CELEBRATE ST. JAMES
Past - Present - Future
Past - Present - Future
Pictured here are honorees Jennifer Paley Ambro, publisher of The Smithtown News, Joseph Buzzetta, founder of Competition Imports, Smithtown Town Supervisor, Edward R. Wehrheim, Robert Prufeta, Senior Vice President of Solomon Page Healthcare, and John Prufeta, CEO and Chairman of Medical Excellence International, along with Natalie Weinstein, President of Celebrate St. James (third from the left) and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone (middle).
Celebrate St. James held its inaugural gala, A Night to Remember, on September 18 at Flowerfield in St. James. The gala, which honored five friends of St. James, marked the largest fundraiser to date in the community’s efforts to support the revitalization of downtown St. James.
The honorees of the evening (pictured above) were chosen for their significant contributions, both personally and professionally to the St. James community. They are trendsetters, leaders, and mentors. They are humanitarians and innovators. They have risen to the top of their professions and have chosen to give back to our community.
Accolades were given all around town, including the Smithtown News “…The gala signaled that the revitalization of downtown St. James is underway and that the momentum is building. It’s been a long time coming, but this is going to happen. And, Celebrate St. James has been a driving force to make sure that momentum does not ebb. Therefore, The Smithtown News once again commends Celebrate St. James for its dedication and unwavering commitment to downtown revitalization and for throwing a bash Wednesday that was a great night for a significant purpose…” as well as Nissequogue Village Living “The gala was the beginning of a community coming together to continue the work of reawakening Lake Avenue which has now been designated an Historic and Cultural Arts District. Many local groups and businesses showed their support of our community and for the flourishing hamlet we will once again become. The funds raised at the gala will be used to build a new park on Lake Avenue at the site of the old Viking Bar, and add an Historic Clock Tower Kiosk surrounded by benches and tables for chess and checkers. This landmark is just the beginning of Celebrate St. James’ effort to bring economic growth to our community through our history and cultural arts. This night to remember will not soon be forgotten”!
Celebrate St. James would like to thank ALL of our sponsors, as well as the community for your outrageous show of support for this event. Funds raised at the gala will finance the renovation of Burke Veterans Memorial Park, including a new historic clock tower kiosk. More to come on those plans SOON!