Jeffrey Toobin, a New York Times best-selling author, staff writer for The New Yorker and senior analyst for CNN, is one of the most recognized and admired legal journalists in the country. Mr. Toobin’s book, “The Run of His Life: The People v O.J. Simpson,” was the basis for the recent ten part television series of the same name that aired on FX: American Crime Story to critical acclaim. His latest book, “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst,” was published in August 2016. He appears regularly on CNN, providing expert legal commentary and analysis on national issues.
Mr. Toobin’s book, “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court,” was published in 2012 and recognized on the The New York Times bestseller list. His book, “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court,” earned the J. Anthony Lukas Prize for non-fiction from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
Louis Vigorito, Sabey IGM Construction
2017 Ball Honoree
At the tender age of 12, Lou Vigorito emigrated from a small agricultural town outside of Salerno, Italy, to Brooklyn, New York, with his Dad, Mom, and two sisters. Soon thereafter, Lou started Junior High School as a non-English speaking student at a time before ESL programs existed. By ninth grade, Lou had not only mastered the English language, he also won multiple awards at school and went on to be accepted into an advanced and progressive curriculum in his high school. While in high school, Lou completed the required credits within two years of a three-year program and elected to participate in an internship program for architecture. That program choice, and the fact that Lou excelled in his courses, led Lou to be accepted to the Cooper Union School of Architecture with a full scholarship which in turn created the foundation on which Lou’s professional career is based. Lou began his career while still in college, working as a draftsman for an architectural firm in Manhattan. Soon after completing his time at Cooper Union, Lou joined the corporate design and construction management firm JLS. While at JLS, due to his strong work ethic and superior competence, Lou rapidly climbed through JLS ranks and ultimately became a Senior Vice President. In his 33 years at JLS, Lou traveled the world conducting the business of JLS and its clients to their high praise and consistent satisfaction. Lou went on to and is currently employed at Sabey Construction, where he is responsible for the management of the redevelopment of 1 million square feet of space for office and mission critical use in New York City. Lou lives in New Jersey with his childhood sweetheart and adored wife Mina. Lou and Mina have three children: Francesco, Maria, and Cristina, each of whom enjoys their own successful career and relationships. In addition, Lou and Mina recently became proud grandparents of Dominic, the son of Cristina and her husband Bobby Schreck. Ever since childhood, animals have been a significant part of Lou’s life and family, not only dogs and cats but also some not so typical pets such as snakes, iguanas, ospreys, caimans, moles, parrots, hedgehogs, and just about any other furry/feathered/scaled friend that required some loving care for health issues or simply a home.
Casey Galishoff is an eighth grader at Columbia Preparatory School in Manhattan. Her favorite days at school are when they go into the park for physical education and she sneaks off to pet the dogs that are there. She loves to sing, dance and act, and most recently was Paulette in the musical Legally Blonde at Columbia Prep. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, swimming, going to the beach and playing with her two dogs. She likes going to Broadway shows, especially Hamilton, and watching Grey’s Anatomy. Casey’s love of animals began at a very young age. When traveling, she would skip the sights to play with a local dog. She volunteered to walk puppies of families in her building or just play with them when they became too active for their owners. About three years ago, she researched animal shelters in the Westhampton/Quogue area in search of something to do during her summer. She found the teen volunteer program at Bideawee and has been an avid volunteer and supporter ever since, spending over 100 hours helping take care of the animals. For her Bat Mitzvah D’Var Torah, Casey spoke about how much working with the animals at Bideawee meant to her and then she decided to donate a portion of her gifts toward this cause. She and the staff at Bideawee chose a project and she became the proud sponsor of a rescue of 41 dogs from a high-kill shelter in the South. Once the dogs arrived at Bideawee, she, her mom and her grandfather visited all of them. She named one after her grandparents’ recently deceased dog, Reggie. At the same time, her grandfather, Papa Don, fell in love with one of the rescues – a two-year-old male Shitzu named Lex. Papa Don and Nana Judy adopted Lex and proudly tell all their friends (and anyone else who will listen) about the wonderful story behind his presence in their lives. Casey lives at home with her parents, Allyson and Alan, her brother, Spencer, and her two Havanese dogs, Krypto and Astro.
Mary M. Luria, Esq.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary was elected to the Bideawee Board of Directors in December 2002 and she served as Vice Chair in 2008 and Chair (2009-2016). She is now a retired partner from Davis & Gilbert LLP, a marketing communications law firm in New York City where she advised on copyright, trademark, patent and intellectual property matters to a wide range of clients. During her tenure at Davis & Gilbert, Mary provided extensive pro bono legal work on intellectual property and other legal matters for Bideawee. Before joining Davis & Gilbert, she was a partner of the New York City law firms of Satterlee & Stephens and Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. Mary is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Bar Association of the City of New York, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Copyright Society. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Radcliffe College and earned her J.D. at Yale University Law School. Mary is a cat lover and a Bideawee adopter who shares her homes in NYC and CT with her husband and her cats – Smudgepot, Tamino, Runt, McKew, MowMow, Tux, and Minx.
Special Cocktail Reception Recognition Devin Shanahan and Joseph Sorbera, III Young Professionals Committee Co-Chairs
2017 Special Cocktail Reception Honoree
Devin Shanahan has served as Co-Chair of Bideawee’s Young Professionals Committee (YPC) since its founding in 2014. Devin's passion for animal welfare first brought her to Bideawee as a volunteer in 2011, and since then she has never met a dog she didn't want to adopt.
In her role as YPC Co-Chair, Devin is responsible for raising the profile of Bideawee within the young New York professional community through outreach and cultivation events, fundraisers, networking opportunities and social media channels.
Devin has a diverse background working with animal rescues and other non-profit organizations. In addition to her leadership of the YPC, she has also served on the Bideawee Ball's event planning committee from 2015-2017. In 2017, Devin joined the board of directors for The Sato Project, an animal welfare organization that rescues dogs in rural Puerto Rico. Additional non-profit volunteer experience includes Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), iMentor, and Room to Grow.
Devin is a Senior Vice President at the investment bank Houlihan Lokey, where she specializes in restructuring and special situations. Devin graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Economics, and lives in New York's West Village with her husband and their three lively dogs, Petunia, Rufus and Rocket (a Bideawee alum!). She is originally from Stamford, Connecticut.
Joseph L. Sorbera, III
2017 Special Cocktail Reception Honoree
Joe is the Co-Chair of Bideawee's Young Professionals Committee and a former member of Bideawee's marketing team. He adopted his rat terrier/chihuahua mix, Max, from Bideawee in 2012. He hopes to bring a new generation to the forefront of supporting Bideawee and its mission to care for pets and the people who love them.
Joe is the Vice President of Administration and Customer Support Services at JLS Cost Management Systems Inc., based in Manhattan. He is a proud graduate of the University of Scranton and received his MBA from Pace University.