St. Mary’s 2010 Tribute Dinner Awards

Cipriani Wall Street Gathers Top Industry Leaders in Support of St. Mary’s Annual Tribute Dinner


St. Mary’s Honoree, Jeffrey E. Levine, President of Levine Builders/Douglaston Development Recognized for his Outstanding Commitment for New York Children and Families

Cipriani Wall Street, A New York landmark home to the New York Stock Exchange, and headquarters of the National City Bank, was home to over 500 supporters of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children on Monday, November 15th, at St. Mary’s Annual Tribute Dinner.

The Building and Construction industry continues to bear the brunt of the economic downfall, with business down 50%. Despite these faltering numbers and an overcast outlook in the industry, major heads of large construction companies in New York City gathered at the grand hall in the middle of Wall Street to support a common cause- children with special needs.

The evening followed a New York City theme and kicked off with the glamorous “Broadway Dolls,” world-class performers directly from starring roles in favorite Broadway shows including Mamma Mia, Chicago, Rent, and Hairspray. The singing and dancing starlets lifted the spirits of the crowd and captured the hearts of everyone in the audience with their fusing theatre sounds and extravagant pop numbers.

The evening’s honoree, Jeffrey E. Levine, veteran New York City developer and president of the 25-year-old construction company Levine Builders/Douglaston Development, was recognized for his outstanding commitment and community involvement to building a better future for New York children and their families.  Jeff has numerous recognitions under his belt. Levine Builders, along with its development affiliate, Douglaston Development, and management entity, Clinton Management, has successfully built, renovated or rehabilitated thousands of residential units including rentals, condominiums, hotels, dormitories and special needs housing.

Jeff has united friends and family to donate over $1million to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, one of the region’s premiere providers of post-acute pediatric care for children with special needs, and has secured his support for St. Mary’s capital campaign, “Building Hope, Restoring Lives,” a campaign that is paving the way for a brighter future for New York’s families through the modernization of St. Mary’s existing 1950’s building and construction of a new patient pavilion, in which ground has already been broken and construction has begun.

Other highlights of the night included a silent auction presented by Judith Ripka, elegant jewelry and precious gemstones for men and women, the unveiling of St. Mary’s video, “Dreams Come True in New York,” produced by Jennifer Maharajh, and the Tribute Dinner After-Party hosted by St. Mary’s Junior Committee.

The Presenting Sponsor for the Tribute Dinner was Turner Construction. The Special Leading Sponsor was United Technologies Corporation. The Leading Sponsor was Cindy and Tod Johnson. Visionary Sponsors included Marie & Charles DeBenedittis, DJ Ambulette Service, Norman Feinberg, Levine Builders/Douglaston Development, Linda & Ray Riso, Sophie & Vincent Riso, and Roosevelt & Cross, Inc.

Champion Sponsors included Five Star Electric & WDF Inc., Fred Geller Electrical, Inc., Halmar International, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Nelson Air Device Corp., New York Community Bank Foundation, and Ruttura & Sons Construction.