Dan Leary and Joe Courtney organized an alcohol and drug awareness meeting which was well received by the parents of the children who attended. The Graybeards sponsored the Harlem Magic Masters. The Family Fun Run organized by Keith Goldberg and Jo Jo O’Grady had a record number of entrants and was a wonderful family event. The funds raised greatly helped a family in need. Jimmy Mullen’s fundraising continued to send Soldiers to Disney. Mike Lee and his crew did a great job with the Block Party for Special Olympics. The Blood Drive went well. Dan Sugrue skillfully coordinated the workers for the food drive which we worked on with the RIBS. A number of Graybeard volunteers and their children assisted with setting up St. Francis’ Christmas Trees. Mike Lee did a great job organizing this effort.
Our boat ride, the Softball game organized by John Mc Cann, and the Christmas party were fun events.
The Graybeards provided scholarships to two high school students in memory of Chris Lawler and Richie Allen.
This year the Graybeards are recognizing Pat Nash. Pat is an inspiration to the Graybeards for his selfless conduct as well as his volunteerism.
The Graybeards are also recognizing the Hannah Family and Browns Hardware for their many years of support of numerous community organizations.
Saturday, Jan. 28th 2017
El Caribe Country Club
Honorees: Patrick Nash and Liz Hanna
A TICKET FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT: $125.
GROUP TABLES AVAILABLE
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.