NFA Crew to Hold Art Auction and Holiday Buffet December 15 - Daily Hudson Valley News

NFA Crew to Hold Art Auction and Holiday Buffet December 15

Dec 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Community Calendar


Friends of Newburgh Crew, Inc., the 501(c)(3) formed to assist with Community Funding for the NFA Varsity Crew Team, will hold a Holiday Buffet, small arts auction, gingerbread house raffle and more at the River Grill on Saturday, December 15, from 12 pm to 3 pm.   Guests include Senator and Mrs. Larkin, Mayor Judith Kennedy, Chief Ferrara, Chief Vatter and his wife, Board of Ed president Dawn Fucheck, and other local luminaries and supporters of the Crew Team.

Newburgh Crew

Rowers from NFA Varsity Crew Team and other teams come together at the Newburgh Rowing Club Boathouse to get ready for the Holiday event. (L-R) Cora Stepakoff, Brianna Schafer, Lexi Ellingson, Steven Patterson, Rebecca Levinstein, and Samantha Santiago (photo credit: Stephanie Santiago)

During the event, Dr. Geoffrey Brackett, Executive Vice President of Marist College, will serve as Master of Ceremonies, along with his wife Danyelle Means, an independent contractor with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.  The couple have a son on the NFA Varsity Crew Team.  They will announce whether the organization has met their goal of raising sufficient funds to maintain Crew at the same level as prior years.  The Crew Team  has been funded by the very generous community of Newburgh and its environs over the past several months.

“The rowers and their parents have been working tirelessly to raise funds while simultaneously training for the upcoming season,” said Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo, Co-Chair for the event.  “The purpose of this event is twofold: to announce the results of our fundraising efforts, and to give back to those who have supported our team.  That is why a portion of the event, from 3 pm to 4 pm, will be free, with coffee and cookies for all, we simply ask that anyone who wishes to attend the free event get their name on the guest list.”

During the event, the winning  “Mega Raffle Ticket,” will be drawn.  Thousands of raffle tickets have been sold throughout the area, and one lucky first prize winner will receive a 51” Plasma TV, with a second prize winner to take home an Apple Ipad.

For information on the buffet / art auction, for which tickets are $50.00 each, or for information on the free coffee and cookies event, contact Juliana LoBiondo   or (845) 569-7600.


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