WRBA to host annual gala, names honorees
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The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association will welcome civic leaders, elected officials, and fellow residents to Roma View Fine Catering on Friday, October 25, for the organization's 48th annual fundraiser.

This yearly event is an opportunity for residents to dress in their finest and celebrate another very successful and eventful year for the WRBA. It’s also a great opportunity to meet and mingle with your friends and neighbors and have a fun evening.

One of the nice things about this annual dance is the opportunity to honor individuals for their many contributions to our community.

This year’s “Woodhaven Man of the Year” is Kenichi Wilson, chairman of Community Board 9 and president of the Board of Directors of the Queens Symphony Orchestra.

I’ve known Wilson for close to 10 years and I’m very happy to see him receive this recognition. Back when we were fighting to get a “No Parking” zone for buses for a local school, Wilson was the chair of CB9’s Transportation Board.

As soon as he heard what we were asking for, he got involved and stayed involved every step of the way. He called regularly with updates and when things looked bleak, he promised that he wouldn’t give up until it was done.

And thanks to his support and persistence, we got it done. That’s just one of the many examples you could give of Wilson’s tenacity, and I look forward to seeing him honored by this community.

This year’s “Woodhaven Woman of the Year” is Deputy Inspector Courtney B. Nilan, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct.

Deputy Inspector Nilan has been a great addition to the 102nd, but it should be noted that she served here earlier in her career before coming back as captain a few years back.

Nilan has adopted the community of Woodhaven as her own, and she’s proven to be an asset to our community.

And the “Business of the Year” is M&M Hardwares at 94-04 Jamaica Avenue and owner Jack Moy. I’ve written about Moy and his store on these pages before. It’s a remarkable store with almost anything you could possibly need inside.

Jack is very familiar with the needs of the residents of Woodhaven; we have a lot of old homes here and he invariably has the right piece or tool that your house needs. He is also a board member of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.

"Our yearly Woodhaven celebrations provide a fun opportunity to gather with so many people who care about our community,” said WRBA president Stephen Forte. “When you come out to this party, you are helping support the block association's work for the community."

The annual event provides a major source of funding for the WRBA's operation. 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 Forte, vice president Giedra Kregzdys, and board members 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.

Adult tickets (12 and older) are $75, and tickets for children over five are $35. Tickets include a full buffet dinner with soda, beer, and wine. The event takes place from 7 to 11 p.m.

Roma View Fine Catering is located at 160-05 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. To purchase tickets, call the WRBA at (718) 296-3735.

I love these kinds of events, where people from the neighborhood get dressed up and party. It’s great to see people you know enjoying themselves and letting loose. Hopefully some of you will join us and celebrate this community and the work that the WRBA does day-in and day-out on its behalf.

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