2002-02-09 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was guest of the West Side YMCA 105 Anniversary Dinner at Tavern on the Green, February 1, 2002, which was a fundraiser that honored Daniel Doctoroff, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City. Mayor Bloomberg praised the Deputy Mayor for his achievements as Founder and President of NYC2012, non-profit corporation formed to bring Olympic games to New York in 2012. As Deputy Mayor he will coordinate with the city and state agencies, the federal government and lower Manhattan Development Corporation to redevelop the World Trade Center site and the financial district. Prior to joining the Bloomberg administration, Mr. Doctoroff was managing partner of Oak Hill Capital, a private equity investment firm. Previous to that he was an investment banker with Lehman Brothers. He received a B.A. from Harvard College and his J .D. from the Law School at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the New York Bar. Before law school he was a political pollster specializing in congressional and senatorial elections. He received the Spirit of New York Award. The dinner was hosted by Roz Abrams, anchor for Eyewitness News at 5p.m, which is part of WABC, Channel 7 in New York. Her enthusiasm and bubbly personality contributed greatly to the fun of the evening.

The YMCAs all over the boroughs have great programs for teens, such as teaching them how to help others, assistance with SATs and College search along with swimming and yoga classes, writing programs, little theater, art works etc. They also have little childhood programs, camp and elder hostels etc. Take advantage of all the YMCAs have to offer.

When the lord passed creativity around he dumped an abundance of it on Geoffrey Holder, master of Art, Dance and Life in the Theater. He won two Tony awards for the Broadway musical, The Wiz, and went on to direct, choreograph and design his second Broadway hit musical, Timbuktu. His figurative paintings have been exhibited by museums and acquired by collectors all over the world, to his dance pieces at the Opera, costume designs and roles in films, Holder's career has spanned all artistic media and genres. Born and raised in Trinidad by artistic parents, Holder absorbed the colors and music of the Caribbean and began his career at an early age, painting and dancing as a child. When his dance troupe appeared in St. Thomas in 1953 Agnes de Mille discovered him and encouraged him to come to New York where his career was launched. You will read all about him in Jennifer Dunnings new book, "Geoffrey Holder….A life in Theater, Dance and Art." It is beautifully written and illustrated with reproductions of Holder's sketches and photos of him. A treasure to have and find on a coffee table in your home. The author, Jennifer Dunning is a dance critic for the New York Times.

The 2002 FIFA Korea/Japan World Cup Soccer Tournaments are being held in South Korea, 153 km away from Seoul, South Korea. To encourage press and travel agents to promote this grand event, a gala dinner and trade show was held at the Marriott Marquis this week. Many diplomats from all parts of the world were present to get acquainted and learn more about the provinces of Korea and Japan as well as Korea Air and Asiana Air that have full reclining seats in business class. If you fly economy class, you receive an upgrade to business class. If you book business class you receive an upgrade to morning calm class. If you are a soccer fan this is the time to take advantage of the great packages being offered. While attending the games you can see what Korea and Japan is all about.

The Mass at St. Thomas More for Louis Ritter last Friday was very well attended with family, friends residents, veterans and firemen. The children took turns speaking out about their loving experiences with their Dad. He was so gentle they never heard him shout or argue. Their expressions of love filled the hearts of all who were there. Sister Beata sang her heart wrenching "Fireman's Song" and there was not a dry eye in the church. Louis Ritter was sent home in a memorable mass to join his wife, Helen, who passed away a few years ago. His kindness and peacefulness and dedication to help others will always be admired. May he look down on us and spread that peace and love among us.

George Angle and Howard Gorlitz have really lucked out. They are headed for Miami, Florida on a USAIR flight for $198 RT from New York to cruise on the NCL ms Norway for a 7 day cruise and have just been upgraded to an outside suite with a terrace and tub. The price for the cruise? $259p.p. Have fun, guys!


Santo Domingo is now the Hot Spot in travel. I will be leaving for the Island on March 2nd to cover their Carnival and hotels for my "Travel in Style" television series. The prices are really fantastic! Air on North American Airlines (not AA) and land with Travelspan for 7 days are as low as $550p.p. dbl. Save 30% on Il Beeches Resorts in Jamaica. Puerto Vallarta 7 nts. $799.99. Bangkok, Thailand, 8 days/5 nts. $950. QE2 transatlantic Apr. 18 6 days $999. Bermuda Reefs 4 days $396; Valentine's Day 4 days Champagne, chocolate, scented, scattered rose petals $640. Save 59% on a SanDiego/Hawaii cruise $2,199. 7 day ms Statendam Sea of Cortez cruise $799. New York/London $195 RT. Bahamas Fly FREE for FREE weddings (not necessary to wed for FREE Flight), camp for kids, all-inclusive. Save $150 if booked with American Express card.

More Travel Specials on WNYX TV UHF Chs. 25, 36 & 39

Give me a call and AWAY WE GO!!!

E-mail dorothydunne@yahoo.com

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