Magazine article The CPA Journal

A Tradition We're Bringing Back in Style

Magazine article The CPA Journal

A Tradition We're Bringing Back in Style

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One hundred and eighteen years ago, the New York State Society of CPAs held its first annual meeting. Back then, this was a relatively small affair-understandably so, since the profession had been created by legislation in New York only two years prior, in 1896, and the NYSSCPA founded by six of the first licensees. By the end of the 1920s, however, our membership totaled nearly 2,000 CPAs and our annual meeting was a formal affair where the men came tuxedoed and the women came gowned to a grand ballroom at posh addresses such as the Waldorf Astoria or the Ritz-Carlton. It was the event of the year for the NYSSCPA; to miss it would be unthinkable.

Today, the Society boasts tens of thousands of members, but for the past few years, it has been a challenge to fill the room at what used to be a can't-miss occasion. So we made some changes- we changed venues, we added live music, we switched up the program a bit-and members noticed.

This year, on May 19, the NYSSCPA's annual gala will be held from 5-9 p.m. at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, where guests in black tie (which will be optional) and evening gowns will sip cocktails on the Hudson River, enjoy cuisine prepared by celebrity chef Abigail Kirsch, and be entertained by a Grammy-award winning artist. This gala affair will maintain the tradition of annual dinners past, when we vote in our new slate of officers and board members, as well as honor the presidential year of Joseph M. Falbo Jr. and celebrate incoming president F. Michael Zovistoski. But this year, all funds raised through ticket sales and sponsorships will be earmarked for the Moymhan Fund, which supports the charitable activities of the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) and scholarship programs. …

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