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Two Corks and a Mardi Gras

Originally Posted: March 15, 2006

Jane McEvoy, Melissa Cohn, Steve Brown, Karen Reicher,
Antonella Bertello-Rosen, and Ines Rivero at the CDCH Mardi
Gras party. Photo by Rob Rich

Over 180 local businesses and employees enjoyed a night out, sampled hors d'oeuvres and fine wines from East End vineyards, and networked with others at The Parrish Art Museum's annual business council event, Two Forks and a Cork. This popular gathering, in its third year, was originally scheduled for March 2, but was postponed until March 3 due to an ice storm.

Trudy Kramer, Director, and John Leonard of American Home Mortgage gave a short talk about the future of the museum and membership in The Parrish's Business Council.

Guests listened to music by the Wayne Burgess trio as they sampled wines from 12 different vineyards, including Bedell Cellars, Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery, Channing Daughters Winery, Macari Vineyards & Winery, Martha Clara Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Paumanok Vineyards, Vineyard 48, and Wölffer Estate Vineyards.

In addition there was a selection of artisanal foods including cheeses from Mecox Bay Dairy and hors d'oeuvres from Thyme & Again.

Steve and Michelle Boxer, Debra and Gregg Wasser at the
CDCH Mardi Gras party. Photo by Rob Rich

One of the evening's highlights was a silent auction of fine wines and rare vintages from local vineyards, whose participation was made possible through the Long Island Wine Council.

Two Forks and a Cork has been made possible, in part, through generous support from Nixon Peabody LLP, Pine Barrens Printing, Vox Magazine, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. All proceeds benefit The Parrish Art Museum's ongoing educational programs.

The Business Council is a network of local and regional business leaders with a strong interest in promoting the vitality of the East End through support of The Parrish Art Museum. Members receive special benefits including public recognition of their involvement, invitations to events, special discounts, and free admission to the Museum. The BC holds three events a year designed specifically to provide members with an opportunity to increase their visibility within the East End community, to meet other business leaders, and to link the name of their firms with an important cultural presence on Long Island. Membership is open to all businesses.

Recently the CDCH Foundation for Special Children is held its 7th annual spring benefit, "Mardi Gras", honoring The Emeril Lagasse Foundation for their work and dedication to the special needs children in and around New Orleans, Louisiana. In light of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the CDCH Foundation felt that this is a crucial year to raise support for, not only the CDCH Schools, but for the children of the Gulf Coast region who have lost so much. To fulfill this resolution, the CDCH Foundation pledged a portion of the benefit's proceeds to their honoree.

Andrew Catapano, Cindy Guyer, Fern Zee, and Neil Zee at the
CDCH Mardi Gras party. Photo by Rob Rich

"Mardi Gras" was held Tuesday, March 7, 2006 in the spectacular Toy Building at Cipriani 23rd Street from 6:30 until 10:00 pm. Chairing the event were both Melissa Cohn, Founder & CEO of The Manhattan Mortgage Company and CDCH Foundation President, and Ines Rivero, Victoria's Secret supermodel and Cover Girl spokesperson. CDCH Foundation Trustees Antonella Bertello-Rosen, Jennifer Klein and Jane McEvoy joined Melissa and Ines as benefit Co-Chairs. Kristen Hummel and Joanna Pashby Co-Chaired the "Mardi Gras" Junior Benefit Committee.

The CDCH Foundation for Special Children supports the educational and therapeutic programs of the CDCH schools,where children are given the tools to become productive and cherished members of the community. The CDCH Preschool and CDCH Charter School (K-8) are not-for-profit schools open to all children and specially equipped to meet the needs of children with disabilities. These unique schools provide an integrated program where children with special needs learn alongside their regular education peers. The CDCH Charter School offers public school choice at no cost to families.

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation seeks to inspire, mentor and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive and creative individuals. The Foundation supports and encourages programs creating developmental and educational opportunities for children within the communities where Emeril's restaurants operate.

This week we've been making the rounds celebrating Guild Hall's 75th Anniversary at the Rainbow Room and stopping by the opening of and art exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Americana Manhassett. We'll have pictures in our View Finder photo gallery and all the dish next week. Cheers!

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