On Monday, August 5, 2019, our 14th Annual New York Golf Classic and Dinner honored Rick Bellando, Chief Operating Officer, Oheka Castle, and Francis W. Korzekwinski, Senior Executive Vice Present, Flushing Bank.

Thank you to all who joined us for this great event and helped raise critical funds in support of the American Kidney Fund’s programs and services, as well as honor some of Long Island’s most philanthropic business leaders.

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Date & location

Monday, August 5, 2019

Nassau Country Club
30 St Andrews Ln.
Glen Cove, NY 11542

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Meet our honorees

Rick Bellando
Chief Operating Officer
Oheka Castle

Rick Bellando joined Gary Melius Enterprises in 1984 and started his career path as security manager for Oheka Castle.

In 1990, Rick moved into the real estate management side of the business, and became responsible for the property, budgeting and building operations of Kellum Realty Group.

Rick’s successful career path once again brought his skills and expertise back to Oheka Castle in 2000 as first banquet manager, then sales manager. He became COO of Oheka Castle in 2005.

During Rick’s career he made a life changing decision in 2007, that would not only change his life, but save another’s. Matt Fulgieri, a former client of Rick’s, with whom he had since developed a friendship, was dying of a genetic kidney disease and had an immediate need for a kidney transplant. Rick was miraculously a perfect match and saved Matt’s life.

In 2011, Rick Bellando was appointed Nassau County Independence Party Executive Director and the point person to the 3rd largest political party in the country. With over 35,000 registered voters in Nassau County, N.Y., the Party endorses political candidates for elected office. In 2012, Rick was elected to Chairman of the Nassau County Independence Party.

Rick has received numerous awards and recognitions for his outstanding service, including the New York State Troopers Achievement Award, FBI Task Force Achievement Award, “Proclamation” Recipient, Town of Huntington Award, Huntington Manor Fire Department Achievement Award, and “Man of Year” for the Nassau County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association.

Francis W. Korzekwinski
Senior Executive Vice President – Chief of Real Estate Lending
Flushing Bank

Frank Korzekwinski is Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Real Estate Lending Officer of Flushing Financial Corporation and Flushing Bank.  He joined the Bank in 1993 after serving in other capacities for both banking and investment banking organizations. He is currently responsible for overseeing all real estate lending related business activities including commercial real estate and residential/mixed-use real estate lending, loan servicing, portfolio management, collections and foreclosure related activities as well as loan work outs and the disposition of other real estate owned. Under his leadership, the Bank’s real estate assets have grown to more than $5 billion.

Throughout his 30 plus year career in banking, Frank has been active with various professional and community organizations. Giving back to communities and organizations has always been a priority for Frank. He has served on the Board of Directors for Holy Cross High School and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Faith Home Foundation. Over the years he has been active in charitable fundraising initiatives for Holy Cross High School, the American Cancer Society, Helen Keller Services for the Blind, the Child Center of New York, the Korean American Youth Foundation and Sharing and Caring.

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Our committee

Planning Committee Co-Chairs

Maria A. Grasso, Flushing Bank
Aimee DiBartolomeo-Cody, Premier Benefit Plans, Inc

Planning Committee

Jennifer Armstrong • Donna Athenas • Melodie Carli • Elizabeth Dysart • Lisa Friedman Clark • Craig Goldstein • Lauren Grasso • Sylvia Knutson-Barr • Drew Kopf • Jason M. Kurland • Gregory M. LaSpina • Gerry Laytin • Hank Levy • Maura Nicolosi • Frank Pelliccione, Co-Chair Emeritus • Albert Petraglia • Dan Rosenstein • Bobby Ross • Reynaldo Tariche • Sal Turano • Erin Winterfeldt • Charmise Woodside-Desire



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Event sponsors

Buffet and Dinner Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Foursome sponsors

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