2005-04-01 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne


News Events/Travel Editor/Host WNYX - TV Morning News

12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

Hope all who enjoyed Easter Sunday had a happy one. At the invitation of Casey Bush, CEO/President of Headwear Information Bureau, who appears regularly on my WNYX TV Show with the newest and best award winning hats of the season, I showed up on the set of the Today Show for their Easter Bonnet coverage after which I attended the impressive Easter Mass at St. Pat’s Cathedral (you must do this some time). When it broke out onto Fifth Ave., I joined the Easter Parade as scheduled. It was then on to Tavern on the Green for lunch followed by the judging of best Easter Bonnet in various categories. We were only three judges, including Casey, and it involved some serious decisions. After all, the top prize was $1000, a few $500 gifts and some of smaller denominations. Enter yourself (no entrance fee) in a beautiful or funny or unique head creation and you may become a winner next year. It was a joyful day.

Befitting the Easter Season, a few weeks earlier, the Sloan Kettering Bunny Hop fund raising annual event took on happy faces in spite of the cold, wintry weather. All smiles and gleeful looks and generous pockets filled the air as the crowds of humanitarians, socialites and just plain generous people and children filled the four balloon decorated floors of American Girl Place department store, just off Fifth Ave and 49th St., newly opened one year ago. It was a happy occasion to offer some monetary help for child cancer victims at Sloan Kettering Hospital. And, of course, there were bunnies on all floors as well as other costumed characters of our children’s world. And, don‘t you know, even the kids of “Kids Kick In” gathered throughout the store to fill their buckets with your loose change. They collected over $600 for the evening to support special events in the pediatric wards, Boys from 7th and 8th grade classes at Allen Stevenson School helped Clifford the Big Red Dog, Peter Rabbit, Pat, the Bunny and Polo Bear hand out Easter Eggs, candy and winning tickets for special prizes. Finest finger foods for children and adults alike were everywhere endlessly replenished.…A fun, fun evening. Do go next year and bring the kids You and they will love it.

At the Explorer’s Club Sunday brunch for prospective members I was delighted at the delicious buffet that tasted so familiar and so close to home cooking (only better).. Well, don’t you know their Master Chef is none other than Frank Abbracciamento, former owner, as many of you remember, of Abbracciammento’s on the Pier. Frank has been the caterer for the Explorer’s club since 1986 and permanently since. He is doing great job along with his sister Alda Spina, (whom I hadn’t seen in years either} by his side. Alda is the Event Planner for the Explorer’s Club. They both adore working for this most prestigious Club in New York where they are constantly surrounded by the most interesting, greatly traveled and intellectual people in the world. They get a chance to serve people from every ethnic global background. It was such a pleasure to see them again. Their mom, Frances Abbracciamento, a former political figure in Queens and a former restaurateur herself, is a good friend of mine and well known throughout the city. She is now up there in age a bit and is recovering from a recent operation on her arm. Speedy recovery, Fran. And keep going as you always do.

I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Donald Palmer, another outstanding Rockawayite for years, now in Florida, on the untimely death of his son who was recently killed suddenly in a car crash along the Belt Parkway. No pain greater than that, Donald and, I am sure, all your friends extend their deepest sympathy as well.

Whether you are looking for a new auto or not, don’t miss the Auto Show this year. You will have a fun time when you try their simulators . You may drive off the road but will be brought to safety by a new cruise control that takes hold of your car before or if you fall asleep, go off the road or hit a curb or a car.. Then they have the car that runs on H2O, yes, water that supplements the gas. Of, course, all of these are not ready as yet, but will be shortly down the road.

You can see me all week on WNYX TV interviewing Keith Price, Director of Marketing and Sales for Auto Week and demonstrating some cars on the floor of the Javits. Get over there and have fun! Travel: Cancun 3nts. All incl Air/ Hotel/Meals etc. $59;4 nts. $649; Oasis XaNXN %4599; 5* HOEL $749.

Give me a cal and AWAY WE GO!!!

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