2007-06-01 / Community

RDRC Fundraiser A Big Success

Ira Seplow (second from left) was one of the honorees at RDRC's 21st Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Gala. Ira Seplow (second from left) was one of the honorees at RDRC's 21st Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Gala. The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) held its 21st Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Gala at Russo's on the Bay on Wednesday, May 16. The event was attended by almost 500 community residents, businesses, and elected and government officials. "This year's event focused on individuals who significantly contributed to the betterment of our community, from a public service, business and civic standpoint," said RDRC's Executive Director, Kevin Alexander.

This year's honorees included Senator Malcolm Smith; Jean Mullgrav, Department of Youth and Community Development; Ira Seplow, Trainor & Seplow, P.C.; Michele Alexander-Hankins, Rockaway Consortium of Child Care Centers; Jacqueline Arrington, Citibank; Gerry Romski, Arverne by the Sea, LLC; Omar Ventegeat, Arverne by the Sea, LLC; Reverend Leslie Mullings, Far Rockaway Community Church of the Nazarene; Rashford Mendes, Arverne Civic Association; Jacqueline McMikle; Sergeant Angel Arcentales (posthumously); Esmeralda Laureano; Jacklyn Samaroo; Betty Leon; and Janet Henriquez.

From left, RDRC board members Alan Camhi and Allen Corby with honoree Omar Ventegeat, Kevin Alexander and honoree Gerry Romski. From left, RDRC board members Alan Camhi and Allen Corby with honoree Omar Ventegeat, Kevin Alexander and honoree Gerry Romski. To learn more about RDRC's programs and services, contact RDRC at 718-327-5300 or visit www.rdrc.org.

Linda Plummer (second from left), the RDRC's Board President, is pictured with RDRC Ex-ecutive Director Kevin Alexan-der and two gala goers. Linda Plummer (second from left), the RDRC's Board President, is pictured with RDRC Ex-ecutive Director Kevin Alexan-der and two gala goers. RDRC's Jill Moore with board members David Milner and honoree Betty Leon are joined with executive director Kevin Alexander. RDRC's Jill Moore with board members David Milner and honoree Betty Leon are joined with executive director Kevin Alexander. RDRC's Valerie West with the Arverne By the Sea staff at the gala, which drew nearly 500 people to Russo's on May 16. RDRC's Valerie West with the Arverne By the Sea staff at the gala, which drew nearly 500 people to Russo's on May 16. The Wave's publisher, Susan Locke, looks on as Norma Allende and other guests enjoy themselves on the dance floor. The Wave's publisher, Susan Locke, looks on as Norma Allende and other guests enjoy themselves on the dance floor. RDRC's Cheryl Blake, Laverne Jeffrey, Valerie West and Janet Henriquez meet and greet guests. RDRC's Cheryl Blake, Laverne Jeffrey, Valerie West and Janet Henriquez meet and greet guests. Alexander and his staff enjoy a light moment after the very successful event. Alexander and his staff enjoy a light moment after the very successful event.

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