For more than three decades, at the beginning of the autumn season, Project Hospitality has played host to a fall gala to honor community members for their exemplary service.
Now we are in times like no other. And Project Hospitality’s online tribute to the Staten Island community will be like nothing they have done before.
“A Harvest of Courage in the Time of COVID-19: The Frontline and the Fallen” is a virtual tribute to some of our borough’s frontline heroes and a memorial to community pillars felled by the virus. It will air Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.
The hour-long film tells the story of Staten Island’s fight against the coronavirus by zooming in on neighbors whose lives have been redefined by the pandemic.
Honorees describe how their daily acts of service bring hope to themselves and others.
Those who memorialize the fallen share how their late friends, mentors and leaders shared gifts with the community, and the ways in which their own hearts now struggle with unexpected loss.
The frontline volunteers and first responders to be honored give far more than what is expected to keep our community safe and healthy. They devote their time and their hearts to the growing ranks of the hungry and those who have lost touch with reality.
Project Hospitality’s virtual tribute will honor: Frank Morisano of Northwell Health, Pat Kane, executive director of the New York State Nurses Association, Jose Mejia, Northwell Health Emergency Room staff, Natalie DeVito, creator of Staten Island United Against COVID-19; Bill Sorensen, devoted volunteer at Stapleton UAME Church/City Harvest, Michelle Molina, executive director of El Centro del Inmigrante; Joe Williams, selfless volunteer at Stapleton UAME Church and Flora Aclan, a faithful volunteer at Christian Pentecostal/City Harvest.
The frontline professionals of Project Hospitality will be thanked for their tireless work, and recognized for their extraordinary commitment.
They are the late: Rev. Maggie Howard of Stapleton UAME Church; Gale Anthony, a staff member at Project Hospitality, Mary Ellen Porter, the Richmond University Medical Center nurses manager, Anthony Iraci, FDNY firefighter and NYPD detective, Ed LaTourette, Curtis High School teacher; Dominick Brancato, CEO of the New York Center for Interpersonal Development; Monsignor Richard Guastella and Monsignor Joseph Murphy, both of St. Clare R. C. Church.
Tickets to the virtual tribute are $100.
Visit www.projecthospitality.com or phone 718-448-1544 extension 116 to purchase tickets or to receive further information.
The film will be shown Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at www.projecthospitality.org/harvest-of-courage.