Boys And Girls Club Announces Fundraising Dinner

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The Boys and Girls Club’s 2016 Global Cuisine of Queens Tasting.

BY JON CRONIN

For the second year in a row, the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens will hold its Global Cuisine of Queens Tasting at Resorts World Casino of New York City on Oct. 18.

The dinner—which is celebrating its 14th year—will feature more than 40 of the city’s top restaurants, caterers, bakeries and wineries as well as raffle prizes and a bidding on collectible items at an auction. Last year’s dinner raised approximately $46,000.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the casino, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park.

“We are excited about our new partnership with Resorts World Casino New York, which will enable us to grow the event and provide our guests with a new experience,” said John DeCristoforo, the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens.

The Metro Queens Club will hold the event this year on Oct. 18.

The Metro Queens Club will hold the event this year on Oct. 18.

The club will also offer a VIP option that includes entrance one hour early to the event, a private VIP lounge and a private bar.

The Boys and Girls Club is looking to provide a fun-filled evening for guests, while also helping at-risk youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens—and the community leaders of tomorrow, DeChristoforo said.

“You are directly making a difference in the lives of the children we serve each day and we thank you,” he said.
Those interested in attending can purchase a ticket or find out about sponsorship opportunities by calling Vanessa Carter at (718) 441-6050, ext. 201, or email her at vcarter@metroqueens.org.

Last year, at least 350 community leaders and business owners gathered at Resorts World Casino to fundraise for the BGCMQ’s 13th annual Global Cuisine of Queens. BGCMQ had more than 30 different samples from restaurants, bakeries, caterers and wineries from Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island.

In July 2016, the Queens Tribune reported that city budget cuts of at least $100,000 pushed the BGCMQ to seek private businesses and individual donations. Since then, two anonymous benefactors—who donated $50,000 to the organization—promised to match BGCMQ’s donors.

The BGCMQ Club’s after-school programs serve more than 2,000 at-risk youths in Queens.

Reach Jon Cronin at 718-357-7400 x125, jcronin@queenstribune.com or @JonathanSCronin.

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