WRBA reveals honorees for 2012 dinner
by Ed Wendell
Jul 31, 2012 | 1715 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Women of the Year Sonia Saleh, Sr. Catherine Feeney, and Sr. Janice Algie, who play important roles at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center
Women of the Year Sonia Saleh, Sr. Catherine Feeney, and Sr. Janice Algie, who play important roles at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center
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Man of the Year Bill Johnert holding a winning raffle ticket at last year's WRBA fundraiser.
Man of the Year Bill Johnert holding a winning raffle ticket at last year's WRBA fundraiser.
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Members of the Emanuel United Church of Christ community celebrate the church's 135th anniversary.
Members of the Emanuel United Church of Christ community celebrate the church's 135th anniversary.
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The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that has served the interests of the residents of Woodhaven since its inception in 1972.

Over the past few years, we've had success on several fronts, from defeating street changes that would have been harmful to the residents and businesses of Woodhaven to keeping the recently reopened Forest Park Carousel on everyone's radar.

We're also well known for rolling up our sleeves and taking to the streets to clean graffiti and taking steps to reduce residential noise. In fact, at our latest Town Hall meeting the 102nd Precinct confirmed that noise complaints in Woodhaven are down this summer.

The organization receives very little in the way of funding and survives on membership dues and donations. So, once a year the WRBA hosts a celebration that doubles as a fundraiser and the money that is generated helps us live to fight another year.

This year’s celebration will take place on Friday, September 21, at Joe Abbraciamento Restaurant, which is located at 62-96 Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park. Each ticket to the fundraiser is $65 and includes a four-course dinner with wine and beer.

During my tenure as president, I have been privileged to take part in honoring some of Woodhaven's treasures, those residents and businesses that make our community extra special. This year we have some very special people that we are happy to honor.

Our Business of the Year is New York Carousel Entertainment, the company that brought our Forest Park Carousel back to life. As much as the residents of Woodhaven wanted the carousel just to open again, it was more important to see it entrusted to people who would care for it as much as we did. We're happy to say that New York Carousel Entertainment has fulfilled that role and we are happy to honor them.

Our Man of the Year is Bill Johnert, a district leader who previously served as the WRBA's president and has long been involved in improving the neighborhood. A well-liked and recognizable figure in Woodhaven, he has made a difference during his years of work in the community.

For the first time, the WRBA will not have a Woman of the Year. Instead, it will have Women of the Year - those that run the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center. At the center, the sisters help economically disadvantaged women become more fluent in English, learn math and computer skills, and ultimately attend city colleges and enter the job market in better-paying positions.

And this year's inductee into the Woodhaven Hall of Fame will be Emanuel United Church of Christ. The church, located at 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard, marked its 135th anniversary earlier this year. Emanuel has opened its doors to many Woodhaven organizations, including the WRBA, and it has hosted the same Boy Scout troop, Troop 169, continuously since the 1930s.

To buy a ticket to the fundraiser, click here. To purchase an advertisement in the Fundraiser Journal, click here. You can also e-mail info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call the WRBA office at (718) 296-3735 to buy tickets or ads.

The WRBA survives on the support of those it serves—the residents of Woodhaven. The Block Association hopes that a good turnout will help keep us alive and fighting into 2013. We hope to see you there.
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