Oct. 8, 2013 By Christian Murray
Ten Sunnyside bars and restaurants came together last night and delivered a $5,530 check to the leaders of the Sunnyside Woodside Boys & Girls Club.
The bars—all located on or near Queens Blvd—helped raise the funds by selling raffle tickets at their half-way to St. Patrick’s Day event on September 7. That event was a big hit, when Irish fiddlers, accordion players and guitarists played at venues along the boulevard.
The group of bars, which have formed an organization called Sunnyside’s Boulevard of Bars, have held similar events. Earlier this year they donated $3,000 to Engine 325/Ladder 163, which is located on 51st Street in Woodside.
The Sunnyside Woodside Boys & Girls Club, which was founded in 2010, plans to use the money toward its after-school programming. The club provides homework help and other activities six days a week for about 150 children.
“This money will help cover the rent for nearly three months,” said Vincent Renda, the chairman of the SWBGC. The club bases its activities out of St Teresa’s and PS 199.
Update: The participating bars: The Courtyard, Arriba Arriba, Maggie Mae’s , PJ Horgan’s, Bar 43, Molly Bloom’s, The Gaslight, McGuinness Bar, Sidetracks and Bliss Street Station Restaurant.