2001-02-10 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey...by Geraldine Chapey

Chatting With Chapey...by Geraldine Chapey

The annual Emerald Ball is fast approaching.  The Emerald Ball will be
holding its 161st annual celebration at the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, February 24, 2001 at 6 p.m.

As usual the Emerald Ball is a gala Manhattan black tie event.  All of the
ladies and gentlemen will be fashionably attired.  Archbishop Edward Egan will offer us his words of wisdom.  This will be a particularly interesting year because of the Popes' announcement that Archbishop Egan will be elevated to the rank of Cardinal at a ceremony in Rome on February 21, 2001.

This makes Archbishop Egan one of the elite princes of the Roman Catholic Church.  Archbishop Egan will be accompanied on the dais at the Emerald Ball by Bishop Thomas Daily, the bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, and other religious dignitaries.  In addition, they will be joined on the dais by the members of the laity who are officers in the Emerald Ball Association.

The Emerald Ball is a great place to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  People come from all corners to enjoy the evening and to share the friendship, warmth and camaraderie that accompany the event.

Each year the dinner itself is a culinary feast.  From the appetizer to the
dessert, the taste is exquisite and the presentation is masterful.  Its picture perfect quality makes the meal an artistic creation. There are a number of different wines served with the different courses. Sometimes lingering over the fine bouquet of a great wine can be more inviting than the actually drinking of the wine.

In addition, each year at the Ball all of the guests are treated to outstanding musical renditions by well-known opera stars or Irish tenors.
One year Dana herself, the president of Ireland, shared her magnificent
musical talents with us.  These musical performances add to the enjoyment of the evening.

Another tradition is the annual march by all previous chairs of the Emerald Ball and their spouses. Many of the present and past officers come from our area.

The most important purpose of the Emerald Ball is that its primary purpose is to raise funds for dependent children. These monies go to help the
most vulnerable in our society.  These youngsters are sorely in need.  Today
it is obvious that there is a real problem providing our dependent youngsters with the services that they require in order to grow and develop into mature functioning adults. Please reach out and help these youngsters by going to the Emerald Ball and donating funds for these dependent children.

If you would like to attend please call Mr. Joseph Keenan at 212-809-4281 or me at 718-474-5993.  We look forward to seeing you at the Emerald Ball on February 24, 2001 at 6 p.m. at the Waldorf Astoria.

Please see Beverly Baxter's column inviting everyone to join us for a
special annual occasion celebrating the honorees of our Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade at Antun’s on Saturday, February 17, 2001, at 7 p.m.  This is a wonderful family event. Everyone has a great time.  All are invited. Please call Michael Benn or William and Peggy Neville for tickets.  We hope to see you there


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