2011-07-29 / Community

Despite Heat, Hundreds Come To Tribute Park For Fundraiser


A large crowd jammed the small park. A large crowd jammed the small park. The scheduled fundraiser for Rockaway’s Tribute Park, “Sunset At The Park,” was held on Friday night, July 22, despite the heat index being over 100 degrees. A few hundred revelers packed the park for music, food and remembrances of those who died on September 11, 2001.



Republican candidate for the Assembly, Jane Deacy, left, with City Councilman Eric Ulrich, Republican candidate for Congress Bob Turner, and his wife enjoy the evening. Republican candidate for the Assembly, Jane Deacy, left, with City Councilman Eric Ulrich, Republican candidate for Congress Bob Turner, and his wife enjoy the evening.

Councilman Ulrich makes a point for Wave Publisher Susan Locke. Councilman Ulrich makes a point for Wave Publisher Susan Locke.

V. Philip Goldfeder, candidate for the Assembly seat vacated by Audrey Pheffer, works the crowd. V. Philip Goldfeder, candidate for the Assembly seat vacated by Audrey Pheffer, works the crowd.

A local band, “Wine With Sue,” plays for the crowd as the sun goes down. A local band, “Wine With Sue,” plays for the crowd as the sun goes down.

Enjoying the beautiful sunset. Enjoying the beautiful sunset.

Sundown at Tribute Park Sundown at Tribute Park

Bernie Herren and Mike DeMatteis were two of the volunteers that made the fundraiser a success. Bernie Herren and Mike DeMatteis were two of the volunteers that made the fundraiser a success.

A number of firefighters attended the fundraiser, both in uniform and in mufti. A number of firefighters attended the fundraiser, both in uniform and in mufti.

Community Affairs Police Officer Brian McCabe (left) with new 101 Precinct Commanding Officer, Captain Scott Olexa, Linda and Danny Ruscillo and Captain Andrea, the precinct’s executive officer. Community Affairs Police Officer Brian McCabe (left) with new 101 Precinct Commanding Officer, Captain Scott Olexa, Linda and Danny Ruscillo and Captain Andrea, the precinct’s executive officer.

A city fireboat shows the crowd what it does best. A city fireboat shows the crowd what it does best.

Jill Weber, NYC Parks Department supervisor for Rockaway, with Dan Mundy, who was vital to the concept and construction of the park. Jill Weber, NYC Parks Department supervisor for Rockaway, with Dan Mundy, who was vital to the concept and construction of the park.

A steel band played for the large crowd at the park. A steel band played for the large crowd at the park.

Lots of good food was served at the fundraiser. Lots of good food was served at the fundraiser.

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