2004-04-02 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Trinity Services Luncheon At Russo
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 At Russo’s April 29

It is with great pride that Jack King and I received the Righteous Persons Award on Saturday, March 20, at Temple Beth El from Rabbi Allan Blaine. The Rabbi presented each of us with a magnificent plaque stating that "the Righteous of all nations have an honored place in the world to come". Rabbi Allan Blaine is a religious leader for whom I have the highest respect and regard. In addition, he is a community leader who reaches out to all of us.

Citations were presented to Jack King and I by Congressman Anthony Weiner, Senator Malcolm Smith, As semblywoman Audrey Pheffer and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo.

Audrey Pheffer’s citation noted that Jack King and I were honored "for our activism that has enriched the community through inter-faith activities, a search for peace in the Middle East and the dedication to uphold the ideals of American democracy, unity and brotherhood. Senator Malcolm Smith stated that we were "individuals worthy of our highest respect and esteem". Congressman Anthony Weiner complimented Jack King and me "for our numerous contributions to our community". Councilman Joe Addabbo’s citation noted that the service given by Jack King and I "is truly the lifeblood of the community and the city".

Jack and I were truly honored to be recognized by Rabbi Blaine, Mrs. Selma Kaplan, and President of the Temple and the members of Temple Beth El with this prestigious award. Monsignor Martin Geraghty joined in the service at the Temple.

It was a great day that we were able to share with family and friends.

Please join us for the Trinity Services annual luncheon on Thursday, April 29 at Russo’s on the Bay at 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach at 12 Noon. Tickets are $50.00 and can be obtained by calling 718-474-1641.

Frances Abbracciamento and Joe Mure are the dynamic chairpersons of this year’s luncheon. Frances predicts that this luncheon will be a festive oc casion. Frances is a person who makes things happen. She reminds everyone to buy their tickets early. She is looking forward to the wonderful prizes that will be available. She is join ed by Joe Mure, who is a na tionally prominent attorney. He is actively co-chairing our committee. Joe Mure is a leader. He is a person who makes a difference. He is committed to promoting the welfare of youth and seniors.

This year’s luncheon promises to bring out the best in the Spring season. All the tables will be decorated in festive and bright colors. We are looking forward to many beautiful prizes. Several well known dining establishments will present dinner for two to the lucky winners of our sweepstakes. Another fantastic prize will be a week-end for two in Manhattan at a top hotel.

There will be lots of other special prizes for one and all.

The lunch itself will be a notable dining experience. Russo’s elegantly presents very tasty and delectable meals. There will be many different entries to choose from for the main course. Everyone who came last year was raving about the food and the ambiance.

This year’s honorees are outstanding. Each individual has excelled. They give new meaning to the words dedication and commitment.

We are happy to recognize Rabbi Allan Blaine from Temple Beth El; Sherry Bernstein, Director of Pre K, at West End Temple; Fay Cohen, chair of The Hadassah Heart Luncheon for 44 years; Robert Kane, Founder of the Caffrey Conroy Learning Center; Eliz abeth Languilli, Director of UFT Leadership Institute; Fred and Kathy Leander, founders of Trinity Services; Maureen and Andrew McGee, Pres ident of Sea Breeze Seniors; Commis sioner Joe Miele, Chairperson, Board of Directors of Peninsula Hospital; Mary Rooney, V.P. Community Federal Savings Bank and Neil Sheehan, Ex ecutive V.P. of Outreach Project.

These individuals have achieved self actualization in accordance with Mas low’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow postulated that this is where people realize their highest potential in their own unique way.


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