East River Kiwanis hosted the 89th Annual Golden Gloves Semifinals on March 23, 2016 at the Chian Federation in Astoria, NY.
This was the second time that East River was privileged to host the Golden Gloves and it has become their biggest fundraiser.
The event was a fundraiser for Kamp Kiwanis, Hour Children and the Catholic Lawyer's Guild of Queens Scholarship program. Last year, East River were able to send 11 children from Hour Children to Kamp Kiwanis and support the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Queens scholarship program, providing 3 Scholarships for deserving law students.
This year, final numbers are still being calculated, but the club hopes to raise enough to surpass last year's total and send even more children. Club President, Anthony J. Pappas said,
"If we can send even one more child this year, then last, I will consider this event a huge success!"
The event would not have been possible without all of the hard work of club Vice President, Tom Nowierski who originally brought the event to the club, and Immediate Past President, Club Treasurer and President of the Catholic Lawyer's Guild of Queens, Donna Furey.
There was a great turnout this year with a packed house! There was also lots of support from other local Kiwanis clubs, who attended and/or sponsored the event. This list includes: members of Glendale, Middle Village, Woodside, NYC Young Professionals, Astoria/LIC, and the All Island Kiwanis clubs!
There were some special Kiwanians in attendance, President of the NY District Foundation, Sal Anelli, NY District Kiwanis Governor-Elect Steve Sirgiovanni, Lt. Governor of the Queens West Division, Bob Kueber, Lt. Governor of the Metropolitan Division, Don Pagano and Past Lt. Governor of the Metropolitan Division, Sean O'Sullivan.
East River Kiwanis thanked all of their sponsors for the event and all who attended!