YMCA hosts first Taste of Ridgewood event
by Alexandra Torres
Apr 18, 2013 | 1468 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(left to right) Ridgewood Savings Bank representative who accepted the award in place of Peter Boger, Lakeisha Harris, Catherine Nolan and Vincent Arcuri, Jr.
(left to right) Ridgewood Savings Bank representative who accepted the award in place of Peter Boger, Lakeisha Harris, Catherine Nolan and Vincent Arcuri, Jr.
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Cristina Nastasi, baker from Rudy's
Cristina Nastasi, baker from Rudy's
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Three community leaders were honored at the first annual Taste of Ridgewood event at the Ridgwood YMCA located at 69-02 64th Street.

A fundraiser for the Y's Strong Kids Campaign, the April 11th event honored Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Community Board 5 chairman Vicent Arcuri Jr., and Peter Boger, president/CEO of Ridgewood Savings Bank.

"We in Ridgewood don't always toot our own horn, and yet we have so much to be proud of as a community and one of the things we have to be proud of is this spectacular YMCA," said Nolan.

She spoke of the Y's founding and how politicians and local leaders came together a few years ago to save it from closure and have it renovated.

"It's one thing to get a beautiful building, it's another thing to run it well. Lakeisha Harris has done that and I salute you and thank you," Nolan said of Y's executive director.

"We haven't been able to reach the young kids, we're relying on the old-timers," said Arcuri. "We all need help [on] how to reach the kids, get them involved in their community and love it as much as we do, and I thank you for [this] tremendous pleasure."

The night began with guests mingling, having drinks and sampling the foods from 16 neighborhood restaurants and bakeries.

Samples included European foods such as rice balls with ground beef and peas from Coratos Pizza II, assorted meats and sauerkraut from Zum Stammtisch, and rainbow cookies from Rudy's Pastry Shop.

There was also Asian food such as curry chicken from Nepalese Indian Restaurant and shrimp summer rolls from Bunker Vietnamese, as well as more traditional American fare like burgers from Bare Burgers and bisquits and cookies from Norma's Cafe.

There was also a silent auction on items such as gift cards, a Bosch coffee maker, an electric stove, gift baskets and, most notably, a signed NY Knicks basketball.

Harris expressed her gratitude for how well the fundraiser went.

"I'm really excited about the turnout," she said. "It's been amazing. The fact that Cathy Nolan was talking about this being an ongoing program and her really wanting to help us next year was really exciting."

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