April 15, 2022
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Thanks to CAC Member and Local Business Leader Ron Epstein and to Everyone for Last Night's Fundraiser!

Ron Epstein is a longtime member and supporter of the Cinema Arts Centre. When our building sustained damage in 2020, expanding our seat-replacement project into a larger renovation, Ron contributed his time and expertise in the field by serving as an in-kind consultant on our project, providing guidance and support throughout our process. As we drew closer to completing our renovations, Ron had the idea to organize and host a private fundraiser in our space, with 100% of all proceeds benefiting the Cinema Arts Centre. Ron set about organizing and rallying our business and civic community to the cause. Those efforts paid off last night, with a fun, successful, and meaningful event in our Sky Room Cafe. The Cinema Arts Centre Reopening Celebration presented by Ron Epstein raised vital funds for our reopening and was attended by approximately 150 people.

Beautiful flowers were provided by Amy Lomele of Amy's of Huntington. Wine was generously provided by our longtime friends at Bottle and Cases. Six Harbors Brewery provided a refreshing beer selection. And the entire evening was catered by Wild By Nature who provided a delicious selection of hors d'oeuvres. Ron also sponsored an in-person cigar roller from Gold Coast Cigar Co. who rolled special branded cigars for guests to take home. The Steve Salerno & Mike Hall Duo performed wonderful guitar and stand-up bass music all night long.

Ron opened the event, sharing his Cinema Arts Centre Story with us, thanking our generous sponsors and supporters, and overseeing a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Ron introduced the many elected officials in attendance. NY State Senator Jim Gaughran shared a proclamation for the reopening of the Cinema. New York State Assemblyman Steve Stern also shared a proclamation and kind and generous remarks with our attendees. Representing the Town of Huntington, Councilwoman Joan Cergol, Councilman Dr. Dave Bennardo, and Receiver of Taxes Jillian Guthman shared a proclamation from the Town of Huntington, and each shared thoughtful and heartfelt words about the role of the Cinema Arts Centre in our community.

Next, Dino Carfora from Morgan Stanley spoke about Morgan Stanley's decision to provide generous sponsorship to support the reopening of the Cinema Arts Centre. Morgan Stanley stepped up to serve as "Executive Producer" of the event, helping to ensure our success.

CAC Board Member Michael Troisi spoke on behalf of Rivkin Radler LLP, longtime Cinema sponsor and Co-Producer of our reopening celebration.

CAC Co-Directors Charlotte Sky and Dylan Skolnick closed the evening by presenting an award to Ron Epstein in appreciation of his extraordinary efforts and support of the Cinema Arts Centre and our reopening.

We are pleased to share the Reopening Celebration credits:

Executive Producer: Morgan Stanley

Co Producer: Rivkin Radler, LLP, represented by CAC Board Member Mike Troisi



Key Grips:

We look forward to giving all our sponsors on-screen acknowledgement in our theaters when our building reopens very soon. CLICK HERE to stay updated on the completion of our renovation and our reopening date.

Thanks also to all of our volunteers and attendees. It was wonderful to be together with you in our independent community cinema last night.
Ron Epstein cuts the ribbon with Char and Dylan, and our elected officials.

Photo by Cheryl Lynn Blum
Ron Epstein and Councilwoman Joan Cergol, in Cinema Arts Centre Construction Crew Hard Hats

Photo by Cheryl Lynn Blum
CAC Co-Director Charlotte Sky addresses the audience. Also pictured, Dylan Skolnick, Ron Epstein

Photo by Iris De Vita
Musicians Steve Salerno & Mike Hall Duo

Photo by Iris De Vita
CAC Board Member Jacqueline Strayer Launches Global Brand Convergence

CAC Board Member Jacqueline Strayer is a communication and marketing thought leader, consultant, educator and arts and cultural enthusiast. She served as an elected officer of three global publicly traded Fortune 500 companies overseeing marketing and communications. Her industry experience spans medical device, diversified industrials, technology, financial services, consulting and distribution. She is a faculty member in graduate and executive programs at New York University and Columbia University. We are so proud to have such talent on our Board of Directors and pleased to announce her newest initiative Global Brand Convergence, a free online experience for marketing and public relations ​students, faculty and professionals showcasing global thinkers, creators and artists.

This free online opportunity will include artistic performances, multimedia, speakers and panels that will share diverse thinking, concepts, ideas and people. The Global Brand Convergence℠ intention is to create new bonds of friendship and foster growth in learning, critical thinking and intellectual curiosity.

CLICK HERE for more details and FREE registration.
The Cinema Arts Centre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The mission of the Cinema Arts Centre is to bring the best in cinematic artistry to Long Island, and use the power of film to expand the awareness and consciousness of our community.
Major Grant Support
Burt and Stanley Shaffer Foundation
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