First up is the 10th annual Mardi Gras celebration hosted by The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women. And this year, the Queen of the Mardi Gras is from Woodhaven!
Jennifer Alcazar of Crowne Plaza JFK will be crowned as Queen at the event, which takes place next Tuesday, February 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Roma View Catering Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard. Tickets are $85 per person and includes a full dinner and open bar.
I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors of SSNDEC with Alcaza, and she is a bright young woman with a great future.
SSNDEC’s Mardi Gras parties are always a great time and the raffle prizes are fantastic, and it all goes to a great cause, providing free education to women.
We recently had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with three of the students, Xiuzhen, Dolor and Charlotte. They hail from three different points on the globe, but their roads all led to the same center where they are learning English and studying for their high school diplomas.
The education they receive here in Woodhaven will improve their lives, and it will improve the lives of their children. This is one of those great opportunities where you know that the money you spend will have impact on the lives of others.
And you’ll have a great time at the Mardi Gras event. I came home with a ten-foot-tall stuffed giraffe one year. I drove down Cross Bay Boulevard with the legs sticking out the window, which is probably not the first time that’s happened in Howard Beach.
And if not knowing anyone at the event is all that’s preventing you from going, well, you know me. Even if we never met, if you read this column you know me. You know my wife. You probably like her more than you like me. That’s okay, I’m used to that.
The point is, you’ll know someone there and we can introduce you to a lot of good people. For more information on the SSNDEC Mardi Gras, call (718) 738-0588.
Another great party to consider is the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration hosted by the American Legion Post 118 Auxiliary on Sunday, March 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. The tickets are $30 per person and they’re going fast. Call Janet Chan-Smith at (917) 445-5443 to reserve your spot.
This includes the traditional corned beef-and-cabbage dinner with plenty of Irish soda bread and all the beer, soda and wine you can drink. There will be music, raffles and a 50/50. This is one of the most fun parties you can go to, and this year is a special one as it marks the 100th Anniversary of Woodhaven Post 118.
If you recall, the American Legion Auxiliary recently completed a wonderful project with the help of many of the people in Woodhaven. ALA 118 Woodhaven collected red, white and blue yarn and volunteers crocheted over 100 lap blankets for veterans living in the state home in St. Albans.
Not only was it nice to give the vets something to keep them warm, it was just a good and decent thing to do to let these men and women know that we haven’t forgotten. Sometimes that’s all a person needs; just to be acknowledged, to be remembered.
We have lots of special people around us doing wonderful things in our neighborhood that make an impact on the lives of others, from providing them with hope for a better future to providing them with the comfort of a lovingly made blanket.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to be a part of something special here in your own community, I’ve just given you two of them. The rest is up to you.