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Queens’ Kings of Philanthropy and Business

Steve Lacey
Anchor at Fox 5 News, Steve Lacey will host the event.
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Queens, New York is home to many “kings.” To be more precise, this flourishing borough has many successful business owners who not only conduct lucrative endeavors, but who make a point to give back to their community. These men will be honored at the Kings of Queens Awards Ceremony, an annual event organized by the Queens Courier and Queens Business, that will recognize the top businessmen of the community.

The “2013 Kings of Queens: A Champion Breakfast Awards and Networking Event” will honor the business leaders of Queens for their “outstanding leadership and contributions to the community,” according to the Queens Courier. The event is predicted to attract 500 of the leading businessmen in the borough, and is designed to be a productive networking opportunity, in conjunction with the awards. The event will also serve as a benefit function, with proceeds from ticket sales and a raffle going towards the Queens Museum Education Program, something all attendees will be pleased to support.

This year’s event will be held at Terrace on the Park and emceed by Steve Lacey, Anchor at Fox 5 News, the Courier reports. Like Kings of Queens Awards of the past, the upcoming ceremony is sure to be one of the most important business networking opportunities of the year, with its inclusion of a business expo in addition to the honors. Some of the honorees of this year’s awards include Mihir B. Patel, President of the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects, and Musa Ali Shama, the Principal of Francis Lewis High School in Queens. Another is Joseph Mattone Jr., a partner of the Mattone Group, whose brother Carl Mattone, and their development company were also honored in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

Among the diverse but likeminded honorees of the past are Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who served as keynote speaker and received the “King of Kings” award two years ago. In 2011, the “Queen of Queens” award went to Borough President Helen Marshall.

The 2013 Kings of Queens: A Champion Breakfast Awards and Networking Event will be held on Thursday, September 26th, at 8:00am.

Edit note: A previous version of this article stated that Mayor Bloomberg and Helen Marshall would be receiving awards this year, when in fact they are past recipients. This error was corrected at at 11:22 AM Pacific Time on 9/13/13.

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Mayor Bloomberg Performs Final Inner Circle Charity Dinner

Inner Circle Charity Dinner
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On Saturday, March 23rd, Mayor Michael Bloomberg performed his final rebuttal during the annual Inner Circle charity dinner. The show, which began in 1923, is a yearly roast of City Hall journalists and politicians put on by 100 of the top New York reporters (retired and active). It began as a five-act musical parody, and though these day’s it’s down to two acts, it’s still just as wild.

In a 2005 article, Shelly Strickler described it as “an elaborate musical parody written, produced and performed by members of the media—otherwise serious characters who get to let their hair down just once each year… It is a major charity event and a must-see production for New York’s political players.”

At the end of every show, the Hizzoner—an irreverent translation of the title “His Honor,” given to mayors of large cities and NYC in particular—has his/her say, too, though. The mayor appears, generally in an outlandish costume, and gives a “self-deprecating rebuttal.”

This year was Mayor Bloomberg’s twelfth and final performance in his three-term run as Mayor of New York City. He appeared on stage with four separate Broadway show casts: “Rock of Ages,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Annie,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” For the show, Bloomberg put aside his suit and tie in favor of various costumes that included jeans, sneakers, a blue zip-up hoodie, an embellished leather jacket, and an electric guitar.

The charity dinner raises money for over one hundred New York City-based charities. This year’s show was titled “Last Gulp” and featured the character Mayor Mike, who time travels through history to meet important figures looking for the right successor for him. Check out some pictures from the NY Daily News here!