Dear Fellow Dante Members,
I am pleased to report that 2017 was our best year ever. Thank you for your help in making it so.
For the year, our membership remained at or near our statutory limit of 100; both our Garden Party in June and our Annual Dinner in October were overwhelmingly successful; individual donations surpassed all expectations, and we awarded a record $110,000 in scholarships.
As we enter a new year, we are mindful that the need for our assistance is greater than ever as tuition costs continue to rise. Although our awards will not cover the whole bill, they are gratefully received by the students, who tell us in their letters just how important the money is to them as they launch their college careers. With the continued support of our members, we will be on track to equal or surpass this year’s efforts in 2018.
I would like to extend to you and your family on behalf of Gail and myself a happy and blessed Christmas and a safe, peaceful and healthy New Year.
On January 15th,
the Annual Meeting was held as required under the Dante bylaws. All Dante members in good standing were invited to attend the event and to participate in the election of chair officers and directors. The entire slate of nominees as recommended by the Nominating Committee was reelected unanimously.
On June 29th,
the Annual Garden Party was held at the Westbury Manor, combining it with the Scholarship Dinner which was traditionally held at the end of June. Members and their guests were afforded the opportunity to meet the scholarship winners and their families and to witness the award presentations. Our thanks go to Frances Pertusi and Dr. Sean Fanelli for chairing the Scholarship Committee and making the event a success.
On October 16th,
our 31st Annual Dinner was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honoring Michael Martone, Anthony Panzarella and Joseph Saladino. Over 200 members, guests and well-wishers turned out for the occasion, which once again was a success thank to the hard work and dedication of Dinner Chairperson Frances Pertusi.