The ladies in their warm spring colors were beautiful and the men were very handsome. The evening was spring-like and clear, but no matter the weather the “party” was hot!
The owners and hosts of the luxurious Woodhaven Manor, Mandeep Singh and Sangita (Sandy) M. Patel, outdid themselves. The room was beautiful with the colorful tables, the crystal goblets and fine china. And as at all of our dinner dances we had the patriotic red, white and blue décor.
All of our honorees and guests were greeted by myself and hardworking staff members Maureen Bermingham, Lisa Komninos, Megan Arfmann and Nick Theodorou. Also helping us that night was Nick Komninos, who under the direction of our GWDC Board and our President Stephen Esposito worked on this very successful event.
At all of our GWDC 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, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Korean War and World War II veterans in attendance. They were all applauded and thanked for their service.
Our honorees were “Woman of the Year 2015” Christine Ward, a recently retired teacher; “Man of the Year 2015” Frank Castelli, owner of Beat the Clock Printing; and “Community Activist Award 2015” Eleanor Errante, supporter of Woodhaven and the GWDC and WBID.
A “Special Recognition Award 2015” went to Sergeant Joseph DeMarco of the 102nd Precinct DSNY Deputy Chief Keith Maisel. Each of our Honorees received a special blue GWDC plaque courtesy of Capo’s Trophies and proclamations from State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblyman Michael Miller, and Council members Elizabeth Crowley and Eric Ulrich.
Each spouse or loved one was presented with rose bouquets matching the boutonnieres of the honorees courtesy of Park Place Florist. All were praised. They enjoyed “Their” evening with their immediate families and their friends.
Also in attendance were Joan DeCamp and longtime supporters Geraldine and Bill Johnert, who always purchases the first ticket to our dinner dance, Debbie Cohen from the Times Ledger, Dr. Dennis J. Pazos, Stephen Esposito, Bobbi of Bobbi and the Strays, Officer Jose Severino, Jeffrey Lewis, Neir's owner Lyle and his beautiful wife Alisha, David Valentine, George Smith and wife, Charlotte Butler and Walker Funeral Home's Paul Rudolph, Sr. and his lovely wife Jessie.
Also dropping by was State Senator Michael Gianaris. I hope that I haven’t forgotten anyone, if so, let me know. A special highlight of the evening was Perry Martin, lead singer of the doo-wop group The Paragons.
On June 6, the Anniversary of D-Day when 10,000 of our troops were lost, and on June 14, Flag Day, we must remember our veterans. We also must remember always that our America is the greatest and most generous country in this world and we are free because of our brave veterans and our Armed Forces.
Happy Father’s Day, and shop on our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue for gifts. Also on Father’s Day, there will be live music at the Forest Park Plaza from 6 to 8 p.m. for Make Music N.Y.
Fly our American flag every day above all others and wear your Flag lapel pins. Call our office for a free flag pin. May God bless America.