News from the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

WRBA Announces Honorees For 43rd Annual Fund-Raiser

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) will welcome civic leaders, elected officials, and fellow residents to Roma View Fine Catering on Friday, Oct. 10, for the organization’s 43rd annual fund-raiser.

The event will celebrate a very successful and eventful year for the WRBA, and will highlight the achievements of four honorees.

The Man of the Year will be Allan Smith, a historian of Woodhaven who has long been involved in the community, especially with the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society. Smith has worked to preserve and raise awareness of the neighborhood’s rich, eventful past.

The Woman of the Year will be Margie Schmidt, the owner of Schmidt’s Candy, a Jamaica Avenue fixture that has been delighting Queens residents for almost 90 years. Schmidt’s grandfather founded the store and she has continued her family’s tradition.

The Business of the Year will be The Avenue Diner, owned by Paul Vasiliadis. The Avenue Diner has established itself as an anchor establishment on Jamaica Avenue with its full menu of high-quality offerings and its support of Woodhaven’s organizations.

This year’s inductee into the Woodhaven Hall of Fame will be Lewis’ of Woodhaven, whose two locations provided countless Woodhaven residents with just about anything they needed. The business might be gone from Jamaica Avenue, but it is certainly not forgotten.

“We are excited to celebrate the contributions of some people and businesses who are very important to Woodhaven,” said WRBA President Martin Colberg. “This year’s fundraiser will not only recognize some deserving honorees. It will also help the Block Association continue its good work for another year.”

The WRBA’s annual fund-raiser provides an essential source of funding for the organization’s continued operation.

To buy a ticket to the fundraiser with a credit card, visit https://bit.ly/Wdhvn3. To purchase an advertisement in the Fundraiser Journal with a credit card, please visit https://bit.ly/Wdhvn4. You can also email [email protected] or call the WRBA office at 1-718-296- 3735 to buy tickets or Journal ads.

Adult tickets (for those 12 years or older) to the fund-raiser are $65, and tickets for children 5 to 11 years old are $30. Tickets includes a full buffet dinner with soda, beer and wine.

The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Roma View Fine Catering, located at 160-05 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach.

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