Maspeth Kiwanis dole out annual scholarships
by Daniel Fabiani
Jun 29, 2010 | 7115 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pictured from left to right (front row) are Leonard Masone, scholarship program chairman, Nunzio Russo, club president (second row) Stacy Ladusch, Efthemia Hanakis, Monica Dluzniewski, Paulina Janowiec, (third row) Kenneth Rudzewick, Kiwans member and president of Maspeth Federal Savings, Emily Perez, Andrea Busch, Shawna Evans, (last row) Daniel Fox, Anthony Romano, Michael Mallon, and Simranjit Singh. (Not pictured is scholarship winner Brianna Hines.)
Pictured from left to right (front row) are Leonard Masone, scholarship program chairman, Nunzio Russo, club president (second row) Stacy Ladusch, Efthemia Hanakis, Monica Dluzniewski, Paulina Janowiec, (third row) Kenneth Rudzewick, Kiwans member and president of Maspeth Federal Savings, Emily Perez, Andrea Busch, Shawna Evans, (last row) Daniel Fox, Anthony Romano, Michael Mallon, and Simranjit Singh. (Not pictured is scholarship winner Brianna Hines.)
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The Kiwanis club of Maspeth celebrated their 2010 scholarship winners this past week, just like they have been doing since 1954.

The ceremony took place at O’Neill's Restaurant, where the club holds their weekly meetings. The dining room was packed with Kiwanis members, parents and the 12 graduating high school seniors who were given a scholarship award of $1,500.

“It feels good to see these kids getting these awards,” said Michael Falco, a 28-year veteran of the Kiwanis Club of Maspeth, lawyer by trade and former recipient of the scholarship. “Not only are they at the top of their classes, but they are clean-cut and respectable,”

Since 1954, the Kiwanis Club of Maspeth has given away over $500,000, and it all began when they purchased an old baseball field on the corner of 74th street and 57th Avenue in 1947. The club sold the piece of property two years later for $50,000, and put the money into an escrow account to begin using it for their giveaways. The account still exists today, and they build upon it through their annual fundraisers, flea markets in the neighborhood, and a yearly raffle.

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