2003-05-09 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Trinity Services Luncheon A Success
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Chatting With Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Trinity Services Luncheon A Success

More than 650 people celebrated the important mission of Trinity Services at Russo’s on Wednesday, April 30th at a luncheon.  I founded this organization in the Spring 1994.  Trinity means three - The Rockaways, Broad Channel and the Mainland.

Thank you to my friends and neighbors who came out in such overwhelming numbers. A special commendation goes to all those who worked on our luncheon committee.  You are superlative!!!

Kudo’s go to Frances Abbracciamento, the Chairperson of the luncheon.  Frances is dynamic, energetic and capable.  She is futuristic in her thinking.  Happy Birthday to Frances. She will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Friday, May 9th, at the exclusive Explorers Club in Manhattan. Frances’ sons and daughters have planned a big birthday bash!!!

Our very gracious honorary chairperson Matilda Raffa Cuomo, the former first lady of New York State - commended Trinity Services for the van and the intergenerational after school program. Concerning the school program, Matilda noted "as founder and chairperson of Mentoring USA, New York City’s largest site based one to one mentoring program, I recognize the value of important bonds that develop between adults and our youth that can last a life time.  Intergenerational experiences not only promote good feeling and enhance the lives of its participants young and old, but they also strengthen the community at large."

My neighbor and colleague, David Dow Bentley, joined me as the co-master of ceremonies.  It was obvious that David had studied at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts. David added that special flair and zest that invigorated the room.  His great sense of humor was contagious. David Bentley spends his time between his two homes - in Texas and in Queens.  David is a very highly regarded columnist.  Mr. Bentley’s column, published from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast may be viewed online at www.The People’s Critic.com.

Rabbi Alan Blaine gave the invocation.  Rabbi Blaine is a deeply spiritual leader who inspires everyone to aspire to higher religious, moral and ethical values.  His ability to combine his vast knowledge of the Scriptures with his wisdom concerning human nature is a very important at this critical time in our country. His remarks set the tone for our day.

Sister Mary Beatta has the most magnificent singing voice. Hearing her sing reminds me of the following definition of music - "music is an inarticulate, unfathomable speech which moves us to the edge of the infinite and compels us for a moment to gaze into it".  Sister Mary Beatta makes this definition become a reality.  When she sang "God Bless America" there was a standing ovation.  Sister Mary Beatta definitely causes a room to come alive.

Tom Touhey did a masterful job as the D. J. Tom is a top notch professional. His professionalism, dedication and talent added immeasurably to everyone’s enjoyment of the day. He tailored the musical selections to meet the requirements of this special luncheon.  People were dancing, singing and tapping their feet. Everyone remarked that the D.J. and the musical selections were great. Thanks to Tom Touhey for volunteering his services.  He was ably assisted by his personable colleague from the New York City Fire Department Bob Murphy.  If you are looking for a D.J. that will tailor the musical selections to your requirements call Tom Touhey at T. Tunes.

Joe Addabbo, our City Councilman, supported the luncheon. He also brought his mother, his brother and his sister-in-law. Joe’s wife, Dawn, contributed beautiful Avon pins with yellow ribbons supporting our troops.  Joe congratulated Trinity Services for serving the seniors. He supports our seniors through funding and legislation.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, and Senator Malcolm Smith were in legislative session in Albany so they sent Larry Love and Fred Simmons to represent them.

Joann Ariola represented herself and Mayor Bloomberg.  She congratulated Trinity for providing excellent services to seniors in southwest Queens.

Congratulations to our honorees - Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Stanley Gelda, Robert Levine, Cody Mc Cone,  Kath­leen Riddle, Joseph Ruggiere, Sr. Hannah Cox, Sr. Patricia Walsh, Josephine Mc Partland, Virginia Shea and Frank Pedagno.

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