The WRBA tapped Paul Rudolph of W.F. Walker Funeral Home as their “Man of the Year.” Rudolph is a member of the local Kiwanis club and an active member of the WRBA and Woodhaven Business Improvement District.
“Anytime you tell him something needs to be done, he’s the first one to ask what he can do to help,” said Edward Wendell, WRBA president.
“I feel honored,” said Rudolph, who said he was looking forward to the event and doing his part to raise funds of WRBA. “I think this a great thing for the community.”
The “Organization of the Year” will be awarded to American Legion Post 118. The WRBA has been working with the post on its new “Thank a Vet” program. Members of the community donate money that goes towards a meal for a veteran in an attempt to directly thank those who served.
At a press conference announcing the honorees, Wendell himself donated a meal to the initiative. While the association accepts any donation, $50 pays for one full dinner and $25 for half of a dinner.
“For us, we’re very honored to be associated with them,” said Wendell. “It’s also very personal for us as well, as two of our members are members of the American Legion and passed away last year.”
“I accept this graciously on behalf of all the members of the post,” said Commander John Lawless of the American Legion Post 118.
Ohlert-Ruggiere Inc. was officially put into the WRBA Hall of Fame. The insurance agency has been in operation for 126 years with over four generations working and living in Woodhaven.
“We like to give to the neighborhood because we receive from the neighborhood.” said Wayne Ruggiere. “We’re very honored and blessed to be a part of the Woodhaven community.”
The WBRA also named Patty Eggers, second grade teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle elementary school, its “Woman of the Year.”
Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased online at www.woodhaven-nyc.org or by sending a $65 check to the WRBA’s office, 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.