Addabbo Lauds Fundraiser In Dad’s Name
City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr. said recently that his father, the former Congressman, Joseph Addabbo, had a dream to bring affordable health care to the Rockaways and that dream has been realized with the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, which has been operating since 1996.
A new state-of-the-art $11.3 million 21,500 square foot facility is under construction and due to be completed this summer. The Mary McNeal Meeks Building, named after Congressman Gregory Meeks’ mother, will be the new home of the main site for the Addabbo Health Center.
The First Inaugural Fundraiser for the Joseph P. Addabbo Health Family Health Center was held at the York College Performing Arts Center with a Class Soul Night Benefit Concert featuring performances by Freddie Jackson, The Manhattans and Ray Chew and the Crew. Honorees were Congressman Gregory Meeks, who was able to secure $1.4 million in appropriation funding, Hal Jackson of WLIB Talented Teens, Sanford Bernstein, General Manager of the Wave of Long Island, James Wiggins, Vice Chair, Board of Directors for the Health Center, Jacqueline McMikle, Assistant Director of Development for the Health Center, the Primary Care Development Corporation and Health First.
The Addabbo Health Center currently operates out of four locations: A main site at 67-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard; its satellite primary care center at 12888 Central Avenue; a new satellite site at 13-20 Farmers Boulevard, Springfield Gardens and its mental health day treatment program for children on the campus of Peninsula Hospital Center, it’s clinical affiliate. In 2004, Addabbo had an operating budget of $12 million and a staff of 185 members caring for approximately 12,000 patients who made over 70,000 visits.