Cocktails – 1st annual

Cocktails with a Cause Kicks off the Summer Celebrations and Gathers Over 200 Members of Financial Community to Raise Funds & Awareness for Children with Special Needs


Over 200 members of the Financial Services Industry united to support children and families at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children at a benefit fundraiser, “Cocktails with a Cause” spearheaded by financial leaders and committee members, Chris Savino, Rebecca Aslin, Anthony Coniglio, Tom Jarck and William Sinclair, on Wednesday, June 22nd at the Empire Rooftop in New York City.

The open bar and networking event kicking off the summer, was held to benefit St. Mary’s Kids, some of the region’s most seriously ill and injured children battling complex medical and life-limiting conditions.

The night took on a light-hearted note as industry professionals celebrated the warm weather with light drinks and appetizers while learning about the groundbreaking programs and services at St. Mary’s, one of the region’s premier providers of post-acute pediatric care for children and families with special needs. Some even formed a personal connection to St. Mary’s as they remembered a niece, nephew or friend’s child that was born with a special need.

The highlight of the night was a live auction that kept guests entertained. Prizes included dinner for 12 guests in your home hosted by renowned chef Dino Gatto from the exclusive Rao’s Restaurant of Harlem, NYC featuring the famed “Tommy the Waiter,” who will attend to tell stories of Rao’s celebrity clientele, and Dinner for 6 guests with New York Ranger Sean Avery at the trendy Tiny’s & The Bar Upstairs in NYC owned by Rangers Sean Avery and Henrik Lundqvist.

Both prizes were sold for almost $15,000 combined.

On behalf of St. Mary’s, we would like to thank everyone who supported the event, and a special thank you to each of the committee members.