Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
Night on the Town began about eight years ago, when the Church of St. Aidan in Williston Park was looking to raise money. Mineola resident Harry Zapiti stepped in.
He brought the idea to St. Aidan’s board. All Zapiti wanted was the support.
Night on the Town is set for Wednesday, May 22 at the Jericho Terrace on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola. All proceeds from Night on the Town go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event will honor Frank Ferrante and Dr. Vincent Vinciguerra.
Then-Mineola Mayor Jack Martins approached Zapiti to include Corpus Christi Church in the event. Both schools joined and created a charity spectacular.
The event ceased after the closing of the Corpus Christi School. In November 2010, event co-chairman, Mineola Chamber of Commerce Vice President and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano approached Zapiti for help on a charity event to raise money for leukemia, giving Night on the Town the rebirth it needed.
“A lot of the donations come from the generous people of Mineola,” said Lubrano.
Lubrano’s family has been personally touched by leukemia, specifically his late father, Pasquale.
Lubrano was pleased that last year’s event was a success. More than 400 people attended Night on the Town in 2011 with $40,000 raised for the evening. Last May, 600 people graced Jericho Terrace and the night topped out at $72,000.
Last year marked the first recipient of the Pasquale Lubrano Community Service Award to the event’s honoree, former state Senator Michael Balboni. He received the award from Tony’s mother, Rafaela.
Restaurants that will cater the event will include Bakers of All Nations, Major’s Steakhouse, Churrasqueira Bairrada, Becco, Vinoco, Piccola Bussola, Piccolo’s, Heart of Portugal, Frantoni’s, Cardinale Bakery, Jericho Terrace, La Masseria, Manetta’s, Paparazzi, among others.
Silent auctions were held in 2012 for various sports/celebrity memorabilia, including a New York Giants’ Eli Manning signed jersey, a New York Jets Hall of Famer Joe Namath signed helmet and various memorabilia highlighting the Giants recent Super Bowl win and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit.
Tickets can be purchased at Piccola Bussola on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola or at http://li.nightontown.llsevent.org/. Tickets are $100, $35 for seniors.