An Evening with John Legend | Tilles Center Gala
Honoring Anne D. Shybunko-Moore, CEO & Owner of GSE Dynamics, Inc.,

Benefiting Tilles Center's mission as a non-profit organization to inspire, engage and educate the Long Island community through arts performance, education and advocacy


Honoring Anne D. Shybunko-Moore
CEO & Owner of GSE Dynamics, Inc.


Saturday, November 11, 2023
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception, Goldsmith Atrium
6:30 pm Dinner, Great Lawn Tent
8:30 pm Concert, Tilles Center Concert Hall

For sponsorship and registration inquiries, or to purchase gala tickets by phone or email, contact Shannon Preston, Director of Advancement, or 516.299.2600. Tilles Center is a non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

About the Show

This special solo performance will feature songs and stories with 12-time GRAMMY winner John Legend. Experience intimate reimaginings of his greatest hits (“All of Me,” “Ordinary People,” "Tonight"), unexpected stories from Legend's life and career, and selections from his most recent release LEGEND ("Nervous," "Wonder Woman"). 

Note that John Legend will not be in attendance at the dinner, his performance will take place on the Concert Hall stage at 8:30 pm.

About Our Honoree

Anne D. Shybunko-Moore is the CEO and Owner of GSE Dynamics Inc., a Woman Owned Small Business, and a U.S. Defense Manufacturer. GSE was founded in 1971 and has two manufacturing facilities on Long Island, NY. GSE provides complex structural assemblies direct to the United States Air Force, Navy, Army, and Major Aerospace Primes. Anne joined GSE in 2001, and has been strategically growing the company and expanding its capabilities.

Anne’s main advocacy is to promote manufacturing and the need for workforce training to help companies grow. In 2023, GSE Dynamics was selected by the Navy to be the NY Talent Pipeline Program (TPP) Local Partner Engagement Coordinator. The TPP helps create and sustain a maritime and defense industrial base pipeline that enables companies to re-capitalize their workforces focusing on training and retention. Anne is the Founder and Chair of IgniteLI, The Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island, an industry driven organization to promote manufacturing. She has been an appointed member of the Governor’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC) from inception in 2011. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Hauppauge Industrial Association (HIA), is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for The Cradle of Aviation Museum, and sits on The DeMatteis School of Engineering Advisory Board at Hofstra University.

At the National level, Anne serves on the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the leading governing body of the AIA comprised of senior representatives from the top Defense companies. AIA presented her with the Voice of Industry award in 2022 for her small business advocacy. She also serves on their Board of Governors and Supplier Management Council. Anne was an appointed member of The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), a federal advisory council created to be a source of advice and counsel to the President of the United States, Congress, and the Small Business Administration.

GSE has received numerous performance awards including the honor of the Defense Logistics Agency Outstanding Readiness award, and Anne was inducted into the Long Island Business Hall of Fame in 2022. Anne and her husband Jamie have four sons, and focus on the importance of family and career balance, proving that women can be successful at both.

Proceeds from Tilles Center's Gala Underwrite its Mission

Proceeds from Tilles Center's Gala help underwrite its enduring mission to inspire, engage and educate the Long Island community through arts performance, education and advocacy. Tilles Center, a non-profit organization, is committed to presenting the world’s finest artists across all genres including music, dance, comedy and theater. We seek to explore innovation within the disciplines and are committed to a perspective that is inclusive and equitable. We believe that the performing arts are uniquely capable of fostering communication and understanding among people, supporting social and emotional health, and demonstrating the highest potential for human achievement.

In addition to presenting world-class performances, Tilles Center proudly supports tens of thousands of children and adult learners each year through its meaningful and impactful arts education programs. The focus is on providing arts experiences to underserved communities — from low-income school districts and those on the autism spectrum to local seniors. 

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With Gratitude to Past Honorees

Dr. Patrick O'Shaughnessy, Catholic Health, featuring Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren, 2022

George and Gillis Poll, Poll Restaurants, featuring Jerry Seinfeld, 2019

Steven and Michael Dubb, The Beechwood Organization, featuring Diana Ross, 2018

In Memory of Gerald Monter, featuring Smokey Robinson, 2017

Lisa and Robert Arning, KMPG, featuring Brian d'Arcy James and Megan Hilty, 2016

Chris and Jack Bransfield and Elliot Sroka, featuring Kristen Chenoweth with the Concert Pops of Long Island, 2015

Michael T. Keenan, Wells Fargo, featuring Jay Leno and Rockapella, 2014

Robert Goldberg and Norman Schefer, Fay J. Lindner Foundation, featuring Diana Krall, 2013

Leslie Nylund, featuring Kelli O'Hara and Nathan Gunn, 2012

Eric Krasnoff, featuring Idina Menzel with Tilles Center Gala Orchestra, 2011

Lynn A. Pike, featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, 2010

ProHEALTH Care Associates, LLP, featuring Linda Eder and Brian Stokes Mitchell, 2009

Joseph R. Ficalora, featuring Liza Minnelli, 2007

Hon. Sol Wachtler, featuring The Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra and American Ballet Theatre, 2006

Roger Tilles, featuring Bernadette Peters and the Long Island Philharmonic, 2005

Gerald Monter, featuring Art Garfunkel with the Long Island Philharmonic, 2004

Robert M. Wallach, featuring Michael Feinstein and Jane Monheit, 2003

George L. Engelke, Jr., featuring Mandy Patinkin, 2002

The Albanese Family, featuring Tony Bennett and the Ralph Sharon Quartet, 2001

Tita and Joseph Monti, featuring Itzhak Perlman and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, 2000

Frank and Rita Castagna, featuring Betty Buckley, 1999

Robert B. Catell, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 1998

Donald Rechler, featuring Marvin Hamlisch, 1997

Steven A. Klar and The Klar Organization, featuring The Boston Pops Orchestra, 1996

John Adam Kanas, featuring James Taylor with the Long Island Philharmonic, 1995

Arthur Walbaum, featuring The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, 1994

Thomas A. Doherty, featuring Orchestra of St. Luke's, 1993

Don Felipe de Bourbon, Prince of Asturias, featuring National Orchestra of Spain, 1992

Abraham Krasnoff, featuring The New York Pops, 1991   

Kitty Carlisle Hart, featuring Itzhak Perlman, 1985

Patrice Munsel and Cliff Robertson, featuring “Good Evening Angels” with Dick Cavett, Helen Gallagher, Larry Kert and Jane Powell, 1984

Arlene Dahl and Anthony Drezel, featuring Benny Goodman and his Sextet, 1982

Photo credit: Yu Tsai