St. George Real Estate Agency Participates in Celebrity Chef Fundraiser to Support Various Local Charities on Staten Island

The North Shore Rotary Club hosted their first Celebrity Chef Fundraiser on November 10, 2014. Celebrity Chef is a fundraising event at which prominent community members (“celebrities”) show off their cooking skills in an effort to raise money for local charities. They cooked and prepared a favorite dish for guests to sample and “bid on” with their dollars. Gateway Arms Realty, a St. George Real Estate Agency, attended this great event and our own Laura Volsario was a chair of the fundraiser as well. The evening’s festivities raised over $5,000 and all proceeds benefited Staten Island charities designated by the North Shore Rotary Club community projects.


Marylou Bavaro of Gateway Arms Realty was among the chefs who came together to compete in this friendly competition. Marylou was the Fan’s Runner-Up with her famous chili and was also recognized with the Wooden Spoon award for the best decorated table. The evening included favorite dishes prepared by the chefs, live music, raffles and a live auction. The chefs who had the highest total of money raised at the evenings’ end was named the “Fan Favorite Top Chef”: Cory Schifter and Frank Wilkinson took home the titles this year.

St. George Real Estate Agency - Gateway Arms RealtyOther community “Celebrities” who competed included:

  • Marylou Bavaro (Gateway Arms Realty)
  • Dominick Ciccarelli (Think Design Architects)
  • Christine DeHart (Salmon Real Estate and Club President)
  • Massimo DiDonna (Partners in Sound) along with Hell’s Kitchen star Frankie Bilotti
  • Phil Farinacci (Bell Building Corp.)
  • Robin Lefkowitz (Northfield Bank)
  • Ray Pezzoli, Esq.
  • Cory Schifter (Casale Jewelers)
  • Frank Wilkinson (Rab’s Country Lanes)


As we approach Thanksgiving, all of us at Gateway Arms Realty wish to express our appreciation to all of our clients in St. George and throughout Staten Island. We feel so honored to have been part of making a difference in our community. Making a difference doesn’t have to be a financial contribution, it can be offering your time, skills, wisdom, etc.; and so we encourage more people to consider volunteering for a local charity here on Staten Island. We look forward to 2015 and continue looking at ways we can continue to make a difference in the St. George community.

Family-owned and operated, Gateway Arms is a full-service St. George real estate agency with a 30+ year history of solid performance on Staten Island. Gateway Arms Realty lists, sells, leases, and manages residential, co-op, condominium, commercial, industrial/manufacturing properties and vacant land throughout Staten Island.