2007-05-25 / Columnists

Addressing The Issues

Chapey's Trinity Services: Transportation For Seniors and Youth
By Geraldine M. Chapey Democratic District Leader

By Geraldine M. Chapey Democratic District Leader

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey Chapey's Trinity Services will hold its 5th annual luncheon on Friday, June 1, 2007 at 12 Noon at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach. Please call Geraldine or Stella for information and tickets at 718-474-1641.

Chapey's Trinity Services is a comprehensive community based program designed to serve seniors and youth in Southern Queens. The van program transports groups of seniors on shopping trips and to educational, historical, recreational, ethnic and cultural happenings. It gives people an opportunity to socialize with their peers and participate in a variety of activities, including shopping, eating out at restaurants, visiting museums, movie, the theater, historical sites and dinner shows.

Trinity also sponsors intergenerational trips where youngsters and seniors have an opportunity to visit places of interest and to share their experiences. Seniors should be enjoying the best time of their lives. Through the van seniors can develop new interests, take up new hobbies or explore interests that they always had but never had the time to pursue in depth.

Trinity Services allows people to make new friends and begin to explore the world with a fresh sense of enthusiasm and appreciation. In our area transportation is a major issue for seniors. Trinity Services is addressing the transportation issue. Trinity provides van services for seniors and youth. The van accommodates 14 persons. It is available seven days a week. It has a wheelchair lift for those who need it. Our van allows seniors to stay involved with our community, our borough, our city and our state. As the seniors take their trips on the van the costs are going up. Gasoline prices are going up every day. The cost of insurance for the van is skyrocketing. Repairs and maintenance are also costly procedures.

These increases go on and on. We are having an annual luncheon at Russo's to help defray these increased costs.

Matilda Cuomo and Dr. Kathleen Cashin will serve as our honorary co-chairs. Cuomo noted that the Trinity program is a meaningful, groundbreaking program, which reconnects seniors with society.

Francis Abbracciamento, Joseph Muré and Joe Perrotta are returning as our honorary co-chairs. They bring their special and unique talents to our luncheon endeavors. They are working to make this - our 5th annual luncheon a most memorable event. They are astute, capable and focused and they are using these assets to benefit Trinity Services and the community.

Perrotta is a world-renowned expert in developing creative and beautiful events. His florist - Shannon Florist has been recognized across our city and state as the one to call when you need something special or you want to create a great impression. Perrotta, Abbracciamento and Muré are working to make our luncheon the most talked about event of the season.

Tom Touhey will be back by popular demand to serve as our D J. His music adds a special dimension to all of our festivities.

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

This year's honorees are: Rev. Vincent O'Connell, Rev. Peter Gillen, Rabbi Tzvi Berkowitz, Nancy Girlando, Brian Heffernan, Michael Keller, John Lepore, James Mahoney, Zandra Meyers, Dr. John Shure, Miriam Sorger and Eileen Whelan.

Please plan to join us for a fun filled afternoon at our annual Trinity Services luncheon on Friday, June 1, 2007 at 12 Noon at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach. Call Geraldine or Stella to reserve your tickets at 718-474-1641. Tables of 14 are available. Tickets are $70 with a reduced price for seniors of $50.

We look forward to seeing you at Russo's.

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