In 2001, Carrie enlisted all the Alumni to join in a fundraiser for the New York Special Olympics. An orginazation called Kintera (www.Kintera.com) holds a duck race at South Street Seaport in New York City. Contestants purchase rubber ducks, which get dumped from a barge into the Hudson. They are corralled and allowed to float from one side of the seaport to the other. The first ten ducks on the other side win prizes for their purchasors, but other prizes are offered for the teams who collect the most purchases. LHS All-Alumni won in 2001 and also in 2002. The prize? A party at the seaport. The 2001 party was held on Saturday, September 8. Just four days later, that skyline would be changed forever. The 2002 party was fun, but it, too, was held just days before the first anniversary of that day. Riding in to the city and passing the site was very humbling. Prior to thanking Special Olympics President Neal Johnson, we said a prayer and remembered our LHS Alumni, Angel Pena '73 and Jon Perconti '85.
Some scenes from the City--We chose not to put any Ground Zero pix here.
Dom caught this pic of Me, Carmela and Annie coming to the Seaport
Below, Neal Johnson tells everyone what a bangup job the All Alumni's did.
As Carrie and I look on (note my shirt--it was a first year commemorative of 9/11):
In honor of Lodi Rams, they presented us with this statue (Carrie and I decided we'd share semi-annual custody):
Not being one to shy away from the microphone, Carrie lets me thank everyone for their efforts. As long as I haven't been drinking, the content will be G-rated.
And we take our pix with Neal:
And some of the gang join us for a pic
Dolores Warchol '65, Serena Astorino '72, Sarina Engel '73, Carrie, Me, Debbie Norkett '75 and Joe Pollaro
Joe Albano '77, Artie Nardino '70 and Bobby Hook '73
Carrie with Rich Carapezzi, who always contributes dearly, on our behalf.
My Annie, with Rich's wife, Judy
From '65: Michele Olivieri, JoAnn Catalioto, Ronnie Giles and Dolores Warchol
Bobby Hook and our guests, John Zotola and Joe Untisz
Phil Liberti '56 and Camille Franco '73
The children of some of our guests
From the class of '66, Phyllis Molissa, Marlene Gunderman and their husbands.
Rich Dino and Pam White '73
Nick Astorino '68 and wife Denise Della Penta '73
Fran Jaworoski '75 and Hubby. Mike Albano and Sandy Hildebrandt '74
Diana Cahill '61 and nephew. MaryAnn Hook '60, Maureen Cahill '70
and Ron Giles '65
Allyson DeSomma '90 and mom, Dolores Warchol
Judy Zangara '78, Kathy LaTrenta '75 and Rhonda Gasalberti '76
Janet Schurman and Marilyn Marchetta '73
Carole Coppola '72 and husband Stanley Dzielinski
Carmela Bello '60 (1942-2004)
Phil Liberti '56, Debbie Norkett '75 and Joe Pollaro
Front right--Sandy Hildebrandt and Mike Albano with their friends
who helped to support our cause.
To my right is my good friend, Steve Weislo and his friends Paul and Katie.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Vitamia '75
JoAnn Catalioto '65 and date.
Also helpers to our causes, my cousins Bill LaTourette and Jeremy and Meryl Pierce
The Class of '72
Carole Coppola, Serena Astorino, Sharon Tuzzolino, John DeChristofaro
Jill Iacometta, Toni Maiorano and Donna Edone
Gayle and Wayne Ferrarini (friends of)
Judie Meyers '73 and husband Nate Glotzer
Ron Giles '65 with Dina and Jim Scalia '78
Artie Nardino '70 and Michele Olivieri '65