Honorees announced for WRBA's annual gala
by Ed Wendell
Sep 05, 2018 | 3358 views | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association has been the guardian of Woodhaven since it was formed in 1972. Its official purpose at the time remains its mission today: to foster "an interest in civic, social and political affairs."

The WRBA advocates on behalf of the residents of Woodhaven, promotes neighborhood spirit by bringing together residents and local leaders, and seeks to engage all in the betterment of our community.

Each month, residents of Woodhaven gather to discuss the issues that face them. If you have never been to a town hall meeting hosted by the WRBA, you owe it to yourself and your community to attend.

The next one will be Saturday, September 15, at noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 93-12 91st Avenue.

Every year, the WRBA also hosts a celebration of Woodhaven, honoring the achievements of the residents and businesses that make our community special.

This year, the WRBA will host its 47th annual fundraiser on Friday, October 26, at Roma View Fine Catering at 160-05 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. This yearly event is an opportunity for residents to dress in their finest and celebrate another successful and eventful year for the WRBA.

Adult tickets (12 and older) are $70, and tickets for children over five are $35. Tickets include a full buffet dinner with soda, beer, and wine. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and concludes at 11 p.m.

At a recent Woodhaven Town Hall meeting, WRBA president Stephen Forte announced the three honorees that will be celebrated at this year’s gala.

This year’s Woodhaven Woman of the Year is Peggy Finnegan, longtime resident of Woodhaven and frequent attendee at our monthly meetings. Finnegan became well known for the strong case she made against changes the Department of Transportation (DOT) wanted to make in Woodhaven, changes that never happened thanks to people like her.

This year’s Woodhaven Man of the Year is Jose Vazquez, longtime resident of Woodhaven and well known for the stance he also took against other changes by DOT.

Though those changes eventually went through, residents truly appreciated the time and effort Vazquez put into the effort.

The Woodhaven Business of the Year is Dexter Wines and Spirits at 75-13 Jamaica Avenue. Dexter Wines has become the go-to place for top quality wines and spirits, and they are also very supportive of the community.

"Our yearly Woodhaven celebrations provide a fun opportunity to gather with so many people who care about our community,” said Forte. “We're very excited to celebrate this year with truly deserving honorees.

“When you come out to this party, which doubles as a fundraiser for the WRBA, you are helping support the block association's work for the community,” he added. “We hope to see you there."

The annual event provides a major source of funding for the organization's operations. When you purchase a ticket for this event, you aren’t just getting a great night out, you are also supporting an all-volunteer organization that is good for our community.

The people on the WRBA board are volunteering on behalf of our community seven days a week, 365 days a year. This is a good opportunity to support and thank these people for their efforts.

For the record, they are Stephen Forte (president), Giedra Kregzdys (vice president), Arlene Annunziata, Vance Barbour, Janet Chan-Smith, Martin Colberg, Janet Forte and Sherman Kane. Thank you to all of them for their continued and ongoing efforts on behalf of Woodhaven.

You can purchase tickets at one of the monthly town hall meetings or you can call the WRBA at 718-296-3735. You can also purchase tickets online by clicking here.

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