Best Party–2009

By: John Bruno Turiano

At the risk of sounding immodest, Westchester Magazine sure does know how to throw parties. Just ask the 3,000 or so residents who showed up at this year’s Best of Westchester fete, produced by this magazine, of course (our marketing department deserves the credit). The event, held at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, gave guests an opportunity to sample some of the best of what our county has to offer: top-line lobster rolls, great sushi rolls, terrific drinks, massages, haircuts, you name it. The word heard most often: “Wow!” And what’s more: the Westchester Children’s Museum received $3,000 from the evening’s raffle.

Jim Dibbini and County Court Judge Susan Cacace-Dibbini, both of Bronxville, with Chrissy Burrows, County Legislator Gordon A. Burrows, and Andrea Palidino, all of Yonkers
Westchester Magazine Publisher Ralph A. Martinelli of Ossining with Jill Prince of South Salem
radio host John Tesh
Ricky Mason of Cortlandt Manor with Westchester Magazine Account Executive Donna Herman of Briarcliff Manor
Josie Navarro of White Plains, Katherine A. Conits of Yonkers, and Linda Rafail of West Harrison
Westchester Magazine Account Executive Frank Tarascio of White Plains with Greg Tarascio, Liz Czajkowski-Rotfeld, and Gina Tarascio, all of Port Chester
Lisa and Andreas Messis of Port Chester



Going Dutch

By: John Bruno Turiano

More than 300 guests attended the Hudson River Museum’s premiere gala of the year, dubbed “Dutch New York, A Hudson Valley Celebration.” The gala took place in the museum’s newly renovated Hudson Room, complete with a terrace overlooking the river. “Beyond being an important source of support for our exhibitions and programs, the gala is a chance for us to recognize people who have made significant contributions to the Museum’s work,” says Museum Board Chairwoman Jan Adelson. About $210,000—approximately 10 percent of the Museum’s annual budget—was raised.

Victor Ziminisky of Mount Kisco, Jan Adelson of Scarborough, and Melinda Godel of Mount Kisco
Denise Wiggins and Westchester County Legislator Ken Jenkins, both of Yonkers


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Former President Bill Clinton of Chappaqua, Dan Scavino of Hopewell Junction, New York, Arnold Palmer of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and Donald Trump of Briarcliff Manor at a golf outing at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor


Radisson Hotel New Rochelle owner Peter Brock of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Tom Grippi of New Rochelle, The Next Food Network Star contestant and City Chow House chef Michael Proietti, John Proietti, and Betty Proietti, all of City Island, Bronx; and Westchester Magazine Account Executive Anne Ring of Yorktown Heights at a “Dinner and the Show” event at City Chow House in New Rochelle



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Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

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