Master/Mistress of Ceremonies

Carol Silva

Anchor, News 12 Long Island

No one has anchored news for Long Islanders more than Carol Silva! Carol is the Emmy Award winning Morning and Midday Edition anchor at News 12 Long Island, America’s first 24-hour regional news network.

Carol has shared the lives of three-million Long Islanders while following the stories of Presidents and Popes, from the News 12 anchor desk, or on planes, in boats and on the road. Her travels have taken her to Ground Zero after September 11th, to Albany, Washington D-C, New Orleans and Texas.

Carol is a native Long Islander, raised in Hicksville, and a graduate of Holy Trinity High School. She attended Nassau Community College, the University of Dayton and New York Institute of Technology.

Carol was lured back to New York during her junior year of college when she was offered her first radio job at WBAB in Babylon. She then graduated magna cum laude on a scholarship from New York Institute of Technology. She anchored her way through radio newsrooms at WGBB in Merrick, WLIR in Hempstead, WGSM in Huntington and then in New York City at WNBC, WOR, WKTU Radio, the RKO Radio Network and WNET-PBS Television.

Carol joined News 12 Long Island in its first four months as a field reporter, but started anchoring 6 days later and has remained in the anchor seat of News 12’s number one rated show ever since.

Carol has won three Emmy Awards and more than 30 New York State Associated Press Awards, Press Club, Regional CableAce and the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting awards.

Carol has been named a “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate and saluted by the Long Island Congressional Delegation when named one of “The Top 50 Women on Long Island” by Long Island Business News. The Long Island Press Newspaper voted her Best Local TV Reporter. She was also named the Media Member of the Year Award from the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island. After 10 years as her children’s soccer coach and her daughter’s Girl Scout leader, The Girl Scouts of America honored Carol’s volunteer work with their distinguished “Juliette Low Award.” She was a PTA Board Member at her children’s schools, and as a veteran high school rower and competitive swimmer herself, she was on the Board of Directors for her daughter’s High School Crew Team.

The Catholic Archdiocese of New York gave Carol the TRISCORT Award, saying she “spreads optimism, faith and hope in her daily work as a journalist.”

As a Mexican American, Carol has been named Long Island Hispanic of the Year by the Suffolk County Police Department, and deemed a Hispanic role model by the Nassau County Hispanic Cultural Association. Carol has also served as the honorary chairwoman for the United Way, the Arthritis Foundation, Helen Keller Services for the Blind and for the March of Dimes which named her a “Woman of Distinction.”

Carol also writes a monthly column for Long Island Woman Magazine, which calls her “everyone’s favorite Long Island neighbor.” Carol is honored to be in the neighborhood!

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Peter A. Apello

Capital One Bank

Peter A. Appello is National Sales Executive for Capital One Bank’s Specialty Sales Organization, which includes Small Business Banking and Business Banking. Born and raised on Long Island, Peter received his Bachelor’s degree from Long Island University and his MBA from Dowling College. With more than 25 years in the financial services industry, Peter has held various leadership positions with Bank of America, Fleet Financial and Citibank. Peter leads a dedicated team of veteran, results-oriented bankers in growing business and delivering value through strategies centered on deepening customer relationships and strong, innovative products. He is a former President of the Long Island Chapter of the Risk Management Association and has donated his time to several non-profit organizations, including Hospice Care Network, Arthritis Foundation and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Peter resides in Merrick, New York, with his wife and children, and in his free time coaches baseball and basketball.


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Steve Israel

Chair, Global Institute at LIU

Steven J. “Steve” Israel is the former United States Representative for New York’s 3rd congressional district, serving in the United States Congress from 2001 to 2017. Since redistricting in 2012, the district includes portions of northern Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, as well as a minuscule portion of Queens in New York City. He is a member of the Democratic Party and was head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee until November 2014. Before serving in Congress, he served on the Huntington, New York town board. In 2017, he joined CNN as a political commentator.

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Cory Nichols

C The Difference: Cory Cares

Cory Nichols, 17, is the founder and president of: C the difference: Cory Cares, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to easing the hunger issues on Long Island by shopping for and stocking the shelves of food pantries, raising awareness and encouraging young people to make a difference. At twelve years old, Cory was inspired to make a difference in the fight against hunger. Over the past five years, Cory has raised over $65,000.00 and delivered tens of thousands of pounds of food across Long Island, helping thousands of families fight food insecurity. Cory has also motivated and inspired hundreds of young people to get involved in the fight against hunger through awareness events, food collections, and his shop and stock program. After his high school graduation, Cory will continue his fight against hunger on Long Island by managing his organization and board of young volunteers remotely as a student at Yale University.

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Elliot Zimet

Illusionist & Magician

Studying the depths of his predecessors, such as Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, and Lance Burton, Elliot has since taken his skills and talents to new heights implementing mind blowing illusions with exotic birds, humor, music & pop culture.

What truly set Elliot apart from the rest is not only his undeniable and diverse skill set but also his authentic stage presence. His charming and charismatic personality paired with the genuine connection to his audience creates a world mixed with fantasy and reality.

Appearing on numerous television shows such as “America’s Got Talent”, Pen & Teller “Fool Us” and CBS “The Early Show” as well as toured the country with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Dos Equis “The Most Interesting Show In The World.”

He’s been a consultant on Fox TV’s Gotham and Romeo and Juliette on Broadway. Zimet has also entertained the likes of the world’s biggest celebrities.

Elliot Zimet has become a game changer and force in his own right so be ready to step into the magic that is Elliot Zimet.

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