On Saturday, May 2nd ‘The Graybeards’ in partnership with ‘The RIBS’ will be sponsoring a FOOD DRIVE to help stock the various food pantries throughout the Rockaways. Blue collection bags have been distributed throughout the neighborhood. If you did not receive a blue bag in your mailbox you can put your donations in any plastic bag. Collection of the food will be Saturday, May 2nd. Just leave your donation outside your front door before 9AM next Saturday and someone will be by to pick it up. If for some reason your donation does not get picked up on Saturday you can drop it off at St. Francis de Sales Rectory 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Please consider giving generously.
*Please do not drop off donations at the Graybeards office.
You can also help with a money donation for the food drive.
In 2019 our organization for only the third time since we began had a change at the top as Joe Keenan stepped down as our President after 5 years. Joe has been a tireless and dedicated leader and a great advocate for our organization. Joe will continue contributing to the Graybeards as he will stay on as a member of the Board of Directors. Thanks Joe for all you have done for the Graybeards and the entire Rockaway community.
During 2019 we have continued in our mission to help our neighbors in their time of need. Over the past year some of our activities included two food drives, a blood drive, a Christmas toy drive, a Thanksgiving Turkey drop and the installing of a handicap ramp for a neighbor in need.
We sponsored a Harlem Magic Masters Basketball Game and Kids Shoot Out with over 200 participants coordinated by Jo Jo O’Grady. The Family Fun Run and barbecue once again coordinated by Bugsy with the help of many of our volunteers. There were over 450 runners ranging in age from 3 to 85. Our blood drive we collected over 134 pints of blood that resulted in the saving of 400 lives. Our two food drives coordinated by Mike Lee and Dan Leary resulted in over 4000 bags of food being collected and delivered to 7 food banks throughout the peninsula. Jimmy Mullen once again raised funds for the soldiers to Disney Project that to date has provided 78 families of servicemen and women a fully paid vacation to Disney.
Our members just completed setting up 125 Christmas trees and angels at St. Francis de Sales prayer garden and church. We had four spruce up projects to repair homes of our neighbors in need.
This years Dinner Dance we will be honoring Bill Dunn with the Don DH Hart Award and Gail Allen for the Richie Allen Foundation with the Tom Ryan Memorial Award. We are also presenting a check to Sergeant Kristian Cedeno from Queens, NY who was injured on his second tour of duty to Afghanistan. Fellow member Eugene Brennan and his Stockings for a Cause Fundraiser will provide the funding for this presentation.
By Steve Stathis, in The Wave, Rockaway's Newspaper since 1893
The Graybeards was founded in November 2001 with a simple yet effective mission statement: “to help our neighbors in their time of need.” We’ve been busy ever since.
On October 29th, 2012, Superstorm Sandy ravaged our community with unspeakable damage from floods and fires. When the storm cleared, we found that everyone, including the Graybeards, were in need.
Three weeks after Sandy hit, one of the Graybeards who works for NBC encouraged news anchor Brian Williams to visit Rockaway for a firsthand look at the devastation. After the tour, Mr. Williams said that he would be interested in doing a story on the efforts of the Graybeards.
Don (D.H.) Hart Memorial Award
Richie Allen Foundation
Tom Ryan Memorial Award
Saturday January 25th, 2020
6:30 pm Cocktails
7:30 pm Dinner
5945 Strickland Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11234
$150 Per Person
Call (718) 531-1200