2011 Tribute Dinner

Record Setting Tribute Dinner Helps St. Mary’s Surpass Campaign Goal

Construction and Real Estate Industry Supporters Honored at Annual Tribute Dinner Featuring Former Yankee Great Bernie Williams, Announcer John Sterling and Other Special Guests

More than 800 New Yorkers, including construction, real estate and development moguls gathered at Cipriani Wall Street Monday evening, November 21, 2011 for a record-setting fundraising event that put St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children over the top of its 5-year $30 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the hospital announced today.

Together, industry leaders and supporters raised $1.2 million dollars for St. Mary’s annual Tribute Dinner. This year’s event honored Turner Construction Company’s Executive Vice President Pat Di Filippo whose outstanding efforts for St. Mary’s Kids garnered the respect and support of peers.

Donations from last night’s event allowed St. Mary’s to surpass its $30 million 5-year fundraising goal for the “Building Hope, Restoring Lives” campaign to build a new state-of-the-art Patient Pavilion at the hospital’s Bayside campus, as well as sustain essential programs and services. The goal was met an entire year ahead of schedule.

At its completion in 2012, the $114 million expansion project will provide much-needed additional space for rehabilitation, patient care, education and family visitation, furthering the goal of helping the most medically complex children become happier, healthier, and stronger kids.

“Today one in five children has a special need; a number that is continuing to grow,” remarked Jeffrey Frerichs, President & CEO of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. “The generous support of Mr. Di Filippo and our friends in the construction, real estate, and development industries makes a significant difference in the lives of these children.”

Z100’s Danielle Monaro emceed last night’s event, which featured an appearance by Yankee announcer John Sterling and a special performance by guitarist and Yankee great Bernie Williams and his All-Star Band.