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Sunnyside Woodside Boys & Girls Club Honoring Leaders, Raising Funds

Vincent Renda, club chairman, with fiancée Elaina Sainato, one of the organizers of the event

April 19, 2012 By Christian Murray

The Sunnyside Woodside Boys and Girls Club will hold its 2nd Annual Recognizing Leaders Fundraiser on Saturday, May 19 to help raise funds for its youth programs, as well as pay tribute to local leaders who continue to give their time to improve the district.

“Leaders span several generations in Woodside and Sunnyside, and we must recognize them,” said Vincent Renda, the chairman of the Sunnyside Woodside Girls and Boys Club, who will emcee. “We will be honoring four women who have been great role models for our youth, and our task is to pass the torch from them to create the next generation of heroes and leaders.”

The leaders the club will be honoring are:

Gert McDonald. McDonald, 95, who went to school in Sunnyside, was the first woman in Queens County to run for elective office as a Democrat. While she lost the 1968 race, she opened the door for other women to run and, ultimately win.

Frances Schmidt. Schmidt is a member of the Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club, board member of both Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and She is also a member of the Republican Party in District 37. She is an active member of Queen of Angels Church, where she is a Eucharistic Minister.

Sister Maureen Ahlemeyer. Sister Ahlemeyer has taught local children at St. Raphael’s School since September 1977. She was appointed school principal in 1987, and has served in that role ever since. She also started the school’s children’s choir.

Carol Masiello. Masiello has worked as a substance abuse counselor at IS 125 in Woodside since 1977. She is currently president of the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside, where she has established the first community-based Key club, which provides local high school students with the ability to fulfill their high-school community service hours. She is a board member of the Sunnyside Boys and Girls Club.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at St. Raphael’s School gymnasium, 48-25 37th St., Long Island City. Admission is $60 for one, $100 per couple and includes food from Dazies, in Sunnyside. The deejay will be Dr. DJ.

For ticket information, call Mark Wilensky at (917) 670-5666.


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Wanda Cruz

Hello, yesterday I attended to the Dancing in the Stars dinner and dance activity. It was fabulous! I will love to become a member of your team. I am a school teacher at PS 150 in Sunnyside and love to work with children. I dance and write children’s play. Also, I have a handsome boy who is 8 years old and a sweet girl who is 10. I want them to be part of the program as well. Let me know when is the next meeting. I’ll be there.

Thank you and best wishes.

Wanda A. Cruz
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I grew up in Sunnyside playing basketball in Woodside and there was a sense of a club on the street between the kids (now old adults). Unfortunately, that is not as apparent today due to an increase in technology, marketing of fast food and crime against youth. I support a safe place that kids could have their own youth in these changing times of different opportunities.

44th street.(Sunnysider)

What a fantastic event for our town. Our boys and girls club with their volunteers are doing a great job with our kids and we should show our support for this event.. get our kids off the streets and keep them safe and all these activities that they have.. show the club some love .. buy ticket and put ads in their journal..god Bless them… continued hard work… our whole town should show up on May 19 and support our new boys and girls club..


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