joekeenan sDuring 2018, the Graybeards continued to strive to help those in need. Our activities included a couple of Spruce Ups, Turkey Drive, and several Food Drives for local churches.

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.

Thank you very much to the Dinner Committee of Tommy Morgan, John Lavin, Jean Condon, Mary Ellen Olsen, Robbie Ostrander, John McCann, Jimmy Mullen, Dan Sugrue, Morgan Kelly, Mike Lee, Steve Cannon, Lenny Mannino and Mike Schramm for another great job.

Thank you to the Board Members, Steve Stathis, Brian King, Mike Lee, Gary Carroll, Tommy Morgan, Dan Leary, Rocky Dorgoff, Jeff Mercer, Jimmy Mullen, Jim Moriarty, and Jo Jo O’Grady for your efforts throughout the year.

Our treasurer John Cosgrove continued to provide excellent financial advice and counsel to the organization as he has since the organization’s inception. John is an invaluable resource and has been committed to the Graybeards for many years.

Our Secretary, Larry McGuire continued to keep our annual meetings under control. Thank you.

Thank you very much to John McCann for all of his work improving our web site.

For another year, Jean Condon, our Office Manager, ran the organization in a seamless fashion.

The Graybeards will continue to strive to help those in need in the community and to have fun doing so.

Through your great generosity we were able to make numerous contributions to many families in the need.

If you know of anyone in the community in need please contact the Graybeard office at 718-634-6812.

Joe Keenan

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12/16/2010 NY Daily News - Wounded Marine gets New York Christmas wish courtesy of 'Graybeards'
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