On Friday, March 8, 2013 more than 430 guests gathered for the sold-out 5th Annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs locations in Sullivan County!
Honorary Event Chairman Greg Goldstein led the evening, as fourteen teams of local Celebrities sang, danced and entertained their guests as they competed in the annual Tip Challenge. In the end, the Celebrity Servers netted more than $44,300, making it the largest fundraiser in Club history.
“Every year this event and the Celebrity Servers exceed our expectations. This year the Servers and the Steering Committee went above and beyond to ensure it would be the biggest, best event we’ve ever done,” said Goldstein. “I am so proud of the Dinner’s record-breaking success, because I know how much it means to the Club kids in Sullivan County to have the stability and the fun that their Clubs bring them every day after school.”
“This event continues to grow and amaze us all, and we attribute the continued growth and enthusiasm to the strong support the communities have for the Boys & Girls Clubs, and the work with do with local youth. And they know that by making a donation to the Clubs, those funds stay in the community and more of the donation goes directly to support our Club kids and their families,” said Executive Director Alexis Eggleton.
Each team entered to their own theme music, through a music-themed archway donated by Perry Gips and Partymaster. From there they shimmied and shook and belted out song after song to entertain their guests and earn those tips!
It looked like Team Italian Stallion & Friends (Thompson Supervisor Tony Cellini, Thunder102′s Paul Ciliberto & Michelle Semerano with The River Reporter’s Jonathan Fox and Dharma the Wonderdog, and Michele Klugman-Resnick & Allan Scott from the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development) were going to reign victorious for a second year with $5250 in tips, but newcomers Team Bethel Woods (Denise Frangipane, Margaret Hughes, Jodi Kane and Wade Lawrence) prevailed, raising a staggering $6232- a Celebrity Dinner record!
Darlene Fedun, COO for Bethel Woods Center for the Arts said, “I am delighted that we had the opportunity to participate in a big way this year. We are a big fan of the Boys and Girls Club and its programs. Thank you to our staff board and friends for helping to make Team Bethel Woods a success.”
Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson, Deputy Treasurer Nancy Buck with Allison Horan and Dan Ratner channeled “The Mommas and the Poppas” to more than $4500 in tips and, of course, the Assemblywoman brought her famous hula hoop along, too!
Team KISS, Daniel Parkhurst, Barbi Neumann-Marty and Roberta Byron-Lockwood, with special guests Darryl DeBetta as Gene Simmons, Herb Clark as Shannon Tweed and Helena Manzione as a KISS fan, were a crowd favorite with their elaborate costumes and raised $4800 in tips!
Fallsburg Supervisor Steve Vegliante and Councilman Nate Steingart brought suits and giant beards to the party as “ZZ Top” while Team SUNY Sullivan’s Paul Reifenheiser with Dean Sarah Thompson Tweedy, Dr. Robert Schultz and new SCCC President Dr. Karin Hilgersom embodied “The Beatles” and were a hit selling faux degrees in everything from merlot to moustaches!
Legislator Alan Sorensen and wife Jane partnered with Dan Teplesky, Denise Cedeira-Thornton and Tammy Mangus from Monticello and their B-52’s inspired table décor and dance moves were a big hit, helping them raise more than $3600 in tips!
First-time servers from Team ABBA included Rita Sheehan, Bethel Town Clerk, with Susan Harte, Ron Gozza and Eric Adler. This team really got into their Swedish theme by offering Abba-tinis, Swedish meatballs and Swedish fish, all served by a guest dressed up as the Swedish Chef from the Muppets!
Sullivan County DA Jim Farrell and Sherriff Michael Schiff were two cool cats as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and raised more than $1800, including what was raised by guests who took turns throwing sticky hands at a giant picture of Greg Goldstein’s face!
Roscoe was well-represented as the event, with two teams participating. Roscoe Superintendent John Evans joined with Phil Eggleton and Tom Burnham to celebrate Roscoe’s bag piping heritage, and John Walsh and Brian Facquet from Prohibition Distillery channeled their inner “Simon & Garfunkel.” Combined these teams raised more than $5000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs, which has planned an expansion into the Town of Rockland in 2013.
Perennial Celebrity Dinner favorite John Makovic came as Danny Zucco from Greas, compete with the pompadour, and he brought Sullivan Chamber VP Cathy Paty to serenade the crowd to “You’re the One That I Want.”
The Mamakating Rotary made an excellent first appearance in the Celebrity Dinner as “Herrmann’s Hermits” while MobilMedic’s own Albee Bockman wowed the crowd as Tevye from “Fiddler on the Roof,” and later by singing a beautiful rendition of “New York, New York.”
All funds raised at the Celebrity Dinner will remain in Sullivan County to benefit the Clubs in Liberty, Monticello & Fallsburg, and the planned expansion into the Town of Rockland in 2013.