St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children’s 2009 Tribute Dinner Honoring George E. Leventis, Langan International, Raises over $650,000 in Support of St. Mary’s Kids.

Engineering Industry Joins St. Mary’s in Supporting Vital Programs and Services for Children with Special Needs

The night was young, the skies were bright and New York City’s warm fall weather lured in over 400 loyal supporters of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children at the prestigious Gotham Hall. It was a glamorous night in the heart of the Big Apple as hundreds of prominent business leaders from the engineering, development, construction and real estate industries gathered at St. Mary’s annual Tribute Dinner and helped to raise over $650,000 to benefit some of the most seriously ill and injured children in the New York region battling complex medical conditions.

No one could have predicted the spirited crowd that filled Gotham Hall that evening, other than the event MC, Fox 5’s weatherman, Nick Gregory who kicked off the evening with a sunny and bright forecast. Event and sponsor chair, Nick Billotti, CEO of Turner International and last year’s honoree took the floor with a few passionate remarks about St. Mary’s and introduced the evening’s honoree, George E. Leventis, President of Langan International and Senior Principal of Langan Engineering.

Mr. Leventis was recognized for his generous contributions in supporting critical programs for St. Mary’s kids. A father of three teenage girls, Mr. Leventis’ goal is to help improve the health and quality of life for children with special needs. “I have had the good fortune of working on major projects on five continents where we’ve pushed the limits and reached new heights, but the work St. Mary’s performs every day with special needs children and their families is truly an inspiration,” said George Leventis. “I am honored to be a part of St. Mary’s important work.” Mr. Leventis is internationally recognized for his award-winning work on large-scale engineering engagements. Among many of accomplishments, Mr. Leventis was appointed Director General of Olympic Works for the Athens Games and had the privilege of carrying the Olympic torch across the newly opened Rion-Antirion Bridge.

Other highlights included acclaimed singer and songwriter, Rachel Pasternack, and the unveiling of a video montage about St. Mary’s kids accompanied by live music from special guest performer, Wade Preston from the hit Broadway Show “Movin’ Out.” The excitement heightened as St Mary’s kids and therapists made their debut on stage, singing and dancing along.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Event and Sponsor Chairs
Nick Billotti, CEO of Turner International
Vincent Riso, President of the Briarwood Organization.

Leading Sponsors
Cindy and Tod Johnson
Turner Construction Company

Visionary Sponsors
DJ Ambulette Service
LANGAN/Leventis family

Hero Sponsors
Marie & Charles DeBenedittis
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Lorraine & Richard Gilden

Champion Sponsors
Baker Concrete Construction, Inc.
DeSimone Consulting Engineers
G.H.G. Realty Company, L.L.C.
Jacobson and Company, Inc.
KLM Construction Inc.
Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

Key Sponsors
Anshen + Allen Architects
Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP
Commodore Construction Corp.
Fred Geller Electrical, Inc.
J.E. Levine Builders
J&P – AVAX
Mustafa K Abadan of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Omni Managed Health, Inc.
Otis Elevator Company
Plaza Construction Corp.
Sophie & Vincent Riso
Suzy Shechtman Productions
TD Bank
The Durst Organization
WSP Flack + Kurtz / WSP Cantor Seinuk
Zetlin & De Chiara, LLP

In-Kind Donors
106.7 LiteFM
Cindy & Joe Baranski
Albert Bellas, The Solaris Group
Baltusrol Golf Club
Bradford Renaissance Portraits
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph C. Delgado
Elite Island Resort
Faige Timeless Portraits
Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club
Helen Hayes Theatre
John Fotiadis Architect, PLLC
Joseph Scarpulla Architect
Kaos Klothing
Kellari Parea
George Leventis
New York Jets
The Bridge Golf Club
Turner Construction Company
Yigal Azrouel