Chairperson/Founder Message

Dawn Strain
DJS Events

Where has the time gone? It feels as if it was yesterday that I first reached out to friends with an idea that would help fill a void in the world of Long Island networking. Who knew that 15 years later we would be celebrating our crystal anniversary?

I am so proud of how the Long Island Elite (LIE) has evolved, the funds that have been donated to some 80 local charities, the business that has transpired between members, and most important, the unyielding relationships that have grown out of our organization.  As I look to the future and the incredible new leadership that will be guiding us, I know the LIE has only scratched the surface. The efforts of our members will impact the Long Island community for years to come.

This year’s theme, “Beauty and the Beast,” is an enchanting one, with grandeur in its appearance and the many underlying messages that could not be timelier.  As this tale as old as time unfolds, we learn that true beauty lies within, love is stronger than hate, fear should not deter you from new experiences, perfection is a perception and a book should never be judged by its cover. These messages are a reflection of some of the attributes the LIE instills within its membership, striving to spread these values out into the world.

I hope you will join us on October 26, 2017, for an evening of majesty celebrating the 15 years of accomplishments and benefiting the 2017 Charity Partner—The Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation.