Empire Ball

Calendar iconDate: Wednesday, December 9, 2020     clock iconTime: 6:00pm     location icon Venue: Online

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Love and Hope High Rollers Night benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute

The Empire Ball is one of the most highly anticipated events in New York City for the real estate and construction industries. Each year, these industries come together to pay homage to its esteemed colleagues, while raising critical funds for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and their work to find a biological cure.

We are going virtual! 

Like much of this year, the Empire Ball will look different than in the past, as we come to your home on December 9th as a virtual celebration! We promise to uphold our annual tradition of delivering an engaging, informative, and uplifting program that showcases the work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), all while having a great time, with the help of our host Chris Wragge, and some exciting special guests and surprises. 

Please join us for the Empire Ball – A Virtual Celebration. Your support—through both your engagement and your philanthropic generosity—is important, meaningful, and deeply appreciated.
Diabetes doesn’t take a break, and neither can we.

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Hosted by:
Co-anchor CBS 2 News This Morning and
CBS 2 News At Noon


Light the Sky for DRI

As a part of our celebration on December 9th, we invite you to become a Lighting Partner. Join other prominent venues in New York City and beyond, by lighting your property blue; shining a light on this insidious disease and the critical work that the Diabetes Research Institute is doing to find a biological cure now.

We hope you will lend your support by becoming a lighting partner, purchasing a sponsorship or making a donation to our mission.

Confirmed Lighting Partners

AT&T Discovery District
AT&T Headquarters

Canada Lands Company
CN Tower

Dallas Main LP
Bank of America Plaza

Empire State Realty Trust
The Empire State Building

EQ Office
The Pyramid at 65 East 55th

Miami Dade College
The Freedom Tower

New York State Thruway Authority
The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

SL Green Realty Corp.
One Vanderbilt

The Durst Organization
One Bryant Park
151 West 42nd Street
One World Trade Center

The Trinity Buildings
111 & 115 Broadway

Vornado Realty Trust
The Bloomberg Tower at 731 Lexington Avenue

* in formation


Peter L. DiCapua*/CodeGreen Solutions, Inc.
Joseph "Dee" Dussich/JAD Corp. of America
Theodore S. Hammer/Mancini Duffy
Bart McDade/Newmark Knight Frank
James J. Migliore/William Macklowe Company
Hannah Nakhshab
Charles Rizzo/The Rizzo Group
Scott Salmirs/American BUilding Maintenance Co.
Thomas Santiago/WarnerMedia
John Santora/Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Gerald D. Schein/ScheinMedia
Vice Chairs:
Alfonse Amore/Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Paul J. Amrich/CBRE, Inc.
Andrew Cooke/Hines
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.
Charles Rizzo/The Rizzo Group
Stephen Rizzo**/The Rizzo Group
Thomas Santiago/WarnerMedia
John Santora/Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

2020 Board of Governors and Committee Members:

John Agnello/Quality Building Services Corp.
Alfonse Amore/Cushman & Wakefield,Inc.
Paul J. Amrich/CBRE, Inc.
Jonathan Andrew/Gardiner & Theobald
Michael Anello/Turner& Townsend
Jonathan Bennis/Icon Interiors,Inc.
Joel Brenner/AIG
Carrie Brown
Lucy G. Carter
Leona Cianflone/Turner Construction Company
Andrew Cooke/Hines
Jay Cross/Hudson Yards, A Related Oxford venture
Robert Cuzzi/VDA (Van Deusen & Associates
Peter L. DiCapua*/CodeGreen Solutions,Inc.
George DiStefano/Unity Construction Group
Douglas Donaldson/The Donaldson Organization
Gillian Ranee Doucette/Doucette Consulting
Jeffrey A. Duarte/Empire State Realty Trust,Inc.
Joseph "Dee" Dussich/JAD Corp. of America
Joey Dussich /JAD Corporation of America
Matt Duthie/Newmark Knight Frank
Nancy Erardi/NYCAN Buildingers LLC
Louis J. Esposito/The Durst Organization
Richard Field/WarnerMedia
Christine Georgopulo/Blue Sky Idation,LLC
Real Estate CT/NY
Michael Gerazounis/MGEngineering D.P.C.
Mark Gregorgio/TEI Group
Elizabeth Haak/Highland Management
James Halpin**/Platinum
Richard C. Heller/Titanium Scaffold Services
Kevin T. Hoey/L&L Holding Company
Frederick C. Horwood/WarnerMedia
Richard Imperatore/Brookbridge Consulting
Bonnie Inserra/Inserra Family Foundation
Lindsey Inserra/Inserra Supermarkets
Avi Itzikowitz**/ATCO Properties & Management, Inc.
Jet Ivezi/A-Z Fire Alarm Security, Inc.
*Chairman Emeritus
**Steering Committee Co-Hosts
† In Memory

Lisa Kelly/EarthCam
Lisa Knip/HLW
Roger Larson/Vornado Ralty Trust
Richard Laskowski/Vanguard Construction
Steve Lefkowitz/WarnerMedia
Willaim "Billy" Macklowe/Willaim Macklowe Company
Paul Magda/Quality Building Services Corp.
Christopher Masotto/Columbia Property Trust
Brendan J. McCarty/United Building Sciences Limited
Daniel McGinley/Penguin Air Conditioning Corp.
James J. Migliore/William Macklowe Company
Richard Minieri, Jr./Accurate Speciality Metal Fabricators
Mirjana Mirjani/Quality Building Services
Ted Moudis/Ted Moudis Associates
Robert Mullen/Structure Tone

Jonathan Ninnis/OC Construction Management
Eric Pellegrino/CBRE at Google
Jason Pizer/Enterprise Asset Management
Bert Rahm/Turner Construction Company
Charles Rizzo/The Rizzo Group
Stephen Rizzo**/The Rizzo Group
Michael Rodriguez/Alliance Building Services
Hani J. Salama/Capital Properties
Thomas Santiago/WarnerMedia
Robert Scheinman/J.T.Magen & Company, Inc.
Gerard Schumm/RFR Realty LLC
Christopher Shaw/LF Driscoll Healthcare
Gaston Silva/Vornado Realty Trust
Joe M. Smith/Thyssenkrupp Elevator
Willaim Sotomayor/Ware Malcomb
Stephen M. Soviero/Structure Tone
Paul H. Teti/Columbia Property Trust

Catherine Wang/A-Z Fire Alarm Security, Inc.
Simon Wasserberger/EQ Office
Glen J. Weiss/Vornado Realty Trust
Richard Wood/Plaza Construction



Empire Ball Video


Empire Ball Photos

Empire Ball 2019

Photo Credits: Marc S. Levine Photography; Bob Mitchell Photography
A full gallery of event photos can be found here.

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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