2004-03-26 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter
Joseph Mure

With Beverly Baxter
Joseph Mure – Illuminating A Cause

Among the distinguished roster of honorees presented in this year’s parade is a man whom many of you have come to know through his numerous philanthropic endeavors on behalf of children and the elderly. He certainly caught the eye of the James Conway Sullivan Que ens County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee when it chose to bestow its highest honor upon him-that of Deputy Grand Marshal in our 2004 parade.

Speak with Joe Mure about his Law practice, the inequities within the Judicial system, or his advocacy of truth, justice, and fair play with regard to his high-profile representation of those underserved by the criminal justice system and you will discover a man on a passionate quest that far exceeds the confines of the courtroom. There is a common theme-a thread- that is woven throughout every aspect of Joe Mure’s life: service to those who are vulnerable by illness or circumstance.

As President of The Brooklyn-Queens Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mr. Mure has raised awareness of, as well as much needed monies for, a disease that afflicts millions of children as well as devastates many of our elderly.

Dedicating every honor he re ceives to put a spotlight on this dreadful disease and the need for a cure, Mr. Mure and his wife Marit za host for the entire community an annual holiday celebration at their stately Neponsit home. They turn their elaborately decorated home into a veritable Winter Wonderland endearingly called "The Little North Pole". Their generous festivities include food, hot chocolate, toys, visits from Santa Claus, and entertainment for the thousands who visit each year. This past season, attendees were treated to performances by the Rockaway Theatre Company and Rockaway Artists Alliance, as well as renowned children’s characters who enhanced the magical occasion. Mr. Mure states two very noble reasons for embracing this costly Herculean endeavor. "First, to put a smile on your child’s face with a memory of Rockaway that will last a lifetime; and second, to help a special group of children who genuinely need our help."A0A0A0

The Little North Pole has become a beacon shining attention on the nature of this incurable disease. In illuminating his home, Mr. Mure continues to illuminate awareness and the cause for a cure.

During this past year, Mure rendered his time, talent, and unremitting dedication to the much needed cause for a new Children’s Diabetes Center at Peninsula Hospital. Mon ies sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are utilized to conduct research in furtherance of a cure; while funds tendered to Pen insula Hospital were used to fin ance the opening of the new Child ren’s Diabetes Center that began this month. As for his motivation, Mure states, "Until now, a child with Juvenile Diabetes could not be treated in Rockaway. Instead, parents are compelled to rush their children to Long Island or Man hattan; often in frightening situations when time is of the essence and emergency care is required." The facility will be part of the An gels On The Bay pediatric wing. There will be on staff a Pediatric Endocrinologist and children will be seen and treated without regard to whether they have insurance.

Joe Mure’s thread of benevolence on behalf of children continues with the Rockaway Children’s Fund, which he established more than two years ago in response to the WTC attack. The fund provides pivotal assistance to the children of Rock away who lost parents in the WTC and Flight 587 disasters. Here too, monies raised by Mure are distributed to those in need at the time they need it most.

In his continued commitment to ward children and seniors within the community, Joe Mure will join Frances Abbracciamento and serve as co-chair at the upcoming Lun cheon to benefit Trinity Senior Ser vices, which will be held at Russo’s On-The-Bay on April 29th. Trinity Services, provides to more than 2000 seniors in our community van programs to transport groups of seniors and youth to social, educational, historical, and cultural destinations. It also funds an after-school Intergenerational Teaching Program where seniors and youth exchange and benefit by their varied life experiences.

The son of Teresa and Joseph Mure III, Joe was raised in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn where he attended Canarsie High School, Kingsborough and Queens College. He received his advanced degree in Law at the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He is married to Maritza and the couple have three children: Christina, Joey, and Michael.

A former professional skater and avid athlete, Joe loves most of all coaching his two sons’ Little League teams. After-all, it’s the children from which he derives much of his personal joy.A0

A warmly engaging; yet understated man, Joe Mure seems rather awkward with all the accolades. Although he deflects all the attention onto these most worthwhile causes, we are as a community illuminated and enhanced by his presence and selfless activism.A0A0A0A0A0A0A0

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