2006-06-09 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Trinity Luncheon A Success
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Dr. Geraldine Chapey
Dr. Geraldine Chapey Thank you to each and every person who helped to make our Chapey Trinity Services luncheon a success. Over 800 people gathered at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach on June 1, 2006 to raise funds for our Trinity programs. Please mark Thursday, May 31, 2007 on your calendar as the date of our next luncheon.

Thanks to Matilda Cuomo for serving as the honorary co-chair again this year. Matilda noted that the Trinity program is a meaningful, groundbreaking program, which reconnects seniors with society. She stated that the importance of the van program cannot be underestimated, especially for people who might otherwise suffer from geographic isolation in their communities of the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Ozone Park. Matilda feels that the mobile van program provides seniors who live alone with access to travel, meeting new people, making new friends and enjoying life. Matilda complimented Geraldine Chapey for helping people to come together to serve the greater good.

Thanks goes to David Bentley, our talented Master of Ceremonies. David, by popular demand, has been our MC at each of our four luncheons. David's obvious innate talent and his professional training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts combine to make David a top notch professional. He has a keen sense of humor and a fantastic sense of timing that keep our luncheon program on target and on time. David is well known as "the People Critic" from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast.

Thanks goes to Tom Touhey and his son for providing an outstanding array of tunes that kept us dancing and tapping our feet. He is a DJ who selects his tunes with care to meet the musical tastes of our audience. Tom has the unique ability to play music that we can hear while also allowing us to talk our neighbors and hear our neighbors at the same time. Tom has graciously played at each of our luncheons. He is also invited back by popular demand

Governor George Pataki sent greetings and warm regards to all gathered for the Trinity Services Fourth Annual Fundraising Luncheon. According to Pataki, the Empire State is fortunate to be home to exceptional organizations whose humanitarian philosophies and activities cultivate friendship, as well as support to the community at large. Since 1994 Trinity Services has been delivering programs that offer the promise of happier days and a bright future to both the senior and junior residents of Southwest Queens.

Governor Pataki feels that Trinity Services provides a means of turning compassion and concern into positive actions that make a practical difference in our society. Through the van service program, the educational, recreational programs and the intergenerational after-school programs, Trinity Services remains committed to making Queens a better place for seniors and youngsters. All affiliated with this noble enterprise may derive a justifiable sense of pride in this fine association.

We look forward to seeing you next year at our annual luncheon on Thursday, May 31, 2007, at Russo's on the Bay.

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