Snug Harbor Announces the 38th Annual Neptune Ball for June 9, 2023

May 15, 2023 | Staten Island, NY— Get ready to step into a world of enchantment and elegance as Snug Harbor’s South Meadow undergoes a stunning transformation for the highly anticipated 38th Annual Neptune Ball.  On the evening of Friday, June 9, 2023, guests will be whisked away into a glamorous and sophisticated one-night-only oasis, complete with gourmet cuisine, creative cocktails, and innovative experiences for guests throughout the event. 

Set amidst the vibrant summer blooms of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens at 1000 Richmond Terrace, tickets to this exclusive event are now available for purchase, priced at $400, with an early bird rate of $350 until May 25.  For those seeking to make a grand impression, tables of ten and sponsorships are also available.  Visit to learn more about this highly anticipated celebration.

“Snug Harbor strives to offer experiences that inspire and we’re thrilled to invite one and all to join us for our most important fundraiser of the year. The Neptune Ball is a night of community revelry under the stars, and proceeds raised at this event support year-round opportunities for emerging artists, aspiring farmers and gardeners, and Staten Island community-centered programming for all ages.  This year, we will honor respected community leaders Mark and Laura Lauria with Snug Harbor’s Lifetime of Service Award. This powerhouse couple has dedicated decades of service to the Snug Harbor organization and the Staten Island community at large. It will be a unique dining and entertainment experience in a gorgeous setting benefitting the grandeur of the occasion,” said Jessica Baker Vodoor, President & CEO of Snug Harbor.


Cocktails, dinner, and dancing will be held on a tented South Meadow at Snug Harbor. Food and drinks are provided by Celebrate at Snug Harbor. Staten Island favorite musical act Cause and the Effects will set a festive tone throughout the event, with an ongoing mix of classic standards and upbeat hits.

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 dancing on the South Meadow until midnight. Event planning and design is provided by Alissa Sinagra of Champaperie and Sal Pavia of Flora + Dean.

This year, guests can embrace the magic of the night with our exciting new interactive electronic tabletop journal, which invites you to explore the wonders of Snug Harbor, learn about our esteemed honorees Mark and Laura Lauria, and even make a donation – all with the touch of a button. Make your mark on the evening with our various advertising options, from the exclusive Table Takeover video that broadcasts your company’s message to every table at the Neptune Ball, to a simple yet impactful Message to the Honorees.

If you can’t attend the Neptune Ball, you can still win big by purchasing a ticket to the raffle drawing. Anyone who purchases a raffle ticket for $50 has a chance to win two Delta Air Lines tickets to anywhere in the continental United States, plus a two-night stay at any Hilton property in the continental United States.  You don’t have to be in attendance at the Neptune Ball to win.

Generous lead support of the Neptune Ball includes World Insurance Associates, Inc. as Gala Chair sponsors. Additional support includes Tropical Border Sponsors Kevin Chau, Delta Air Lines, Brian Laline, and Staten Island University Hospital, White Garden Sponsors Alfred Cerullo III, John and Kathy Connors, Michael Devito, Jr., Northfield Bank, and Rampulla Associates Architects LLP, and in-kind sponsors Merge Event Solutions, The Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation, Sperry Tent, and United Site Services.

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


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