On October 15th, the Board of Directors honored Frank Barnaba and Shannon Hall at the Barnaba Instituteʼs Breaking Bread with the Hampton’s Top Chefs, an incredible Gala evening of exquisite food, entertainment, awards, & auctions. The event took place at the 230 ELM restaurant and event space located in Southampton, NY.
The Gala fundraiser was hosted by actor Giancarlo Esposito, co-star of Breaking Bad, the EMMY Award winning TV series. His co-host was Academy Award nominated actress Cathy Moriarty who also served as the Gala Event Chairperson. Southampton’s Laurie O’Kunewicz was the Event Coordinator. Lanka DuPont was the Design Consultant, and Richard Rossiter was the Media Graphic Designer.
The Gala fundraiser Breaking Bread with the Hampton’s Top Chefs served Gourmet hors d’oeuvres and culinary samplings at five chef’s stations, which were provided by each guest chef featuring:
- Jon Albrecht, Executive Chef, Tutto Il Giorno
- Gil Cicco, Executive Chef, Phao Restaurant
- Mark Fasciana, Executive Chef, Marc Anthony Catering
- Scott Kampf, CEC, Private Chef
- Randy Riess, Chef, 230 Elm
Giancarlo Esposito, Host
Giancarlo Esposito, an award-winning actor, director, producer, made his Broadway debut at age 8 in Maggie Flynn and won OBIE Awards for Zooman and the Sign, and Distant Fires. His film credits include Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Rabbit Hole The Usual Suspects, and his directorial debut film, Gospel Hill. Television credits include Homicide On The Street, Miami Vice, CSI Miami, South Beach, Law & Order, Breaking Bad and the new ABC-TV series, Once Upon A Time.
Cathy Moriarty, Co-Host Event Chair
Cathy Moriarty, at 17, portrayed Vicki La Motta in Raging Bull, Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film. For her breathtaking performance, Cathy earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for “Best Actress in a Supporting Role”, and the British Academy Film Award nomination as the “Most Outstanding Newcomer.” After a car accident put her film career on hold for six years, she returned in Soapdish, Mambo Kings, Forget Paris, Cop Land, and Analyze That. Cathy also starred in the television series, Bless This House, and won a Cable ACE Award for her performance in the hit dramatic TV series, Tales from the Crypt.
Frank N. Barnaba, Lifetime Achievement Award
Frank N. Barnaba, Founder and President of the Barnaba Institute, has worked tirelessly to stop human trafficking and sexual exploitation. He is internationally known for his efforts in recovering runaway and missing children, often working with federal and local law enforcement agencies. He is also a sought-after speaker, lecturer and topic consultant for the media. Frank is the recipient of many awards, including the Middlesex County Bar Association Liberty Bell, the Hartford Courant Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award, and the National Victim of Crime Award honored by President Ronald Reagan.
Musical entertainment for the evening was provided by Emmy and Grammy Award winner Brian Keane, and composer vocalist Tony Aiardo. Also featured at the gala event was Southampton’s rock and roll blues band Soundsource.
Brian Keane has been one of the most prolific, diverse, and accomplished musicians in the entertainment business. His music has been hailed as “indelible and breathtaking” by the Los Angeles Times, “piercingly beautiful” by The New York Times and “masterful” by Newsweek.
In his career, Brian Keane has composed the music to 15 Emmy Award winning films, winning several Emmys for music composition himself, with over 50 Emmy nominations, 31 Columbia Dupont Award winning films, 4 Academy Award nominated films, one Academy Award winning film, Grammy winning soundtrack CDs, and almost a dozen Peabody Award winning films. In 2002, he became the first composer in history, or since, to sweep all the music nominations for the Emmy Awards in a single year. Brian’s career has been somewhat unique, in that it has been driven by the music he creates itself. He has developed his accomplished career while raising three sons in Connecticut, where he has lived since 1987.
Tony Aiardo, composer, pianist, vocalist and performer has been hailed for his writing, playing, singing and performing ability. He has established himself as an energetic and seasoned musician with a strong command of contemporary, pop, jazz and blues genres and has earned musical acclaim among his peers and fans.
Currently, Tony is performing solo and with his own band originally known as “New England Jam”, now under his own name. He is also the lead male vocalist with the 8 piece horn band “Third Shift.” In addition to performing, Tony composes original pieces for TV and movies, while also providing original material to various major record producers.
Soundsource, Rock’n Roll blues mix with a gentle hand that will slap you in the face at it’s leisure. With sweet melodies that capture the ear, the solid beat that keep you tapping your feet, and words written straight from the the heart, the source commands attention, Infectiously yours! Members: ScottE. vocals/rhythm guitar/Paul D’Angelo on lead guitar and vocals/ Steve D’Angelo on bass guitar / Toby Vankeuren on the skins
THE BARNABA INSTITUTE GALA AWARDS
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Frank Barnaba, Barnaba Institute
To Frank Barnaba, who, without hesitation, continues to take dynamic action against injustice, often at great personal risk. For over 35 years your unflinching commitment against human trafficking has had a profound impact on the lives of hundreds and hundreds of children and young adults. Because of your lifetime of work, more than 300 girls have been directly saved from a horrific life on the streets.
FOLLOW YOUR DREAM AWARD
To Shannon Hall for having faith in the work of Frank Barnaba and Ed Herzberg, especially when the threat of physical harm and the pressure against change was at its greatest. Because of your trust in him, and Frank’s trust in you, you were able to rise above adversity and turn your life around. You are a stellar example of how living a successful, happy life can be achieved if, “you follow your dream.”
BARNABA INSTITUTE COALITION AWARD
Ed Herzberg, Salvation Army
To Ed Herzberg, friend and ally, who from the beginning days has served the work unequivocally. You have been at Frank Barnaba’s side no matter what the season, hour of the day, or task at hand. Because of your courage and commitment, total dedication and complete support, you’ve been instrumental in helping save so many from a life of physical and emotional bondage. You are a true soldier of the Salvation Army.
BARNABA INSTITUTE COALITION AWARD
Covenant House, Accepted by Tom Kennedy, Senior VP
To Covenant House for recognizing the valuable and crucial work of Frank Barnaba. From the outset, and in total faith, the resources of Covenant House were open to him, with an understanding of how such combined power could most forcefully help the work succeed. In doing so, the mission of both organizations – to relieve the suffering of children left to the streets – has been immeasurably strengthened.
Photos of the event can be viewed on our Photo Gallery Page.