2011-01-21 / Community

ARF-ARF Rewarded For Outstanding Achievement


(Left to right: Dottie Lewandowski, Queens Borough Commissioner; David Rivel, City Parks Foundation (CPF) Executive Director; Joe Salvatore, Partnership for Parks Technical Assistance Coordinator; Jill Weber, Rockaway Parks Administrator; Justin Berman, Consulting Board, ARF-ARF; Zina Skachinsky, Executive Director, ARF-ARF; Bill Molloy, Assistant Director, ARF-ARF; Keren McEneaney-Feuer, Financial Director, ARF-ARF; Adrian Benepe, Commissioner of NYC Parks Department; Larry Scott Blackmon, Deputy Commissioner of NYC Parks; Jason Schwartz, Director, Partnership for Parks. (Left to right: Dottie Lewandowski, Queens Borough Commissioner; David Rivel, City Parks Foundation (CPF) Executive Director; Joe Salvatore, Partnership for Parks Technical Assistance Coordinator; Jill Weber, Rockaway Parks Administrator; Justin Berman, Consulting Board, ARF-ARF; Zina Skachinsky, Executive Director, ARF-ARF; Bill Molloy, Assistant Director, ARF-ARF; Keren McEneaney-Feuer, Financial Director, ARF-ARF; Adrian Benepe, Commissioner of NYC Parks Department; Larry Scott Blackmon, Deputy Commissioner of NYC Parks; Jason Schwartz, Director, Partnership for Parks. Local dog group, ARF-ARF (Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness) was recently invited to accept an award at the Queens Partnerships Award Luncheon. Partnership for Parks selected the group to receive this award for overall outstanding achievement. It were one of five groups in Queens that received this award. ARF-ARF was very honored and excited.

“We are happy to say we have made a lot of nice relationships throughout Partnership for Parks, the NYC Parks, as well as several other volunteer groups throughout the city. Our feedback, as well as our reputation, has been nothing but positive, and we are very proud to represent and serve our community,” said a spokesperson.

He added, “Also, our name gets a lot of good attention. NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe told us we have his second favorite dog group name. A group in Staten Island called ‘Reservoir Dogs’ wins the prize. However, David Rivel of the City Parks Foundation disagreed and said our name should win first prize.”

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