2005-09-09 / Sports

Last Chance to Reserve Your Volleyball Seat

By Joe McGivney

The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League will celebrate the completion of their 16th season at a gala awards dinner on Friday 9/16 at the Beach Club on 116th Street. Players love to visit the Beach Club, which has been a long-time sponsor of the RBVL, and a good time is predicted for all attendees. A great party band, Souled Out, will provide live music. Of course, you will provide the dancing. Admission is $60 and will include a buffet dinner as well as an open bar.

The previous record for an RBVL awards dinner was 140 and it has been shattered as 180 people have already responded, paid for their tickets and formed tables. This is your last chance to get a ticket. If you haven’t done so already, please call Rocky at 718-338-3951, Denise at 718-474-2512 or Bugsy at 347-413-3563 to make your reservation. Even better, drop your cash or check off at Bugsy’s house. Money talks! We are right near capacity but the Beach Club is working with us to clear up a little more room for the last few people.

Championship sweatshirts will be given out to the 6 division champs, Freedhand’s Court Champs, Fillmore Insurance, The Mahooshkas, the Sandbusters, Coppersmiths and the Brooklyn Transplants and some surprise awards will almost certainly follow. We’re even using “Spell-check” this year to make sure all of the names are spelled correctly. Will John Sica produce and unveil another MTV award winning music video? Only the shadow knows.

Bring your dancing shoes and dress any way that makes you feel comfortable. Last year the fashion ranged from casual beach to elegant chic. Several outstanding Hawaiian shirts showed up as well as some classy dresses and you can expect more of the same this year. Shorts or tuxedos, slacks or dresses - it’s all good.

The Graybeards Blood Drive will be held on 9/18. If you are interested in volunteering, a representative will be on hand to take registrations. Don’t be bashful; help out this legendary neighborhood group as they help others.

After the big dinner-dance, you can take six months off and not think about volleyball until February, when the planning begins for 2006. We hope to see all 40 teams back for another go at this sport we love so much. The games are over but summer is not, so we’ll still see you on the beach as long as the weather stays nice.

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