2011-06-03 / Community

RDRC's 25th Annual Awards Gala Success


RDRC Board of Directors. RDRC Board of Directors. On Wednesday, May 18, Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) hosted its 25th Annual Tribute and Gala Dinner at Russo’s On The Bay to raise funds for its Summer Youth Employment Program that provides jobs to more than 600 youth every year.

Each year, RDRC honors several individuals for their distinguished contributions to improving the quality of life for Rockaway youth, adults and families. For 2011, RDRC selected three recipients of the Joseph P. Stehn Community Builders Award: Glenn DiResto, Knights of Columbus; Pastor Dennis Loncke, Arverne By The Bay Pilgrim Church; and Laura Sporny, Arverne By The Sea, LLC.

With more than 300 supporters, sponsors and elected officials in attendance, RDRC was recognized with proclamations from Assemblywomen Michele Titus and Audrey Pheffer (now Queens County Clerk), and NYC Councilman James Sanders, Jr. RDRC was also recognized by US Congressman Anthony Wiener and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall for its longstanding commitment to community development.



RDRC’s Kevin Alexander, Valerie West and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. RDRC’s Kevin Alexander, Valerie West and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.

2011 honoree Pastor Dennis Loncke. 2011 honoree Pastor Dennis Loncke.

Congressman Anthony Wiener. Congressman Anthony Wiener.

RDRC Board President, Linda Plummer. RDRC Board President, Linda Plummer.

2011 Honoree Laura Sporny (center) with RDRC’s Kevin Alexander, West and Cesar Aviles, Martha Taylor-Butler (Office of Assemblywoman Titus) and Plummer. 2011 Honoree Laura Sporny (center) with RDRC’s Kevin Alexander, West and Cesar Aviles, Martha Taylor-Butler (Office of Assemblywoman Titus) and Plummer.

2011 Honoree Glenn DiResto accepting his award. 2011 Honoree Glenn DiResto accepting his award.

RDRC with 2011 Honorees – L to R: Alexander, DiResto, Sporny, Loncke, West and Plummer. RDRC with 2011 Honorees – L to R: Alexander, DiResto, Sporny, Loncke, West and Plummer.

The Wave’s publisher, Susan Locke, on the dance floor. The Wave’s publisher, Susan Locke, on the dance floor.

Rockaway East Merchants Association (REMA) members on the dance line. Rockaway East Merchants Association (REMA) members on the dance line.

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