Empire Ball

Calendar icon  Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018     clock icon  Time: 6:00pm     location icon Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel   dress icon   Attire: Black Tie Suggested

Table and Ticket Sales are now CLOSED for the Empire Ball on December 12th. If you would still like to support our mission, please consider making a donation to the event by clicking "Donate to this event" below. Thank you!

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Love and Hope High Rollers Night benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute

Join colleagues and friends for an unforgettable evening, full of entertainment and fine dining, at the Annual Empire Ball!
At this premiere networking event, the Real Estate Division of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation pays homage to its esteemed members. All proceeds from the event go towards finding a biological cure for diabetes. On Wednesday, December 12th, the New York City Skyline will have six buildings light up for one night to support one cause! In this historic event, the iconic, world-renowned Empire State Building; One Bryant Park, 151 West 42nd Street, One World Trade Center; The Pyramid at 65 East 55th; and The Bloomberg Tower at 731 Lexington Avenue will all illuminate in blue to shine a spotlight on our singular mission to find a cure for this devastating disease. #LightTheSkyforDRI

We are pleased to announce our Honorees for the evening:

Leadership Award

Glen J. Weiss
Executive Vice President
Vornado Realty Trust

Camillo Ricordi
Humanitarian Award

Joel M. Brenner, AIA
Vice President, Head of Global Project Management

Peter L. DiCapua
Distinguished Service Award

Robert Cuzzi
VDA (Van Deusen & Associates)

We are also thrilled to welcome our special guest emcee, New York Yankees Play-by-Play Announcer, Studio Host and Reporter, Ryan Ruocco! Please click here to read his bio. As well as the official vodka of the Empire Ball, Tito's Handmade Vodka! We are appreciative of their product donation and we look forward to sharing their specialty cocktails with you!


To view sponsorship, tickets and journal opportunities on the Electronic Invitation, please click here
Please note: we are no longer accepting journal submissons.

Vice Chairs:
Alfonse Amore/JEMB Realty
Paul J. Amrich/CBRE, Inc.
Andrew Cooke/Hines aaf Morgan Stanley
Peter L. DiCapua*/Code Green Solutions, Inc.
Douglas Donaldson/The Donaldson Organization
Louis J. Esposito/The Durst Organization
James Halpin**/Platinum Maintenance Services
Bonnie Inserra/Inserra Family Foundation
Avi Itzikowitz**/ATCO Properties & Management, Inc.
James J. Migliore/William Macklowe Company
Charles Rizzo/The Rizzo Group
Stephen Rizzo**/The Rizzo Group
Thomas Santiago/WarnerMedia
John Santora/Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

*Chairman Emeritus

**Steering Committee Co-Hosts

Special thanks to our Billboard Sponsors & Media Sponsors

Generous Sponsors*
*in formation


Madison Service Corporation
Vornado Realty Trust

A+I and MdeAS Architects
Clune Construction Company
Cushman & Wakefield
The Durst Organization
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MdeAS Architects
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SL Green Realty Corp.
Structure Tone
Turner & Townsend
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AMA Consulting Engineers/TM Technology Partners
ATCO Properties & Management
CBRE Group
The Donaldson Organization
MG Engineering D.P.C.
Newmark Knight Frank
Normandy Real Estate Partners
Spin Design, Inc.
Ted Moudis Associates
Turner Construction Company
Vanguard Construction and Development Co. Inc.

AB Facility Service
Building Maintenance Services, LLC
Field Brothers Commercial Properties
JAD Corporation of America
John Gallin & Son, Inc.
Knight Electrical Services Corp.
Nouveau Elevator
OC Development Management
Paramount Group
PS Marcato
Quality Building Services Corp.
Schnellbacher Sendon Group
TEI Group
The Rizzo Group

ABM Industry Groups, LLC and Assured Environments
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Alliance Building Services and Icon Interiors, Inc.
Amuneal Manufacturing
ASM Mechanical
CBRE Group
Centennial Elevator Industries, Inc.
Donnelly Mechanical and Unity International Group
Equity Office
Ess & Vee Acoustical & Drywall Contractors, Inc.
The Fireman Hospitality Group
Holt Construction
The Inserra Family (x2)
James E. Fitzgerald, Inc.
J.T. Magen & Company, Inc.
Kone, Inc.
KRW Realty Advisors, LLC
Madison Square Garden Company
Meridian Design
Morgan Stanley
NJM, Ltd.
Otis Elevator Company
Penguin Maintenance and Service
Reuben, Junius & Rose, LLP
Schindler Elevator Corporation (x2)
Staci & Glen Weiss
Titanium Scaffold Services, LLC
Van Deusen & Associates (x2)
Ware Malcomb

Building Maintenance Services, LLC
The Inserra Family
L&L Holding Company, LLC
Onyx Equities LLC
Van Deusen & Associates

For more information, please contact: 
Amy Epstein, Director of Special Events
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
259 W 30th Street, Suite 402
New York, NY 10001
Direct: 646-475-1572
Office: 212-888-2217


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Empire Ball 2017

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