2003-09-12 / Community

RAA To Host Annual Dinner October 25

RAA To Host Annual Dinner October 25

Do You believe that together we can build a comprehensive arts center in Fort Tilden, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay? The Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) be­lieves that there are many Rockaway residents who do believe that it is possible, and have been working to that ultimate goal.

"We have made incredible progress in the last 6 years at restoring buildings T-6 and T-7. We’ve come a long way," says an RAA spokesperson, "but we have a long way to go. Renovating these sites requires dedicated grant writing and fundraising to raise the significant monies we need to create adequate gallery, educational, workshop and studio space in order to better service our community and beyond."

That spokesperson says that Rock­away doesn’t have a swimming pool, bowling alley, movie theater, municipal pier, and few recreational centers. Rockaway does have RAA, an organization that provides children with after school opportunities, a summer camp, a teen drama club, public events such as Movies By Moonlight, Fort Tilden’s Halloween show and con­tinuous art openings, workshops, lectures, presentations and gallery events.

It also provides entry level jobs to our youth and consultant opportunities in education through our contracts with the Department of Youth and Community Development and the Board of Education.

Those who believe like the organization does are urged to join the organization in its 6th Annual "Building Fund Benefit" on Saturday, October 25, 2003 at The Beach Club at 8 p.m.

Seating is limited. Tickets include dinner, wine, beer, soda, raffles, music and dancing, at The Beach Club, which is located right on Beach 116 Street, right near the boardwalk.

Seating is limited. Tickets are available through the RAA’s office on Beach 116 Street.


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