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Taste of the Harvest Gala

Dedication from our employees goes beyond the norm!

The Taste of the Harvest Celebration is a gourmet tasting event that features a variety of scrumptious food and desserts from more than 40 of Long Island’s top restaurants, caterers, country clubs and other fine eateries. It also features an exciting raffle and a silent auction with prizes that include New York sports memorabilia, weekend getaways, restaurant gift certificates, and much more.

Zorn's of Bethpage is a longtime supporter of Island Harvest, not only participating in their special events but by donating food on a regular basis. They are annual supporters of the Taste of the Harvest Celebration, gathering up their family (aka employees) to head out and volunteer for the night.

"We are so proud of all of our employees, and especially would like to recognize Scott Grasso, who moved on to a new exciting career as an engineer and still came back to volunteer with us" said Merrill Zorn.

Here is the story as told by Scott's new employer PSEG:

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When PSEG Long Island was honored by Island Harvest Food Bank at its 26th Annual Taste of the Harvest Celebration on Oct. 15, President and COO Dan Eichhorn was happy to attend along with other members of the senior leadership team to acknowledge the extensive volunteer work our employees do for the food bank nearly every week. What they discovered was that there was not just a delicious sampling from some of Long Island’s finest restaurants — they also found a PSEG Long Island employee living up to our core commitment of Integrity.

Scott Grasso, one of our newest engineers, had been working at Zorn’s, the legendary Long Island fried chicken spot, before being hired in July. Grasso had already committed to helping Zorn’s with the Taste of the Harvest event before we hired him. Despite having graduated from drumsticks and thighs to work plans and circuit diagrams, he kept his commitment.

“I had met Scott just that morning at a project kick-off meeting, only to then see him again serving food behind the Zorn’s station at the gala,” said Regional External Affairs Manager Kim Kaiman. “Needless to say, Scott is a very honorable young man. I explained this to Dan [Eichhorn/ and John O’Connell, who insisted on meeting Scott.”

Kudos, Scott!

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