The St. George Theater’s fifth annual golf, tennis and bocce outing will take place on October 4 at the Richmond County Country Club



STATEN ISLAND, NY – The St. George’s Theater to host its fifth annual “Laughs on the Links” golf, tennis and pétanque outing on Monday, October 4, a fundraiser to be held at the Richmond County Country Club to benefit the St. George Theater Restoration Inc, the non-profit association that operates the historic site.

The main sponsor of the release is the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, as well as reputable sponsors ShopRite, Empire State Bank and Staten Island Advance.

The Vincent Gruppuso Foundation, Empire State Bank’s Philip Guarnieri and Susan Arann, American & International Designs, will be honored at the dinner following the release.

“We are delighted to host our fifth annual golf, tennis and petanque outing and to recognize such extraordinary winners this year,” said Theater President and CEO Doreen Cugno. “The progress of the theater would not have been possible without the support of our award winners and our community, and events like this truly allow us to continue our mission of restoring historic theater and providing community programming and programming. quality. “

The event presidents are Dan Bilotti, Cesar Claro and Jack Stern for golf, Katherine Connors, Dr Thomas Petrone and Dr Gracelyn Santos for tennis, and Diana Boland, Joanne Caridi, Linda Clemenza and Leslie Kasegrande for pétanque .

On the program are a number of raffle and auction prizes, including vacations to Hilton Head, golf trips, VIP tickets to concerts and sporting events.

The golf portion of the event is full and there are limited places for tennis and pétanque players, which include breakfast, lunch, aperitif and dinner.

Tennis is $ 250 per person, pétanque is $ 275 per person, and a number of dinner-only tickets are available for $ 200 per person.

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The Vincent Gruppuso Foundation, “Puddin ‘Kids 1st”, was established by the family of Vincent (Vinny) Gruppuso, who wanted to honor Gruppuso, who in the 1960s was a bread delivery boy for the Arnold Bread Company. In one of his delivery points, Cozy Shack Delicatessen in Brooklyn, he discovered Cozy Shack Pudding. He started selling platters of puddings to his customers on his route. In 1967, Gruppuso bought the pudding recipes from Cozy Shack, changed the name from Cozy to Kozy, and opened a small factory in Queens. The company grew rapidly and became a major company with over 400 employees in three different factories.

Members of the Gruppuso family. (Courtesy / Gruppuso family)Staten Island Advance

Vincent Gruppuso passed away in 2007. The family created the Foundation in his honor. it was initiated by the current President of the Foundation, son-in-law Michael Caridi, and Gruppuso’s three daughters, Joanne Caridi, Diana Boland and Lisa Salvo, and her husband Michael. The Foundation has been instrumental in improving the health care and education of Staten Island children and their families, particularly at Staten Island Teaching Hospital, where there are three sites. Staten Island University Hospital has three sites bearing the Gruppuso name.


Philip Guarnieri is the Managing Director of ES Bancshares, Inc. and Empire State Bank.

In 2004, he was instrumental in organizing and establishing the Empire State Bank, a bank providing commercial banking products and services to communities in the Tri-State region. The start-up bank has grown to over $ 516.7 million in assets and has become a banking leader in the small business community.

St. George Theater Golf, Tennis and Pétanque Outing

Phil Guarneri (Courtesy / Phil Guarneri)Staten Island Advance

With over 40 years of banking experience, Guarneri’s banking career began at Hamilton Federal Savings FA as a customer service representative and as a cashier and his dedication and professionalism quickly earned him promotions.

He is a Director of the Empire State Bank Foundation, Treasurer of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, Director of the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation, of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer from the Asian Real Estate Association of America Brooklyn Chapter, board member of the Hudson Valley Pattern of Progress, director of the New Dorp BID, director of the Victory Boulevard Merchants Association and member of the financial advisory board of the Dominican Sisters of Hope.


Arann is an interior designer and space planner from New York City who specializes in luxury residential, medical, commercial and hotel design. She is the Design Director and Senior Designer of American & International Designs, Inc. (A&I Design), an interior design firm in New York known for modern design aesthetics with nods to classics and offers design services ranging from new construction of houses, offices to large commercial and hotel projects.

She holds professional licenses and is a Certified Interior Designer in New York and Florida and past President of the American Society of Interior Designers and former Treasurer and Board Member of Interior Design Legislation for New York. She has won numerous awards for excellence in interior design and space planning, in addition to being nominated for the Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence.

St. George Theater Golf, Tennis and Pétanque Outing

Susan Arann Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

A&I Design has been sought out for its design expertise in many projects including Staten Island University Hospital, Richmond County Savings Bank, Richmond County Country Club, Ritz Carlton Residences, Hilton Properties and New York’s historic Van Cortlandt Golf Club as well as a variety of restaurants, clubs and lobbies.

The company has also worked on several projects at the St. George Theater, including the Great Hall washrooms and the new lower level lounge, which will be unveiled in the fall.

Arann has been named one of eight “Youth Business Ambassadors” by the New York Department of Small Business Services.

Susan’s wife, Dr. Larry Arann is a clinical psychologist in private practice who has been extremely active in the Staten Island community for decades.



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