The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation’s 35th Anniversary was in full swing. The ladies in their warm spring colors looked beautiful and the men looked very handsome. Unlike last year’s monsoon weather, this year the evening was spring-like and clear.
But no matter the weather, the party was hot! The owners and hosts of the luxurious New Woodhaven Manor, Mandeep Singh and Sangita (Sandy) M. Patel, outdid themselves with the patriotic red, white and blue décor. The room’s ambiance was beautiful and as at all of our events, the atmosphere was warm with happy guests.
All of our honorees and guests were greeted by me and my hardworking staff members at the door, including office manager Maureen Bermingham (2009 Honoree) and office secretary Lisa, who under the direction of our GWDC board and our president Stephen Esposito worked on this successful event.
Many pictures were taken of our honorees, their families and guests. The elaborately decorated beautiful room was filled with patriotic colors of red, white and blue, with our American Eagle flag in the background, along with our American flags at every table.
At all of our GWDC dinner dances, we begin the evening's program by inviting veterans in attendance to lead in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. This year we had Vietnam Veterans K. Casey and Stephen Esposito and Desert Storm veterans Joseph Iaboni and Lt. Col Ralph Gracia, and Master Sergeant Edward Carr of the FKL AFJROTC. They were all applauded and thanked for their service.
Our honorees were “Woman of the Year 2014” Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez represented by Evelyn Cruz; “Man of the Year 2014” WBID President Mathew Xenakis; “Award of Distinction 2014” Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner represented by Captain Danielle Raia; “Honorary Woodhavenite Award 2014” George Smith; and “Awards of Appreciation 2014” State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo and Assemblyman Michael Miller.
Each of our honorees received a beautiful blue GWDC plaque courtesy of Capo’s Trophies and proclamations from Addabbo and Miller, as well as Council members Elizabeth Crowley and Eric Ulrich and Borough President Melinda Katz.
Then each spouse or loved one was presented with rose bouquets matching the boutonnieres of the honorees courtesy of Park Place Florist. They enjoyed “their” evening with their immediate families and their friends. Also in attendance were other friends and community representatives.
They were Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn, CB10 Chairperson Betty Bratton, CB6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio, Glendale Kiwanis, Father Tumino of St. Thomas the Apostle, Pat Gatt of the Queens Chronicle, Joan DeCamp, Independence Residence-Jamaica Avenue Restaurant and longtime supporters Jean Aube, Mary Ellen, Geraldine, Nancy DiCroce, Bill Johnert, Honorable Eleanor Errante, Debbie Cohen from the Times Ledger, Franklin K. Lane H.S. Assistant Principal Mcguire, , Lt. Col Gracia, Master Sergeant Eddie Carr, Assistant Principal Hernandez, Dr. Dennis J. Pazos and his wife.
Also attending were Paul Rudolph, Jr., Bobbi of Bobbi and the Strays, Officer Jose Severino, Sregeant Joseph DeMarco, WRBA President Martin Colberg, Paul Capocasale, Neirs owner Lyle, Deneille’s dancing instructor, NYCB, Ohlert Ruggiere, Ken Wilson, CB9 Chairman Ralph Gonzales Chairman and our own American Legion Post 118.
I hope that I haven’t forgotten anyone, if so, let me know. As on Memorial Day, we must remember our Veterans on Flag Day. We also must remember always that our America is the greatest and most generous country in this world because we are free and we are free because of these, our brave veterans and armed forces that are still fighting and dying for our freedom. They are our heroes.
So as I have stated before, fly our American flag every day above all others and wear your flag lapel pins. May God bless America.