2019 BALL CHAIRPERSONS
Marie and Salvatore Capitano
The Capitano Foundation
As we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in 2019, Sal & Marie Capitano are also celebrating their 60th Anniversary as residents of West Islip. Sal and Marie have been married for 61 years are have become special neighbors and philanthropic leaders in the community.
Sal is a licensed NYS Professional Engineer and has his own company Construction By Design Corporation, which was founded 1967. He was the co-founder and President until retirement. Their son, Sal Capitano lll, serves as the current President. Sal has been a Trustee for the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation since 2016. Marie has volunteered at Good Samaritan as a Eucharistic Minister and at events such as the Women’s Garden party.
The Capitano’s became interested and actively involved in philanthropy through Sal’s business partner of 33 years with “The Gift of Life” in the early 90’s. During that period they sponsored more than twenty children from around the world to come to America for open heart surgery at various local hospitals including St Francis Hospital, St. Jude’s Hospital, the Northwell Group and Mt. Sinai Hospital.
In 1997, The Capitano Foundation was established. The Foundation’s mission is to help the less fortunate, directly, through hospitals, churches, Doctors without Borders, the Red Cross, private organizations and individuals sharing the same goals. The Foundation has grown over the years and currently supports some 27 charitable organizations. They hope to see it continue to grow and always remember it all started with their first gift.