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Heart Rock Gala

Heart Rock Gala

Long Island men and women from the medical and corporate community, wore their red hot gala attire for the The American Heart Association’s 55th Annual Heart & Stroke Ball at The Garden City Hotel. The Heart Rock Gala is an event that raises money for life-saving research and prevention for cardiovascular diseases and stroke in the community as well as across the country. Attendees got to enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, live music, dancing and a silent auction where they could bid on special experiences and memorabilia, all benefitting the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association slogan is Life if Why. Long Island Heart Ball Chair, Renee Pope, shared her reason why the Heart Rock Gala is meaningful to her. “I’m here in honor of my mom who struggled with heart disease for 7 years and it was a long road, she’s in a better place, but I’m here for her and my family,” said Pope. She also stressed the importance of  knowing the signs of a heart attack since women experience different symptoms than men. Women should not dismiss little symptoms because they can truly be signs of something more serious. “With heart disease being the number 1 killer of women, we have to take note of these signs, it’s very critical,” said Pope.

The Heart Rock Gala recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the area of cardiovascular science and leadership. This year Kimon Bekelis, MD, a neurosurgeon with subspecialty training in minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery and Dr. Jorge L. Gardyn, M.D., F.A.C.P., a Board-Certified Internist specializing in Occupational and Adult Medicine were honored. “It’s the first time in 55 years that the American Heart Association and Stroke Ball honored someone in the neuroscience field,” said Kimon Bekelis, MD.

Bekelis started a program on Long Island for stroke and brain aneurysm patients at Good Samaritan Hospital and Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Catheters are being threaded through an artery in the groin up to the brain to remove blood clots up to 24 hours after a stroke. Prior to this the only option was to give TPA, a clot removing drug 3 to 4 and a half hours after a stroke. Another new innovative treatment is aneurysms can be treated without opening the skull. “These patients were suffering from horrible diseases and couldn’t get the care they needed up until 7 months ago. We are privileged to offer that here on Long Island,” said Bekelis.

The Emcee for the Heart Rock Gala was WBAB’s Classic Rock DJ Fingers. “This is a night of miracles, there are people here who survived two or three heart attacks, triple bypass surgery, to be around all that goodness is very inspiring,” said Fingers. When Fingers was asked to sum up the evening with one song, he said The Heart of Rock and Roll by Huey Lewis, “now the old boy may be barely breathing, but the heart of rock and roll, heart of rock and roll is still beating.”






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Long Island’s 2018 Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day only comes around once a year, but there are celebrations all month long on Long Island including parades, bar crawls and other festivities where you can show your Irish pride. Here are some fun ways to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

102.3 WBAB Presents Roger & JP’s 18th Annual Corned Beef & Chaos

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-1-5pm

Location: Stereo Garden

9 Railroad Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772

Phone: 631-714-4486

Cost: Free Event

Join Roger & JP from WBAB as they host the 18th Annual Corned Beef and Chaos at Stereo Garden in Patchogue. Enjoy free corned beef and cabbage, limited edition t-shirts and Miller Lite for only $1.02. Rock out to the cover band 2U, play games and win fun prizes. Long Island’s own Scotty the Leprechaun will also be making an appearance.


St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-10-2pm

Location: Suffolk County Farm and Education Center

350 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY 11980

Phone: 631-852-4600

Cost: $6

Get ready to hunt for the leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Go to the Suffolk Farm and Education Center’s for the annual Pot O’ Gold Hunt. The scavenger hunt also includes a wagon ride, refreshments and you can feed the animals on the farm. This is a fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with the entire family.


Irish Comedy Night at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 17th- 8pm

Location: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787

Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $40


If you think leprechauns are funny, get ready to chuckle during Irish Comedy Night at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. See some of the funniest comedians on Long Island this St. Patrick’s Day.


7-in-Heaven Spring Fling Dinner/Dance – St Patty’s Day

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-6:30-10:30pm

Location: Residence Marriot Inn (Terrace Room)

9 Gerhard Rd
Plainview, NY 11803

Phone: 631-592-9804

Cost: $44 in advance/ $49 at the door (*Cash Bar)

Long Island singles, don’t miss the Spring Fling dinner and dance on St. Patrick’s Day at the Plainview, Marriot. Enjoy a three course meal and green beer for toasting. Grooveline Entertainers will be playing upbeat, feel good songs so you can dance the night away.


LepreCon Long Island Irish Pride Bar Crawl in Farmingdale

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 3rd-12:00pm

Cost: $20 in advance/$25 at the door (this event is 21 and over)


Get ready for the hottest St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl on Long Island, Leprecon! Purchase a wristband and enjoy food and drink specials at the best bars and eateries on Main Street in Farmingdale. Locations include Library Café, Jade Palace, Croxley’s Ale House, Vintage Wine Bar, Blue Hawaiian Bar, Lithology Brewing, Daytona’s, Dark Horse Tavern and The Nutty Irishman. Proceeds benefit the Ashley Wade Foundation, a charity that raises money for children battling chronic illnesses. Admission will also get you into the after party and costume contest at The Nutty Irishman.