beloved grandfather, father in law, and brother. He was interred at the Nassau Knolls Cemetery on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, his family asks for donations to the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Northwell Health Hospice Care Network.