2006-09-01 / Community

Friends of Tribute Park Luck Out at Sunset Fundraiser

The Friends of Tribute Park, a group formed to oversee the park's future, hosted its first-ever "Sunset in Tribute Park" fundraiser last Thursday. Although it rained in many other parts of the city and the skies were threatening in Rockaway, those who attended were spared from wet weather and enjoyed fine food and a fiery sunset. The Chamber Players International Jazz Ensemble played under the park's dome and helped to create a pleasant garden party atmosphere. Arverne by the Sea sponsored the event; music was sponsored by the Rockaway Music & Arts Council; catering by Fast Break Gourmet. Photo: Bernie Warnock, president of Friends of Tribute Park, welcomes the crowd of about 150 people. Photos by Brian Magoolaghan

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. affixes a complimentary Tribute Park pin to his lapel. City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. affixes a complimentary Tribute Park pin to his lapel. Captain Charles Neacy, the Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct, attended the event and also spoke to the crowd. Captain Charles Neacy, the Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct, attended the event and also spoke to the crowd. Liz Sulik (left), who played a major role during the park's planning phase, and Beach 117 Street resident Ellen Nichtern, read names on the firefighter memorial rock. Liz Sulik (left), who played a major role during the park's planning phase, and Beach 117 Street resident Ellen Nichtern, read names on the firefighter memorial rock. Many people remained after sunset. The flag was lowered to half-staff in honor of Lance Corporal Michael D. Glover of Belle Harbor, who was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq on August 16. Many people remained after sunset. The flag was lowered to half-staff in honor of Lance Corporal Michael D. Glover of Belle Harbor, who was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq on August 16. The surprise of the evening was the sun's sudden and glowing appearance low on the horizon. Many people stopped to take pictures or to point it out to others. The surprise of the evening was the sun's sudden and glowing appearance low on the horizon. Many people stopped to take pictures or to point it out to others. Joanie Omeste (right) speaks with Y. Phillip Goldfeder (center) and Matthew M. Gorton of the mayor's Community Assistance Unit. Joanie Omeste (right) speaks with Y. Phillip Goldfeder (center) and Matthew M. Gorton of the mayor's Community Assistance Unit. Jill Weber (left), Rockaway's new administrator from the Department of Parks and Recreation, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joanie Omeste (center) and Marvin Eisenstadt applaud as Bernie Warnock (not shown), president of the Friends of Tribute Park is introduced.  Jill Weber (left), Rockaway's new administrator from the Department of Parks and Recreation, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joanie Omeste (center) and Marvin Eisenstadt applaud as Bernie Warnock (not shown), president of the Friends of Tribute Park is introduced. The park's meaning was not forgotten by those who attended, including this girl who paused to read the names of firefighters killed on September 11. The park's meaning was not forgotten by those who attended, including this girl who paused to read the names of firefighters killed on September 11. Many guests sat on the park's benches and faced the dome, where the musicians played and the speakers took the mike. Many guests sat on the park's benches and faced the dome, where the musicians played and the speakers took the mike. The Chamber Players International Jazz Ensemble plays under the park's dome. The Chamber Players International Jazz Ensemble plays under the park's dome. About 150 guests mixed and mingled along the park's walkways, which are lined with memorial bricks. About 150 guests mixed and mingled along the park's walkways, which are lined with memorial bricks. There was plenty of food and refreshments on hand. There was plenty of food and refreshments on hand.

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