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, Blood Drive @ SFDS, and the Christmas party were fun events.
The Graybeards provided scholarships to two high school students in memory of Chris Lawler and Richie Allen.
The Graybeards are also recognizing the John Edwards and The Rockaway Volleyball League for their many years of support of numerous community organizations.
THE 18TH ANNUAL GRAYBEARDS
DINNER DANCE & FUNDRAISER
Recognizing Excellence in Community Volunteerism
Saturday, Jan 26th, 2019
El Caribe Country Club, Brooklyn, N.Y. @ 8:30p
This waterfront park in "The Rockaways" serves as a tribute to those in the neighborhood who died because of the attacks of September 11. The park is scenic and quiet, a lovely spot for visitors and community members to stop and reflect, and to find peace.
Tribute Park was an empty lot on September 11, 2001. The Twin Towers were visible from the spot, and hundreds of local residents stood here and watched the tragedy unfold. With help from the community, this serene park was built to commemorate the day. It includes a mosaic centerpiece, a cupola, and a granite rock engraved with the names of all 343 firefighters who died on September 11. The intention was to provide a place where community members can reflect on their lost loved ones and find comfort to move on with their lives.
Everybody agreed that the perfect site was a triangle on the bay at Beach 116 Street, an empty lot belonging to the city's Parks Department. Park was dedicated on November 6, 2005, after a lot of hard work.
"Don D.H. Hart Memorial Award"
EDWARD K. VALENTINE
Celebrating 40 years of service in the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department
A TICKET FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT: $150.
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.