Snug Harbor Announces the 37th annual Neptune Ball

With one-of-a-kind cocktails, delicious dinner from Celebrate at Snug Harbor, and live festive entertainment, get ready for the triumphant return of the Neptune Ball

June 1, 2022 | Staten Island, NY— Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden presents the 37th annual Neptune Ball on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM at the Carl Grillo Glasshouse and Gazebo Road at Snug Harbor on 1000 Richmond Terrace.

“After a long two-year hiatus, it is finally time to once again celebrate the resiliency of our incredible community and gather together for Staten Island’s beloved Neptune Ball,” said Jessica Baker Vodoor, President & CEO of Snug Harbor. “We’re grateful to our guests, our sponsors, and our incredible honorees, who personify exactly how deep roots, community growth, and visionary imagination forge together to make Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden an unforgettable cultural treasure of our great city.”

This year’s Neptune Ball program will highlight three special community-focused awards. The Snug Harbor Lifetime of Service Award will honor Norma D’Arrigo and Ralph Lamberti in celebration of their impact through service to Snug Harbor and the Staten Island Community at large. The Captain Randall Award for Community Service will recognize steadfast community service of four organizations that supported the Staten Island community’s vibrancy during the COVID pandemic: City Access New York, Grace Foundation, La Colmena, and Muslim Sisters of Staten Island.  Finally, Snug Harbor’s Visionary Award will be presented to Marvel, in recognition of their design leadership for the community driven vision of the future development of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.


Cocktails and entertainment will be held by the Carl Grillo Glass House and Perennial Garden at Snug Harbor. Guests will enjoy a performance by Susan E. Wagner High School Jazz Band during cocktails, as well as remarks from Snug Harbor leadership and honoree awards. The participatory art festival FIGMENT is providing an interactive art installation at the Weissglass Gazebo, and roaming performance artists from Tatiana Entertainment will charm and delight throughout event space. Dinner, provided by Celebrate at Snug Harbor, will take place along the nearby Gazebo Road, which include fresh produce grown at Snug Harbor’s Heritage Farm.

During the dinner, there will be a charitable paddle raise benefitting Snug Harbor led by professional auctioneer Cate Smit.  The evening continues after dinner with an after-party on the Carl Grillo Glass House lawn, with an encore performance by Sunrise and dancing until 10:30 PM. Event planning and design is provided by Alissa Sinagra of Champaperie.

This year, the event will offer supporters three amazing raffle packages: donors can select one entry for $50 or all three for $125. The drawing will take place in-person at the Neptune Ball on Friday, June 3, 2022. Supporters can show their support and enter to win even if unable to attend the Neptune Ball in person by purchasing a raffle ticket in advance online on the Snug Harbor website.

Snug Harbor supporters entering the raffle can win:

  • A Romantic Getaway
    Two (2) Delta Air Lines domestic plane tickets and a sampling of wine from CHAP Winery at Snug Harbor
  • Staten Island Cultural Package
    Memberships to Snug Harbor, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Children’s Museum, Historic Richmond Town, and the Staten Island Zoo, as well as four (4) tickets to The Christmas Show at the historic St. George Theatre, and free classes at Art Lab, Richmond Music House, and Ballet Imagination
  • NYC Cultural Package
    Four (4) tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Lyric Theatre, four (4) tickets to any production in the 2022-23 Season at the New Victory Theater, a Family Zoo PLUS membership for the Wildlife Conservation Society, dinner at John’s Pizza, and tickets to the observatory at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

Generous support of the Neptune Ball includes Chubb, Delta Air Lines, and Marvel as lead Perennial Garden Sponsors. Con Edison and Staten Island CTV support the Neptune Ball as Herb Garden Sponsors, and Pond Garden Sponsors include Alfred C. Cerullo III, John and Kathy Connors, Anita Laremont and Alan Sullivan, Mark Lauria and Associates, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Northfield Bank Foundation, Ted Perednia, Pitta Bishop & DelGiorno, Rampulla Associates Architects LLP, and Staten Island University Hospital.

To purchase raffle tickets, sponsor the event, and learn about other ways to support the Neptune Ball, visit or contact Debbie Aboaba at All proceeds from the Neptune Ball go towards Snug Harbor’s mission and programming.

ABOUT SNUG HARBOR CULTURAL CENTER & BOTANICAL GARDEN Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden’s historic 83-acre campus is one of the largest ongoing adaptive reuse projects in America, with 28 structures, 14 unique botanical gardens, 10 acres of wetlands, and a two-acre urban farm.  Our mission is to provide a vibrant, regional cultural destination that offers dynamic programming in the arts, education, horticulture, agriculture, and recreation for diverse cultures and all ages while ensuring a well-managed campus for all residents of Staten Island and surrounding communities.  Snug Harbor is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate. Learn more about Snug Harbor at