Celebration of Suburban Diversity 2009

October 22, 2009
6:00 – 10:00PM

Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center
Hofstra University

Celebration of Suburban Diversity Banquet
Artwork: Milt Masur, Horizons, 2008.

Long Island's multi-cultural diversity is the key to our social and economic survival. The ability of people from different races, religions and regions to live and work together is crucial to our prosperity. In the spirit of promoting tolerance and understanding, we are proud to ask you to support the first Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet, Thursday, October 22, at 6 pm at Hofstra University.

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Tied to a major suburban diversity conference, and dedicated to funding scholarships and study, the Celebration will bring together Long Islanders along the length of the multi-cultural spectrum, as well as the disabilities and gay and lesbian communities. Charles Wang will highlight an evening of awards, art work, entertainment and inspirational speakers to celebrate the strength and opportunities in our differences.

In short, diversity is everybody's business -- and "good" for everybody's business. These new suburbanites are the new students, patrons, customers and entrepreneurs who can revive and sustain our economy. Getting to know one another is essential to all our success.

As a leader in the community, we invite you to follow the example of our distinguished co-chairs and become a sponsor of this special evening. A portion of the funds raised will support diversity-related scholarships, research and conferences at Hofstra's renowned National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®.

We hope you will join us for this pioneering event which will feature an illuminating journal celebrating suburban diversity. Please see the available sponsorship opportunities. Checks should be made payable to Hofstra University Diversity Celebration and mailed to NCSS, 250 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549. For additional information on journal ads, ticket and table purchases, call Ina Katz at 516-463-9939.

Thursday, October 22, 2009
6-10 p.m.
Main Dining Room, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus

$50 for registered conference attendees
$250 for non-registered conference attendees


Sponsorship Packages

"Marvelous Mosaic" $25,000
Name on Gala Invitation and Press Release as Prime Sponsor
Prominent Corporate Banner Display
One VIP Table of Ten
Two Full Gold Page Ads in Gala Journal
$5,000 Dedicated to Named Diversity Scholarship
Role in Scholarship Award Ceremony


"Rainbow" $10,000
Corporate Banner Display, Web Recognition
One VIP Table of Ten
One Full Gold Page Ad in Gala Journal
$2,500 Dedicated to Diversity Scholarship

"Champion of Diversity" $5,000
Recognition as Valued Supporter
One Table of Ten
One Full Silver Page Ad in Gala Journal
$1,000 Dedicated to Diversity Scholarship


"Friend of Diversity" $1,000
Two Seats at Gala
One Full White Page Ad in Gala Journal
$250 Dedicated to a High School Diversity Initiative



Banquet Co-Chairs

Mohinder Singh Taneja
Banquet Founding Co-Chair
Eric Alexander
Vision Long Island
Hon. Michael Balboni
Navigators Global
Robert B. Catell
National Grid
Hon. Jon Cooper
Suffolk County Legislature
Resi Cooper
Cooper Consulting
Matthew T. Crosson Esq.
Long Island Association
Don Dreyer
Disability Rights and Policy
John R. Durso
LI Federation of Labor
Thomas J. Garry Esq.
Jaspan Schlesinger
Marianne Garvin
CDC of Long Island
Arthur A. Gianelli
Nassau Health Care Corp.
Roslyn D. Goldmacher, Esq.
LI Development Corp.
Henry Holley
Henry Holley Group
100 Black Men

John Kominicki
LI Business News
Jeffrey Kraut
North Shore-LIJ Health System
Rich Kruse
Brookhaven IDA
Sarah Lansdale
Sustainable Long Island
Linda Leaf
LI Human Rights Activist
Robert McMillan, Esq.
Bee Ready
Maria Morales-Prieto
The Hispanic Network
Dr. Shakir Mukhi
American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin
David Ochoa
NuAlliance
Christine Conniff Sheahan
Networking Magazine
Rev. Reginald Tuggle
Memorial Presbyterian
Tai Wang
Asian-American Cultural
Festival of Long Island


Youth Committee

Jessica K. Taneja, Esq.
Shelter Rock Strategies


Lawrence C. Levy
Executive Director
National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®

Christopher Niedt, Ph.D.
Academic Director, NCSS
Diversity Conference Chair