A Night to Remember

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by West Side Spirit

The 2011 WESTY Awards (West Side Spirit Thanks You) took place the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Jewish Home Lifecare. Harold Holzer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art was the master of ceremonies, and 20 west siders were honored for their contributions to the community.

Photos by Andrew Schwartz

West Sider of the Year and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer with his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, and Harold Holzer, WESTY master of ceremonies.

West Sider of the Year and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer with his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, and Harold Holzer, WESTY master of ceremonies.

Bruce and Steven Stark with their sister, Ellen Stark-Gabe, of Beacon Paint & Hardware, WESTY winners in the Entrepreneur category.

The Revs. Gregory L. Johnson and Marion Gambardella took home WESTYs in the Clergy category.

Noah Gotbaum and Rachel Dahill-Fuchel were honored with WESTY Awards in the Educators category.

Melissa Elstein and Dee Rieber accept their Neighborhood Association WESTY.

Joel Kupferman accepts his Community Builder WESTY from State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal.

Jason Haber accepts his WESTY in the Real Estate category.

Dr. Petros Levounis of St. Luke’s was a WESTY winner.

Phyllis Gunther, center, with her sons Bram and Matthew Gunther, and Hilary Kopple, was a WESTY winner in the Charity category.

Ivan Jourdain of Ivan’s Pharmacy accepts his WESTY in the Entrepreneur category.

Eileen O’Connor of the West Side YMCA accepts her WESTY as a Community Builder.

This year’s Bravest and Finest winner Detective Domenick Vassallo, left, and Deputy Inspector Brian McGinn.

Andrew Ackerman of the Children’s Museum accepts his award from Council Member Gale Brewer and Harold Holzer, WESTY master of ceremonies.

Batya Lewton was a Community Builders WESTY Award winner.

Victor Gonzalez was also a WESTY Community Builders winner.

Center, Dr. Myint Si, Health Care Pro WESTY Award winner, with her husband, Dr. Myo Maw, and daughter, Darley Maw.

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