Garden City Historical Society Celebrates The Givers

Garden City Historical Society President Mary Mahoney (at the podium), recognizes Benefit Honorees. From left: Maggie and Jack Biggane, Jill Palmeri, and Jean and Al Vanasco, with commemorative bricks to acknowledge their achievements. The bricks will be laid in the walkway at the Historical Society Museum.
(Photo courtesy of the Garden City Historical Society)

For this year’s annual benefit, the Garden City Historical Society decided to not only commemorate its namesake community’s 150th anniversary, but honor a trio of local nonprofits that define the term selflessness. Held at the Garden City Hotel, this event shone the spotlight on The Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation and Maggie and Jack Biggane; The Andy Foundation and Jill Palmeri; and the Garden City Athletic Association Challenger Sports Program and Al Vanasco.

From left: Garden City Historical Society (GCHS) trustee Maureen Dellaconna, Tom Poole, author/Garden City resident Nelson DeMille and trustee GCHS trustee Brian Pinnola
(Photo by Cathy Bongiorno)

The Bigganes, Palmeri and Vanasco have all given back. Vanasco, through his work with the Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA) and its Challengers Program, which has been a program that’s allowed special needs children to compete in myriad sports programs; Palmeri, whose Andy Foundation has provided roughly more than $1 million to more than 30 organizations over the past 15 years; and the Biggane family, who have brought both an awareness of and a better level of skin cancer health to all residents of Garden City, the region and all across the United States via their Mollie Fund.

From left: Town of Hempstead clerk/Garden City resident Sylvia Cabana, Tom and Mary Jane Poole, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen
(Photo by Cathy Bongiorno)

The evening’s event brought out numerous Historical Society boosters, local celebrities and dignitaries including former Mayor John Watras, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, novelist Nelson DeMille, Legislator Laura Schaefer, Assemblyman Ed Ra and Town of Hempstead Clerk Sylvia Cabana.





From left: Vicki Imbarrato and Dr. Bernard Klersfeld
(Photo by Cathy Bongiorno)






Judy Alzner and Garden City Historical Society trustee/husband Ed Alzner
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Garden City Historical Society vice president Beth Watras and husband/former Garden City Mayor John Watras
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From left: Garden City Historical Society President Mary Mahoney and treasurer Bill Garry
(Photo by Cathy Bongiorno)

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