Lighting Up The Little North Pole
Nearly a thousand people filled Neponsit Avenue at Beach 144th Street, where a stage had been setup for performances by the Scholars’ Academy Chorus, Mrs. Elaine’s School of Dance, USO Show Troop dancers, and musical guests Dani Dante, The Mad Stuntman, George Lamond, Chris Macchio of the New York Tenors, and Pepe Cardona of Alive N’ Kickin, among others.
Joe’s son, Michael Mure, was the inspiration behind the Little North Pole. After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on Sept. 29, 2004, Mure came up with the idea to decorate their home to help benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Since it began, the event has helped raise more than $2 million for the JDRF, in the hopes of finding a cure to Type 1 juvenile diabetes.
Hosted by “Goumba Johnny” Sialiano from WKTU and Joe Causi, from WCBS, the festivities were filled with yuletide spirit. Tony Sirico, better known by his character “Pauly Walnuts” from the hit HBO televi- sion program, The Sopranos, also dropped by to wish good tidings to the good people of Rockaway.
Once the sun went down, the house was illuminated, in a spectacle of light and color that is truly a sight to behold.
And if that weren’t enough, jolly old Santa Claus himself, came out to give presents to all the good little girls and boys.