On Saturday July 8, Long Island Cares introduced our inaugural Caliente party, which benefited The Harry Chapin Food Bank. It was a beautiful night filled with music, dancing, cocktails, and a silent auction. With impeccable guests in attendance, Caliente also served as an evening for honoring individuals who’ve made an impact on Long Island . The Honorees included:
American Artist April GornikAs an artist, April Gornik is known to create incredible images that spark emotional and spiritual conversation. With an incredible portfolio, her body of work can be found in major museums across the country. She is a committed activist in her local community, in which she has collaborated with multiple organizations to aid her passion for human rights.
Executive Director Minerva PerezAs the Executive Director of OLA (Organización Latino-Americana) of Eastern Long Island, Minerva Perez has found that partnership and collaboration are pieces that can help bridge the gap between Latino and Non-Latino communities. Through performing arts, her organization is on a mission to inform and educate the community about issues dealing with the Latino culture. Prior to becoming Executive Director at OLA, she was Director of Residential and Transitional Services at The Retreat. There she ran a 24-hour crisis shelter for women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
Chief Executive Officer of Long Island Cares, Paule T. PachterCEO of Long Island Cares Paule T. Pachter has helped change the perception of how a successful food bank reach the masses. Previously selected as “Nassau County Social Worker of the Year” and receiving the Town of Hempstead’s “Make a Difference Medal”, Paule Pachter has developed different ideas to find the root of hunger and help those who are in need. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Association, Mr. Pachter is committed to eliminating hunger on Long Island while educating those on food hunger. He has helped build a platform for individuals to make a difference as part of his mission. He also teaches an executive leadership and models of innovation course at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.
Musician Tito Puente, Jr and his 8-piece bandRaised in New York City, Puente, Jr is definitely no stranger to music and performing. While studying music and composition, he joined a heavy metal band before transitioning to Latin music. With the musical influence of his father, he added his own touch to create a unique sound that is still true to his roots. While finding success, he became a favorite in symphony halls, jazz festivals, performing art centers, and has performed over 300 shows within the last five years. He and his 8-piece band provided the music, in which they rocked the house and kept the dance floor on fire. The stars were shining as the sound of Latin music swept across the dance floor.
We would like to thank everyone who worked hard to make this event a success and extend our gratitude to those who attended. We appreciate the time and effort that went into making this night one to remember and are extremely grateful for the turnout. We would like to thank those who donated and every person who volunteered throughout the night. We couldn’t have done it without you.