October 4, 2021
ATLANTIC CITY - The 12th Annual Hurley in the Morning Charity Gala and Silent Auction was star-studded and record-setting this past Friday night at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
The Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker was Tom Cantone, President of Sports and Entertainment for Mohegan Gaming Entertainment, with Special Guest Stars Tony Orlando and Gianni Russo.
The Charity event has raised more than $ 75,000, and it’s still growing.
This event was postponed three times and delayed 1 1/2 years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our last Charity Dinner (with Todd Starnes) was April 12, 2019 (2 1/2 years ago) and raised $ 50,000.
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“It was like a dream come true," said event Founder and Chairman Harry Hurley, “we had 215 wonderful and generous friends gather, and celebrate Tom Cantone’s remarkable life and career. It was a magical evening."
With Mark & Susan Giannantonio (Hurley photo)
“Resorts was honored to host The Harry Hurley Charity Gala,” said Mark Giannantonio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Resorts Casino Hotel.
“After a long delay due to COVID, the event was a spectacular success. The evening’s honoree and guest speaker, Tom Cantone, coupled with celebrities Tony Orlando and Gianni Russo, made for an unforgettable evening.”
“I was thrilled to see my friend Tom be recognized at tonight’s event. Tom is a living legend in the entertainment business and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet,” said Giannantonio.
“You could feel the love and energy the minute I walked into the room,” said Cantone,
“Harry has built an annual event that has  touched thousands of people who not only contribute but benefit.”
“I was honored just to play a small part in helping raise and shatter a record amount of money thanks in part to my friends Tony Orlando and Gianni Russo. It will forever be a highlight in my career and life. Thank you, Harry and Mark Giannantonio. The FFL (Friends for Life) Club,” said Cantone.
Cantone Family & Tony Orlando (Don P. Hurley photo)
The 13th Annual Hurley in the Morning Charity Dinner and Silent Auction is already scheduled for Friday, October 7, 2022, at Resorts Casino Hotel.
Special Event Notes: Tony Orlando sang his iconic “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” while walking throughout The Ocean Ballroom. The crowd went wild.
Tony Orlando (Don P. Hurley photo)
In a high-energy, action-packed Live Auction event, Gianni Russo raised $ 16,000 (for our charity). The winning three bidders won limo transportation, courtesy of Resorts Casino Hotel, and the opportunity to visit Russo’s home, bequeathed to him by Mobster Frank Costello. Russo will be cooking dinner for 24 guests, in parties of 8 people, whereby Russo will regale about The Godfather movies.
Gianni Russo (Don P. Hurley photo)

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