16th Annual “Cooking For a Cure” Diabetes Research Fundraiser

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The 16th annual "Cooking for a Cure" will take place on April 8. (Photo courtesy of Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton's Office)

After sixteen years and more than $1 million raised for diabetes research, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) and her fellow committee members are working harder than ever to make each event more successful than the one before.

For the first 15 years, the event was held at The View in Glen Cove. Because attendance for the fundraiser has grown over the years, it was moved to the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville.

This year’s 16th Annual “Cooking For a Cure” fundraising event will take place on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.

The event committee unanimously decided that it was high time to honor The View Restaurant’s owner and chef Jeanine DiMenna for hosting the event for so many years at such a huge discount and for going the extra mile to always make it extra special.

“We could not have raised nearly as much money as we have over the years without Jeanine’s incredible generosity and outstanding professionalism,” DeRiggi-Whitton said. “Between her work with the DRI and how much she has volunteered her cooking talent for other worthy causes, she is very deserving of this honor.”

DiMenna also went above and beyond to help when she was a chef at Page One Restaurant before taking over at The View.

The event will feature a martini tasting bar, a cooking demonstration by chef Bryan Naylor, music by Chris Kinnear and Andy Aledort, and silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets are $100 per person and sponsorships are still available.

The committee wishes to thank sponsors Bruce and Roberta Waller, The Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation, Wendy Waller and Gail Waller for their exceptional generosity.

For the past 15 years, Delia and Rebecca Castronovo have co-chaired this event. This year, they welcome a third co-chair, Wendy Waller.

“Wendy is such an amazing volunteer,” DeRiggi-Whitton added. “Rebecca and I are so grateful that she joined us as co-chairs.”

DRI leads the world in cure-focused research. The research behind their BioHub, a bioengineered “mini organ” that mimics the function of the native pancreas, has seen great success in clinical trials. For more information about the “Cooking For a Cure” event or DRI’s work, contact Dierdre Hector at 212-888-2217 or dhector@drif.org.

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