Thursday, October 7, 2010

WRBA To Hold 39th Annual Dinner Dance and Fundraiser

The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association will hold its 39th Annual Dinner Dance and Fundraiser on Friday, November 19, 2010. The event will be held at Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant.

This year's Resident of the Year is Leonora Lavan, president of the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society. Leonora Lavan, a longtime Woodhaven resident, has contributed significantly to Woodhaven's sense of community and a pride in its history. The Business of the Year is Neir's Tavern, Queens’s oldest bar, which has been recently restored and has added significantly to Woodhaven's social scene. And the inaugural inductees of the WRBA Hall of Fame are Roger and Josephine Hennin, who have lived in and served the neighborhood for decades.

"The Dinner Dance is always a highlight of the year in Woodhaven, and I'm sure the event will be as much fun as it has been in past years," said Roger Hennin, who is also a WRBA director. "As a Woodhaven resident all my life, it's a real source of pride to be a Dinner Dance honoree and to be joined by so many people who are an important part of this community."

The Dinner Dance is the WRBA's major fundraiser, but the Block Association has been working hard to ensure that it is also a great time for everyone who attends.

"We chose a different venue for this year's Dinner Dance and have considered many new ways to entertain all our guests," said WRBA Secretary Arlene Annunziata, who has played a central role in planning the event. "It will be a great opportunity for class reunions or other gatherings of Woodhaven's residents."

The event will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant is located at 62-96 Woodhaven Boulevard, in Rego Park. Each ticket is $60 for WRBA members, and $65 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the Block Association's monthly Town Hall meetings, at the WRBA office (84-20 Jamaica Avenue), or by credit or debit card online at For more information, call the WRBA office at 718-296-3735 or visit

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WRBA office: (718) 296-3735