On July 24th, 2021, Legacy LI Inc. and JM2 Architecture PC were proud sponsors of the inaugural “White Party on the Bay...An evening of Fun, Fashion and Philanthropy”.
Held at the home of Mr. James Manicone, founder of Legacy LI and co-owner of JM2 Architecture. This special event recognized and spotlighted the following six charitable organizations for their extraordinary work for the Long Island community: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), The Michael Magro foundation (MMF), Canstruction Long Island, Pop.Earth and SASI (Specialized Autism & Support Information). Mr. Manicone sought to raise awareness of multiple charities, in lieu of historically just one single charity.
Amidst the backdrop of the Shinnecock Bay on this glorious Summer evening, guests dressed in their fabulous “white attire” were greeted with a white carpet that led them to the bay-front setting to mingle and enjoy exotic cocktails, and delicious food catered by Cowfish Restaurant in Hampton Bays.
The highlight of the evening was when Mr. Manicone addressed his guests and passionately spoke about his mission to improve the lives of others who are less fortunate. During his speech, he recognized each charity and introduced their directors who were in attendance.
The night continued under the stars as guests mingled and danced the night away! The photographers and videographers captured the excitement at the Step and Repeat and the ambiance throughout the evening.
The EPN Magazine Team was onsite at the successful event. We had the opportunity to interview Mr. James Manicone.
EPN: What prompted you to start this charity initiative?
James: I was involved with the LLS in 2020 as a Man of the Year Candidate. I accepted the nomination in memory of a childhood friend who passed away from cancer when we were only 17 years old. Being involved with that fundraiser inspired me to become involved in other charities, whether it be cancer research, autism awareness or helping the needy.
EPN: What was your overall assessment of the event?
James: I felt the event was a tremendous success. The weather was perfect, our guests enjoyed delicious food prepared by Cowfish, a professional photographer captured everyone at the step & repeat. A video of the event was filmed as our guest danced the night away under the stars!!
EPN: Will this be an annual event? What should your guests expect at next year’s event?
James: Yes, this will be an annual event. However, next year, Legacy LI will sponsor the event as a non-profit organization and raise money for the charities recognized. There will be sponsorships available, a silent auction and far more exposure. The guest list will be significantly larger, but the theme will be the same…bringing awareness to charities that do incredible work for our community.
EPN: Who or what motivated you to become a philanthropist?
James: I believe I have always had a compassionate heart. Meeting many like-minded people during my LLS campaign inspired me to want to do more for others. My business has given me the ability to sponsor many charitable events which has brought me great joy. I will always go forth in life with a philanthropic heart.
EPN: What does the phrase “pay it forward “ mean to you?
James: To me, the phrase “pay it forward” means that given how blessed I have been in life, the greatest gift I can give to anyone is my support, my compassion, my empathy, my love, and my resources to those who are less fortunate.
EPN: What is your Mantra?
James: Together we are stronger, together we SOAR!!”
EPN: What are your top 4 philanthropic interests and why?
James: 1. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Meeting the families of children and the kids themselves who were dealing with pediatric cancer forever changed my life. I will always be a part of this great organization.
2. The Michael Magro Foundation. Terri and Paul Magro lost their son Michael to cancer at the age of 13, not long after their other son Marc had finished chemotherapy for his cancer diagnosis. The MMF supports children and their families who are dealing with pediatric cancer.
3. Pop.Earth & SASI. Two individual autism awareness organizations which raise money for families whose children are dealing with varying degrees of autism. On October 2nd, will be participating in a 50 mile “Bike to the Beach” to raise money for autism awareness.
4. Canstruction Long Island. This charity supports the four major food banks on Long Island. Architectural and engineering firms are tasked with constructing different structures from different types of food cans. After the structures remain on public display for three weeks, the structures are then deconstructed and all the cans are given to the local food banks (INN, Island Harvest, NEST, Island Cares/Harry Chapin).
EPN: We learned that you founded Legacy LI after you were a 2020 candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Societies annual Man and Woman of the Year fundraising event. Tell us more about its mission.
James: Although the Legacy LI platform is still being formed, the mission is crystal clear. Legacy LI was founded on the belief that together as a community we are stronger, together as a community, we soar to great heights!! Legacy LI will always seek to unite a community of people who have philanthropic hearts and who have compassion in their souls. A core belief of Legacy is that those with “the ability to assist, have the responsibility to assist those in need”.
EPN: What about JM2 Architecture PC?
James: JM2 Architecture PC is an award winning architectural firm, founded in 2012, has been an integral member of the Long Island community. We are members of multiple industry organizations and local chambers of commerce. In addition, they have volunteered, sponsored and/or supported many of the subject charities listed above. JM2 has clients that are Non-Profits, including FREE (Family Residences and Essential Enterprise) and HALI (Hands Across Long Island).
JM2 Architecture and Legacy LI will always be a partner to any organization that seeks to improve the lives of others less fortunate.
Photo Credit: Tyler Miranda