2006-05-26 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

Chapey's Trinity Services Luncheon
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Chapey's Trinity Services Luncheon

Dr. Geraldine Chapey
Dr. Geraldine Chapey More than 800 people are expected to attend our Chapey's Trinity Services banquet on Thursday, June 1 at 12 noon at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach. Thanks to you - my friends and neighbors who are coming out in such overwhelming numbers to support our programs.

David Dow Bentley, by popular demand, will be joining us again this year as the co-master of ceremonies. David adds that special finesse and tone that livens up the room. David's special natural talents were honed at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is an on-the-go professional with one home in Texas and one home in Queens. David is also a top-notch columnist who is well published from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast. His columns may be viewed online at www.ThePeople'sCritic.com . His insightful and thought provoking analyses of the popular performing arts happenings receive rave reviews themselves. People in the know read David's reviews before they go to these events.

David is a member of the Lambs Club - America's oldest professional theatre club. The Club is the "in" gathering place for members of the entertainment industry, situated in the heart of New York City - at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 51st Street across from Radio City Music Hall and St. Patrick's Cathedral. David is an active member of the Club, which has been called the "Who's Who of the American Theatre." So many entertainment luminaries have and currently are members of the Club. It is well known that the collaborators on one of America's most popular shows "My Fair Lady," Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe, met at the Lambs Club and perfected much of their material on their fellow Lambs. Imagine the thrill that it is to be a member of the Lambs Club which can boast of such well known members as Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, the Barrymore's, Ralph Bellamy, Joe E. Brown, George M. Cohan, Cecil B. DeMille, Bert Lahr, John Philip Sousa, Gene Autry, Abe Vigoda and Joyce Randolph (Trixie on the Honeymooners). David Bentley's membership in the prestigious organization shows how highly regarded his work is.

Again this year we have our very gracious and talented co-chairs, Matilda Cuomo - the former first lady of New York State, and Dr. Kathleen Cashin - the first lady of Region 5 in the New York City Department of Education. Both of these wonderful ladies were trained as teachers. They have a calling to public service. Matilda continued her calling as the founder and chairperson of Mentoring USA, New York City's largest site based on a one to one mentoring program. Dr. Cashin continued her calling as the Superintendent of New York City's Department of Education in Region 5. Both of these top-notch professionals are dedicated to improving the lives of all New Yorkers. We are delighted and privileged to have these highly trained professional women supporting our after school and senior van transportation program.

Tom Touhey, our fantastic D.J., is also back by popular demand. His musical renditions add immeasurably to everyone's enjoyment of this spectacular day. He has a special talent for assessing the musical tastes of his audience and literally has people dancing in the aisles. Thanks to Tom Touhey for making our luncheon a special day. Through his unique talents, his warm personality and his musical know how we have a fantastic day.

I am looking forward to seeing you at Russo's on the Bay on June 1. Again thank you for your support.

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