Honored at the inaugural Staten Island Top Women in Business ceremony this past December, some of the borough’s 40 honorees gathered at South Fin Grill on Tuesday, January 20, to reconvene and celebrate their achievements, along with the major achievement of raising $4,000 for two local charities.
“We wanted to have a nice cocktail party to get everyone back together again,” said Lori Pedone, vice president of events for Brooklyn and Staten Island for Star Network Group. “From the venue, to the way Mark and his team at the South Fin Grill helped to organize the party, to all the guests and honorees, it was such a wonderful evening.”
Last year’s first-time awards ceremony and dinner was held to honor Staten Island’s top businesswomen, holding top-tier positions like hospital directors, CEOs and non-for-profit founders, among many more.
The dinner also raised money for two local charities: Kids Against Cancer, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to provide care for children battling cancer in a setting that is not associated with their illness, and Emma’s Place, Staten Island’s grief and loss center for children and families.
The announcement was made at Tuesday’s cocktail party that $2,000 had been raised at the dinner for each charity.
Each woman was also asked to nominate someone she felt was deserving to be honored as a Top Woman in Business or as a King for the 2015 upcoming events.
“There was such high energy, excitement and momentum,” added Pedone. “These are people that are truly appreciative that we want to recognize them and the good that they do in Staten Island.”