Although the club raised nearly $3,000 at the kickoff party at the American Legion Continental Post 1424 last week, they are still thousands short of their $12,000 goal.
Forest Hills Kiwanis president Nancy Intagliata said they currently have roughly $5,300 in the bank, and plan on hitting the street this week to round up additional donations for the parade, which is scheduled this year for May 25 on Metropolitan Avenue. It kicks off at noon in front of the American Legion.
“This is about supporting our fallen soldiers,” Intagliata said. “It’s just really important, with everything they have done for us to come together and help support our veterans.”
Borough President Melinda Katz said she hoped the community would step up in assisting the club reach their goal to make the parade possible for another year.
“It saddens me to think that financial challenges have put the parade in jeopardy,” Katz said. “I fully support the fundraising effort to insure the people of Forest Hills can continue their tradition of taking time out on Memorial Day to recognize and honor the sacrifices of those who have served in our Armed Forces.”
The Kiwanis Club officially announced Our Lady of Mercy Monsignor John McGuirl, Community Board 6 chair Joseph Hennessy and commissioner of the mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Terrance Holliday as grand marshals of the parade.
“I’m excited about the whole event and I think the committee is working very hard to get the support of merchants along the route,” Hennessey said. “It was exciting for me to be named grand marshal, and I was very appreciative for even being considered.”
Terrance Holliday, the commissioner of the mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, and CB6 chair Joseph Hennessy at the parade kickoff event last week. (Photo: Joanne Gibson)