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Museum Ball
 Invokes The Gatsby Era

Angela Susan Anton to chair ‘The Great Gatsby’

Gatsby fever continues to spread across the North Shore. On Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m., the Nassau County Museum of Art will host its major fundraiser of the year, one named for the  motion picture now at theatres nationwide.

“The Great Gatsby,” Nassau County Museum of Art’s 2013 Museum Ball, celebrates the Gold Coast era immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. In the spirit of the Fitzgerald novel and the new Baz Luhrmann film, the museum ball through décor and the attire of its guests, will evoke that era of parties and wealth on Long Island’s North Shore.

The ball returns to the grounds of museum’s own historic Gold Coast mansion, the former Frick Estate, Clayton. The black tie evening of dining and dancing to the music of The Alex Donner Orchestra, along with a silent auction, is the museum’s major annual fundraiser. Always a highlight of the local social calendar, the ball provides an important component of the museum’s operating budget, offering support for an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and stimulating educational programs for adults, students, families and school groups.

Through the courtesy of Great Neck Jaguar, the museum is offering a limited number of raffles for a two-year lease on a 2013 Jaguar XF-AWD. Only 300 raffles will be available for sale, at $100 each, three for $250 or seven for $500. The drawing will be held at the ball; the winner need not be present to win. To purchase raffles, call the museum’s development department at 484-9338, ext. 16 or log onto 

The Great Gatsby is chaired by Museum Board Member Angela Susan Anton, the publisher and owner of Anton Community Publications.

Members of the Ball Committee include Esther Ambalu, Sara Ambalu, Kimberly G. Bancroft, Meri Brown, W. Russell G. Byers, Jr., Eve Califano, Connie Carr, Judie Chessin, Jill Cohen, Victoria Crosby, Thalia Elie, Gayle Finkelman-Cohen, Natalia Good, Peri Hoffer-Hinden, Arthur S. Levine, Karen Loeffler, Cora Michalis, Joe Pescatore, Laura Savini, Kandice Seitz, Ray Sikorski, H. Brooks Smith, Irina Sushko, and Linda Ugenti. 

Co-chairs of the Journal Committee are M. Patricia Janco-Tupper, senior vice president, wealth advisor for Wells Fargo Bank, and Rebecca Creavin, senior vice president, private banker for Wells Fargo Bank. Members of the Journal Committee include Michael D. Brown, Corporate Partner, Ohrenstein and Brown LLP; Ilene S. Cooper, Esq., Partner, Farrell Fritz, P.C.; Deirdre Costa Major, president, Americana Manhasset; Mona Engel, Esq., Attorney at Law, Mona Engel, P.C.; Andrew A. Jacono, MD, FACS, New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery; Robert O. Mayer, Managing Partner, MayerMeinberg LLP; Joseph Salvator, CPA, Partner, WeiserMazars LLP; Craig Seitz, The B&G Group, Inc.; and Jonathan R. Serko, Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield.

The dinner sponsor is Americana Manhasset. Ball attendees will vie for numerous auction items including artwork, trips, jewelry and unique local and travel experiences. New for 2013 is a Day at the Races, courtesy of the New York Racing Association, in which the winner will be named in the program and present a race trophy.

Tickets to the ball are $1,000 per person at the Patron level, $500 per person at the Friend level and $350 per person at the Junior level (ages 40 and under). All but $200 of each ticket price is tax deductible. 

For information on donor packages, opportunities for sponsorships or business partnerships, or to inquire about journal advertising call 516-484-9338, ext. 16, or log onto