Eighth Annual Celestial Ball Seeks to Raise Funds for the College’s Greatest Needs

The College of Staten Island Foundation’s Eighth Annual Celestial Ball will be held at the Richmond County Country Club on Saturday, December 2. The cocktail reception will begin at 6:30pm, followed by dinner, dancing, and dessert.

The Celestial Ball is the only annual event to raise much-needed funds to benefit all aspects of the College—from support for students and faculty through program enhancements to infrastructure improvements. Although the College of Staten Island is a publicly funded institution, those state funds continue to be greatly reduced as a result of the current difficult economic times. Therefore, private funding becomes a critical component to not only compensate for that increasing deficit, but also to ensure that the College is able to continue to provide exceptional academic opportunities that have garnered increasing national and regional attention.

This year’s honorees include Bernard Carabello, Advocate, Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, and Founder, Self-Advocacy Association of New York; Anthony C. Ferreri, DBA, Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives to Staten Island Borough President James S. Oddo, as well as Executive Vice President, Northwell Health (retired), and President and CEO, Staten Island University Hospital (2003 - 2015); Ira Persky, Vice President for Finance and Administration (retired); and Nan M. Sussman, PhD, CSI Professor of Psychology, and former CSI Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences.

This year’s Committee Chair is Marilyn Caselli, Senior Vice President for Customer Operations, Consolidated Edison, Inc., and a member of the CSI Foundation Board of Directors.

For more information on attending the Celestial Ball or supporting the event through a contribution or ad in the Ball’s journal, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at 718.982.2365.