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Second Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Prime to Benefit Huntington Hospital

Last year's Holiday Tree Lighting at Prime with Mr. & Mrs. Claus and Michael Bohlsen, Prime Restaurant co-owner. Photo by Jim Lennon.

Prime – An American Kitchen and Bar, 117 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY [631] 385-1515 or, presents the second Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Huntington Harbor on Sunday, November 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. to benefit the evening’s charity of honor, The Clark Gillies Children’s Emergency Care Center at Huntington Hospital with this year’s guest of honor Clark Gillies.

“There is no better time to gather with one’s neighbors or to recognize our children in need than during this season of goodwill. On behalf of the Bohlsen family and the team at Prime, we invite those who live and work in our community to our second annual Tree Lighting on Huntington Harbor,” says Prime Restaurant co-owner Michael Bohlsen.

Against the scenic backdrop of Huntington Harbor will be a winter wonderland of lights, festive caroling, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and, warming hot chocolate and seasonal cookies.

The highlight of the evening will be the illumination of a 20-foot balsam fir adorned with 20,000 white lights by guest of honor, Clark Gillies, former New York Islander and NHL Hall-of-Famer.  Joining him on the platform will be Robert Mottola, Vice President of Development and Community Relations at Huntington Hospital, and Michael Bohlsen.

Gillies represents the evening’s charity of honor, The Clark Gillies Children’s Emergency Care Center at Huntington Hospital. The facility was named in honor of Mr. Gillies’ Foundation which provided financial support to help build the state-of-the-art center.  The Tree Lighting will raise awareness and funds for the pediatric services including a donation from the Bohlsen Family Foundation.

“I started the Clark Gillies Foundation with the mission of helping children in need on Long Island,” said Gillies. “I’m thrilled to be part of this event that benefits children in our community, who need high quality emergency medical care, and I’m proud to be associated with the Bohlsens and Prime Restaurant who are of a community that shares.”

“We are extremely grateful to the Bohlsen family and everyone at Prime for once again selecting The Clark Gillies Children’s Emergency Care Center as the beneficiary of what is becoming a Huntington holiday tradition,” said Mr. Mottola. “Community support is always appreciated, but especially so at this time of year when the holiday spirit inspires many of our friends and neighbors to support our charitable mission.”

Adds Mr. Bohlsen, “We are delighted to support Huntington Hospital and particularly the children’s unit. In addition to being the place of both my and my brother Kurt’s birth, Prime is a neighbor and the Bohlsen Family Foundation has a special interest in community healthcare.”

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