Great Neck Arts Center & Gold Coast
International Film Festival
Celebrate the Arts at Gala 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 6:00-11:00pm
Oheka Castle, Long
Michael Lamoretti Man of
the Year • Author Nelson DeMille Gold Coast
Congressman Gary Ackerman Honorary
With a performance by KT Sullivan, who is receiving
the Artist of Distinction: Music Award
Join us for a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, award
presentations, and performances.
All proceeds benefit the
educational programs at the Great Neck Arts Center's School for the
Individual tickets: $275
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Gala Chair Jill Lamoretti
• Co-Chairs Beverly & Attilio Petrocelli
Honorary Co-Chairs Terri Carr Muran and
Eileen & Alan Sarroff
information, or if you have any questions, please call Ronni
at (516) 829-2570.
Gala 2012 Honorees
Michael Lamoretti - Man of the Year
For more than twenty years, Michael
Lamoretti has been the Vice President of Real Estate Operations for
United Capital Corp., a diversified and publicly traded company
located in Great Neck, New York. United Capital has more than 500
employees and a national portfolio of real estate investments, hotel
operations and manufacturing subsidiaries. Michael is intricately
involved in the daily operations of the company’s real estate
investments in more than 150 properties with over 5 million rentable
Mr. Lamoretti is a graduate of Franklin
Pierce University in New Hampshire. He is also an active member of
the community serving on many boards and committees including one
that is dear to his heart, The Great Neck Arts Center. “The Arts
Center is a tremendous asset to our community and beyond. It serves
over 15,000 underprivileged children and adults throughout Long
Island at little or no cost to them and their families. My children,
who are much more fortunate, have enjoyed classes and programs there
for years. Whether it was watching them in an acting class or seeing
their smiles as they showed me a piece of pottery they made I feel
that the arts center is a beautiful place and should be embraced,
Michael and his wife of 20 years, Jill, live in Great Neck, New York
with their three children, Briana, Vanessa and Attilio.
Congressman Gary Ackerman -
Honorary Founders Award
Congressman Gary Ackerman is presently serving his fifteenth term in
the U.S. House of Representatives. Ackerman represents the Fifth
Congressional District of New York, which encompasses parts of the
New York City Borough of Queens and the North Shore of Long Island,
including west and northeast Queens and northern Nassau County.
Born in Brooklyn,
Gary Ackerman was raised in Flushing, Queens. He
attended local public schools,
High School and was graduated from Queens College
in 1965. After college,
Congressman Ackerman became a NYC teacher.
Ackerman’s second career move occurred in 1970 when he left
teaching and founded a weekly community newspaper called “The
Flushing Tribune” which soon became “The Queens Tribune”.
Gary Ackerman was
first elected to public office, the NYS Senate, in 1978.
In 1983, he was elected to Congress in a special election. Congressman Ackerman has secured millions of
dollars for Queens and Long Island, particularly in the areas of the
environment, education, healthcare, economy, infrastructure, law
enforcement and overall quality of life. Ackerman has also authored
numerous federal laws governing mad cow disease, war criminals,
postal measures, healthcare, anti-terrorism issues and the
regulation of the corporate, bank and financial sectors, among many
As a constituent organization, located in
Congressman Ackerman’s district, the Great Neck Arts Center
is grateful to him for his constant friendship, counsel and support.
He and his staff are and always have been aware of the
important issues facing their constituents and always do what they
can to help.
Author Nelson DeMille - Gold Coast Legend Award
Nelson DeMille is the author of such
bestselling novels as The Gold Coast, The General's
Daughter, Plum Island, The Lion's Game,
Wild Fire, The Gate House, and The Lion.
Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York
City on August 23, 1943 to and moved as a child with his family to
Long Island. Mr. DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University,
then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a
First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action
as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division in
Vietnam. He was decorated with the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
DeMille returned to the States and went back
to Hofstra University where he received his degree in Political
Science and History. He has three children, Lauren, Alexander, and
James, and still lives on Long Island.
DeMille's earlier books were NYPD detective
novels. His first major novel was By the Rivers of Babylon,
published in 1978 and still in print, as are all his succeeding
novels. He is a member of The Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of
America, and American Mensa. He holds three honorary doctorates:
Doctor of Humane Letters from Hofstra University, Doctor of
Literature from Long Island University, and Doctor of Humane Letters
from Dowling College.
Singer KT Sullivan - Artist of
Sullivan is one of the most in- demand singers in cabaret. She
starrs annually at the Oak Room of New York’s Algonquin Hotel and
also at the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky on Fifth Avenue. She appeared at
the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with Brian Stokes Mitchell in
“Broadway Today.” And is scheduled to
appear in London’s newest
cabaret Crazy Coq.
KT has headlined at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Lincoln Center. She
was a guest star on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” and
has seven albums on the DRG label, available through CDBABY.
Her latest is “Timeless Tunes.”
Liza Minnelli presented KT with the Manhattan Association of
Cabarets’ Outstanding Female Vocalist Award and KT was named
one of the top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America magazine.
In March 2012, she became Artistic Director of the Mabel Mercer
Foundation: producers of the annual Cabaret Convention.