2005-09-30 / Community

Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Dinner Dance


State Senator Malcolm Smith (second from left) joins Joanie Omeste (the chamber’s Executive Director), John Lepore (President) and John Hennessey (First Vice President) on stage for the opening ceremonies.State Senator Malcolm Smith (second from left) joins Joanie Omeste (the chamber’s Executive Director), John Lepore (President) and John Hennessey (First Vice President) on stage for the opening ceremonies.As the 2005 Chamber of Commerce dinner’s honorees stand behind him, State Senator Malcolm Smith prepares to present them with citations for their accomplishments. The annual dinner was held on Thursday, September 22 at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. Except at noted, all pictures by Miriam Rosenberg.As the 2005 Chamber of Commerce dinner’s honorees stand behind him, State Senator Malcolm Smith prepares to present them with citations for their accomplishments. The annual dinner was held on Thursday, September 22 at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. Except at noted, all pictures by Miriam Rosenberg.Cher, Beth Midler and Dr. Evil impersonators help chamber president John Lepore hand out the awards during the annual dinner dance held at Russo’s on the Bay last Thursday.  Photos by Miriam RosenbergCher, Beth Midler and Dr. Evil impersonators help chamber president John Lepore hand out the awards during the annual dinner dance held at Russo’s on the Bay last Thursday. Photos by Miriam RosenbergDan Mundy, the man who has over seen the development of Tribute Park, is surprised with a special award for the job he has done.Dan Mundy, the man who has over seen the development of Tribute Park, is surprised with a special award for the job he has done.Chamber Executive Director Joanie Omeste frames Deputy Inspector Walter Salowski, the Commanding Officer of the 101 Precinct, John Lepore, John Hennessey and Police Officer Louis Brust, the Community Affairs Officer for the 100 Precinct. Photo by Liz SmithChamber Executive Director Joanie Omeste frames Deputy Inspector Walter Salowski, the Commanding Officer of the 101 Precinct, John Lepore, John Hennessey and Police Officer Louis Brust, the Community Affairs Officer for the 100 Precinct. Photo by Liz SmithSt. John’s CEO Luis Hernandez and Peninsula’s Liz Sulik (director of external affairs) represent their respective facilities at the dinner.St. John’s CEO Luis Hernandez and Peninsula’s Liz Sulik (director of external affairs) represent their respective facilities at the dinner.The chamber’s Joanie Omeste and RDRC’s Curtis Archer hit the dance floor.
The chamber’s Joanie Omeste and RDRC’s Curtis Archer hit the dance floor. The evening’s honorees, top, from left,  Luis Hernandez (CEO SJEH), Dr. Kathleen Cashin (DOE region 5 ), John Hennessey, Dan Mundy (Tribute Park project coordinator), Ralph Tragale (PA); bottom, from left, Joanie Omeste,  Daisy Johnson (Miss D’s Playgroup),John Lepore, Oralene Davis (Citibank) with representatives of the Strands Salon get together for a group photo.The evening’s honorees, top, from left, Luis Hernandez (CEO SJEH), Dr. Kathleen Cashin (DOE region 5 ), John Hennessey, Dan Mundy (Tribute Park project coordinator), Ralph Tragale (PA); bottom, from left, Joanie Omeste, Daisy Johnson (Miss D’s Playgroup),John Lepore, Oralene Davis (Citibank) with representatives of the Strands Salon get together for a group photo.Those sitting at the RDRC table pose for The Wave’s camera.Those sitting at the RDRC table pose for The Wave’s camera.The Wave’s publisher, Susan Locke (middle), joins the attendees from Arverne By The Sea take time to pose for a picture The Wave’s publisher, Susan Locke (middle), joins the attendees from Arverne By The Sea take time to pose for a picture Chamber of Commerce executive director Joanie Omeste (left) and her executive assistant Shaliza Alli (right) join other attendees for a picture with the Beth Midler and Cher impersonators.Chamber of Commerce executive director Joanie Omeste (left) and her executive assistant Shaliza Alli (right) join other attendees for a picture with the Beth Midler and Cher impersonators.

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