MidVille Kiwanis celebrate community work
by Mark Garzon
Dec 19, 2017 | 6033 views | 0 0 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Middle Village Kiwanis Club held its annual holiday dinner on Thursday to celebrate its work throughout the year.

The event at Villa Erasmo also included a ceremony to install new officers and renew former ones.

In addition, the organization presented three checks to St. Mary's Children Hospital, St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, and Jamaica Hospital.

"It puts into perspective all we do throughout the year," said club president Al Gentile.

According to Gentile, the club raised almost $10,000 from various events throughout the year, including bowling, a luau, pancake breakfast, and its first-ever Oktoberfest event.

St. Mary's Children Hospital received $500 and St. Jude's Children Research Hospital was presented with $1,000.

In addition, Jamaica Hospital was presented with $3,000.

The remaining funds will go towards scholarships for students within the area that will be attending tuition-based high schools in the fall.

"We're a small club, but we're very good at what we do," Gentile said. "We're very active in the community that we serve."

During the event, two new board members were installed by Kiwanis West lieutenant governor Carol Masiello, as well as four new club members.

"We're really growing, we're getting new members and they are taking up the baton and sharing the calls of fundraising," said current board member J.P. Di Troia.

He said the club's work and ability to give back and make people happy was a rewarding experience.

"It comes back to you threefold," he said.

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