When Roger Rossi is thrown a birthday party, historic buildings get TLC. That’s because the fiesta is BYOD (Bring Your Own Donation).
Rossi, an official with the Salmagundi Club and a staple at premier plein air outings, is turning 80, and that’s being celebrated with a party at the club on August 17 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the bar and lower gallery of the historic building that houses the august organization. In lieu of presents, donations are requested “to support the wish list compiled by our architects as the second phase of renovation for the Club building at 47 Fifth Avenue in New York City so it can maintain itself as the Center for American Art in America.”
“The Salmagundi Club wants to use the occasion of my 80th birthday as a fundraiser for the second phase of restoration of our building,” says Rossi. “Instead of bringing gifts for the birthday boy, the Club asks that donations be given to Salmagundi for the future of the organization and building. Personally, this birthday is only a number. I do not look or feel what most people believe an 80-year-old should be when they approach this important number. Why hide this achieved stage in life? I still move forward and work for all that is expected of me by the Club and strive to enhance my position among the leaders of the organization. My continual goal at Salmagundi is most importantly to champion and promote the other members and to mentor them as they begin their membership with proper guidance, as to join Salmagundi is a lifetime commitment.”
All donations are welcome. Checks may be sent to the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (please note “Rossi B’Day” on the envelope). Donations can also be made via paypal to [email protected].


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