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Peconic Bay Medical Center’s 2020 virtual gala honors frontline heroes


Alexandra Zendrian
(516) 350-3014

RIVERHEAD, NY – Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) Foundation’s annual gala on September 25 at 6:30 p.m. will be virtual this year and will feature heartwarming videos from patients, some of  whom survived coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) thanks to the hospital’s heroic staff.

The “Unmasking the Heroes” event will honor all PBMC COVID-19 frontline workers and include messages from the hospital’s leadership and clinicians about what they experienced during the pandemic as well as their hopes for the future of health care. There will also be live music from the Chris Norton Band. The event will be livestreamed at; video footage will be available after the gala on YouTube.

“Our frontline health care heroes worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to care for their community members and the many people who were transferred to our hospital from other facilities,” said Andrew Mitchell, PBMC’s president & CEO. “I am so grateful to all of our generous donors and community members who have shown their support in a variety of ways throughout COVID-19. And it is with great pleasure that we get to reveal the heroes behind the masks who have diligently been caring for patients for months so we can better appreciate them.” 

Funds raised from the gala will support the hospital’s emergency medicine services and women’s health services. This year’s fundraising effort will benefit PBMC as part of Northwell’s $1 billion Outpacing the Impossible campaign, which supports capital projects, improves hospitals and clinical programs, advances research and funds endowment for teaching and research initiatives. Gala sponsors to date include John & Elaine Kanas Family Foundation; Donna and Marvin Schwartz; Michael and Emilie Corey; Riverhead Building Supply; PBMC auxiliary; PBMC medical staff; Richard L. Winslow; Dr. Stan Zinberg; New York Life; Westhampton Care Center; Maggie Gilliam; Richard and Lisa Israel; Phyllis Katz; Cristina and David Kepner; M&T Bank; Sherry Patterson; Ken and Maggie Rosenberg and family; and Giselle and Joseph A. Schueller.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and many come with an in-home dining experience. Great East End raffle tickets are $100 or three for $200 for a chance to win a $20,000 raffle prize. For more information, call Candace Porter at (631) 548-6080 or email

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