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Press Releases / 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 03, 2006



Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will join the FDNY Foundation in honoring several individuals who have provided generous support to the Fire Department through the Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards Gala.

The FDNY Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation whose vital message is to bring fire safety and prevention to all New Yorkers and support the critical life-saving work of the New York City Fire Department.  The FDNY Foundation directly sponsors an array of educational and public awareness programs designed to reduce fires and fire fatalities for both the public and for New York City firefighters

Presented annually, the Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Award Gala recognizes outstanding and continuing service to the New York City community.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the FDNY Foundation. WNBC News Channel 4 Anchor Chuck Scarborough will be the master of ceremonies.

2006 Honorees

Joseph P. Coppotelli,
Vice Chairman, Structure Tone
Joseph P. Coppotelli is a true leader and a hands-on executive.  With 30 years of construction industry experience, Mr. Coppotelli holds a key leadership role in setting the strategic direction of this global organization.  Since joining Structure Tone in 1990, Mr. Coppotelli has helped guide the firm through a challenging period marked by steady corporate growth, acquisition and expansion.  The Structure Tone organization includes Structure Tone Inc., Structure Tone International, Constructors & Associates, Pavarini Construction Co., and Pavarini McGovern. These companies collectively employ over 1,300 professionals and have offices in 18 cities nationally and throughout the world. Today, a multi-billion dollar global entity, Structure Tone is considered one of the preeminent construction firms in the world.  Mr. Coppotelli's high level of professional commitment is mirrored by his commitment to the arts and civic organizations in the community, as indicated by his membership on various boards, committees and councils including the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, American ORT, and the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund.

Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub
President, Rusty Staub Foundation
Rusty formed The New York Police and Fire Widow’s and Children’s Benefit Fund Foundation, Inc. in 1986 and is the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation.  Since then the Foundation has raised more than $145 million dollars for the widows and children of police and fire officers who have been killed in the line of duty.  Rusty is also the President of The Rusty Staub Foundation, which has raised over $7 million dollars to assist children and families through various services and programs.  This includes  Food Pantries and a Mobile Unit in the five boroughs of Manhattan, which serve over 650,000 meals to the needy.  Funds for the Foundation are raised primarily through events held annually in the New York area, including a golf tournament in June and a wine auction dinner in October.  Rusty was a six time All Star and the Club’s Most Valuable Player in different years for the Houston Astros, Montreal Expos and New York Mets.  He is in the Hall of Fame of the New York Mets, Montreal Expos and Houston Astros.  His #10 baseball jersey was the first number ever retired by the Montreal Expos organization.

James B. Lee, Jr.
Vice Chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Chairman, Investment Bank, North America
James B. Lee, Jr. is responsible for Morgan’s relationship with many of its most important investment banking clients and supervises many of their strategic transactions. He chairs the bank’s Underwriting Committee, and its National Advisory Board. He is a member of its Executive Committee, the firm’s corporate governance committee. He also has responsibility for other corporate-wide activities, such as LeadershipMorganChase, the company’s leadership development initiative.  He was named one of American Banker’s 1992 “Forty Top Bankers under Forty Years of Age.”  In 1995, the UJA-Federation of New York’s Banking & Finance Division honored him as “Man of the Year”.  In 1997, he was honored by the New York Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.  In 2001, Mr. Lee received the “Equal Opportunity Award” by the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.  In 2004, he was honored by the American Jewish Committee (AJC), received the Helen Keller Achievement Award from the American Federation for the Blind (AFB), and the IFR Magazine’s Award for Service to the Loan Market.  He also became a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in 2004.

Some of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Fund’s recent successes include:

  • Helping the FDNY reduce fire fatalities to an 85-year low in New York City
  • Opening of the FDNY Fire Zone.  The Fire Zone is an interactive state-of-the-art safety education experience at Rockefeller Center where children and adults learn about fire prevention and safety.  The Fire Zone has taught almost one million people critical life-saving techniques
  • Receiving $2 million in Federal Grants to support the FDNY Fire Zone on the Road Program, an outreach program that teaches fire safety to high fire-risk communities
  • Distribution of free smoke and carbon Monoxide detectors, in the city’s highest fatal fire neighborhoods
  • Translating educational materials into eight different languages and distributing them in some of the city’s most fire prone neighborhoods
  • Increasing firefighter safety by providing the FDNY with $3.4 million to acquire: radiation detection equipment, post radios and repeaters, marine navigation equipment, video equipment for the new mobile command posts and funding for additional training in Incident Command and terrorism preparedness


Wednesday, May 3, 2006
6:00PM – Silent Auction and Reception
7:00PM - Dinner


New York Hilton Grand Ballroom
1335 Avenue of Americas (53rd & 54th Sts.)

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Farrell Sklerov, FDNY (718) 999-2056

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