2006-12-01 / Columnists

On The Beach

A Very Muré Christmas!
Commentary By Beverly Baxter

BEVERLY BAXTER I was flipping through the pages of The Wave this week when I came upon the Horoscope page, and I must admit, I do engage in the occasional frivolity of reading it. It said that this week Leos would be dazzled by the children. I immediately thought of one man whom many of our young and young at heart regard as Mr. Christmas. Joe Muré and his wife Maritza have once again turned their magnificent home into a spectacular winter wonderland, a hallmark to the community and a tribute to the spirit of Christmas. Joe's purpose in mounting such a daunting task is pure in its intentions. "I do it to put a smile on the face of all our community's children," he says.

For more than a decade the Muré's have been lighting up their home on Neponsit Avenue and Beach 144 Street; and in doing so, their home has become a beacon that sheds light on a serious illness that afflicts millions of children.

Proceeds from the festivities, which will be held this Saturday, December 2 and begin at sundown, will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, of which Mr. Muré is Chair of the Brooklyn- Queens Chapter, for research and a cure; and to the Peninsula Hospital Center's Juvenile Diabetes Treatment Center, the first, and only facility of its kind in all of Queens.

The Muré's set the tone of the season with an elaborate holiday cocktail party at their home, which was held on November 18.

More than fifty thousand dollars was raised for the cause. Michael Muré, the couple's youngest son, served as the evening's Master of Ceremonies, as he stood so poised beside his sister Christina as she addressed the more than three hundred and fifty guests who attended. She explained what an ordinary day in the life of a diabetic child is like, the constant daily testings and how ordinary activities such as eating certain foods and exercise can have a debilitating effect; and how much she admires her little brother for his bravery in meeting these challenges every single day.

The Muré's have been overwhelmed by the generous support of the community. "Ever since I began stringing the lights right after Halloween, my neighbors would drive by and literally jump out of their cars to stop and help! This has really become a community effort where so many people have offered their help," says Muré.

The Muré's wish to thank the following businesses and people who generously rose to this occasion: Ludwig's Caterers could not have been any more helpful or kinder in their generosity. In addition, The Belle Harbor Yacht Club, On the Rocks provided all the liquor and Jameson's provided a bartender. Claudette, for her gourmet specialties; the young men from the Latter Day Saints; Brown's Hardware and Gregory Kushner and his ensemble of talented students from LaGuardia High School who performed.

Gifts for the Chinese Auction were given by Rose Gallo, Sam Saied, Josephine De Guido, Mary Kay Pellegrino, Vicky Apice, Joe Gambino, Joanne from In The Bag, Marilyn Perillo, Ciro's Pastry Shoppe, Dave Hage, Emelia Cann, Daniella Greco, Kim Iannelli, Donna Rey, Pino's Restaurant, Joe Perrotta of Shannon's Florist, and Barbara Sabatino, Leslie Uterra, Terry Boyle and Alexus Baroudos for all their help. Even the mysterious neighbor who anonymously donated a Flat Screen TV, simply stating, "It's for the kids," left the Muré's in awe.

The Little North Pole will light once again tomorrow night, December 2, at dusk. Thousands of children are expected to attend and be dazzled by Disney characters.

Special guest Paulie Walnuts of The Sopranos, Goumba Johnny from WKTU will emcee and Alan Zrim will serve as Program Director. There will be performances by the Louis Benes Dance Troupe, the Connolly Dance Company, Irish Step Dancers, The Tyrone County Pipe and Drum and The Breezy Point Pipe Band.

There will be hot chocolate by The Beach Club, pizza from Ciro's on Beach 116 Street, pastries from Ciro's Pastry Shoppe, hot dogs and hamburgers from Western Beef, water and soda from Mohamed at Beach Bagels and Plum Tomatoes, and music by D.J. Tim. The Muré's give special thanks to Don Hart, The FDNY, the NYPD and the Department of Sanitation.

And of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus (guess who??) will arrive from the North Pole with a sleigh filled with toys for each and every girl and boy!

***Happy Birthday wishes to Mary Lenihan.

***In loving memory of James Conway Sullivan.

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