2015-03-27 / Community

Chamber to honor Patrick Longo as Business Person of the Year

Patrick Longo 
(Photo by Bill Mosley) Patrick Longo (Photo by Bill Mosley) At the 13th annual Pineapple Ball, Garden City's premier business and social event, celebrating the Alliance and Vitality of Business and Community, the Chamber will proudly honor Patrick Longo as "Business Person of the Year" for 2015. The Pineapple Ball is set for Friday evening, May 8 at the Garden City Hotel.

Patrick Longo Exemplifies the criteria for this coveted award which represents significant contributions to the local economy, to the advancement of aims and objectives of the Chamber of Commerce, and to the welfare of the Garden City community - criteria set by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, creators of this 30-year award.

Patrick Longo is the proprietor of Sunflower Fine Arts Gallery, Mirrors and Picture Framing located at 172 Seventh Street in Garden City. Patrick says that they chose to operate their eclectic art gallery on Garden City's upscale, prestigious and convenient Seventh Street address in order to best serve his loyal clients and local artists. "With the lack of higher quality yet reasonably priced framing options, void of mirror artisians, we saw a need for a world class art gallery in Garden City.

Patrick recalls that he started in the art business in a very unconventional way - framing museum prints and selling them weekends at the Roosevelt Raceway Flea Market. He went on to operate an art gallery in Franklin Square for over a dozen years, combining a passion for the arts with previous business experiences. "I selected the Village of Garden City initially due to its proximity to my original Franklin Square Gallery. The Village is a much more convenient, centrally located Nassau location with Seventh Street perhaps one of the loveliest downtown shopping streets on all of Long Island, brilliantly conducive for leisurely art window shopping. I think that in today's rapidly changing , ever fast paced world, that visual arts takes on even more importance," Patrick stresses.

"Our mission is to share our passion - to reflect the benefits of life with the arts. An unforeseen benefit for me, personally, by far the most rewarding, has been the warm, wonderful residents of the Village who embraced the gallery from day one. We made so many new friends, loyal clients, local artists and friendly merchants - just down to earth folks who make running a business here in the Village a sincere pleasure and an honor."

Patrick remarks that they realized long ago that being in the VISUAL arts was a way to use their little gallery to help others. Indeed, Sunflower Fine Arts Gallery, Mirrors and Picture Framing has done more than their share in their support of countless local charities. For example, Patrick is the founding sponsor and has been the administrator of the Belmont Festival for the past ten years. He has held numerous benefits at the Gallery for Autism Speaks, the Andy Fund, Twigs of Winthrop University Hospital, the Annual Art Auctions for the St. John's Children's Fund plus receptions for the American Cancer Society. The Gallery takes pride in the fact that the Gallery has never turned down any local cause when asked.

With Garden City recognized as Long Island's "Lacrosse Town," Patrick can well relate! He was the two-year captain of the Queens College Men's Lacrosse Team. He had recruited players to bring the lacrosse program from a meager club team prior to his first year of eligibility to Division 2 in his 4- year playing career.

From lacrosse to his passion for art to still another art - his Irish Pipe Band: Mac nah Eireann Pipes & Drums - with Patrick on drums, of course! His sister Jennifer plays a mean Pipe! Surprise! The Pipe Band may be heard at the Pineapple Ball during the reception hour!

For an invitation to the Pineapple Ball, to be added to the sponsorship roster (including Clancy & Clancy Insurance , a Patron sponsor inadvertently omitted from last week's sponsor line-up), or Journal ad information (deadline April 24), please call Tracey Gittere at 516-222-0550 or download information from the Chamber's website: www.gardencitychamber.org.

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