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began a new chapter entering our 21st year of Angels On The Bay, the story of Valentina Marie Allen, the child known to have “Half a Heart But Twice The Fight” reassures us we must continue our endeavors to raise funds and awareness for children who need a little miracle. She was a blessing and joy to those who were fortunate enough to have her in their lives. Valentina who was the great-granddaughter of one of our long time Board Members, Nicholas LoPrinzi, was a fighter for the two years she was with us. Born with HLHS – hypoplastic left heart syndrome, heterotaxy, and asplenia, she underwent many surgeries but lost her battle on May 12, 2015. She is now a Princess amongst the Angels in heaven forever watching over us all. This Angel is now serves as our guardian, our inspiration, as we continue in our journey.

It’s the day you always dreamed of: A Wedding. A Christening. Sweet Sixteens. Bar Mitzvahs. These are the moments that define our lives, that bring us together, and that create lasting bonds with the people we love. At Russo’s On The Bay, we understand the importance of these special occasions, and all that they mean to you and your guests. This understanding informs everything we do, and makes us your ideal choice for every kind of celebration. At Russo’s On The Bay, we are not only in the business of executing fine events with superlative service and exemplary cuisine: we create memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Since we first opened our doors in 1987, Russo’s has continually set new standards for innovative cuisine, personalized service and uncompromising attention to detail, all delivered in a stunning waterfront setting. Distinguished by its richly-appointed décor, world class amenities and infinitely-adaptable spaces for parties of all sizes, Russo’s On The Bay is a one-of-a-kind home for once-in-a-lifetime events – and quite simply the most beautiful event venue in New York.

We invite you to learn more about Russo’s – our heritage, our expertise, and most of all, our time-proven promise that any occasion celebrated with us will be an extraordinary and treasured event.

Angels On The Bay believes there are people like you and I who are seeking hope in a troubled and confused world, a cure from prolonged illness and fatal disease and an answer to a special prayer.

Our mission is to support the programs and facilities that provide quality health care and services to our children, to seek knowledge and compassion from those who give hope and genuine care to all and share our beliefs and enthusiasm for the positive power of commitment, family and community.

We believe that Angels are the guardians of hope and wonder and the keepers of dreams. We are all Angels in training…we need only recognize the power of potential.

The Angels On The Bay Benefit Ball will not only be a celebration of food, wine, music and dance, but a marriage of pure giving and physical healing to benefit our children and our future.

1995 Mary Immaculate Hospital Pediatric Unit

1997 St. John’s Hospital Pediatrics Division – NeoNatal Center

1998 St. Dominick’s Family Health Center – The Adrianna Rinaldi Pediatric Suite. Peninsula Hospital Center – Angels On The Bay Pediatric Unit

2000 Jamaica Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department

2001 The Brooklyn Hospital Center/Caledonia Hospital Pediatric Unit. Mary Immaculate Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department & Pediatric Ward

2002 Peninsula Hospital Center – Pediatric Emergency Department. Staten Island University Hospital Pediatric Giraffe Omnibeds

2003 Franklin Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Waiting & Treatment Room

2004 Peninsula Hospital Pediatric Health Center

2005 St. Mary’s Hospital for Children

2006 North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

2008 New York Methodist Hospital

2008 Flushing Hospital Medical Center

2009 Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Flushing Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Peninsula Hospital Center, HeartShare Human Services

2010 Riverfund, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Peninsula Hospital Center, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center

2011 Jamaica Hospital, HeartShare, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Franklin Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Riverfund

2012 Jamaica Hospital, HeartShare, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Franklin Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, NorthShore LIJ Franklin Hospital, Riverfund

2013 Jamaica Hospital, HeartShare, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Flushing Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Flights For Children, Riverfund

2014 Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, HeartShare, Flushing Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, NorthShore LIJ Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Riverfund

2015 Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, HeartShare, Flushing Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, NorthShore LIJ Cohen Children’s Medical Center, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Nassau University Medical Center & Gavin’s Got Heart

The Russo family tradition of hospitality started over 50 years ago when the Villa Russo in Richmond Hill opened its doors. Frank Russo Sr. believed that exemplary service and exquisite cuisine combined with professional attention to detail was the best way to achieve customer satisfaction. Those beliefs were passed down to his son, Frank Russo Jr. who opened Russo’s On The Bay in 1987. We have had the honor of hosting events spanning some of our customer’s lifetimes from baptisms to Communions to Sweet 16’s to Weddings.

Our senior management team has over 200 years of combined experience directing the most lavish events and parties. The most memorable of occasions calls for an exemplary standard in catering. At Russo’s On The Bay, we take pride in offering you the most elegant of surroundings. We have an award-winning, highly skilled staff, proficient in all aspects of the hospitality industry. You will find our staff to be courteous, prepared and genuinely concerned with the success of your affair.

Board of Directors

Ryan Allen

Cathy Burns

Jaclyn Ceparano

Franco Ciaravino

D. Marjorie Centrone

Patrick Connolly

Joseph Corino, C.P.A., Treasurer

Marie “Cookie” Kurtz, Vice President

John Dezago

Priscilla Dolce

Nicholas LoPrinzi

Frank Marzano

Kelly O’Malley Mattone, MD

James Mauceri

Jack Notaro, Co-Chairman

Roxann Romano

George Russo, Esq., Secretary

Frank Russo, Jr., Chairman

Craig Schmidt

Niels Schmidt

Maria Spagnuolo

Sofia Urrutia

Carol Verdi

Vincenza Vitucci


Mr. & Mrs. N. LoPrinzi

Mr. & Mrs. P. Romano

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center / Flushing Hospital Medical Center

Patron Sponsors

South Queens Boys & Girls Club Rickles Agency

Schanker And Hochberg, P.C. Mr. Donald Meade

Pepsi Cola Bottline Co. of NY Inc.