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Monday, September 1, 2014

Long Island Association Honors Canon U.S.A., Frank and Rita Castagna, and Dr. David J. Steinberg at Annual Awards Gala

The Long Island Association will hold its 29th Annual Awards Gala tomorrow evening at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.  Approximately 1,000 of the region''s top business leaders will gather for this special event at which three prestigious awards will be presented by Kevin Law, President & CEO of the LIA, Kirk Kordeleski, Chairman of the LIA, and Frank Crivello, LIA Gala Chairman. These honors include the Long Island Association Medal of Honor to Canon U.S.A. and its employees, the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for Community Service to Frank and Rita Castagna and the Long Island Association Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. David Steinberg.

Canon U.S.A. and its employees are being recognized with the LIA Medal of Honor, which is the LIA's highest honor and pays tribute to the accomplishments of a company and people who understand the relationship between working in a community and giving something back. As a corporate and community leader for 42 years and one of Long Island's major employers, Canon chose to renew its commitment to the region by making Long Island its American headquarters. The company employs about 19,000 people in the Americas, including 1,400 at their recently opened new facility in Melville. Accepting the award will be Joe Adachi, President & CEO of Canon U.S.A.

Frank and Rita Castagna are being presented with the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for Community Service. They have been outstanding corporate and community leaders as well as integral to the local economy as principals of Castagna Realty Company, a real estate management and development company whose flagship property is Americana at Manhasset, an internationally recognized, award-winning shopping destination. They also have an extraordinary spirit of compassion and giving to numerous charities and philanthropic endeavors for the betterment of Long Island.

Dr. David J. Steinberg is being recognized for the LIA Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award is in honor of his 27 year tenure as President of Long Island University and for exemplary involvement, dedication and contributions to both the educational and cultural issues facing the Long Island community. Dr. Steinberg is the University's ninth president and a renowned author of numerous books and articles on Southeast Asia. L.I.U. has grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the nation that has made community service a priority. Under Dr. Steinberg, L.I.U. has enhanced the quality of life for local residents and augmented its educational mission with a tradition of promoting cultural and artistic endeavors.

"The LIA is proud to recognize three remarkable individuals and one special company and its employees for exemplifying all that is good about Long Island," said Kevin Law, President & CEO of the Long Island Association. "Our honorees are community-oriented, philanthropic business leaders who have spent their lives and careers working to make our region a better place."