Queens, NY Steve Chen, COO for national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems, was the honoree for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children (St. Mary’s Kids) at the hospital’s Tribute Dinner on Monday, November 6th. Nearly 300 leaders in the NYC regional construction and real estate industry joined Crystal and Chen at the gala affair. The fundraiser far surpassed its goal for the evening and raised over $630,000 for the hospital.
“Crystal Windows and I are very proud to support St. Mary’s Kids and the services it provides children who face incredible health challenges,” said Chen. “I got involved with St. Mary’s after visiting the main hospital facility in Bayside several years ago, and I saw firsthand the dedicated care and hope the staff gives to patients and their families.”
Besides Crystal Windows, the fundraiser was generously supported by dozens of Crystal business partners. “I am so pleased that Crystal trade customers, material and service suppliers, and friends – some from as far away as Ontario, South Carolina, and Wisconsin – have come together to achieve such a successful fundraiser,” said Chen.
The St. Mary’s Tribute Dinner was held at Guastavino’s by the 59th St. Bridge in Manhattan, a NYC landmark space. Guests were welcomed by St. Mary’s Kids president & CEO Dr. Edwin Simpser and The Reverend Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello. Board member and event co-chair Jeff Levine, president of Douglaston Development and Levine Builders, who has worked with Chen for many years, introduced the honoree.
Crystal and the Chen family have been actively involved in many Queens and NY area non-profit and charitable organizations since the company started in 1990. Crystal focuses on educational and art initiatives, and organizations celebrating and preserving the cultural heritage of Taiwan. He has also been recognized by Crain’s New York Business as a 40 Under 40 business leader and by Glass Magazine as a 20 Under 40 young executive in the architectural glass field. He has served as a judge for the national Window & Door Magazine fenestration industry awards programs for several years, and he has been honored by The Child Center of New York and the Queens Library Foundation.