The development board of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital held the successful Annual Chrysanthemum Ball on Saturday, April 6, at the Sands in Atlantic Beach. Originally scheduled for November 3, 2012, the event had been postponed following the flooding of Atlantic Beach by Superstorm Sandy. All had been restored at the Sands by April 6, so 450 gala attendees could enjoy a beautiful evening. More than $235,000 was raised for St. John’s emergency, surgical, and intensive care services. The development board gave the 2012 Humanitarian Award to four outstanding individuals.

Gerald DiEdwards, Esq., partner of Schiavetti, Corgan, DiEdwards, Weinberg & Nicholson, LLP, has been representing the healthcare industry since 1988 and St. John’s since the mid-1990s. He also serves as a guest lecturer on medical legal issues at hospitals throughout the New York metropolitan area and at nursing conferences. He was invited to join the FBI New York Office Citizens Academy, an organization premised on making New York City safer by fostering ties between the business community and the FBI. Mr. DiEdwards was subsequently elected to its board of directors and served as the organization’s first vice president.

Libby and Allen Peppe. As longtime members of St. John’s development board, the Peppes work diligently supporting the hospital’s fundraising activities. Mrs. Peppe serves as the board’s vice president; previously she was treasurer of the ladies auxiliary. She is an active member of the Chrysanthemum Ball committee. For many years, she served on The Five Towns Community Council, as community chairman of Girl Scouting, and volunteered as a parent-tutor at #1 School in Lawrence. Mrs. Peppe also served for 10 years as administrative assistant to Governor Mario Cuomo’s Task Force on Life and the Law, which initiated New York State’s Health Care Proxy Bill. Allen Peppe served in the US Air Force. Upon his discharge, he received a bachelor of arts degree from Adelphi University. After obtaining a master’s degree in education from Long Island University, he achieved his lifelong dream of becoming an educator. He was a social studies teacher in the Wantagh, NY, school district, and later was appointed department chairman. The Peppes reside in Atlantic Beach, NY.

Sergio Sokol, MD. Dr. Sokol had a passion for medicine from an early age, working at Mount Sinai Hospital for many years as a hematology technologist in research labs experimenting on the effect of hydroxyurea on sickle cell disease. He graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine in 1994, completing an internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and a cardiology fellowship at North Shore University Hospital. He has earned a reputation as a caring physician and was recognized by Castle Connolly as a “top doctor in New York.” Dr. Sokol is chief of cardiology at St. John’s. v


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