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Press Release: LIA 2014 Gala


Press Release

Melville, NY
May 15, 2014
Matthew Cohen 631-493-3002

Long Island Association Honors Matthew Whalen and AvalonBay Communities Inc., Sal Ferro and Alure Home Improvements and Sister Elizabeth Hill at Annual Awards Gala

            The Long Island Association will hold its 30th Annual Awards Gala tomorrow evening at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Approximately 1,000 of the region's top 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 Matthew Whalen, AvalonBay Communities, Inc. and its employees; the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for Community Service to Sal Ferro, Alure Home Improvements and its employees; and the Long Island Association Lifetime Achievement Award to Sister Elizabeth Hill.

            Matthew Whalen, AvalonBay Communities, Inc. 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. AvalonBay is one of Long Island's leading companies. They are in the business of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing high-quality apartment communities in the high barrier-to-entry markets of the United States. AvalonBay currently owns 11 communities on Long Island consisting of 3,184 apartment homes, which have helped serve the need for affordable rental housing in the region.

           Sal Ferro, Alure Home Improvements and its employees 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. Alure has been in business since 1946 and specializes in siding, windows, roofing, kitchens, bathrooms, basement finishing, sunrooms, dormers and Handyman Services. The contributions from Ferro, his company and their employees to charitable and humanitarian causes have been substantial.

            Sister Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D. is being recognized for the LIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Upon her retirement as President of St. Joseph's College, this award is in honor of Sister Elizabeth's tenure there and for exemplary involvement, dedication and contributions to both the educational, spiritual and cultural issues facing the Long Island community.

            "The LIA is proud to recognize these remarkable individuals and special companies and their 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."

The Long Island Association (LIA) is one of the largest business organizations in New York State and the leading business organization on Long Island. The LIA's membership is comprised of small and large businesses, technology and manufacturing companies, universities, financial service firms, banks, credit unions, hospitals, media companies, real estate companies and sole proprietors which together employ more than one half of Long Island's workforce. Our mission is to lead the region's economic development and bring together disparate factions within the community to forge regional solutions for Long Island.

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