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“Taste of Hope” Gala to Benefit Long Islanders Affected by Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

CN Guidance & Counseling Services’ Event on 10/25 Honors Two Community Stewards


Hicksville, NY (September 12, 2017)

CN Guidance & Counseling Services (Hicksville, NY,, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families on Long Island affected by mental health and/or substance use disorders by delivering needed services in a person-centered way, formally announced its third annual Taste of Hope fundraiser.

Taste of Hope is a culinary event featuring tastings from some of Long Island’s premier restaurants, bakeries, wineries, and breweries, live music, along with a raffle for a variety of gifts —all raising money for the charitable cause. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at NYIT’s de Seversky Mansion of Old Westbury, NY. Kristin Thorne, Long Island Correspondent for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News is the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

The evening will recognize and honor two community members who have supported CN Guidance’s mission consistently over the years – Maureen DiBernardo, a long time Sales Executive with Shiel Medical Laboratory, and Jane Kranz, Internship Coordinator of the local nonprofit TRI.

Serving as the event’s sponsors to-date are: Alcott HR, Jackson Lewis, Nawrocki Smith, Quality Laboratory Service, M&T Bank, Atlantic Chevrolet, Cook Maran & Associates, and Signature Bank.

“For this year’s Taste of Hope, we intend to build on the success of last year’s event,” said Chief Executive Officer of CN Guidance & Counseling Services Jeffrey Friedman. “The funds we raise at events such as the Taste of Hope enable us to help our fellow Long Islanders gain the support they need for recovery and a path to healthier, more fulfilling and productive lives.”

CN Guidance & Counseling Services’ Director of Development Debbie Mullarkey added, “In past years, our roster of restaurants, bakeries and other food and beverage purveyors were outstanding – many of whom have already committed to participating in this year’s event. We are excited to feature Chef Jonathan Scinto from Master Chef and Food Network “Chopped Live” as well as Chef Tom Schaudel of Jewel Restaurant.”

Tickets for the Taste of Hope event are $125 per person. All proceeds will benefit CN Guidance & Counseling Services.

Culinary and Beverage Participants include: American Classic Ice Cream, Babalu NY, Café Baci, Bareburger, Bigelow’s, Chef Chris Roberts, Chocolate Works of Commack, Outback Steak House of Merrick, Piccola Bussola, Season’s 52, That Meetball Place of Farmingdale, Tutto Pazzo, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Duck Island Bread Company, Greek Street, Maroni’s, Margarita’s Cafe of East Meadow, Bottle Bargains, Sandy City Brewery, Essentia Water, BAI, and Jamesport Winery.

For more information, or to participate as a restaurant, bakery, sponsor or raffle item contributor, please contact: Debbie Mullarkey at: 516-396-2753, by email at: or visit

About CN Guidance & Counseling Services, Inc.: CN Guidance & Counseling Services is one of the region’s leading mental health, behavioral, and addiction-related service providers. Established in 1972, the mission of this nonprofit organization is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families on Long Island affected by mental health and/or substance use disorders. It succeeds by providing integration of clinical treatment, housing opportunities, social and support services, counseling, and guidance to individuals, families and the community affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities, psychological difficulties, addiction and/or dependency problems. CN Guidance has been a leader in providing outreach, supports, and counseling to community members during peaceful, tragic, and traumatic events.