2008-11-28 / Community

The GBB Kickoff Party Draws Large Crowd

The event brought together paddling enthusiasts, from Rockaway as well as other locations in Brooklyn and Queens. Left to right are Steve McAllister and Bonnie Aldinger of Sebago Canoe Club in Canarsie, who discuss the prospect of a new boating organization in Rockaway with Leon Paley of the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. Below, Marcy Surrey, Rick Horan, Eileen Van Note, Barbara Banchick, Leon Paley and Kate Horan. The event brought together paddling enthusiasts, from Rockaway as well as other locations in Brooklyn and Queens. Left to right are Steve McAllister and Bonnie Aldinger of Sebago Canoe Club in Canarsie, who discuss the prospect of a new boating organization in Rockaway with Leon Paley of the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. Below, Marcy Surrey, Rick Horan, Eileen Van Note, Barbara Banchick, Leon Paley and Kate Horan. The Gateway Bike & Boathouse (GBB) kickoff party attracted a large crowd of supporters to the home of Bill and Nancy Hanson this past weekend. GBB organizers Rick Horan and the Hanson's welcomed all to the event. Plans to transform the Riis Landing area into a haven for bikers and paddlers were enthusiastically reviewed by attendees. More than $3,320 was donated and the purchase of raffle tickets and T-shirts supported the project. Several attendees also pledged to volunteer time to get the project off to a good start.

Above, Ann Keenan and her husband Joe and Kevin Boyle. Below, GBB organizer Rick Horan (right foreground), chats with City Council candidate Glenn DiResto, while Dan Mundy (left background) speaks with Marcy Surrey. Above, Ann Keenan and her husband Joe and Kevin Boyle. Below, GBB organizer Rick Horan (right foreground), chats with City Council candidate Glenn DiResto, while Dan Mundy (left background) speaks with Marcy Surrey.

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