Proceeds from holiday party will be used for renovation

                          of children’s classroom at the Staten Island Zoo
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  (Nov. 30, 2011) — In a season when traditional holiday parties are the norm, an upcoming celebration promises to be anything but traditional.

Winter Wonderland Gala partygoers won’t need to travel far to meet a tamandua. The anteater will be celebrating with them.

Animals, courtesy of the Staten Island Zoo, and Elvis Duran of the  Z-100 “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” will add to the entertainment on Thursday evening as the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) celebrates its Winter Wonderland Holiday Gala.

“This party promises to be over the top in style, music, entertainment and cuisine,” said Laird Klein, committee chairman of the Staten Island Board of Realtors’ Winter Wonderland Holiday Gala. “Despite a tough economy, Staten Island’s real estate professionals have continued throughout the year to support local causes in every way possible. Now, as the local real estate market appears to be strengthening, the SIBOR gala celebrates the holidays and the unrelenting contributions of Realtors within our community.”


Proceeds from the gala will assist with the renovation of the children’s classroom at the zoo.

A coatimundi, a relative of the raccoon, will be a guest at the Staten Island Board of Realtors’ Winter Wonderland Gala tomorrow.

“This space has captured the attention and curiosities of the zoo’s attendees – particularly those of elementary school age,” said Ken Mitchell, executive director of the Staten Island Zoo. “In recognizing our attendees’ educational and comfort needs, the zoo needs to significantly upgrade the appropriate facilities to provide a fun attraction that compliments our learning curriculum.” 

Officials from the facility, located in the Staten Island community of West Brighton, will be accompanied to the party by zoo ambassadors: A coatimundi, which is a member of the raccoon family, and a tamandua, a typed of anteater.

“The zoo is a wonderful institution and deserves huge support for its work in educating our children,” said Kathy O’Leary-Garbarino, president of SIBOR. “The fund-raising side of our gala could not have been accomplished without generous contributions from our local community.”


Gala sponsors include: J P Morgan Chase; Continental Home Loans; PrimeLending; Wells Fargo; Staten Island Advance/; Robert DeFalco Realty; United Northern Mortgage Bankers; HSBC; Vitale Sunshine; Jack Stern, Attorney at Law; Total Relocation Services; Christopher Dai, Esq.; Centralized Showing Service (CSS); Advisors Mortgage Group LLC; Cangiano Estates; A.Davino Electrical Contracting Corp.; Colonial Funeral Home; Relevant Public Relations; Law Firm of Merlino & Gonzalez; Empire State Bank; Trezzco Warehouse Inc., and Wohl and O’Mara LLP, Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers.

The Winter Wonderland Holiday Gala will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Excelsior Grand, 2380 Hylan Blvd., in the Staten Island community of new Dorp. The cost of admission is $85, which includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and entertainment.

For ticket information, contact SIBOR by phone at 718-928-3223, or via email at

About the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,800 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas. 

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and visited online at

About the Staten Island Zoo

Since its inception in 1936, the Staten Island Zoo has ventured to develop, extend and disseminate knowledge and appreciation of zoology and branches of natural history through educational programs and research while maintaining a collection of living animals. The zoo attracts approximately 166,000 individuals each year.

The Staten Island Zoo may be reached at 718-442-3100 and visited online at

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