Angels on the Bay hosts annual gala fundraiser in Howard Beach next week

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Angels on the Bay hosts its annual gala fundraiser at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach next week. (Courtesy of Angels on the Bay)

Angels on the Bay will host its annual fundraising gala to raise money for chronically ill and disabled children at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Angels on the Bay Annual Gala features dinner, dancing, live entertainment, silent and live entertainment by Current Affair Music and a special performance by the Jersey Boys.

“Since 1994, our mission to help pediatric programs that service and care for children have been the foundation of our organization. It is our promise and commitment to supporting those who provide specialized care, treatment and education to children who need a little miracle,” said Angels on the Bay VP and Executive Director Cookie Marie Kurtz. “Your gift will have a lasting impact on the young lives we are committed to helping.”

Angels on the Bay has supported dozens of pediatric initiatives and child-centered facilities located in hospitals, medical centers and schools to raise funds and provide the tools, technologies and supplies to make the lives of children better.

Angels on the Bay Children’s Charity is affiliated with The Russo’s Group and, by extension, Russo’s on the Bay, the event and catering venue, located at 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach.

Their reputation for excellence is what the Angels on the Bay strives for in their efforts to help make a difference in the lives of children suffering from illness and developmental challenges, Kurtz explained. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $4 million.

“After cancer affected the child of a close friend and colleague, and after the devastating diagnosis of a rare genetic heart condition of the granddaughter of one of our board members, the question of ‘how can we help” came to the minds of many friends and staff members,” Angels on the Bay Founder Frank Russo Jr. said. “Motivated to make a difference, they organized and became committed to doing more than just writing a check.”

Most notably, Angels on the Bay awarded a gift in the amount of $500,000 to St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Bayside to establish the Angels on the Bay Fitness Center which serves as a rehabilitation facility for severely injured children and those with rehabilitation needs not able to be met by other facilities.

The organization also made a $150,000 pledge in support of the Masimo Respiratory Monitoring System which allows St. Mary’s to monitor a child’s pulse and blood oxygen levels at all times in any location within the hospital.

The Angels on the Bay Annual Gala gets underway with a cocktail hour and silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the event chair Cathy Burns at 718-843-5055.

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