The lavish affair allowed people to sample tasty food, network and support a great cause.
QCP provides services and supports children and adults who have developmental disabilities. The goal is to promote independence, community involvement and quality of life.
Queens Centers for Progress was founded in 1950 as United Cerebral Palsy of Queens, by a group of parents who needed services for their children with cerebral palsy. They now have a staff of more than 600 and an annual budget of over $36 million.
Maryann McAleer, director of Development at QCP, said it was a fabulous evening.
“It was a successful fundraising event,” she said. “It was a fun event for everyone who attended.
Daniel Leone, president of Queens Public Television, who has been honored as “Chef of the Year” three times at the event, was there with his staff supporting QCP. While he did not cook this year, he was proud to assist such an amazing organization.
This year’s honorees were Joseph Sciame, vice president of Community Relations at St. John’s University, and former Queens borough president Claire Shulman.