The Queens Chamber of Commerce Presents The Business Person of the Year Awards

Every year, the Queens Chamber of Commerce presents The Business Person of the Year awards, where they honor prestigious business people of Queens.  This year’s Hall of Fame honoree is Joseph M. Mattone Sr., along with Evan Jerome, Sheila Lewandowski, and Peter Tu.

Joseph M. Mattone, Sr., the Chairman of the Board of Mattone Group, LLC has been involved in real estate development since 1955, both individually and under the Mattone Group banner. Mr. Mattone is also a Senior Partner in the law firm of Mattone, Mattone, Mattone, Mattone, Mattone, Megna and Todd, a full service Queens-based law firm.   The Mattone organization currently owns, leases, manages and develops commercial, office, residential and industrial properties.

Evan Jerome is the Senior Vice President of King Graduate School at the Queens Campus at Monroe College. He is responsible for overseeing undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as off site continuing education in both domestic and international markets.

Sheila Lewandowski is co-founder and executive director of The Chocolate Factory Theater. Through her leadership, the theater has supported over 800 artists and as many as 35,000 visitors since opening its doors in 2004. In addition, Ms. Lewandowski instituted the annual Taste of Long Island City as an economic and community development project, the proceeds of which further the work of The Chocolate Factory’s artists each year.

Peter Tu is the Director of the Flushing Chinese Business Association. Referred to as the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, it is a non-political, non-religious, non-profit group in New York State. Since the founding of 1982, all the members and the board of directors work together to serve the community. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce has been recognized by all levels of government agencies, and people from all walks of life.

October 18, 2017

52-11 111TH Street Flushing, New York
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Awards Program

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Over 1,200 Guests Attended the First Ever Le Dîner en Blanc Event in Long Island

The first edition of Le Dîner en Blanc–Long Island attracted over 1,200 cultural enthusiasts tonight at NYIT de Seversky Mansion.  The epicurean event has become world-famous for the spectacular visuals of its guests all dressed in white who gather at secret locations until the very last minute. Tonight was no exception!
Created in Paris nearly 30 years ago, this global phenomenon has taken over more than 70 cities around the world such as New York, Miami, Sydney, Los Angeles, Singapore, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Montreal, Tokyo and Abidjan.  Over 100,000 foodies and cultural enthusiasts around the world have already embrace this unique event. As stated very eloquently by the New York Times: “There are picnics and there are Picnics“. This très chic picnic is equal parts mystery tour, pop-up feast and je ne sais quoi! While the technology behind the event may has changed over the years, the principles fueling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful locations.
Le Dîner en Blanc–Long Island gratefully acknowledges Audi of Lynbrook and Resorts World Casino as official local partners of the inaugural edition of Le Dîner en Blanc in Long Island.

Diner en Blanc Long Island Collaborators

The Garden City Hotel

Discover Long Island

Lord & Taylor Manhasset

Vera Moore Cosmetics

Long Island Press

Nassau Museum of Art

Bethpage Polo Park

Sydney Sweets

90.3 FM – WHPC

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