Always an elegant venue for large-scale events, St. St. Regis New York hosted the Orthopedic Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, November 21. other important individuals. All gathered to recognize the work of the Orthopedic Foundation and to honor distinguished individuals for outstanding leadership, athleticism and philanthropy.
Richard Salgado & Dennis Seidenberg (Ex NY Islanders)
The evening started in style as honorees and guests descended to talk with attendees and meet with the press over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while perusing the selection of sports memorabilia and collectibles available via a silent, live auction. through smartphone text messages with proceeds benefiting the Foundation.
Richard Salgado & Anzhelika Steen Olsen (CEO of Sher Women’s Empowerment Group)
Dinner and the main event continued in the main ballroom where guests were located. Guests enjoyed decadent dishes prepared with exclusive wine pairings from The 1 Wine company. Guests were entertained with Second City Works comedies. Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado, President and CEO of Insurance Consultants Coastal Advisors LLC, wowed the audience when the host introduced the evening’s honorees, he being one of them. Outside of Coastal Advisors, Salgado founded the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Tournament and Big Daddy Youth Soccer Camp, and has served as Fox Sports Super Bowl Correspondent.
Other awards include:
Kevin Weekes, retired NHL goaltender (12 seasons), NHL and ESPN Network analyst, and Founder/CEO of NO5HOLE Apparel.
Kevin Weekes, Dr. Kevin Plancher, Rich Salgado
Bernard Hopkins, former champion boxer with multiple middle and light heavyweight titles, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and youth mentor.
Charlie Gasparino & Bernard Hopkins
Chef Dino Gatto, Executive Chef at Rao’s New York in East Harlem, and Andrew Whitney, Executive Chef/Owner of Dell’anima who together prepared the four-course meal that Gala guests dined on.
Victor Muro, President and CEO of Integrated Financial Concepts who has served on several youth-related charitable boards and has been recognized for his leadership in insurance and financial services. He is also a member of the National Life Group General Agent Hall of Fame.
The Orthopedic Foundation promotes, supports, develops and encourages research and education on minimally invasive orthopedic surgery and advances in musculoskeletal diseases. In addition, the Foundation is seeking new modalities for the treatment of orthopedic injuries and musculoskeletal diseases, to promote injury prevention, and to explore minimally invasive treatments that guarantee shorter recovery times and a quicker return to daily activities.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to be the MC and recipient of the Orthopedic Foundation Gala award,” said Salgado. “I look forward to continuing to do great work for the organization and furthering their mission.”
“The 15th Anniversary Gala has enabled us to raise significant funds to continue our cutting-edge research for sports injuries and musculoskeletal diseases such as Arthritis,” said Dr. Kevin Plancher, Founder of the Orthopedic Foundation. “We thank all the honorees and guests who came to celebrate with us and make our evening a huge success.”
For more information about the Orthopedic Foundation, visit: www.ofals.org