2009-03-20 / Community

New Group Dedicated To Serving Rockaway

'The Rockaway Jetty' Aims At Improving Quality Of Life
By Vivian Rattay Carter

Rockaway Jetty invites all those interested in participating in similar charitable endeavors to attend the "meet and greet" on April 4. If you would like further information about becoming a charter member, or reserving a table at the event, please call 718-474-2534, check out their website, www.therockawayjetty.org, or send an email to: info@therockawayjetty.org.
The group's slogan is a quote from a former president: "Children are our most valuable natural resource." The organizers believe that too often, the everyday needs of the young go unnoticed. They are making it their mission to help out children, one need at a time. The founders of Rockaway Jetty Organization like the symbolism of the jetty, a structure made of rocks or timbers which protects the beach from erosion. They would like to serve that same function for the families of Rockaway.

The recently formed non-profit organization is focused on improving the quality of life for children on the Rockaway peninsula. They are now recruiting new Charter Members, and will host their first "Meet and Greet" reception at the Knights of Columbus, 333 Beach 90 Street, on Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m. There will be hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, raffles, prizes and lots of fun, including a band and DJ. All proceeds will benefit local charitable causes.

The founding members of Rockaway Jetty include Leo Vasquez (chairman of the board), Jonathan O'Leary, Jr. (president), Jeremy McMilleon (financial secretary), Ed Burns, Mike Coogan, Terry Flynn, Esq., John Glynn, Matt Harris, Bobby Leckie, Andy McCracken, Jason McMilleon, John J. Melero, Nick Mauro and Jonathan O'Leary, Sr. They are local business owners, parents, union tradesmen, retirees, war veterans, municipal employees and even local politicians. The complex diversity of their membership is key to providing a variety of services to meet individual needs, including financial and medical assistance, building renovation skills, tutoring, school supplies, books, clothing, toys, vacations, camps and day trips.

In their first charitable effort, in December 2008, the members surprised a group of children in Rockaway by answering their Christmas wishes with gifts and toys they had asked for in their letters to Santa. "The smiles on those kids' faces really said it all and made us feel terrific," said Vasquez.

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