THANK YOU to all who contributed to the Spirit of East Harlem gala!

Our 2016 Spirit of East Harlem Gala was a big success thanks to:
Our inspiring honorees
Our fantastic Event Chairs and Benefit Committee
The Honorary Committee
Sponsors and Contributors
And all who shared the Spirit of East Harlem with us!


The 2016 Spirit of East Harlem gala took place on October 18, 2016 at the Pierre Hotel and celebrated a legacy of service to East Harlem. The honorees included Samuel A. Ramirez, Sr., founder and CEO of Ramirez and Co., Inc.; Diane Ramirez, CEO of Halstead Property, and the Ramirez family.  It also honored the Little Sisters of the Assumption and Helen T. Lowe for for improving the quality of life for vulnerable New Yorkers.

“Our honorees represent the best of New York,” said George Stonbely, co-chair of the Spirit of East Harlem gala. “The Little Sisters of the Assumption congregation, which established a mission in the U.S. 125 years ago, have touched the lives of thousands. Helen Lowe has worked tirelessly over the past 20 years, alongside four Cardinals, to focus attention on the work of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.  And the Ramirez family sets a high standard for individual and corporate philanthropy.  LSA Family Health Service is proud to recognize the invaluable contributions that the Spirit of East Harlem honorees have made to New York families.”

Close to 500 guests attended the event at the Pierre Hotel, which raised $1.3 million for LSA Family Health Service’s health, education, and family support programs.  The event included a silent auction and a live auction kicked off by a salsa dancing exhibition.


About the HONOREES:

Family Spirit Award to Three Generations of the Ramirez Family

Samuel A. Ramirez, Sr., Founder and CEO, Ramirez & Co., Inc.

Diane M. Ramirez, Chairman & CEO, Halstead Property

Samuel A. Ramirez, Jr., and Fabiana Ramirez

The Ramirez family is the ultimate immigrant success story, with roots in East Harlem and a collective history of philanthropy and service to benefit families in need.  Samuel Ramirez, Sr. is the founder and CEO of Samuel A. Ramirez & Company, Inc., and is the first Hispanic American to launch a successful investment banking firm. Diane M. Ramirez is the Chairman and CEO of Halstead Property and is a highly regarded leader in the field of real estate.  Samuel A. Ramirez Jr. is a managing director at Ramirez & Company, and together with his wife, Fabiana Ramirez, is actively engaged with organizations that benefit children, including Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers and the Museum of the City of New York.


Lifetime Spirit Award on the Occasion of their 125th Anniversary in the United States

Little Sisters of the Assumption

Award accepted by Sr. Annette Allain, LSA, Coordinator, U.S. Territory

LSA Family Health Service salutes its founders, the Little Sisters of the Assumption, a congregation of women religious.  Nationally respected in the field of community development, Little Sisters of the Assumption collaborates with public, governmental and other non-profit organizations to improve the physical, social and spiritual health of needy children and impoverished families.  


Community Spirit Award

Helen T. Lowe

Senior Development Consultant

As a leader with a lifelong record of fund-raising triumphs, Helen Teresa Lowe is the selfless dynamo behind many successful causes and campaigns that have served, and are still serving, to advance the highest potential within us all, especially those disadvantaged and in need.


Paula & Thomas E. McInerney

Scott & Kateri DePetris
Peter & Margaret Felberbaum
Robert Minicucci

FPS/ Nexus Financial Services
Halstead Property
Helen T. Lowe
Susan & Thomas J. McInerney
Samuel A. Ramirez, Sr. & Diane Ramirez
Cecilia & Mark Vonderheide

Pat & Tom C. Barry
Jan & Bob Billingsley
Julie & John Capetta
Ellenoff Grossman and Schole
The John P. and Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation
The Mount Sinai Medical Center
Ramirez & Co., Inc
Samuel A. Ramirez, Jr. &
Fabiana Ramirez
Christine & George Stonbely
Tahl Propp Operations
Water Mill Asset Management Corp

Articulate Communications
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Margaret Duffy
Mark Moran
Glenn Sarno
Ralph A. Siciliano
Jim Whelan
Sara & Darren Wilson

Altman/Kazickas Foundation
Barbara L. Brenner & Robert Rosengard
GenNx 360 Foundation
Daniel L. Keating
Maureen & Mark Rossi
Joanne Stack

