2003-03-08 / Community

Fundraiser Set In Memory Of Gene Whalen

By Howard Schwach
Fundraiser Set In Memory Of Gene Whalen By Howard Schwach


Firefighter Eugene Whalen, a long­time Rockaway resident, died on Sep­tember 11 attempting to help people get out of the World Trade Center.

His brothers and a long-time friend memorialized Whalen with a Rockville Centre Restaurant called "Gene Mich­ael’s"

Now, a foundation has been set up in his name. That foundation, nam­ed the "King of Fun Found­ation," is holding a fundraiser on Thursday, March 20 at Russo’s on the Bay.

"Many people remember Gene and what he did for his community," says Kieran Mills, one of the organizers of the fundraiser and a firefighter at Ladder 323 in Brooklyn. "We have been friends since we were both probies together and I just don’t want people to forget him."

The affair, which will benefit St. Ger­trude’s Church in Edgemere, the Juv­enile Diabetes Foundation, the Salv­ation Army and the Eugene Christmas Tree Foundation, will run from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Those interested in attending the fund­raiser or who want further in­formation should call 718-945-3614 or should log onto kingoffunfoundation@hotmail.com.


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