Spring Gala 2017

Spring Gala 2017


2017  •  SPRING  GALA


This year we celebrated the Museum’s founding in natural science and ecological preservation. The event will honored individuals and organizations that epitomize a commitment to Staten Island’s heritage.

(Staten Island, NY – May 16, 2017) Over two hundred and fifty guests braved the rain this past Saturday to support the Staten Island Museum at its Spring Gala: Rooted in Staten Island held at the Vanderbilt at South Beach. The Museum honored historian Barnett Shepherd, science educator Clay Wollney, and clean energy provider Level Solar with the prestigious Leng and Davis Award, which is named for two of the Museum’s founders.

The event was emceed by comedian and Impractical Jokers producer Jay Miller. Notable guests included Ingrid Michaelson, indie musician and former honoree; Casey Jost, producer for TruTV’s Impractical Jokers, host and producer for Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes; New York State Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis; and Deputy Borough President Edward Burke, a former honoree.

Board Member Alan Tepper, along with his wife Barbara, and daughter Naomi made a surprise announcement during the evening that they were donating $2,000 from the Sam Tepper Memorial Foundation to support youth science education programing at the Museum and encouraged other guests to also give generously.

Guests walked away with gift bags full of Museum goodies including The Staten Island Ferry: A History by Patricia Salmon, a flash drive loaded with images from the Museum’s collection, and other Museum swag.

The event was sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies; Alan, Barbara, & Naomi Tepper; Victory State Bank; Con Edison; Destination St. George; Edward Jones – Debra Feaser & Michael Eisenbraun; Empire State Bank; HSBC; Ingrid Michaelson; Dr. Janet Norton; Dr. John Piazza; Flagship Brewery; illumiNET – Marilyn & Peter Zayfert; and Stop & Stor.

A special thank you to the Staten Island Museum Board of Trustees for their ongoing support and committment. David Businelli (Chairperson), Daniel Jost (Vice Chairperson), Dolores Morris (Assistant Vice Chairperson), Gary Reichard (Secretary), William Blanco (Treasurer), Dina Marie Filippini (Governance Chairperson), Ralph Branca (Immediate Past Chairperson), Keisha Amey-Hambric, A. Christopher Bernardini, Elizabeth Granatelli, Michael Mantello, Latoya Murphy, Gloria J. O'Donnell, Kashif Pervez, Claire Regan, and Alan Tepper. As well as Advisory Board Members Dr. Dennis Bloomfield, James R. Cohen, Fran d’Atria-Romano, Frank Gibbons, Nancy Myers Benbow, Gina-Marie Reitano, Donald Rubin, Barnett Shepherd, and Lieth ter Meulen.

To view pictures from the event, please visit the Museum's Facebook page.

Level Solar
Barnett Shepherd
Clay Wollney

Kathryn Aquino 
Jennifer Straniere 
Kashif Pervez, Staten Island Museum board member

Virginia Allen
Samantha Altmann
Nancy Myers Benbow
Kevin Drumgoole
Dina Marie Filippini*
Gustavo Galvan
Cara Liander Gordon
Valene Hathaway
Sonya Keyser
Gloria J. O'Donnell*
Oswaldo Pena
Claire Regan*
Janice Giacalone-Stoffers & Charles Stoffers
Jodi Siegel
Jaclyn Tacoronte
Marilyn Zayfert

Betty Altmann
Linda Baran
Dr. A. Christopher Bernardini*
David L. Businelli*
Christine D. Cea, PhD
Marie Cole
Norma D’Arrigo
Alice Diamond
Family of Edith & Alfred Susskind
Cheryl Adolph Gobin & Joseph Gobin
Katia Gordon
Susan Grabel & George Rappaport
Elizabeth* & Helen Granatelli
Prof. Eric Ivison
Daniel Jost* & Dr. Kerry Kelly
Wesley Kropp
Constance B. Lane
Dr. Michael T. Mantello*
Carol McCarthy
Dr. Ann Merlino
Wayne Miller & Donna D’Ermillio
Dolores Morris*
Latoya Murphy*
Janet E Norton MD JD
Kashif Pervez*
Ellen O’Flaherty Pratt
Gary Reichard* & Oswaldo Peña
Alan*, Barbara and Naomi Tepper

* indicates Board Member