A boat ride down the Hudson River at sunset; a picnic at Syosset Park on Long Island; and an afternoon of Ping- Pong at SPIN Galactic in Manhattan—the American Red Cross Greater New York region thanked its volunteers for their hard work and dedication at these three celebratory events that took place over the past three Sundays.
“Our volunteers provide comfort and assistance to disaster victims, participate in community outreach programs, teach CPR and first aid, help military members and their families and so much more,” said Josh Lockwood, Greater NY CEO, who attended all three events. “We’re so pleased to have had this opportunity to show our pride in them and our appreciation for all that they do for the Red Cross and for their communities.”
At the first event, on Sept. 23, Metro New York North volunteers clambered aboard for a boat ride along the Hudson River on a gorgeous summer evening. As they mingled, they partook of food, beverages and spectacular scenery.
The following Sunday, Sept. 30, Long Island volunteers enjoyed a picnic at Syosset Park, where they enjoyed food, beverages, face painting and cot-making contests.
Last, but not least, New York volunteers cheered each other on during an afternoon of Ping-Pong and other games at Manhattan’s SPIN Galactic Ping-Pong hall on Oct 7.
“Volunteers from across our region received a well-deserved ‘thank you’ for all that they do,” said Marcela Espinoza, regional director of volunteer and youth services. “They are the heart and soul of our organization.”
The Red Cross wishes to thank the West Point Military Academy, with which it has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship, for donating the boat rental. It also extends special thanks to Frank Palma and Coca Cola for donating drinks for the Long Island picnic, to The Rapaport Family Charitable Trust for a generous donation which allowed the purchase of Red Cross messenger bags as gifts for the volunteers who attended these events, and to the Long Island volunteer committee that helped make the picnic a success. Finally, thanks go to SPIN Galactic for donating its very special space, as well as to Red Cross intern Sylvi Curci for helping to secure the SPINgalactic donation.