2012-04-13 / Community

St. John’s Hosts Billy Joel Premiere Show Fundraiser


At the Billy Joel Premiere Show concert on Thursday, March 29, Margaret Carpenter, President, St. John’s Development Board (left) and Nelson Toebbe, Chief Executive Officer. St. John’s honored St. John’s Employee of the Year Dacia Bacchus, RN, Department of Ambulatory Surgery (center). At the Billy Joel Premiere Show concert on Thursday, March 29, Margaret Carpenter, President, St. John’s Development Board (left) and Nelson Toebbe, Chief Executive Officer. St. John’s honored St. John’s Employee of the Year Dacia Bacchus, RN, Department of Ambulatory Surgery (center). The Development Board of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital held a benefit featuring Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot: The Premiere Billy Joel Show on Thursday, March 29, at the Woodmere Club. More than 230 people were in attendance, dancing along with the music, and raising approximately $25,000 dedicated to the services in intensive, cardiac and emergency care.

Two longtime members of Billy Joel’s band performed along with the group, Tommy Byrnes and Mark Rivera.

The event honored St. John’s staff of the year including: Employee of the Year Dacia Bacchus, RN, Ambulatory Surgery; Physician of the Year Tessy Peter, MD, Associate Chairperson, Family Practice; Manager of the Year Naasira Salahuddin, RN, Nursing Administrative Supervisor; and Team of the Year Pulmonary Care Center Tower 8.


Peter Frankel (left), event co-chairman, sang a song to his wife, Nancy Frankel, also a Development Board member, backed by Billy Joel Band saxophonist Mark Rivera and Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot: the Premiere Billy Joel. Peter Frankel (left), event co-chairman, sang a song to his wife, Nancy Frankel, also a Development Board member, backed by Billy Joel Band saxophonist Mark Rivera and Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot: the Premiere Billy Joel. The concert was supported by the following: Grand Sponsors Margaret Carpenter; Charles A. Barragato and Co., LLP; Hunter Ambulance Corp.; Jzanus, Ltd.-A Family of Companies; Medical Staff Society, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital; Modern Technology Contracting Corp.; and Sponsors Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center; Patricia and Richard L. Brown; Joseph Candella Jr.; Community Advisory Board, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital; Five Towns Community Chest; Jem Caterers at the Sands; Drs. Yashodhara and Sanjay Kirtane; Merryl and Dr. Gilbert Makabali; Robin and Eric Matza; Maccy and Donald Paley; Patriot Family Medical Associates, PLLC; Libby and Allen Peppe; Rama and Dr. Mekala Ramgopal; Rotary Club of Rockaway, Inc.; S. Rejeili Architect, PLLC; Linda and Howard Siskind; Sergio Sokol, MD; Gail and Paul Strongwater; Janice and Nelson E. Toebbe; Visiting Nurse Service of New York; and Roberta and Dr. Mel Young.


At the concert, members of the Development Board and friends gathered including (from left to right): Paul Alfaro, Health Care Partners, IPA; Margaret Carpenter; Linda Siskind, Development Board; and Howard Siskind, Vice President, Special Events, Development Board. At the concert, members of the Development Board and friends gathered including (from left to right): Paul Alfaro, Health Care Partners, IPA; Margaret Carpenter; Linda Siskind, Development Board; and Howard Siskind, Vice President, Special Events, Development Board. The television raffle prize was donated by Home Appliance, Oceanside, NY.



Nelson Toebbe introduces St. John’s Manager of the Year Naasira Salahuddin, RN, while Margaret Carpenter (left) watches at the concert featuring Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot: The Premiere Billy Joel Show. Nelson Toebbe introduces St. John’s Manager of the Year Naasira Salahuddin, RN, while Margaret Carpenter (left) watches at the concert featuring Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot: The Premiere Billy Joel Show.

The concert was attended by Rabbia Hassan, MD, Mekala Ramgopal, MD, and Snehanshu Ghosh, MD. The concert was attended by Rabbia Hassan, MD, Mekala Ramgopal, MD, and Snehanshu Ghosh, MD.

The Pulmonary Care Unit staff were honored as St. John’s Team of the Year by Margaret Carpenter Nelson Toebbe. The Pulmonary Care Unit staff were honored as St. John’s Team of the Year by Margaret Carpenter Nelson Toebbe.

Members of the Rockaway Rotary Kevin Pruitt (left) and John Napolitano attended the concert. Members of the Rockaway Rotary Kevin Pruitt (left) and John Napolitano attended the concert.

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