2007-06-22 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

Commentary by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader www.ThePeople'sCritic.com

Commentary by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Dr. Geraldine Chapey
Dr. Geraldine Chapey

More than 800 people attended the Trinity luncheon on Friday, June 1 at Russo's on the Bay. Thanks to you - my friends and neighbors who come out in such overwhelming numbers to support our programs.

Matilda Cuomo, the former first lady of New York State and the mother of our New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, served as our honorary co-chair with Dr. Kathleen Cashin, the Regional Superintendent for Region 5. Cuomo and Dr. Cashin are women on a mission to assist others in reaching their goals. Both of these top-notch professionals have a remarkable record of service to our community, city and state. They are dedicated to improving the lives of all New Yorkers. We are delighted and privileged to have these highly trained professionals supporting our programs. I thank them for serving as the honorary co-chairs again this year.

Frances Abbracciamento, Joseph Mure and Joseph Perrotta are the co-chairs of our luncheon. Abbracciamento is a multi-talented entrepreneur. She brings to the luncheon her strong interpersonal skills and business acumen. Her warm, gracious, cheerful and outgoing personality endear her to everyone. Mure is an outstanding and capable attorney. He is charming, effervescent, vibrant and extremely intelligent. His legal expertise is recognized by his peers in the legal community. Mure spearheads the efforts to find a cure for juvenile diabetes and serves as the chair of the Brooklyn and Queens Chapter of the New York State Diabetes Association. He combines the best of both worlds - in his legal profession he is an astute, capable, focused and knowledgeable attorney, and in his community work, he utilizes these talents to benefit others. Perrotta is an inspirational and creative business man. He has boundless energy, which he uses in his business at Shannon Florist and in his community activities. His bright, colorful and cheerful floral creations beautify our luncheons and are the most outstanding in the tri-state area. He is considered the floral guru. His ability to create the perfect piece is unsurpassed. Thanks to Abbracciamento, Mure and Perrotta for their outstanding work.

My neighbor and colleague, David Dow Bentley, joined us again this year, by popular demand, as the master of ceremonies. It was obvious that he had studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Bentley added that special flair and zest that invigorated the room. His great sense of humor was contagious. He is an on-the-go professional with one home in Texas and another in Queens. Bentley's highly regarded column may be reviewed online at . His insightful and thought-provoking analyses of popular performing arts happenings receive rave reviews themselves. People "in the know" read Bentley's reviews before they go to the theater. Kudos to Bentley for his marvelous performance.

Tom Touhey from T Tunes was back for the 5th year as our magnificent D.J. Touhey has a true talent for selecting great music. He played a wonderful combination of traditional music, golden oldies, line dances, country-western and rock music. He had everyone dancing and singing along. Touhey's talents are in great demand. He believes that the purpose of music is to understand and preserve the art form while relating to his audience. I am really delighted that he was able to share his immense talents with us again this year. Bravo to Touhey on another terrific event.

Trinity Services has a very dedicated and hard-working committee. Each person brings a passion for helping others. They are to be commended for doing a masterful job again this year.

Everyone, from far and wide, looks forward to going to Russo's. Frank Russo and his family have done an outstanding job on bringing the best of everything together at Russo's. The ambience is magnificent. Russo runs a perfect operation because he goes out of his way to pay attention to even the smallest detail. Russo's has the most extensive and delicious menu. Guests who arrive for the first time or who are returning on the 1001st visit all find the food to be 10+. Russo makes it a priority to greet the guests personally to make them feel welcome and he observes the service first hand.

This year we had the opportunity to honor very noteworthy individuals who are outstanding contributors to the lives of New York City and New York State residents: Congressman Joe Crowley, Andrew Baumann, Marie Blankley, Rabbi Berkowitz, Louise D'Ambrosio, Bruce Flanz, Rona Freiser, Rev. Peter Gillen, Nancy Girlando, Brian Heffernan, Michael Keller, John Lepore, James Mahoney, Zandra Myers, Rev. Vincent O'Connell, Dr. Nick Pascucci, Frances Russo, Dr. John Shure, Miriam Sorger and Eileen Whelan. Congratulations to our honorees for their outstanding record of service and accomplishment.

Please mark Friday, May 30, 2008 on your calendar so that you can plan to join us at Russo's for our 6th annual luncheon.

Also, please mark your calendar to attend the Hadassah Heart Luncheon. It will be named after our dear friend, Fay Cohen, who ran the luncheon for about 50 years. It is important that we continue her legacy of raising funds for research at the Hadassah Heart Hospital. The luncheon will be on Thursday, June 28, at the Lawrence Country Club. Please call our office at 718-474-1641 to obtain tickets. Tickets are $50.

Congratulations to Rowena and Harold Schwab and Marsha Weber on being honored at the West End Temple annual dinner. Congratulations to Sheldon and Marlene Schneider on being honored by Temple Beth El. These individuals exemplify the best in our community.

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