Roosevelt & Cross, Inc.
Daphne & Roger Baxter
Lawrence & Veronica Bilder
Linda & Richard Bonforte
Leslie & David Burgstahler
Carol & Stephen E. Canter
Con Edison
Stephanie C. Cooper
Nancy & Bob Downey
Kathryn Fisher
Greg & Marie Holcombe
Eleanor & Robert Ittner
William Jaume
Karp Family
Carol & Denis P. Kelleher
Maura & Michael Kelly
Gerold & Dr. Jana Klauer
Phyllis Kossoff
Michael Linburn
Marymount School of New York
Marymount Manhattan College
Mutual of America
The New York Academy of Medicine
Joan B. O’Connor
Maria Perez-Brown
Catherine & Louis Pietronuto
Harry Poulakakos
Proskauer Rose LLP
David J. & Margarita T. Ramirez
Reidy Contracting Group LLC
Meredith & Ken Rosh
Margaret A. Ruley &
David Lovett
Lisa Semple
Mr. & Mrs. Terrance Solomone
Mary Spollen
Waldorf Risk Solutions
Stratford Wallace

Marilyn Atkinson
Benjamin Bankson
Mary C. Bergin
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Peter L. Block
Douglas Andrew Borck
Neil Botwinoff
Alan G. Bozian
Aaron Brighenti
Kaitlin M. Briscoe
Sally & Thatcher Brown
Steven J. Buquicchio
William A. Cantelli
Frederic & Caroline Capozzi
Dr. & Mrs. Frank Cappelli
Convent of the Sacred Heart, NY
Eugene Cordano
Melanie Coronetz &
Bruce Miller
James Cortese
Robert B. Daly
McKim DeGuzman
Philp M. DeNicola
James Dolan
Daniel V. Donohue
Thomas J. Eich
Cathy Elofson
Richard J. Faillace
Eileen F. Fitzgerald
Robert M. Fuhr
Carrie Gallaway
Mary Ellen Geisser
Brad A. Gemelli
Richard Genitempo
George Arzt Communications
Sharon Gough
Alan S. Greco
Catherine Gund
Lenox Advisors
Jacqueline & Robert Helpern
Tim Houston
Innercity Scholarship Fund
The Institute for Family Health
Diana J. Kalman
Edith W. Kean
Ivette Keenan
Keith Keingarsky
Robert K. Kelly
Elaine & Mark Kessel
Mr. & Mrs. George Magyar
Stephen Kliegerman
Peter Koch
Sr. Margaret Leonard, LSA
LSA Junior Board
Linda A. Martin
Patricia B. McGrorry
Joan & Robert McGuire
Thomas E. Meade
Mary M. Meyers
Melanie Miller &
Robert Ginzberg
Margaret & Artie Minson
Jessica Margolis & Scott Moses
Mark & Nora Muller
Paul Muller
Timothy Paul Muller
Murphy Burnham &
Buttrick Architects
David Nocenti
Eileen Obermann
Luke O’Connor
Our Lady Queen of Angels
Tom Perrotta
Derek & Diana Pratt
Mauro C. Romita
S. Feldman Housewares
Donna Marie Siciliano &
Stephen Haug
Scott Silbert
Elizabeth A. Smith
Tara Stack
Carmen Stanley
Alice Stock
Patricia Stryker
Michael & Sandra Tannenbaum
Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP
Bob, Barbara & Nicholas Terry
Linda Vanderperre
Mark C. Wallace
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Whelan
Chris & Sarah Woods
You Give Goods,LLC
John Young

AKS Salon
Alvin Ailey American Dance
Blue Apron
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Coluccio & Sons
Davide Cenci
Martha Andrade Dousdebes
Drive 495
Equinox Gym
Peter & Margaret Felberbaum
Gradisca Restaurant
Illy Caffe
J. McLaughlin
Jerome Florists, Inc.
John McEnroe Tennis Academy
Kings’ Carriage House
L’Etoile Sport
Lotos Club
Jill Lynn
Claudia Mengel
Mercedes Club
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City Center
New York Philharmonic
One if By Land, Two if By Sea
Metin Oner
Maria Perez-Brown
Pure Yoga
Samuel Ramirez, Jr. &
Fabiana Ramirez
Red Rooster
Rosario Acquista Salon
Stephanie Sarka
Grace Sarno
Lisa Semple
Ralph Siciliano
George Stonbely
The Hampton Classic
Horse Show
The Late Show with
Stephen Colbert
The Linen Shop
The Manhattan Center
The McKittrick Hotel
The Museum of Modern Art
Trafalgar Cleaners
Cecilia & Mark Vonderheide
Whitney Museum

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