Oceanside, NY, September 12, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- In honor of their leadership and vision that led to the affiliation between South Nassau Communities Hospital and the Mount Sinai Health System, Joseph J. Fennessy, chair of South Nassau’s board of directors, and Arthur Klein, MD, president of the Mount Sinai Health Network, have been named co-honorees of South Nassau’s "Soirée Under the Stars" gala.
The hospital also will honor Jason Freeman, MD, director of interventional cardiology, and Willie Wright, transporter, who will be presented with the hospital’s Mary Pearson and the Cupola awards, respectively on September 29th at the Seawane Club in Hewlett, NY.
The Mount Sinai Health System and Mr. Fennessy made significant gifts to South Nassau and will serve as co-lead Soirée sponsors. Other major sponsors include Terri & Steven Gold, the Feil Family Foundation, HOK Architects, Neurological Surgery, P.C., and South Nassau’s Medical Staff.
Funds raised at the Soirée will support the hospital’s five-year, $10-million capital campaign to nearly double the size of the Oceanside Emergency Department. The renovation and expansion – which is already underway – will accommodate in excess of 80,000 patient visits each year and establish dedicated treatment areas in the Emergency Department for pediatric and behavioral health patients.
“Both Joe Fennessy and Dr. Klein were instrumental in helping to forge the affiliation between South Nassau and Mount Sinai, one of the world’s leading medical institutions. This move will benefit patients on the South Shore and across Long Island for decades to come,” said South Nassau’s President & CEO, Richard J. Murphy. “Joe helped steer a year-long search process by our board that led us to Mount Sinai and Dr. Klein continues to help ensure that the affiliation goes smoothly as we coordinate clinical and other operations to improve the availability of advanced care on Long Island. This honor is well deserved for both men.”
Final regulatory approval of the Mount Sinai-South Nassau affiliation is pending and a closing on the deal is expected this fall.
The Soirée is South Nassau’s most successful annual fundraising effort. This year’s format will feature a two-hour, outdoor reception starting at 6:30 PM under the stars that will be highlighted by an unlimited top-shelf open bar, passed hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a variety of savory food stations.
At 8:30 p.m., the party will move indoors for an hour of first-class, Broadway-quality entertainment followed by a dessert reception. The entertainment will feature performances by four Broadway performers:
Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte is one of Broadway's biggest personalities. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of They’re Playing Our Song, Debbie went on to appear in: Perfectly Frank (nominated for a Drama Desk Award), Blues in the Night, Ain’t Broadway Grand, Zorba, Chicago, and Les Miserables. She has also appeared in the Encore series productions of The Boys from Syracuse, Tenderloin, and Carnival at New York’s City Center.
Recognized as one of Broadway’s leading performers, Sean McDermott has starred as Chris in Miss Saigon, Whizzer in Falsettos, Rusty in Starlight Express and Danny Zuko in Grease. Other leading roles include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity, the title roles in Jekyll and Hyde and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Bigelow in Carouse, and Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat. On television, he starred in the long running CBS daytime drama Guiding Light as Hart Jessup.
A gifted vocalist, Bryonha Marie Parham has performed in the original production of Prince of Broadway 2017; the national revival of Porgy and Bess, playing Serena in the George Gershwin classic, and on the national tour, After Midnight, the Broadway production of City Center Encores' Cotton Club Parade celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians.
For his work in cabaret, Scott Coulter has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist. He has performed at most of New York City’s top rooms, including Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein’s at The Regency, where he spent a record-setting eight months performing the revue 11 O’CLOCK NUMBERS AT 11 O’CLOCK, which he also co-created, directed and musically arranged.
To learn more about the Soirée, purchase tickets or support as a sponsor, call South Nassau’s Development office or Lynne Nordone at (516) 377-5360.