Bringing out the best in the community.
Frank and Rita Castagna have worked to enhance the quality of life on Long Island as principals of Castagna Realty Company, their real-estate development and management firm, and through their luxury retail operation, Americana Manhasset. Helping those in need is also an integral aspect of the Castagna’s mission, and their commitment to our community is evident in their dedication to many worthy causes.
Strong supporters of The Viscardi Center, Frank and Rita’s generosity has been instrumental in the expansion of education and work readiness programs for children and adults for many decades. Rita remains committed to the Henry Viscardi School (HVS) as a member of the Reach for a Star Luncheon Committee, where she plays an active role in planning the event. This year, facilitated by the couple, Americana Manhasset made a special contribution by becoming the Presenting Sponsor of the 35th annual Luncheon, which raised record funds for students at HVS.
On a larger scale, Frank and Rita’s philanthropic endeavors are widespread. Americana Manhasset has brought in nearly $10 million for over 100 nonprofit organizations — Viscardi included — during its annual holiday shopping benefit, Champions for Charity®. Perhaps Champions for Charity is the best way to describe the Castagnas, who do so much to bring out the best in their local community.