2007-08-31 / Sports

Rockaway Beach Volleyball League Plans Awards Dinner

By Joe McGivney

The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League will celebrate the completion of their 18th season at a gala awards dinner on Friday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 330 Beach 90th Street. A good time is predicted for all who attend.

All of those folks who are still gun-shy from the rain we had this summer will be happy to know that this party is indoors and the weather forecast is for a dry and air-conditioned night! A great party band, Me and the Boys (soon to change their name to Moonlight Bay), will provide live music. Of course, you will provide the dancing. Check out the band's website at www.mandborchestra.com. They are also bringing a horn section for our gig.

Admission is $55 (a substantial drop from last year) and will include a Mary Morgan buffet dinner as well as an open bar, which will feature your favorite bottled beers (Corona, Bud, Coors Light, Heineken and Amstel Light) and other adult beverages.

Captains are collecting money as we speak and many people have already responded, paid for their tickets and formed tables. In the past we have never had to turn anyone away; but we came very close last year. With another expansion this season, the dinner promises to be booked solid. Reserve your tables and get your money in, pronto. If you have any questions or want to secure an entire table, call Bugsy at 917-386-7711, Denise at 347-866-4570, or Rocky at 718-338-3906 x229.

Continue to check our website (www.rbvl.com) for photos and stories in the upcoming weeks. As always, if you have any pictures you'd like to have posted, send them to sica@rbvl.com. You can expect that John's annual video and photo presentation at the dinner will be an Emmy winner once again. Captains should call the party coordinators immediately with your best guess at the number of people attending from your team; it will be a big help in planning the event. Then follow up with your payments.

Remember, money talks! Our maximum capacity

is 180 people and we are trying to expand that by a few, but the physical space of the room will not allow much more. It's only two weeks away; get on the stick!

Awards will be given out to the six division champ; Freedhand's Yankees, Flip-Cup All-Stars, the Federation, the Wharf Rats, the Blarney Castle and Team Margarita and some surprise awards will almost certainly follow.

Bring your dancing shoes or your "Cement Shoes", whatever you need to kick up a storm. Bugsy recommends wearing footwear that you can kick off easily. Dress any way that makes you feel comfortable. Last year the fashion ranged from casual beach to elegant chic. Many outstanding Hawaiian shirts showed up, as well as some classy dresses. You can expect more of the same this year. Maybe we'll even see some referees for a change. They'll be the ones with the striped shirts and whistles.

Some of our members cannot accept the fact that the season is over. That doesn't mean volleyball is done. Many groups from different teams are still playing on the weekends in pickup games throughout the Rockaways. These games are often followed by impromptu beach parties, enjoyed by all.

It's amazing how much fun you can have when you remove the high pressure (and referees) of the RBVL. That's what it's all about, people. Good on you. After the big dinner-dance you can take six months off and not think about volleyball until February, when planning begins for the 2008 season.

We hope to see everyone back for another go at this sport we love so much. Your enthusiasm and sportsmanship make the league so great! The games are over but summer is not, so we'll still see you on the beach (maybe at the Michelle O'Neill tournament in Long Beach). And we hope to see you on the dance floor at the awards dinner on September 14.

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