“Bella Notte” 30th Anniversary Celebration

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

— Empire State —

Bleakley Platt & Schmidt LLP

Benny and Michele Caiola

Capital Health Consulting LLC

May Ellen & Gerald Ritter Foundation

The Oswald Family

— The Big Apple —

Van and Francine Durrer

Anita and Michael Hegarty

Bridgett and Philip McManus

Togut, Segal & Segal LLP

ToneyKorf Partners, LLC

— New York, New York —

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust

Andron Construction Corporation

Ascent Real Estate Advisors

The Barbara Family Foundation Inc.

Joan and Alan Bernikow

Bettina Equities Company

Bob’s Discount Furniture

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Capital Trust Group

Russell and Suzanne Carpentieri, Opus Advisory Group

John & Beth Caruso

Lucille and Jay Chazanoff

Cintas Corporation

Tom and Linda Devine

Gerard and Maria DiConza

Dwayne Doherty & Danielle Zimbaro

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

David & Lori Ingber

Dennis and Judy Kenny

John & Donna McDougall

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

PKF O’Connor Davies

Riverdale Family Practice

St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters

Patricia Tursi


A big thank you to this year’s underwriters!

— Beverages —

Alix Partners

— Flower —


Clean Air Quality Service, Inc.

Fastaff Nursing

Dr. Lisa A. Marrero and Michael Simone

Pat Nash

Mr. & Mrs. Burton Weston

Platinum Care Inc.

— Dessert —

Howard Blaustein and Shai Waisman

Cool Insuring Agency, Inc.

Future Value Associates, LTD.

Long Term Solutions, Pharmaceutical Consultants

Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.

Jim & Jenice McGinley

Sterling National Bank


“Bella Notte” raised more than $435,000 for our children!

Click here for the full recap.

For more information on how you can lend your support for future events, contact Barbara Rossi, Director of Institutional Advancement, at (914) 597-4021 or e-mail her at BRossi@setonchildrensfoundation.org



Frank and Dina Oswald, both born and raised in Brooklyn, married in 1987 and are the proud parents of two sons, Frank Jr., a first year law student at Brooklyn Law School, and Dean, who is a senior at the University of Delaware and will be attending law school in the fall. The Oswalds’ volunteer work at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center is extensive, ranging from Frank’s seat on the Board of Directors to Dina’s organizing the holiday gift drive, to the couple’s avid support of the commitment and care entrusted to the dedicated staff at the Pediatric Center

Frank Oswald is a partner in Togut, Segal & Segal LLP, a nationally recognized restructuring and bankruptcy law firm. In 1986, Frank received his J.D. from New York Law School, where he served as Notes and Comments Editor of the New York Law School Journal of International and Comparative Law. He graduated cum laude with a B.B.A. from Baruch College, City University of New York in 1983.  Frank is admitted to practice before all Courts in New York and New Jersey, as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States. For almost 28 years Frank has focused his practice exclusively on bankruptcy, out-of-court restructurings and creditors’ rights matters and has represented clients in all facets of bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Representative cases include Chrysler, General Motors, Kodak, American Airlines, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Betsey Johnson, Grubb & Ellis, Loehmann’s, Fortunoff, St. Vincents Catholic Medical Centers, Cabrini Medical Center, Enron and Rockefeller Center Properties.

Among other organizations, Frank is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors. He has been named a New York Super Lawyer every year since 2010.

Dina Oswald graduated from New York University in 1985 with a B.A. in journalism. Currently, she works for Weight Watchers International, supporting members in their ongoing efforts toward good health and wellness. Dina has worked as a public relations senior account executive for such notables as Peter Brown, who is the former manager of the Beatles, Sharp Electronics and Twinings Tea. She later worked in the travel industry. Dina has always been active in her sons’ schools having been the PTA President at P.S. 36 and I.S. 75 on Staten Island. In these roles, she has overseen fundraising efforts in excess of $200,000.

In addition to the Pediatric Center, Frank and Dina are active supporters of Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, New York. They are also supporters of the music program at I.S. 75 where they have endowed an annual scholarship in the names of their son, Dean and Richard Peters, the long-time music director at I.S. 75.


Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Raffaele Ronca comes from a family of proud fishermen and butchers. With his family also in the restaurant business, his love of all things culinary is not only an integral part of his Italian culture, but as he describes it in his own words, “my love of cooking comes from the heart.”

Immigrating to America at the age of 21, Raffaele arrived in New York City with the culinary experience of having worked in his uncle’s restaurant in Naples. The skill of knowing how to make fresh pasta would also prove useful as he sought work in Manhattan restaurants.

Working steadily at some of New York’s most authentic Italian dining destinations, Raffaele landed positions as Manager of Food and Wine at Caffe Torino, Chef du Cuisine at Bellavitae and Executive Chef at Palma.

In 2012, Raffaele opened up his very own restaurant named Rafele, featuring many of the Neapolitan dishes he enjoyed with his family growing up in Italy.

Career defining accolades promptly followed with two featured events at the James Beard Foundation, numerous magazine profiles, appearances on NY1’s “Brindiamo!” and winning $10,000 on the hit Food Network show “Chopped” – a prize that he donated to the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation.

Sandra Lee is a multiple Emmy and Gracie Award winner, an activist and an internationally acclaimed expert in all things life and style. Sandra is a Special Contributor to “Good Morning America,” a best-selling author of 27 books and a magazine Editor in Chief. Sandra has created and hosted numerous highly rated television programs for both prime time and daytime audiences.

Sandra is a cancer survivor and the recipient of the Congressional Families Excellence in Cancer Awareness Award, City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award and The Creative Coalition’s Television Industry Advocacy Award. Sandra has also been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of honor and The Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award for her work on behalf of women’s and children’s health and well-being issues.